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« Reply #380 on: February 17, 2008, 06:51:21 AM »
It is sounding more and more like you are a 4.5!   I sure wish you could join our team!? 
What nights do you guys bowl?  I am free Wednesdays!!! :rofl_2:

Hopefully I'll find out during tourney play this summer!!!
DMast should have given you the down low on my mad monster skillllzzz! :gleam: ;-()
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« Reply #381 on: February 17, 2008, 11:35:44 AM »
3+ hours of hitting with Dan today.  Not my best day as I was exhausted from lack of sleep.  We played doubles against a couple of rusty 4.0 players and had some trouble with them.  We managed to hold on and win the TB in the first set and ran it out 6-2 in the second of the strength of Dan's play.  My serve was not a factor as I struggled with dizziness and the toss.  I feel like I'm not out of the woods yet with this virus thingy.  Drats!
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« Reply #382 on: February 17, 2008, 11:56:59 AM »
3+ hours of hitting with Dan today.  Not my best day as I was exhausted from lack of sleep.  We played doubles against a couple of rusty 4.0 players and had some trouble with them.  We managed to hold on and win the TB in the first set and ran it out 6-2 in the second of the strength of Dan's play.  My serve was not a factor as I struggled with dizziness and the toss.  I feel like I'm not out of the woods yet with this virus thingy.  Drats!

Unlucky with the virus: just use it as an excuse to put your feet up a little. Get well soon :thumbs up:

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« Reply #383 on: February 17, 2008, 12:05:35 PM »
3+ hours of hitting with Dan today.  Not my best day as I was exhausted from lack of sleep.  We played doubles against a couple of rusty 4.0 players and had some trouble with them.  We managed to hold on and win the TB in the first set and ran it out 6-2 in the second of the strength of Dan's play.  My serve was not a factor as I struggled with dizziness and the toss.  I feel like I'm not out of the woods yet with this virus thingy.  Drats!

Unlucky with the virus: just use it as an excuse to put your feet up a little. Get well soon :thumbs up:
I'll admit, I'm not very good at putting my feet up. :(
I don't know how to 'be', I just like to 'do'. :Confused:

Thanks for the well wishes, I am much better than a couple of weeks ago! :king:
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Re: Monster
« Reply #384 on: February 17, 2008, 12:17:23 PM »
3+ hours of hitting with Dan today.  Not my best day as I was exhausted from lack of sleep.  We played doubles against a couple of rusty 4.0 players and had some trouble with them.  We managed to hold on and win the TB in the first set and ran it out 6-2 in the second of the strength of Dan's play.  My serve was not a factor as I struggled with dizziness and the toss.  I feel like I'm not out of the woods yet with this virus thingy.  Drats!

Unlucky with the virus: just use it as an excuse to put your feet up a little. Get well soon :thumbs up:
I'll admit, I'm not very good at putting my feet up. :(
I don't know how to 'be', I just like to 'do'. :Confused:

Thanks for the well wishes, I am much better than a couple of weeks ago! :king:

Try just relaxing while talking on here  :whistle:

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Re: Monster
« Reply #385 on: February 17, 2008, 03:30:52 PM »
It is sounding more and more like you are a 4.5!   I sure wish you could join our team!? 
What nights do you guys bowl?  I am free Wednesdays!!! :rofl_2:

Hopefully I'll find out during tourney play this summer!!!
DMast should have given you the down low on my mad monster skillllzzz! :gleam: ;-()

Sunday evenings are when we need you!   ;-() :rofl_2:     We didn't talk much about you but I believe I asked him a quick bit about your game.  The response was short.  I am piecing together all the info. I have gotten about you and 4.5 seems to be the real.   I wish I would have gotten to see your video with Dmast a while back............it didn't show for me!   :(

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« Reply #386 on: February 17, 2008, 11:13:07 PM »
It is sounding more and more like you are a 4.5!   I sure wish you could join our team!? 
What nights do you guys bowl?  I am free Wednesdays!!! :rofl_2:

Hopefully I'll find out during tourney play this summer!!!
DMast should have given you the down low on my mad monster skillllzzz! :gleam: ;-()

