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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #600 on: May 20, 2013, 04:20:32 PM »
Sounds like a casual contract.
Sort of like 'friends with benefits'. ;-()

Good hitting partners can be very difficult to find.
One that's willing to help bring along you're game is a bonus.

If you don't mind my asking, what's the going rate in the D.C. area?

Friendly but commercial. $67 an hour at the YMCA, court included, no charge for rain days. A previous instructor went off to work for Donald Trump at a resort over in Virginia where he doubtless is getting more. When last greeted at the local Legg Mason tournament,  he was looking very prosperous.

It's an extravagance, I know,  but, by hitting all those balls and refining my other strokes, it is good for my other tennis, good for my partners' tolerance in those other games, and it keeps me in shape.  I guess those are all benefits but that is not what the above phrase brings to mind.  ..-)

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« Reply #601 on: May 21, 2013, 05:49:32 AM »
I wouldn't think of calling it an extravagance.
Most club players get so caught up in the marketing web of gear manufacturers that they think new strings or a racquet will solve their on-court woes.  In fact the best use of funds for those serious about improving thier game is money spent on lessons.

Enjoy! :))
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« Reply #602 on: May 29, 2013, 04:36:44 PM »
The heat and humidity have arrived  :PHEW:). Monday was refreshingly cool but today I was out for two hours in the morning and it was rough. I certainly needed the bottle of water I took with me and I've been downing fluids of the good sort since then. Normality is returning. More hot days are ahead and it is probably as well that I have no more tennis scheduled until next Monday.

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« Reply #603 on: May 29, 2013, 05:21:14 PM »
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« Reply #604 on: July 22, 2013, 06:36:03 PM »
I had a month off the courts because of a trip to Australia  :beer: in June - July and am now slowly getting back into my game. While I was away the heat and humidity set in and it has been somewhat of an effort getting going  :PHEW:). I can still serve but I cannot run. Need that water more than ever!

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« Reply #605 on: July 23, 2013, 06:10:51 AM »
Welcome back!
Did you get to play Down Under?
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« Reply #606 on: July 24, 2013, 05:50:05 AM »
No, I wasn't able to do that and it has made coming back that much harder.

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« Reply #607 on: July 24, 2013, 11:44:07 AM »
The humidity has been brutal here on the entire east coast!
Working outdoors is like slogging through warm maple syrup.
I can't imagine trying to play tennis in these conditions.
Be careful out there!
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« Reply #608 on: October 13, 2013, 07:49:29 AM »
No outdoor tennis this weekend.  :depressed: :rain: :crying:

Probably for the best, as I pulled something in my lower back. Not a tennis related injury, I'm sorry to say. I got it bending over a lap top to check on a rear end connection.  :dunno:

Had a good hit with the instructor last Wednesday. We are working on the drop shot.  :)

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« Reply #609 on: October 13, 2013, 09:22:49 AM »
No outdoor tennis this weekend.  :depressed: :rain: :crying:

Probably for the best, as I pulled something in my lower back. Not a tennis related injury, I'm sorry to say. I got it bending over a lap top to check on a rear end connection :dunno:

Had a good hit with the instructor last Wednesday. We are working on the drop shot.  :)
That sounds X-Rated......
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« Reply #610 on: October 13, 2013, 09:28:40 AM »
No outdoor tennis this weekend.  :depressed: :rain: :crying:

Probably for the best, as I pulled something in my lower back. Not a tennis related injury, I'm sorry to say. I got it bending over a lap top to check on a rear end connection :dunno:

Had a good hit with the instructor last Wednesday. We are working on the drop shot.  :)
That sounds X-Rated......

 :shocking:

It does rather but that is what I did.  :zipped:

I can already feel the wrath of the Forum censors  heading in my direction.  :scared:

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« Reply #611 on: October 13, 2013, 11:59:41 AM »
I hope your back heals quickly and the weather turns for the better so you can return to the court ASAP.

What was the best advice you took away from your drop shot lesson?
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« Reply #612 on: October 13, 2013, 01:32:25 PM »
Holding the racquet a little bit loose.

The aim (not often achieved yet) is to get three bounces of the ball inside the service box.

I decided to work on the drop shot to counter those mean spirited souls  :mad1: who stand way back when I try my top spin lob.  ..-)

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« Reply #613 on: October 26, 2013, 01:13:45 PM »
I hope your back heals quickly and the weather turns for the better so you can return to the court ASAP.

What was the best advice you took away from your drop shot lesson?

Well, it hasn't but I've been playing through it the last couple of weeks until yesterday when it surged back again during a warmup and I found it hard to move much for the rest of the game.  :(

So, I agreed to take a week off with NO TENNIS.   :doctor: :mad1:

Rather than hitting my head against the wall today  :bang-head: in the frustration of inactivity, I just watched on TV the Federer - Sospisil match in Basel which was really something. Fed came through in the end but Sospisil played a spectacular match too and persisted to the last. That guy has a great future.  :)

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Re: Euroka's Tennis Journal
« Reply #614 on: November 22, 2013, 02:11:33 PM »
Played for the first time in a month (see above) without any pain today and it felt good  :)) .

One of the many irritations about getting older is that it takes longer and longer for things to mend. The upside is that at least they do.  :PHEW:)