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« Reply #240 on: August 14, 2007, 08:52:17 AM »
Yeah I barely felt anything summerlike.
Oh well
I played for two and a half hours today. Good tennis, two real sets 6-4 6-4, and then one pro-set 6-2 and then we played a tiebreaker just for fun which he won 9-7. My serve took a long time to take off and only started getting better late in the second set, but it was enough to hold most of the time.


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« Reply #241 on: August 15, 2007, 09:43:11 AM »
played another 2 and a half hours today. I'll fast forward to the third set because the first two even though I won both were crap and I would rather forget how badly we both played.
Third set was really good, our serves were solid, not amazing but good. I thought my returns were allright but he said we both returned bad. I broke his serve once to go up 3-2 and got broken right back. that was the only break of serve. I lost the set eventually in a tiebreak 8-6. But it was good tennis.
There was one thing that annoyed me though. About 6-7 times in that set or maybe more, I had these "normal" forehands that I should have easily put away and hit winners or at least go up to the net on. I hit every single one of them into the net, that too, all of them right on the tape almost. The balls were neither too deep nor too shallow, not too high, nor too low, they were like in the beginning of no man's land and medium paced - so you know I could go defensive on that or I could hit it cleanly for a winner. But I missed them all. I was annoyed. Maybe I rushed it? or too into my going to the net movement and didn't stop and swing?


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« Reply #242 on: August 17, 2007, 12:40:24 AM »
played 3 sets: 6-4 3-6 6-2
I got really frustrated at the end of second set and third set I did one and one thing only: kill the ball. I didn't care where in or out, I didn't care about first serves second serves in or out.. I didn't care period. And you know what? I played much more consistently than either of the previous sets. That's how down I have gone.. can you imagine playing your "best" when all you are doing is killing every ball without even caring for wether it goes in or not? I suppose in my anger or whatnot I just started playing explosively and I sorta moved much more (when you kill, you don't wait) and it was really fast paced and.. I played "right"? I don't plan on playing this way, but I do plan on taking a mental break from any pressure I have been putting on myself, any expectations. I'll play just for the heck of playing and because tennis is fun - until I am happy. This is what OSU said earlier. I want to get back to the way I was before my injury and that is being happy and satisfied. I'll get back that feeling then proceed to focus on improvement. I will try not to care about winning or losing and just try to get balls in play like I want.


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« Reply #243 on: August 17, 2007, 09:39:22 AM »
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played 3 sets: 6-4 3-6 6-2
I got really frustrated at the end of second set and third set I did one and one thing only: kill the ball. I didn't care where in or out, I didn't care about first serves second serves in or out.. I didn't care period. And you know what? I played much more consistently than either of the previous sets. That's how down I have gone.. can you imagine playing your "best" when all you are doing is killing every ball without even caring for wether it goes in or not? I suppose in my anger or whatnot I just started playing explosively and I sorta moved much more (when you kill, you don't wait) and it was really fast paced and.. I played "right"? I don't plan on playing this way, but I do plan on taking a mental break from any pressure I have been putting on myself, any expectations. I'll play just for the heck of playing and because tennis is fun - until I am happy. This is what OSU said earlier. I want to get back to the way I was before my injury and that is being happy and satisfied. I'll get back that feeling then proceed to focus on improvement. I will try not to care about winning or losing and just try to get balls in play like I want.


It is very interesting the different ways you can play this game, all out or conservatively!?   :;:-|

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« Reply #244 on: August 17, 2007, 10:44:51 AM »
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played 3 sets: 6-4 3-6 6-2
I got really frustrated at the end of second set and third set I did one and one thing only: kill the ball. I didn't care where in or out, I didn't care about first serves second serves in or out.. I didn't care period. And you know what? I played much more consistently than either of the previous sets. That's how down I have gone.. can you imagine playing your "best" when all you are doing is killing every ball without even caring for wether it goes in or not? I suppose in my anger or whatnot I just started playing explosively and I sorta moved much more (when you kill, you don't wait) and it was really fast paced and.. I played "right"? I don't plan on playing this way, but I do plan on taking a mental break from any pressure I have been putting on myself, any expectations. I'll play just for the heck of playing and because tennis is fun - until I am happy. This is what OSU said earlier. I want to get back to the way I was before my injury and that is being happy and satisfied. I'll get back that feeling then proceed to focus on improvement. I will try not to care about winning or losing and just try to get balls in play like I want.