Sunday evenings are when we need you!   ;-() :rofl_2:     We didn't talk much about you but I believe I asked him a quick bit about your game.  The response was short.  I am piecing together all the info. I have gotten about you and 4.5 seems to be the real.   I wish I would have gotten to see your video with Dmast a while back............it didn't show for me!   :(
My partner who plays several tourneys a year and a league strongly urges me to start out with the 4.0's this spring.  At my current fitness level this is probably all I can handle anywhoooo. :(
I think DMast was probably just being nice in not speaking at length about my game! :whistle:
I'll try to dig up the vids and PM them to you. 
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« Reply #387 on: February 20, 2008, 10:03:56 AM »
Monster, you asked about tennis-related exercises a few weeks back - well, I have one for you now.  The exercise is some sort of modified lunge, and while I can't really say how it's different from a regular lunge, I can tell you after having done it a few times that it hits some different muscles than I normally hit with lunges, namely it hits the upper hamstring and butt area harder than I'm used to.  I came about it because I have been bending from the waist to hit low volleys, but the proper technique is to keep your back straight as much as possible - ie, bending down at the knees, which more or less results in a lunge.  When you have time, there's a crossover step to do for the volley - so for example on a backhand for a rightie, your right leg will cross in front of the left one, I'd say at a 33 degree angle (twice as far sideways as forward).  And if it's a low volley, the next thing to do is bend at your right knee and lower your body toward the ground, so that your upper body's stance remains as it would for a higher volley.  This is more or less a lunge, but modified for tennis.  Maybe someone can find a good pic of a pro doing it, I'm sure they exist, but I'm too lazy to go searching :)  Anyway, give it a try.  To be honest, I'm not sure how well I can do at it - at 39, getting down quickly isn't so easy.  But I'm definitely going to do this motion (in fact, shadowing the entire stroke, to bring up another practice technique you mentioned to DSter recently) instead of (or maybe in addition to) my previous lunge routine.

Good luck on the court is nice to have, but it's usually extraneous when playing against Baker.

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Re: Monster
« Reply #388 on: February 20, 2008, 11:12:35 AM »
3+ hours of hitting with Dan today.  Not my best day as I was exhausted from lack of sleep.  We played doubles against a couple of rusty 4.0 players and had some trouble with them.  We managed to hold on and win the TB in the first set and ran it out 6-2 in the second of the strength of Dan's play.  My serve was not a factor as I struggled with dizziness and the toss.  I feel like I'm not out of the woods yet with this virus thingy.  Drats!

Monster - I feel your pain.  This bug has thoroughly kicked my tail. :(
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« Reply #389 on: February 20, 2008, 06:34:02 PM »
Monster, you asked about tennis-related exercises a few weeks back - well, I have one for you now.  The exercise is some sort of modified lunge, and while I can't really say how it's different from a regular lunge, I can tell you after having done it a few times that it hits some different muscles than I normally hit with lunges, namely it hits the upper hamstring and butt area harder than I'm used to.  I came about it because I have been bending from the waist to hit low volleys, but the proper technique is to keep your back straight as much as possible - ie, bending down at the knees, which more or less results in a lunge.  When you have time, there's a crossover step to do for the volley - so for example on a backhand for a rightie, your right leg will cross in front of the left one, I'd say at a 33 degree angle (twice as far sideways as forward).  And if it's a low volley, the next thing to do is bend at your right knee and lower your body toward the ground, so that your upper body's stance remains as it would for a higher volley.  This is more or less a lunge, but modified for tennis.  Maybe someone can find a good pic of a pro doing it, I'm sure they exist, but I'm too lazy to go searching :)  Anyway, give it a try.  To be honest, I'm not sure how well I can do at it - at 39, getting down quickly isn't so easy.  But I'm definitely going to do this motion (in fact, shadowing the entire stroke, to bring up another practice technique you mentioned to DSter recently) instead of (or maybe in addition to) my previous lunge routine.


Awesome tip Freebird, I'll incorporate that into our fitness routine for a bit of variety!  We've been doing 3 sets of 20 on the lunges and with everything else that is plenty at the moment. 
Funny you should mention the shadow strokes again since we use a fair amount of that in our workout as well.  Have you checked out the movement/fitness drills that Pat Etcheberry has put out?  Plenty of shadow strokes mixed in with footwork, good stuff.
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« Reply #390 on: February 21, 2008, 09:15:33 AM »

