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« Reply #3020 on: September 04, 2011, 12:33:44 PM »
Well, we could always use the rain but I could always use the tennis too.  Let's see what the weather brings!

All the news channels say it is supposed to storm but looking at Pickerington radar, it is staying north of us and may miss us, at least until tonight.
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« Reply #3021 on: September 04, 2011, 12:34:05 PM »
Still...
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« Reply #3022 on: September 04, 2011, 07:43:44 PM »
Got rained out tonight so I strung wifey's racquet and we went out and hit for a bit.  Nice to get out, tennis with Jamesdster, SOU and MM postponed till tomorrow.
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« Reply #3023 on: September 04, 2011, 08:28:32 PM »
Got rained out tonight so I strung wifey's racquet and we went out and hit for a bit.  Nice to get out, tennis with Jamesdster, SOU and MM postponed till tomorrow.

 :(  too bad cuz when the 4 of us get it on it is GOOOOOD STUFF!
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #3024 on: September 05, 2011, 06:24:55 PM »
Played tonight with Jamesdster against OSU and MM.  We played pretty solid overall.  Made some mistakes but still played solid.  OSU was rusty as he has had some time off recently from being slammed with life.  It was good to get him back on the court though.

I returned solid today, brought back more serves than usual, a trend I hope to make more of a habit of.
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« Reply #3025 on: September 05, 2011, 06:32:35 PM »
Played tonight with Jamesdster against OSU and MM.  We played pretty solid overall.  Made some mistakes but still played solid.  OSU was rusty as he has had some time off recently from being slammed with life.  It was good to get him back on the court though.

I returned solid today, brought back more serves than usual, a trend I hope to make more of a habit of.

We make a pretty decent doubles team.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #3026 on: September 07, 2011, 08:37:38 PM »
Played with OSU tonight against VIC and RG.  We were finally indoors as the indoor season has begun. 

It was a pretty good night overall, we won it 6-1, 6-3.  I played pretty well.  I served well, volleyed well, etc.  My return in the first set was solid and it dropped off some in the second set.  I need to find a way to get my return percentage up.  I am just chipping the ball and looking to come in.  My percentages have been creeping up, but I want more returns in!
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« Reply #3027 on: September 10, 2011, 02:41:36 PM »
Hit with wifey for an hour or so last night.  She still continues to improve and that helps me get some practice out of out venture.  I am able to hit spins to her and she can still return the ball which is a big improvement from last year!

Played today with JL against the guy I played with last Saturday (BP) and a youngster I had to play in a tourney earlier this summer.  The Youngster has amazing ground strokes and a very solid game!  But as I mentioned, he is a youngster, he is just 14 or so. 

We ended up winning 6-2, 6-2, 6-2, 4-4 before time was up.  I was blasting serves and overheads all over the court today.  And playing indoors I can swing super hard on the overheads and keep them in. Fun stuff today even if it is a 4.0 league.  :)
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« Reply #3028 on: September 11, 2011, 01:28:55 PM »
yOU WERE BLASTING SERVES FROM ALL OVER THE COURT?  oops caps.  I thought you had to serve from certain spots?  Dang.  I am going to start serving 2 feet from the net. :lmao:
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« Reply #3029 on: September 17, 2011, 08:23:05 PM »
Played Wed night.  Work had me by the short and curlies though.  About 4 points in someone shanked a winner over my partners head and I pretty much decided I did not have it in me to fight for 2 hours.  I pretty much just slapped at the ball from there.  I had little interest to play.  Working 12-14 hours days cooked me.