Sounds like a great attitude.
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« Reply #245 on: August 17, 2007, 06:27:52 PM »
Story to tell. Not too exciting but its a story nevertheless. so we were going to play 5ish but it started raining like crazy for half an hour. well by the time it was 6 the sun was back out and its dry as anything. So I grab a broom, my racquets and we go to tennis court - clear away the puddles and start hitting. We start playing the set. The sun's out, skies clear, we see clouds in the distance but its clear around us. I, with my new attitude am playing pretty well. I still don't like not being able to totally dictate my serve and forehand but I have let go of any "shoulds" and just was playing fine. I was serving at 2-1 first set. By the time I got to deuce# 2, and this is hard for me to explain and probably for you to believe - the clouds were RIGHT over us, DARK, DARK clouds and it was DARK like 11 at night. I am dead serious. I couldn't see the ball anymore and neither could my friend. So we decided to pack up. Well, by the time I got my ball from behind me and went over to my racquets - where my wallet cell phone and car keys are lying openly, it starts raining and the water drops are harder than hail! I got hit by a water drop on my eye.. it reminded me of when I got hit on my eye with a iceball back in the day. By the time we packed in and got to my car.. I was soaked.. like dripping with water. as if I had jumped into a pool with my clothes on. It was insane. I have never seen it go from afternoon bright to midnight dark in under 3 minutes.


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« Reply #246 on: August 17, 2007, 06:29:50 PM »
That is insane.

Never heard of anything like that.
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« Reply #247 on: August 17, 2007, 07:15:36 PM »
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Story to tell. Not too exciting but its a story nevertheless. so we were going to play 5ish but it started raining like crazy for half an hour. well by the time it was 6 the sun was back out and its dry as anything. So I grab a broom, my racquets and we go to tennis court - clear away the puddles and start hitting. We start playing the set. The sun's out, skies clear, we see clouds in the distance but its clear around us. I, with my new attitude am playing pretty well. I still don't like not being able to totally dictate my serve and forehand but I have let go of any "shoulds" and just was playing fine. I was serving at 2-1 first set. By the time I got to deuce# 2, and this is hard for me to explain and probably for you to believe - the clouds were RIGHT over us, DARK, DARK clouds and it was DARK like 11 at night. I am dead serious. I couldn't see the ball anymore and neither could my friend. So we decided to pack up. Well, by the time I got my ball from behind me and went over to my racquets - where my wallet cell phone and car keys are lying openly, it starts raining and the water drops are harder than hail! I got hit by a water drop on my eye.. it reminded me of when I got hit on my eye with a iceball back in the day. By the time we packed in and got to my car.. I was soaked.. like dripping with water. as if I had jumped into a pool with my clothes on. It was insane. I have never seen it go from afternoon bright to midnight dark in under 3 minutes.


WOW, sounds like a serious storm was in your area.  Too bad you couldn't be sitting on a covered porch just watching it all.  :)
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« Reply #248 on: August 17, 2007, 07:15:53 PM »
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Story to tell. Not too exciting but its a story nevertheless. so we were going to play 5ish but it started raining like crazy for half an hour. well by the time it was 6 the sun was back out and its dry as anything. So I grab a broom, my racquets and we go to tennis court - clear away the puddles and start hitting. We start playing the set. The sun's out, skies clear, we see clouds in the distance but its clear around us. I, with my new attitude am playing pretty well. I still don't like not being able to totally dictate my serve and forehand but I have let go of any "shoulds" and just was playing fine. I was serving at 2-1 first set. By the time I got to deuce# 2, and this is hard for me to explain and probably for you to believe - the clouds were RIGHT over us, DARK, DARK clouds and it was DARK like 11 at night. I am dead serious. I couldn't see the ball anymore and neither could my friend. So we decided to pack up. Well, by the time I got my ball from behind me and went over to my racquets - where my wallet cell phone and car keys are lying openly, it starts raining and the water drops are harder than hail! I got hit by a water drop on my eye.. it reminded me of when I got hit on my eye with a iceball back in the day. By the time we packed in and got to my car.. I was soaked.. like dripping with water. as if I had jumped into a pool with my clothes on. It was insane. I have never seen it go from afternoon bright to midnight dark in under 3 minutes.


