The serve and leg drive

“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.”

Shoe warranty

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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. 🙂

Are you really playing tennis?

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.

 

When is a win a big defeat?

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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 …

String selection

lux-141The 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.