Today was better.  I (subbed) played against OSU in a Saturday morning match which is a 4.0 league.  He had a slightly better 4.0 partner today but my partner held his own just fine!  We won the first set 6-3, lost the next 3-6 and then lost a 3rd set super tb 11-13.  We had match point at 9-10 but I chose to hit the one shot I do not play in dubs which is a top spin forehand.  It hit the ground before it even got to the net.  :)

The one cool thing I found out this week was a good fix for my forehand.  I have struggled with my topspin forehand for a few years now.  I only use it one or two times per match as I just chip and charge.  I shank so many forehands and I just feel like I can not feel where the head of the racquet is during it's swing.  I have 3 racquets, all identical, kinda.  2 are older and MUCHO lighter.  I slice so many balls and I am so short that I hit the ground with the racquet all the time on the slices.  That wears down the racquet and they become lighter.  My favorite racquet recently which is the lightest.  I have worn my way all the way through the racquet to where you can see the hollow insides. : )

Well.  I broke my strings in the racquets I have been using and had to pull out the heavy one.  Well I will be damned, my forehand felt like new!  The weight keeps me from accelerating too fast with too much spin and I get a cleaner hit.  I knew I liked heavier racquets, it's why I bought the racquets I have.  I just never considered the weight difference from wearing the racquet down.  Excited to add some weight to the lighter ones to see if it helps too!

I lose a touch of spin on the serve with the heavier racquets, but I will make up for it in the weight of my shot.  :)
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« Reply #3030 on: September 18, 2011, 05:03:52 AM »
That's just plain kooooky!

I know at some level, racquet balance and swing weight make all the difference in how a stick feels.  I never thought about it in relation to actually helping a stroke.

How does the heavier racquet affect the rest of your game aside from the loss of spin on the serve?
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« Reply #3031 on: September 18, 2011, 06:58:55 AM »
That's just plain kooooky!

I know at some level, racquet balance and swing weight make all the difference in how a stick feels.  I never thought about it in relation to actually helping a stroke.

How does the heavier racquet affect the rest of your game aside from the loss of spin on the serve?

Everything else feels fine except maybe the touch angle volleys, but I need more time to see if that was the racquet or just my miss-timing a few yesterday.

I come up through the forehand with excessive spin.  If the head of the racquet it too light I come through too fast and do not get a clean hit.  I am no Rafa!  I cannot time it perfect. : )
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« Reply #3032 on: September 18, 2011, 10:10:01 AM »
I would think that any additional weight would give you more stability on the volley and therefore better touch.
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« Reply #3033 on: September 19, 2011, 07:23:54 AM »
Jamesdster and I played together last night against MM & ML.  We should never let MM and MK play together, they joke too much.  I lost 4 points alone just trying to hit a ball while laughing.  Makes for some fun tennis though, or at least laid back tennis which doesn't usually fit into my vocab.

We won the first set 6-4.  Lost the next 5-7 after breaking back to stay in the set.  Jamesdster and I had a spell where we got broken a ton in the second set.  Third set was interesting.  I was down 15-40 serving at 4-5 but came back.  Then they held easily.  Jamesdster was down 15-40 serving at 5-6 but came back.  Then we went up 4-2 in the 3rd set tb before I decided I couldn't hit a winner anymore.  Two of my shots from there (an overhead and aggressive volley) but hit the top of the net and bounced up about 3' off the net and landing about 2'-3' from the net, easy put aways for the other team.  I let Jamesdster down in that tb.  I think I missed the other points too from 4-2 up.  Missed an easy return, etc. 

On a side note, my legs were tired!  Seems like playing two days in a row is kinda tough for me, has been for the last 2 years.  I need to get into some better shape.  I don't like my legs feeling weak on the tennis court. 

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« Reply #3034 on: September 19, 2011, 11:44:23 AM »
Jamesdster and I played together last night against MM & ML.  We should never let MM and MK play together, they joke too much.  I lost 4 points alone just trying to hit a ball while laughing.  Makes for some fun tennis though, or at least laid back tennis which doesn't usually fit into my vocab.

