“The one commonality in great servers I think is a big knee bend, a big, strong base leg,” Roddick told Tennis Now. “I think people talk about shoulders and live arm a lot – I think that’s probably overstated.
“I think the part that’s understated is if you look at Sampras and Becker and Ivanisevic, just the power and drive they get from their legs.”
Three big finals in a row.
Is Serena saying I can’t stand the pain, just get me out of here?
Most anyone that plays competitively knows the feeling.
Win or lose, just get me off the court.
What can we learn from the pros?
Serena, Federer, Murray — often too flat?
Nadal — too much spin, and now sits up?
Djokovic — just right?
While looking for the hard-to-find Nike Air Max Cage, we play tested the Nike Zoom 2 hoping for a good replacement.
Conclusion: They don’t work for us.
We sometimes here tennis strokes taught with the idea of “pulling” then “pushing”.
A good example of WHAT the pros do or at least what some instructors think they do.
We need the, HOW!
Pull what? Pull with what? Pull when?
Push what? Push with what? Push when?
The theme continues, tennis can be sneaky expensive. Shoes, strings, balls, etc.
Some shoe makers have out-sole warranties, but the terms and conditions are not always clear and certain.
In general, the wear must be all the way through for the manufacturer to offer a replacement.
What if your favorite shoe is no longer available? Expect a voucher.
Will the manufacturer continue to replace the same shoe over and over? Not likely. 🙂
Maybe an obvious point, but are you practicing and/or playing with old or flat tennis balls?
If so, you are likely not “really” playing tennis.
Big hitters and servers will usually have an advantage with new balls. On the other hand, slicey, dicey, lobbing, drop shotters could actually benefit from dead balls.
Notice we said, “defeat” and not “loss” because you actually won the match. You know where we’re going with this. Many of us have been there and the “defeat” is monster.
You also know the score. And recently on the WTA, a big time match ended the exact same way. The dreaded 7-5,7-5 “DEFEAT”. It seems these matches always go 5 & 5.
Serena and Nicalescue at the BNP.
How can club-level players deal with these “defeats”, learn from them and minimize the sleepless nights. More to come …
The theme continues — tennis is already expensive enough.
That said, we have tried the Lux 141 string. The thickest we have been able to find so far.
If performance is not an issue, try it, otherwise, all things considered, we like the Big Banger 138 overall.
The theme continues, tennis can be expensive! Strings, shoes, balls can all add up.
With the intro of the relatively new Luxilon ALU Power in a 15 gauge, we are re-visiting this thickness.