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Re: Babblelot's Book of Tennis Foibles
« Reply #80 on: May 17, 2009, 05:58:50 PM »
I couldn't find anyone to play today, but I did find someone who was hitting serves. I asked if he wanted to hit, but he said I could return his serve. More than anything, I need to work on my return of serve. I must have returned more than a hundred and fifty balls.

It was awesome! I'd love to do more of that  :)



150 returns out of 1500 serves is not that great.

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« Reply #81 on: May 17, 2009, 06:05:39 PM »
Hey, I found the guy Babble played with:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT714mG17bA[/youtube]


He looks good, no doubt.

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« Reply #82 on: May 17, 2009, 06:10:03 PM »
If that's the case, he's awful lucky to have returned even one of those serves!

Looks like a swell guy to have scones and a cup a Joe wid though.
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« Reply #83 on: May 17, 2009, 08:19:16 PM »
Nice Babble..............good thing you asked the dude!  It worked out perfectly! 

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« Reply #84 on: May 18, 2009, 09:04:56 AM »
I couldn't find anyone to play today, but I did find someone who was hitting serves. I asked if he wanted to hit, but he said I could return his serve. More than anything, I need to work on my return of serve. I must have returned more than a hundred and fifty balls.

It was awesome! I'd love to do more of that  :)


Good stuff B.
Perhaps the least practiced shot in the game. :(
Did you make a date to hit with him again?
I'll understand if this question is too personal after reading the last few entries here.....


:laugh-bounce:  No plans to hit again  :(
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« Reply #85 on: May 18, 2009, 09:07:19 AM »
You gotta get out there and whore yourself out!   :rofl_2:    Scott can give you pointers on going to courts and whoring yourself out!   :rofl_2:

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« Reply #86 on: May 18, 2009, 09:09:02 AM »
Nice Babble..............good thing you asked the dude!  It worked out perfectly! 

The courts were packed. I definitely got lucky! :H
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Re: Babblelot's Book of Tennis Foibles
« Reply #87 on: May 18, 2009, 09:12:05 AM »
Hey, I found the guy Babble played with:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT714mG17bA[/youtube]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT714mG17bA

He looks good, no doubt.


:laugh-bounce:

Except for the non-ball bounce, I do indeed see some of that on the Chicago Public Courts in my 'hood  ..-)
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Re: Babblelot's Book of Tennis Foibles
« Reply #88 on: May 19, 2009, 04:32:05 AM »
Nice Babble..............good thing you asked the dude!  It worked out perfectly! 

The courts were packed. I definitely got lucky! :H
:rofl_2: :lmao: :hysterical:
Don't let YB find out, she'll be jealous! :rofl_2:
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« Reply #89 on: May 19, 2009, 09:51:39 AM »
Nice Babble..............good thing you asked the dude!  It worked out perfectly! 

The courts were packed. I definitely got lucky! :H
:rofl_2: :lmao: :hysterical:
Don't let YB find out, she'll be jealous! :rofl_2:

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You went easy on me! No second attempts at the same joke--that's like, double jeopardy :nono:
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Re: Babblelot's Book of Tennis Foibles
« Reply #90 on: June 04, 2010, 02:17:51 PM »
OK, so yous guys should know why I'm updating my journal.

Yep.

shoulder


I'm playing this tall lefty who's able to handle my kickserve to his FH. So naturally, I've got to tweak it to make it more difficult to handle. So I start exaggerating everything--the toss, my push off into the ball--and I feel a pinch yesterday. Not sure what to make of it because I can do everything normally at or below the head. I've got bands to exercise with, and I don't feel any pain doing the exercises. The only time it hurts is when I go into my service motion.  

Sucks! I guess I'll be playing the wall for a few weeks...or more!  :(
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« Reply #91 on: June 06, 2010, 02:47:58 PM »
Hit with a guy today. Just rallied and returned his serve. A great hit. Didn't try to serve.  :)
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« Reply #92 on: June 06, 2010, 04:37:26 PM »
Good luck with that shoulder.  Don't rush it.  Injuries are something I know all too much about.  And as you know, I am a doctor   :\
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Re: Babblelot's Book of Tennis Foibles
« Reply #93 on: October 18, 2010, 02:23:36 AM »
I think its really a good idea OSO Buckeye. It should be considered with care, because summer brings its own negative aspects in Columbus.

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« Reply #94 on: January 01, 2011, 09:48:12 AM »
Been 6 months since Babble has thrown down an update.  Sad...
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« Reply #95 on: May 30, 2013, 03:25:52 PM »
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« Reply #96 on: June 08, 2013, 04:24:49 PM »
:toot:  :toot:  :toot:


I have an update 4 (FOUR!!!) years in the making.

OK, I have one tennis partner. I've written about him in the past -- 6'3", 215 lbs (same as my 5'9" fat ass), lefty, 13 years my junior, high school tennis team, and 4.0. We've been playing each spring/summer the past 4 years. We've definitely had some tight sets over that time, a couple of TBers, a few more 7-5 sets, all of which I had ultimately squandered MPs.