Awesome tip Freebird, I'll incorporate that into our fitness routine for a bit of variety!  We've been doing 3 sets of 20 on the lunges and with everything else that is plenty at the moment. 
Funny you should mention the shadow strokes again since we use a fair amount of that in our workout as well.  Have you checked out the movement/fitness drills that Pat Etcheberry has put out?  Plenty of shadow strokes mixed in with footwork, good stuff.
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Shadow strokes are the bees knees when you're trying to make technical modifications to your strokes.  Especially for guys like me who have been playing for a long time, stroke habits can be *really* hard to break, especially when you're worrying about the ball coming at you, hitting it back to your partner, etc.  With shadowing, you can focus all of your attention on your body's movement, and hopefully start training yourself to use the new style.  It's certainly been a big thing for me recently as I've tried to change my volleys significantly.  It's also a throwback to when I first started playing tennis (in college) - with no courts available in the winter, I'd just do shadow strokes in my dorm room because I was so desperate to do anything tennis related!
Good luck on the court is nice to have, but it's usually extraneous when playing against Baker.

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« Reply #391 on: February 22, 2008, 05:53:26 AM »
Subbed in on Wed. afternoon dubs with the 4.5+ group.  Didn't fare very well though I was partnered with a very steady 4.0 player.  We just lacked the firepower to handle our opponents DF & DK.  Both players lack mobilitiy and we had some success lobbing early on but couldn't maintain our form there.  From then on they just clubbed us to death as neither one of us was serving well and both opponents possess solid serves.

After hitting dubs had the chance to rally for 20min. with DK who wanted me to demo a Weed racquet.  This fella loves his over-sized heads and somehow manages to have pinpoint control with them.  Obviously I was absolutely crushing my groundstrokes and could generate some wicked top and slice with the Weed compared to my Wilson PS 85. :rofl_2:

On one hand it felt nice to ease up a bit on the swing speed and let the racquet do the work.  On the other hand it didn't feel like I was playing 'tennis'!?!? :Confused: :confused1: :mad1:
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« Reply #392 on: February 22, 2008, 09:20:17 AM »
Subbed in on Wed. afternoon dubs with the 4.5+ group.  Didn't fare very well though I was partnered with a very steady 4.0 player.  We just lacked the firepower to handle our opponents DF & DK.  Both players lack mobilitiy and we had some success lobbing early on but couldn't maintain our form there.  From then on they just clubbed us to death as neither one of us was serving well and both opponents possess solid serves.

After hitting dubs had the chance to rally for 20min. with DK who wanted me to demo a Weed racquet.  This fella loves his over-sized heads and somehow manages to have pinpoint control with them.  Obviously I was absolutely crushing my groundstrokes and could generate some wicked top and slice with the Weed compared to my Wilson PS 85. :rofl_2:

On one hand it felt nice to ease up a bit on the swing speed and let the racquet do the work.  On the other hand it didn't feel like I was playing 'tennis'!?!? :Confused: :confused1: :mad1:

I haven't seed a Weed in forever.  i didn't know anybody still played with that bad boy.
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Re: Monster
« Reply #393 on: February 22, 2008, 10:58:55 AM »

I haven't seed a Weed in forever.  i didn't know anybody still played with that bad boy.

Don't let him fool you - when DSter plays, he looks like he's using a different kind of Weed....

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« Reply #394 on: February 23, 2008, 10:24:18 AM »
Subbed in on Wed. afternoon dubs with the 4.5+ group.  Didn't fare very well though I was partnered with a very steady 4.0 player.  We just lacked the firepower to handle our opponents DF & DK.  Both players lack mobilitiy and we had some success lobbing early on but couldn't maintain our form there.  From then on they just clubbed us to death as neither one of us was serving well and both opponents possess solid serves.

After hitting dubs had the chance to rally for 20min. with DK who wanted me to demo a Weed racquet.  This fella loves his over-sized heads and somehow manages to have pinpoint control with them.  Obviously I was absolutely crushing my groundstrokes and could generate some wicked top and slice with the Weed compared to my Wilson PS 85. :rofl_2:

On one hand it felt nice to ease up a bit on the swing speed and let the racquet do the work.  On the other hand it didn't feel like I was playing 'tennis'!?!? :Confused: :confused1: :mad1:

I haven't seed a Weed in forever.  i didn't know anybody still played with that bad boy.
Not only do folks still play with these racquets, they still make them!!!
At first I felt like I was playing with a snow shovel!!! :rofl_2:
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« Reply #395 on: February 25, 2008, 07:30:19 AM »

I haven't seed a Weed in forever.  i didn't know anybody still played with that bad boy.

