Bill, I just found this cool quote from the Sampras autobiography and thought maybe you could use this:
When I started playing, it was still the wooden-racket era, and Robert [Lansdorp] taught me to hit properly. A few years later, technology would transform the basic tennis racket, and eventually it would be easier for everyone to develop a weapon. But I shaped mine the hard way. Some of the things we did were very basic. Robert would open his racket cover--back then, it was just a soft, zippered vinyl case that covered the racket head down to the throat--put his keys inside of it, and close it back up on the head of the racket. (Robert alwayshad about forty keys, so his key ring was heavy as an anvil.) Then I would practice the forehand stroke with the weighted racket. For a little kid, that was tough, but it taught me to drive through the ball. With Robert, it was all about the sweet spot and driving through the ball. There was no secret technique in Lansdorp's repertoire. His big thing was repetition, which had a critical side effect: it taught extreme stroking discipline.
actually there are a few places in the US that do fischer i just bought one from San Diego. Give it a go they great. Its nice to meet other people interested in the same things.
Played awful today, dont know what its like in Texas but its pissing down here and havent played for 2 weeks and with a lifestyle of art and drink (ala pollock!!) its sometimes hard to show that yoy actually have a better backhand than the fed!!
Thanks for the welcome. Looks like the sort or organization that will be a lot of fun to be involved with.
I have been able to get in some practice & play sessions that have already done me some good.