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3-6, 3-6 w/ golfer

Waiter’s tray is still there – it has been months and many double faults. I’m a little discouraged 小崩溃

One fellow player on FB left me this long help note:

Irene, I have to ask exactly what are you after? The post indicates elimination of double faults and frustrations, which in and of themselves are great goals. However, watching your clip I’m struck by the fact that your motion, at least in this clip, is NOT dynamic at any point of the motion. Another observation is that your ball toss is both erratic and has an inconsistent release point. If I was forced to compare your service motion to a professional, past or current, I’d point to Francois Durr. That is not bad, after all she did play professional tennis and did have success BUT …. you have a major relationship with the western grip. Others have already touched on this, but the western grip is not intended for balls above your head. The main reason being is that ANY rotation of your shoulder, bend to your elbow, or rotation at you wrist or change in grip pressure will change the angle of incidence/contact with the ball. A good way to think about the service motion is not so much throwing a football, as that is not a universally understood skill, but rather reaching for an item on a high shelf. Most people when they reach for items on a high shelf move to a position with their hip as close to the shelf as possible to allow them to have a full or complete EXTENSION of their arm and torso to touch and grasp the item. The same is true for the service motion, the more you are reaching for the ball the better the extension, more power, consistency, spin and less frustration. So how to think and train for a better service motion. The simplest manner to train for consistency is to start with the grip. Stand at the service line and put your racket flat against your leg with the bow of the racket touching the ground. grasp the racket handle so that your hand is parallel to your leg, THAT is a continental grip. With this grip firmly in mind move to a fence with a windscreen. Place your non-dominant hip and shoulder against the fence and emulate your service motion toward the apex of the motion, the contact point. You will notice as you do this your body will want to turn into the fence, this is called pronation. This position is where 100% of successful players make contact with the ball, this is what you need to emulate. As you progress and move back to the court this motion will allow you a better angle to the opposite court and as an added bonus when you execute properly it will help your body to embrace proper mechanics and “pull” you into the court as you strike the ball. If you review your clip once you finish your motion you are still behind the baseline. A proper service motion should naturally “pull” you forward, almost making you feel like you are falling into the court. At this point I must emphasize that a step into the court is both natural and important. If you are not stepping into the court after contact your motion is not a complete motion. The next issue you need to address is the ball toss. The term toss is a misnomer, it should be though of as you “placing” the ball at a specific place every time for your motion. Thinking to the service motion process we discussed above you need to place the ball at a consistent height. The best way to think of this is as a formula; Your Height (H) + length of arm above your head level(A) + racket length (R) + gravity (G) = the optimum height to place the ball for a proper service. I will use my specifics as an example: I am 6’2″, the part of my arm above my head is 24″, the length os my racket is “27” and the force of gravity, that is the distance a ball will drop anywhere in the world while I’m swinging to the contact point, is 28″ . (H)74+(A)24+(R)27+(G)28 = 153″ or 12.75 feet high. the next ideal to grasp is that the ball must be placed in a position forward of your body to allow proper pronation into the ball as we trained for against the fence/windscreen. Many instructors speak to some place one racket length ahead of your non-dominant leg, depending upon your range of motion that location can and will change. The best mental picture for this process is to imagine standing in the doorway from a room into a hallway. The ball you are “tossing/lifting” you are placing into the hallway outside of the doorway you are standing in at the moment. Another benefit of this thought process is that it helps to remind you to step/walk through the door into the hallway/court. If all of this seems like so much wet spaghetti the one take away you should focus upon is ball toss and height of toss. Even with your current motion and grip those two alone will greatly improve your results. If you are not going to play competitive tournament tennis seeking radical change may not actually be for you. Just consistent may be what you should be seeking… but only you can make that determination.

… Thank you so much!

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Renée Richards, 1934

She was born in New York City as Richard Raskind on August 19, 1934, to David Raskind, an orthopedic surgeon. His mother was one of the first female psychiatrists in the United States, in addition to being a professor at Columbia University. This “nice Jewish boy” grew up in Forest Hills, graduated from Horace Mann School, Yale and University of Rochester Medical Center (1959) specialized in ophthalmology.

At Horace Mann, he excelled as the wide receiver for the football team, the pitcher for the baseball team, and on the tennis and swim teams. New York Yankees Invited him to join he decided to focus on tennis.

He married model Barbara Mole in June 1970, had a son Nicholas in 1972, was divorced in 1975 when he transitioned to a woman.

His fame came in 1976 when he was ousted by TV anchor Richard Carlson, the father of Tucker, now Renée Richards. And her subsequent law suit against US Open, and won. But she lost in the first run in 1977 US Open to Virginia Wade (1945-).

As a men, he first played in US Open in 1953, lost in the first run, so did 1956 and 1960. He made into the second run in 1955 and 1957.

He returned to ophthalmologist, working on Park Avenue in 1980 after quitting tennis circuit.

1934年8月19日, 她出生于纽约市. 原名Richard Raskind. 父亲是整形外科医生David Raskind. 除了是哥伦比亚大学的教授外,他的母亲还是美国第一批女精神病学家之一.  这个“漂亮的犹太男孩”在森林山长大,毕业于霍勒斯曼学校, 耶鲁大学和罗切斯特大学医疗中心(1959年),专攻眼科.