WOW, sounds like a serious storm was in your area.  Too bad you couldn't be sitting on a covered porch just watching it all.  :)
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« Reply #249 on: August 18, 2007, 11:49:09 AM »
Dang, that is some crazy stuff!   :-o  ;;)

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« Reply #250 on: August 22, 2007, 08:08:51 PM »
ITs beens crazy drizzling and ranining weather here for a while so no tennis. I went out today and am getting my racquet restrung 5lbs lighter at 58 because I have a feeling I went over the limit with my old racquet (which recommended max of 60 and I went 63) and so it might have been part of the reason it cracked although such a small overload I think should have been fine, then again it was oldd racquet. I also bought a ball repressurizer. Its pretty cool and I am excited although it said that it needs a month to repressurize flat balls to original bounce. We felt that if we have liek 3 sets of balls and repressurize each for 3 days before using it again it should increase its life. I am excited I put three balls in, I want to see if any difference is there next time I play (when will that be?)


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« Reply #251 on: August 23, 2007, 10:40:59 AM »
So I went out and hit this morning even though the courts had puddles and the air was all misty and it was misting for a lot of the time. It got better towards the end though. I broke my strings on my playing racquet as well.. so with one at the shop getting restrung, one the frame broken and this one broke, I had no racquet. i played with my friend's racquet and it took me a while to get used to it. But I was able to play and it actually helped me get a different feel and perspective on my game. i won all three sets we played 6-1 6-3 6-2 with the middle set being the best I felt from both. hope to play tommorrow. I get my racquet back from the store on the 25th and I shall give this one in at the same time.

Oh ministory to tell. So I went to Sports Authority yesterday and I had my strings in my hand when I walked in. and my racquet of course. Instead of going straight to the cashier's place and getting it restrung I walked the whole store, looked for other things and then went to the cashier half an hour later. Well this lady goes all crazy that I didn't buy the strings there. She charges me for it.. 30 something dollars then when I told her its mine she goes "show me the receipt" and I'm like "give me a computer, its in my email" and she made a big fuss. And then I didn't have change so I gave her a 100 dollar bill, she looks at me, goes inside - I couldn't believe this drama - brought out a conterfeit note checking marker, and checks my bill and then proceeds to check out.  I was like, are you serious? You cannot be serious. She was such a .. It was funny I laughed at her. And then she just throws my racquet and strings on the table - usually they tie them together using that plastic locking band. I really do hope she doesn't do the stringing for my racquet :))

Also, I am reordering strings and overgrips. And I am looking for something different on the strings and I'll let you know what kind I get. Prince pro-blend is good but I am a little tired of it. maybe somethng a little less durable and less expensive would be cool now I feel. Overgrips I am almost positive I am going for Gamma supreme, my friend has it and its really good.


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« Reply #252 on: August 23, 2007, 02:12:19 PM »
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So I went out and hit this morning even though the courts had puddles and the air was all misty and it was misting for a lot of the time. It got better towards the end though. I broke my strings on my playing racquet as well.. so with one at the shop getting restrung, one the frame broken and this one broke, I had no racquet. i played with my friend's racquet and it took me a while to get used to it. But I was able to play and it actually helped me get a different feel and perspective on my game. i won all three sets we played 6-1 6-3 6-2 with the middle set being the best I felt from both. hope to play tommorrow. I get my racquet back from the store on the 25th and I shall give this one in at the same time.

Oh ministory to tell. So I went to Sports Authority yesterday and I had my strings in my hand when I walked in. and my racquet of course. Instead of going straight to the cashier's place and getting it restrung I walked the whole store, looked for other things and then went to the cashier half an hour later. Well this lady goes all crazy that I didn't buy the strings there. She charges me for it.. 30 something dollars then when I told her its mine she goes "show me the receipt" and I'm like "give me a computer, its in my email" and she made a big fuss. And then I didn't have change so I gave her a 100 dollar bill, she looks at me, goes inside - I couldn't believe this drama - brought out a conterfeit note checking marker, and checks my bill and then proceeds to check out.  I was like, are you serious? You cannot be serious. She was such a .. It was funny I laughed at her. And then she just throws my racquet and strings on the table - usually they tie them together using that plastic locking band. I really do hope she doesn't do the stringing for my racquet :))

Also, I am reordering strings and overgrips. And I am looking for something different on the strings and I'll let you know what kind I get. Prince pro-blend is good but I am a little tired of it. maybe somethng a little less durable and less expensive would be cool now I feel. Overgrips I am almost positive I am going for Gamma supreme, my friend has it and its really good.


