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I'm not normally one for tennis gadgets and "get great quick" schemes, so I'm always a bit skeptical of any tennis gear that Jack Kramer himself wouldn't use. You can call me a traditionalist. So, when the guys at ProTrainer Tennis asked me to demo their new WinSock, I didn't get my hopes up.



Let me back up and tell you a bit about my game - I'm a 4.5 player that gets a bit tight in important matches. So, I end up playing a lot of very close 4.0 tennis matches. If you rock, I'll play up to your level. But if you struggle, I struggle. It's a curse, you know. It's all about relaxing, gaining confidence and loosening up. The first time I used the WinSock, I simpy swung my arms around and loosened up my shoulder (picture a baseball slugger with the weight rings on the bat) before I played. I didn't get the most out of it because what is unique about this weight is that you are supposed to warm up with the WinSock on the racquet.

warm up with it onAfter reading the instructions (you know how men never read instructions until we have to), for the next match I warmed up with the WinSock on and immediately got results. I used it for the first 6 or 7 minutes of the hit, and then slipped it off to finish my warm-up. My arm was relaxed and my hitting motion was fluid. If you're like me, it takes you a few games to really get cooking. Not this time. I was hitting clean from the first point. I didn't have to fight my way back into the set; My opponent found himself in that position. I've used the WinSock in every warm-up since. It is excellent for my groundies. I get some funny looks from some opponents, but by the end of the match, they often ask where to get one for themselves.

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Comment by Protrainer Tennis on January 4, 2013 at 9:32pm

Thanks Mark, I'm glad we are linked up with Twitter now. Your site is really doing well man. I appreciate your support for all these years.

Comment by CoachV - William Vazquez on January 4, 2013 at 8:51pm

Comment by CoachV - William Vazquez on January 4, 2013 at 8:43pm
  • i gave = KID V she is now 6 Years old

  • the win sock on her dora racquet

  • Mark / The Mayor

    :D

  • Me

    and she instantly generated swing speed to the point where she hear the noise from swinging fast

  • and she was like "daddy did you hear it!!!!"

  • Mark / The Mayor

    nice!

  • Me

    then i gave my adult racquet 95 Prostaff 6.0 to KID-V with the Winsock on

  • Mark / The Mayor

    What happened?

  • Me

    and she was swinging it like a champ, Full Swings forehand and backhands and creating Wind noise with the adult racquet.

  • Mark / The Mayor

    Boomer! Sooner!

  • Me

    i like the sock because its closer to the hand allowing the player to learn and understand whipping the head of the racquet instead of just slapping with the tip of the racquet.

  • Mark / The Mayor

    totally

  • so you think it will be good for adult beginners especially?

  • Me
  • it will be good for all players but especially new-er players.

Comment by Andrew (Tampa Bay) on April 13, 2011 at 8:51am
Yep, I have the same warm up issue, I'm interested in this!
Comment by Mark / The Mayor on August 14, 2010 at 9:22am
Yo Stiver,
Exactly! I found that it helped me loosen up my arm while also increasing my racquet speed once I took it off. It's a bit like the guys use in baseball, but you actually hit the ball with it. Cool device.
Comment by Nicholas Clawson Stiver I on June 24, 2009 at 5:11pm
The Winsock, eh? So this is some kind of weight you put on your racquet to warm up with? How does this help you?
Comment by Protrainer Tennis on August 13, 2008 at 6:42am
Mark, Thanks for the great feedback. Everyone who has ever tried the WinSock has the same results that you have experienced. I think it's because the concept is simple and the technique for using it is effortless; you just warm up as usual. Most people don't realize the most important aspect and what sets this product apart from any other device is the fact that you get to hit the ball with it installed. This allows you to actually set your timing and groove your stroke for racquet to ball contact . Thanks for sharing your experiences and just to let you know, I am thinking of offering a special to Tennisopolis members so they can all get the same instant results that many have from using the WinSock.

Thanks Again
Bill

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