We won the first set 6-4.  Lost the next 5-7 after breaking back to stay in the set.  Jamesdster and I had a spell where we got broken a ton in the second set.  Third set was interesting.  I was down 15-40 serving at 4-5 but came back.  Then they held easily.  Jamesdster was down 15-40 serving at 5-6 but came back.  Then we went up 4-2 in the 3rd set tb before I decided I couldn't hit a winner anymore.  Two of my shots from there (an overhead and aggressive volley) but hit the top of the net and bounced up about 3' off the net and landing about 2'-3' from the net, easy put aways for the other team.  I let Jamesdster down in that tb.  I think I missed the other points too from 4-2 up.  Missed an easy return, etc. 

On a side note, my legs were tired!  Seems like playing two days in a row is kinda tough for me, has been for the last 2 years.  I need to get into some better shape.  I don't like my legs feeling weak on the tennis court.
True dat!
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« Reply #3035 on: September 19, 2011, 12:04:49 PM »
Indeed.  Really only affected me on my serve and then closing in on my volleys.  You know, most of my dubs game.  :)

On the flip side, I was smashing forehands!  And I mean hard!
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« Reply #3036 on: September 22, 2011, 06:00:19 PM »
Played yesterday with RG against VIC and EM.  I have never beaten EM before, although it has only been 3 matches total.  I think he is 5.0 when he is playing regularly.  He had not touched a racquet in 2 months until yesterday.  After 5 minutes he was already stroking the ball nicely, he is just nasty.  We did get the better of them though 7-6 (5), 6-2.  I struggled with returns and hitting hard serves yesterday.  I volleyed well though and hit some nice groundies.  Fun night!
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« Reply #3037 on: September 22, 2011, 10:30:01 PM »
Played yesterday with RG against VIC and EM.  I have never beaten EM before, although it has only been 3 matches total.  I think he is 5.0 when he is playing regularly.  He had not touched a racquet in 2 months until yesterday.  After 5 minutes he was already stroking the ball nicely, he is just nasty.  We did get the better of them though 7-6 (5), 6-2.  I struggled with returns and hitting hard serves yesterday.  I volleyed well though and hit some nice groundies.  Fun night!

Nice job.  you the man!
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« Reply #3038 on: September 24, 2011, 04:01:20 PM »
Played today with a guy I have never played with, he is a strong 3.5 player I guess.  We had to play Jamesdster and a 4.0 player.  On paper we were screwed to the Nth degree.  But in reality, neither Jamesdster or his partner decided to show bring their game today.  They both missed tons and my partner played lights out.  Realistically they could have just hit to my partner all day and schooled us but they played straight up. 

Most dramatic part of the day...  Drum roll please....

I put Jamesdster to his knees on an overhead that might have hit him in the uh, well, kinda, yeah, in the nutties.  That was a 5 minute break.  Then once I had him injured we went ahead and finished out the match in style.  6-4, 6-4.  A match we should have never won and probably never will again...
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« Reply #3039 on: September 24, 2011, 08:59:36 PM »
Played today with a guy I have never played with, he is a strong 3.5 player I guess.  We had to play Jamesdster and a 4.0 player.  On paper we were screwed to the Nth degree.  But in reality, neither Jamesdster or his partner decided to show bring their game today.  They both missed tons and my partner played lights out.  Realistically they could have just hit to my partner all day and schooled us but they played straight up. 

Most dramatic part of the day...  Drum roll please....

I put Jamesdster to his knees on an overhead that might have hit him in the uh, well, kinda, yeah, in the nutties.  That was a 5 minute break.  Then once I had him injured we went ahead and finished out the match in style.  6-4, 6-4.  A match we should have never won and probably never will again...

You played your normal stellar game and your partner played way better than usual.  My partner played worse than usual and I was about avg.  As for the injury; i went down like i was shot and bruised (i hope it is only bruised) a rib in the process.  AND........... the score was 7-5 6-4 humph, NOT 4 & 4....altho it would've been 4 & 4 if you would've taken the point when u hit me with a serve....WAIT A SEC...I am starting to notice a pattern here!!! :mad1:
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I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg