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Battle of the 11.1 oz player frames: 2015 Head Speed Pro XT vs. Wilson Pro Staff 97

As the recent owner of both these fine frames, Head and Wilson have really improved racquets in this weight category. I will describe the differences between the two. Both of these racquets are better than the Head Graphene Prestige Pro, also at 11.1…


Added by Tim Prapong on March 2, 2015 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

Late 2014: How Federer very well may be surpassing Djokovic!

The last two meetings of the two titans, at the Shanghai and the IPTL league, showed Federer's increasing prowess at dominating the forecourt. Certainly, Edberg has not only improved Federer's volleys to such an extent. He has also made Fed cut off the angle from where Djokovic can pass. 

The years Fed spent with Annacone trying to adapt a chip and charge…


Added by Tim Prapong on December 16, 2014 at 3:10pm — 6 Comments

Why do the two high amplitude forehands (Nadal and Djokovic) dominate the ATP tour?

Looking at the current world rankings, Nadal is 12500 pts, Djokovic is at 12330. Then there is a precipitous drop in points, with Wawrinka at 5525, Federer at 4945. Why would there be such a drop? I attribute this to the simple fact the prior two have more topspin and sidespin on their forehands.

Let's be honest here. The serve is no longer the determinant of…


Added by Tim Prapong on June 16, 2014 at 11:30pm — 9 Comments

Federer practicing with a bigger racquet in Hamburg. Will the racquet bring him back to the forefront?

Roger Federer met the press Monday in Hamburg and the Swiss star revealed that he made the decision to play the event the day after his shock second round loss to Sergiy Stakhovsky at Wimbledon.

“I think this decision was made very quickly the day after Wimbledon,” Federer told the German press today. “I thought, what are my options now? Do I need more practice? Do I…


Added by Tim Prapong on July 15, 2013 at 10:30pm — 14 Comments

What are the tell tale signs you're a TENNIS BUM?

I'm sure this could run in a few categories:

1) Racquet freak: Gotta try the latest racquets, demo ten racquets when they come out at the start of the year. End up getting six of the same, then an itch happens. You buy a different one, then have to sell the six when that new one plays better. Then it happens every year. Check!

2) League addict:…


Added by Tim Prapong on February 8, 2013 at 4:00pm — 16 Comments

The single best blog on what makes Federer, Nadal and Djokovic forehands superior to other forehands!

Say no more. Because there is nothing more to be said after reading this article, which confirms my own experimentations with closed faced swings. 

If you read with a careful eye and truly absorb what is being said in the highly detailed 7 part blog on "A Roadmap to a Hall-of-Fame…


Added by Tim Prapong on November 29, 2012 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Post thoughts on the ATP World Tour Finals: the value of defensive tennis and will American tennis ever break into the top 4, WTA or ATP?

     Tennis has gone from winning points to conserving points. But that's what is to be expected with better racquets. To be able to stay in the point longer. Sampras used to win a quick easy points with a big serve, serve and volley, or down the line screamer with his running forehand.

     And Federer is partly of this school.…


Added by Tim Prapong on November 13, 2012 at 1:30pm — 10 Comments

What is angular momentum and why do Federer, Nadal and Djokovic use it?

We hear often that the new mechanics in tennis is the "modern forehand". What makes for the "modern"? Then there is invariably the mention of angular momentum. How does this apply to tennis? 

There has been a change in how the forehand swing is shaped, and the top guys of today hit the forehand much differently from how the top forehand hitters did in the…


Added by Tim Prapong on November 6, 2012 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Balance on your groundstrokes: How much leaning can be done backwards or forwards? Should you be mostly level?

Whether you have a predominantly level base swivel, such as the Djokovic backhand above, or the more forward leaning forehand of Federer, in tennis, balance is key. Knowing where your balance is at the point of contact can be difference between a wildly spraying shot and a solidly struck screamer down the line. 

Look at how level Djokovic's right thigh…


Added by Tim Prapong on August 9, 2012 at 3:57pm — 1 Comment

The Advanced Forehand: Is your forehand more of a "driver" or more of a "hook" shot?

I was out practicing with a friend who plays 4.5 and open tournaments and leagues. I hadn't seen him in 8 months, and he had told me he had changed his forehand drastically. Originally, he had a Berasetegui type Extreme Western forehand grip, which would produced gobs of spin, but would not drive through the court much. He would wail upwards on the ball and…


Added by Tim Prapong on July 30, 2012 at 1:00am — 10 Comments

Using the SHOULDER BLADE for a more powerful MODERN BACKHAND!

Back is almost facing target on takeback

Closed and bladed at contact"

After contact, chest facing target:

pics from "smoothtennis" at …


Added by Tim Prapong on July 23, 2012 at 2:30am — No Comments

The REVOLUTIONARY UNIT TURN and how it can improve your game exponentially!

Here are two very good links to videos by famed and highly respected tennis coach Rick Macci discussing the UNIT TURN. The unit turn is one of the major changes in the modern pro tennis game. You don't have to be a pro to understand it either. …


Added by Tim Prapong on July 23, 2012 at 1:30am — 6 Comments

The REAL reasons the service toss goes all over the place. Or the most detailed explanation you may read in awhile. lol

Well, I am going to explain the forces which may cause for an errant toss. 1) shoulder rotation 2) balance and 3) alignment. Here I am going to call #1 the "merry go round" and #2 the "seesaw". And #3, the 2 to 7 LINE.

Here goes #1: This is what I call the "merry go round effect". You're supposed to be nice and…


Added by Tim Prapong on May 17, 2012 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Clijsters upset by Li at Sydney

It's about time for me to put up a good women's final and here it is. Clijsters was up 5-0 in the first set but failed to close out. This reminds me of her loss to Petrova last year never having a foothold. Not changing game plans appeared to have cost Kim as Li played some scrappy tennis. This may change the outlook of who may win the Australian for…

Added by Tim Prapong on January 14, 2011 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Del Potro on the comeback, defeats Lopez narrowly.

Del Potro looked sharp enough, frustrating Lopez at the beginning. His trademark forehand and rock solid two hander all seemed intact, along with that thundering serve. Lopez took the match to Delpo to three very tight sets and delivered on his volleying prowess. Will Delpo be ready for the Australian, ranked in the 250s at the beginning of this match in…

Added by Tim Prapong on January 11, 2011 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Soderling hangs tough against Roddick

Roddick gave Soderling some trouble in the second set with some very clever play. Le Sod had to wade it out, picking the right moments for his missile forehand. The Swede looks a little more adept at playing the net, more maneuverable and less hesitant. Roddick also seems to have some heat in the forehand and his slice looks more…

Added by Tim Prapong on January 10, 2011 at 11:16pm — No Comments

Federer defeats Davydenko at Doha final

Davydenko's groundstrokes had little effect on the Fed Express today. Federer made very few mistakes and kept changing his pattern. Davydenko could not get set and dictate from the middle. Well, with the Australian a little more than a week away, things look promising for the talented…

Added by Tim Prapong on January 8, 2011 at 8:28pm — 6 Comments

Nadal defeated by Davydenko


 Nadal was not feeling well during this match, but Davydenko closed this out with little sympathy. He produced accurate shots and took over the match being down a break from the start. Nadal narrowly escaped being bageled again in the second set, but it was all Nikolai's way. No Fed/Nadal final in Doha this…


Added by Tim Prapong on January 7, 2011 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Soderling vs. Harrison (the young American hopeful) at 2011 Brisbane





This is a very short highlight youtube of the match. Ryan Harrison really has a serve motion reminiscent of Sampras. He has…


Added by Tim Prapong on January 4, 2011 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Federer vs. Nadal final at 2011 Abu Dhabi



Nadal responded to Federer's strategy of attacking returns by serving much more aggressive. You don't have much of Federer asserting the chip and charge against those serves. The other thing to note is how Federer is not crowding the baseline in these rallies. It is true that Federer had the better tempo at the beginning and Nadal weathers the storm like he usually does. Federer even had break point to win the first set. But his backhand in the…


Added by Tim Prapong on January 3, 2011 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

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