Don't let him fool you - when DSter plays, he looks like he's using a different kind of Weed....

 :rasta:

You're right.  I can't make fun of anybody's stick since I'm playing with pretty much the Jack Kramer Pro Staff.   :))
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Re: Monster
« Reply #396 on: February 25, 2008, 11:35:49 AM »

I haven't seed a Weed in forever.  i didn't know anybody still played with that bad boy.

Don't let him fool you - when DSter plays, he looks like he's using a different kind of Weed....

 :rasta:

You're right.  I can't make fun of anybody's stick since I'm playing with pretty much the Jack Kramer Pro Staff.   :))

Correction:   It is the D-Rev-Dino-3!   ;-()   I think it is older than the JKPS!   :rofl_2:  Are you losing your memory? :)~ :rofl_2:
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Re: Monster
« Reply #397 on: February 25, 2008, 08:27:30 PM »
Some good dubs on Sunday morn with Duff after 45 min. of singles drills.
Not bad considering the lack of sleep....

A good workout this a.m. with Duff.  1 hour of fitness/movement drills and my legs felt like jello.  That didn't bode well for the light dubs afterwards, tho' playing down a notch is always fun for working on balance and point control.
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« Reply #398 on: March 01, 2008, 04:04:29 AM »
Treadmill  50min.  3.1miles  796calories  114 avg heart rate.
Whew, I'm starvin'! :))
Treadmill 77min.  4.25miles  1056cal  115avg hrt rate
I feel good!
Treadmill 40min. 2.4miles  672calories  132 avg hrt rt   freeweights!
Time for turkey and squash!
Treadmill 31min. 2.1miles  410cals  120 avg   freeweights!
No pain just walking!
Treadmill 21min.  1.2miles  119avg
Treadmill  42min.  2.5miles  550cals  118avg  freeweights
Treadmill  64min.  3.75miles  860 cals  115avg  560curls  350raises
Treadmill  62min.  3.9miles  1003cals  121avg
Walk/Treadmill  93min  6.3miles  1385cals  125avg  no weights
Wow, over 1 month since my last real fitness session.  That is ugly.
1 hour on court footwork and fitness.
1 hour of warmup and drills.  'Alley Rally' and 'Focus'.
I am toast. :tounge-smile:
Treadmill  26min.  1.5miles  330cals  105avg  no weights
Treadmill  46min.  2.75miles  665cals  113avg  weights

Nice going monster, but what does the last column mean? Your running with weights?
Please keep in mind there is very little running going on during these workouts! ;-()  A couple of 2 minute trots at 5mph is all my knees can take at this time.  Mostly walking at 3.7-4.2mph at an incline of 6-12%.  For a break I slow the pace and incline down and use 5lb weights to do curls, lateral and front raises and upright rows this keeps the heartrate up around 120+ and gives my legs a break.  I've also started using resistance bands to do chest and back workouts once I get off the treadmill.
Treadmill 48min.  3.25miles  688cals  129avg  weights
Treadmill  33min.  2.1miles   460cals  119avg
Treadmill  34min.  2.2miles   435cals  115avg  weights
Treadmill  75min.  5.1miles   1002cals 120avg  weights  resistance bands
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« Reply #399 on: March 01, 2008, 04:16:03 AM »
Thurs. eve dubs
CF and I against SK & DK, obvious mismatch.
Hold serve twice despite 75% missed kills by CF.  Break SK once!!!
2 aces against SK in one game!  Slice and T serves in the deuce court.  DK doesn't like the kicker in the ad court. Too bad CF couldn't clean up those weak returns, next time!!! Good lobs this set, especially over DK.  Lose 6-4.
MN & I v. JB and CF.  MN is my fav partner to date.  CF suddenly starts playing well and making 75% of his kill shots.  Man, I hate his lefty serve in the ad court!  Must commit to being ready for JB's monsta serve.  Any hesitation and that beeyotch is gone!!!  Got aced once up the T in the ad court, man I hate that.  If I play steady and set up MN, he is excellent on finishing points.  I seem to do well creating weak shots for him to put away.

Glimpses of what my movement could be minus 100lbs!  Felt very good coming forward and then moving out of the split to the next shot.  Was able to close tight for 2 nice kills in the first set.  Retired 'early' after 2.5 hrs since I started the night exhausted from work.

Fitness & drills with MD this a.m. and then a light hit with PH.
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