Lately, not so interesting, and for 2 hours yesterday, the story line was the same: 0-6, 0-6, 1-6, 0-6, 2-6.

The wind was absolutely howling, which meant his serve with the wind at his back was simply overpowering. The other direction was not much easier, because he's not great serving into the wind, so his serve was getting knocked down and I was reaching for the ball usually taking it about a foot off the ground. On a normal day, his serve kicks so high that I have to return like Rafa; I literally check to make certain my backswing doesn't hit the fence otherwise I'm trying to strike a ball with an extreme Western grip from my earhole. Needless to say, with that much wind in his face, his inclination to back off on his serve when serving into the wind and my preference to stand a racquet's length in front of the fence, I have to move into no man's land returning, thus taking everything off my shoe tops.

Well, it all changed in the 6th set!

I made 2 adjustments:

1. midway threw the 5th set, I realized I was returning better if I closed my return stance. Rather than starting my ROS standing with both feet parallel to the baseline, I stood with my left foot forward and favored my FH. My FH return isn't better, possibly worse under normal conditions, but yesterday, that was the way to go. I've never done that before. By the end of the set I clocked 2 returns and put him on notice: "I'm in it now!"

2. For 5 sets (and all 2013), I've been serving from the alley and slicing him off the court from the deuce side and S&Ving if he gets it back. In the 6th set, I said, "Eff it! I'm playing him straight up for the 1st time this year!" and took a normal position. It brought 2 serves back in play: my kicker and my fastball.

So I get off to a great start and hold my first 2 service games, then at 2-2 I break his serve. Hold again! 4-2. He holds then breaks back. "OK, 4-4. Still in it." I hold again. I could see my American twist serve was giving him fits. He just wasn't able to judge it as it kept jumping back into his chest. Probably a function of the wind, but whatever, it was nasty. He went from being stretched wide reaching for a ball running away from him for 5 sets to seeing a ball jump back into his chest.

Awesome!  :thumbs-up:

Bab holds! 5-4. "Been here before," I'm thinking, "I just relax too much trying not to get too excited, and in the end, he just keeps the ball in play and let's me beat myself...OK, shut up. Don't relax this time and stay out of those rallies."

He's serving with the wind at his back. Per usual, he decelerates and gives me good looks. I clock a great return and win the 1st point. Then we get to 30-30. The next two points are identical. With the wind blasting in my face he winds up at the net both points. This gives me an opportunity to blast a topspin lob as hard as I can because the wind is going to knock the ball down each time. The one at 30-30 was brilliantly struck and landed on the line. He's in disbelief and I give him a "Vamos!!"

Match Point!!

Same scenario, he quickly moves into the net. Again, I'm at the baseline with the opportunity to clock another topspin lob as hard as I can.

YIKES!  :yikes:  I catch more frame than strings!

We both watch helplessly as the ball sails toward the baseline with little topspin...but into a fierce wind!

Boom! It catches the back of the baseline. Mike shouts: "I can't f**king believe it!!! It caught the line again!"

I run to his side of the court and jump into his arms!! "I f**king did it, dude! I won!! I f**king beat you!!"

Ha ha! The match score was 5 sets to 1. But f**k that. I WON!  :first-place:

First time I had taken a set off him, EVER!
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« Reply #97 on: June 08, 2013, 04:32:58 PM »
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I run to his side of the court and jump into his arms!! "I f**king did it, dude! I won!! I f**king beat you!!"

 :rofl_2: :rofl_2:

at least you won that crucial set  ;-() Next time its gonna be easier.

Just like me, I have the ability to win every match vs my dad, but I get too impatient and don't care so much about winning as he does. All I have to do is get into damn rallies. I usually beat myself and shower him with many UE's  :)~
But I like how offensive we both can be at times.
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« Reply #98 on: June 08, 2013, 04:38:49 PM »
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I run to his side of the court and jump into his arms!! "I f**king did it, dude! I won!! I f**king beat you!!"

 :rofl_2: :rofl_2:

at least you won that crucial set  ;-() Next time its gonna be easier.

Just like me, I have the ability to win every match vs my dad, but I get too impatient and don't care so much about winning as he does. All I have to do is get into damn rallies. I usually beat myself and shower him with many UE's  :)~
But I like how offensive we both can be at times.

That's how I play against defensive players...exactly. I just can't handle their willingness to just put the ball in play and give me no pace.  :cursing:  :;:-|
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« Reply #99 on: June 08, 2013, 08:10:58 PM »
Sweeetness, you are mine!
From what I read, something clicked (or hurt) and you finally made an adjustment.  That's awesome!  Who gives a shat aboooot winning a set, it's the fact you took the first step towards problem solving in tennis.  Sometimes there's soooo much crap goin' on between the ears that's it's next to impossbile to make a few minor adjustments that might help out.

Kudos to you Mon Ami!
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