在Horace Mann 霍勒斯曼学校, 他作为足球队的外接手、棒球队的投手以及网球和游泳队的出色表现. 纽约洋基队邀请他加入, 他决定专注于网球.

他于1970年6月与模特Barbara Mole结婚,1972年有一个儿子Nicholas,1975年他过渡到女性时离婚.

他的名声出现在1976年, 当时他被电视主播Richard Carlson赶下台 (Richard Carlson是Tucker的父亲)现在是Renée Richards. 她随后对美国公开赛提起诉讼,并获胜. 但她在1977年美国网球公开赛的第一次比赛中输给了弗吉尼亚·韦德(1945-).

作为一名男子,他于1953年首次参加美国网球公开赛,在第一场比赛中输了, 1956年和1960年也是如此. 他在1955年和1957年打进了第二圈.

1980年在退出网球巡回赛后 他回归眼科医生,诊室在纽约的公园大道上.

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Overgrip: how hillbilly does tennis

Wednesday’s laugh, really:

So Irene continues her quest to improve her serve, and turned to the coach this morning.
Coach: “let me see how you hold your racket.”
I did. He did some adjustment. Then looked hard at my handle/overgrip.
“Irene, who did this?”
“Myself”, I said proudly.

It’s all wrong. It’s inside out …
… Guess this is how Hillbilly does her tennis lah.

Did I feel something isn’t right? Of course I did.

Did I try to change? Of course I didn’t.

Let’s talk about something else.

Like what?

… tennis … lol

I spent much the hour working on my serve, but I did get a little lesson on forehand: right leg stays behind.

怀疑人生了 … 教练说教俺怎么握拍子 … 然后问 “谁帮你换的?”

俺得意洋洋的说 “自己呀”

教练说 … 弄反了

… 简直怀疑人生

🤣🤣🤣 俺还天天在这儿晒

瞎 吹牛 [捂脸][调皮]

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6-2, 6-2

Paused for a month, I played really well today (no doubles … but not sure if my waiter’s tray is gone …), although started off with 0-2 in the first set.

It rained a little but we’re able to continue and finish our game.

Best of all, I’ve the homemade dumplings for dinner -:)

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Gabriela Sabatini played here

Sabatini (1970-; 1985-96; $8,785,850) was born in Buenos Aires. She played two finals, won US Open in 1990, and lost Wimbledon (1991), both against Steffi Graf. Her highest ranking was #3, reached 1989.

On the bus tour we saw two red clay tennis camps. She lost 5 French Open doubles SF (1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992) and 3 final (1986, 1987, 1989) at Paris’ Roland Garros.

The youngsters play well

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6-1 w/ Golfer

I’m a little deflated on getting rid of my waiter’s tray when serving. I know all the theory and tried to do the right thing. BUT unable!

Tell me, why do I want to get rid of the waiter’s tray?

The iffy weather ruined our regular lineup. I ended up practiced for an hour then played doubles with Golfer, vs Matt and Sally. We won 6-1 without a double – the third time in a row. But I’m not too happy. I’d rather lose, with doubles but with correctly motion!

In the video, I’ve

  • hammer grip
  • holding up the racket – salute/birthday hat position
  • swing … why do I change back to waiter’s tray?

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… is there a game, and where?

Waking up not knowing if I’ve a game and where to play. Senior moment. But glad I clear all that up and how up on time.

🎾 6-0, 6-2, no double (w/ Hope & Al; Kurt) – my second game in a row without a double fault; and my first serve % is high [跳跳][玫瑰]… but but but … the waiter’s tray may still be there

老年痴呆 醒来不知咂回事儿 不记得有没有🎾打 在哪儿打

🏊 气温50多度 水温 77 爽

他说每次游一小时 [强]

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Windy; no double

A very windy day due to tornado, one other tennis group canceled but we soldiered on. 5-0, 5-4, 2-5. No double fault, which I’m very happy. I thought I did good with hammer BUT the waiter’s tray is still there!!!

On one of my down the T serve in the second set, even I thought was about to go out but it landed inside – most likely due to the strong wind. Both opponents called it out. Although I protested but I proceeded to take the 2nd serve. One lesson, never call a line before the ball actually landed.

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The last game of the year – 2023

my grip – index finger is still apart  

Played an excellent match today, with Cheri vs Jing and Punny: 6-3, 6-4. All played well and had good time playing it.

I’ve two doubles in the second set. Disgusted! After the game, I videoed my serve and … the waiter’s tray is still there and the grip is still wrong.

A few photos of Federer’s serve – it looks like his index finger is slightly apart also; and the snap.

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Why fix it if it ain’t broke?

6-4, 6-1, 3-6: one ace (on a 2nd serve to the deuce court alley) and two doubles.
Why fix it if it ain’t broke?

Don’t know… maybe trying to better myself? The road is long and progress is slow. But I’m still trying, even the waiter’s tray is still there.

Why fix it if it ain’t broke?… 可以解释为 别多手 或者 没坏就不要修…
本来可以靠发球赢很多. 现在一心想改进 结果失误太多
(不过也一个ace …)
… 一根筋 继续改进 虽没啥长进

歌是George Michael 的 True Faith [愉快] … I have faith to be the better me [偷笑][捂脸]

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