WOW, you sure are a patient young man Pawan.  I would've told that lady that she just lost my business and made sure the mgr knew about it.
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« Reply #253 on: August 23, 2007, 03:27:40 PM »
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So I went out and hit this morning even though the courts had puddles and the air was all misty and it was misting for a lot of the time. It got better towards the end though. I broke my strings on my playing racquet as well.. so with one at the shop getting restrung, one the frame broken and this one broke, I had no racquet. i played with my friend's racquet and it took me a while to get used to it. But I was able to play and it actually helped me get a different feel and perspective on my game. i won all three sets we played 6-1 6-3 6-2 with the middle set being the best I felt from both. hope to play tommorrow. I get my racquet back from the store on the 25th and I shall give this one in at the same time.

Oh ministory to tell. So I went to Sports Authority yesterday and I had my strings in my hand when I walked in. and my racquet of course. Instead of going straight to the cashier's place and getting it restrung I walked the whole store, looked for other things and then went to the cashier half an hour later. Well this lady goes all crazy that I didn't buy the strings there. She charges me for it.. 30 something dollars then when I told her its mine she goes "show me the receipt" and I'm like "give me a computer, its in my email" and she made a big fuss. And then I didn't have change so I gave her a 100 dollar bill, she looks at me, goes inside - I couldn't believe this drama - brought out a conterfeit note checking marker, and checks my bill and then proceeds to check out.  I was like, are you serious? You cannot be serious. She was such a .. It was funny I laughed at her. And then she just throws my racquet and strings on the table - usually they tie them together using that plastic locking band. I really do hope she doesn't do the stringing for my racquet :))

Also, I am reordering strings and overgrips. And I am looking for something different on the strings and I'll let you know what kind I get. Prince pro-blend is good but I am a little tired of it. maybe somethng a little less durable and less expensive would be cool now I feel. Overgrips I am almost positive I am going for Gamma supreme, my friend has it and its really good.


First of all, you are one rude SOB :lmao:  You beat up on your friend with his own racquet. :whip:
As for your SA story that's really too bad. Don't worry cashiers don't string. That's the good news. The bad news is, a bike tech, or ski/snowboard tech probably will. I'm really surprised they gave you such a hard time over the strings. Maybe you could have had them varified when you walked in, but stores like that usually go by the concept of "the customer is always right". They should have taken your word, and counted strings after you were gone. :whistle:
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« Reply #254 on: August 23, 2007, 03:37:12 PM »
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WOW, you sure are a patient young man Pawan.  I would've told that lady that she just lost my business and made sure the mgr knew about it.


Agree fully with the DSter here.  If nothing else, you should tell the manager so that he/she knows that this sort of thing is going on.  Even if checking the $100 bill is standard procedure (unusual but definitely not unheard of), it should at least be done with courtesy.  And the thinly-veiled accusation of stealing is incredibly rude.  Ugh.
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« Reply #255 on: August 23, 2007, 04:38:48 PM »
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Quote from: "Jamesdster"

WOW, you sure are a patient young man Pawan.  I would've told that lady that she just lost my business and made sure the mgr knew about it.


Agree fully with the DSter here.  If nothing else, you should tell the manager so that he/she knows that this sort of thing is going on.  Even if checking the $100 bill is standard procedure (unusual but definitely not unheard of), it should at least be done with courtesy.  And the thinly-veiled accusation of stealing is incredibly rude.  Ugh.


Agreed, the manager should be told.  Followed by some tire slashing.
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« Reply #256 on: August 23, 2007, 05:11:47 PM »
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WOW, you sure are a patient young man Pawan.  I would've told that lady that she just lost my business and made sure the mgr knew about it.


Agree fully with the DSter here.  If nothing else, you should tell the manager so that he/she knows that this sort of thing is going on.  Even if checking the $100 bill is standard procedure (unusual but definitely not unheard of), it should at least be done with courtesy.  And the thinly-veiled accusation of stealing is incredibly rude.  Ugh.


Most stores check $50 and $100 bills for counterfiet. That's standard proceedure. But I would have had a talk with the floor manager as well. If I felt bad enough I'd fire off a letter to their corprate offices too.

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« Reply #257 on: August 26, 2007, 02:16:42 PM »
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WOW, you sure are a patient young man Pawan.  I would've told that lady that she just lost my business and made sure the mgr knew about it.


Agree fully with the DSter here.  If nothing else, you should tell the manager so that he/she knows that this sort of thing is going on.  Even if checking the $100 bill is standard procedure (unusual but definitely not unheard of), it should at least be done with courtesy.  And the thinly-veiled accusation of stealing is incredibly rude.  Ugh.


Agreed, the manager should be told.  Followed by some tire slashing.


Haha.. and I should leave some of my broken strings around the tires just so she knows who did it and why it was done. Although that'd also probably meanm me spending some time with a few cops. Well I am going to the store today again, to pick up my racquet and also hand in my other racquet with the same set of strings.. I wan't to see her face again this time if she's there  :)) If she's just as rude again maybe I'll tell her.
About them losin my business however I feel that'd be my loss :( as much as I don't like getting it strung in Sports Authority, cuz as Dmast said - the kinda people stringing probably don't even know what sport it is they are stringing for, my only other option around here is the racquet club and they charge significantly more. And i doubt I am at a level yet where a professional strinign my racquet and a skateboard tech stringing my racquet -as long as they use a proper machine - makes much of a difference.

So I dug up my old old Head Edge (the thing from like the 80s or whatnot with like a 80 sqinch head and twice the weight of my normal racquets) and went to teach my brother some tennis. We did some bounce-hit drills and then he wanted to play a set which we did on half the court (between service lines). Its hard to keep his attention for long but I am trying to follow the Inner Tennis way of teaching and not giving him many instructions. I told him to watch me hit a few times and then threw him balls to hit. He already knows pretty much everything I know thoeretically. He can explain what each kinda shot is and how its done better than me but doing it is obviously different. I am teaching him to hit backhand two handed but a few times he swung one handed and I don't know what to make of it. I thought maybe it was more because of his laziness but I don't know. He also didn't adjust any grip on his backhand so, while he was hitting forehand with a nice full racquet face, he was hitting lot of backhands with the frame edge or a deep slice type hit. But again I am sorta, not giving up, but going really really "whatever happens, however he wants" approach to teaching because I feel until now I might have been too impatient or have too high expectations. Now I am taking the "he'll learn somehow mostly by himself with only little input from me" so that at least he won't lose interest in tennis just because I am inept at teaching little kids properly. Obviously he's only 6 so all this speculation and thinking is probably of no use as anything can happen by the time say he's 9.


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« Reply #258 on: August 26, 2007, 02:33:01 PM »
Before I used Scott and another buddy for stringing my racquets, there was an older guy that I met through the high school tennis team.  Basically, most of the high school tennis team used him to string their racquets.  The reason I say this is because there has to be someone around you that has a stringer and would be willing to string your racquet for cheap.

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« Reply #259 on: August 26, 2007, 02:57:56 PM »
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Agree fully with the DSter here.  If nothing else, you should tell the manager so that he/she knows that this sort of thing is going on.  Even if checking the $100 bill is standard procedure (unusual but definitely not unheard of), it should at least be done with courtesy.  And the thinly-veiled accusation of stealing is incredibly rude.  Ugh.


I think I posted a bunch of USRSA certified stringers in your area. You can go to usrsa.com and find a stringer from there. Buck has a good thought. Check your local high school or college tennis teams and find out who they use. In my school we had an old codger who used to string for Wilson that lived near the college who strung for the team cheaply.
You best bet is to find someone like me (beating my own chest here  :whistle: ) someone who plays tennis and loves the sport, but is also interested in the technical aspects of it and studies that. Someone who takes pride in his or her consistancy (do it the right way, the same way, every time).

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