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Prince EXO3 Tour 100 16X18 Tennis Racquet Review

PrinceExo3 TOUR 100 16×18

Of the modern racquets in the past five years, the Prince EXO3 Tour has become the standard of a “player’s racquet” (level 3.5 or above) that is very easy on the arm. The flex rating of this Prince is an astounding 52 stiffness which means the EXO3 Tour is extremely flexible. Thanks to the thermoplastic resin reducing string vibration and amping up the comfort level, the Tour model absorbs much of the shock and vibration from shots even if they are mishit. While this technology does create a flexible feel that takes getting used to, it does not take away from the professional level of the racquet. The EXO3 technology gives huge access to spin and the middle tier strung weight of 11.6 ounces / 328.85 grams creates fast racquet head speed to generate power. The lighter weight of the racquet also gives great control at the net and volleys are a pleasure. This is a control racquet and some may find power a tad less compared to very stiff racquets like the Babolat Pure Drive but the trade off is well worth the arm friendliness and additional control.

UPDATE : 2017
Now playing with a full bed of Natural Gut string there is no softer combination of racquet and string for your tennis elbow. This pairing allows your arm to “rest” even while playing and working on your form to hit the ball early. I am not a doctor and if you can’t hold something in your hand because your tendinitis is so bad, you need to stop playing and rest. If you have a bit of muscle strain switch to this racquet and natural gut. I also highly recommend this video to learn to hit earlier and with rotation to put more pressure on your hips and less on your arm.

Tribute to Mirka Federer’s love to Roger Federer

I created this artwork based on a photo taken at the Australian Open moments after Roger Federer won his 18th Grand Slam.  Mirka has said in the past that Roger gave her tennis back to her since she was unable to continue with her pro career after an injury. I feel this picture completely captures how important this moment is for both of them.  Mirka’s love is much like the love poetically described by Shakespeare in his sonnet.

 

 

Congratulations Letter to Roger Federer

Dear Roger,

I am so proud of you and proud to be your fan. Winning your 18th Grand Slam at the Australian Open after so many years was triumphant for us Federer fans and even though I know you say it is low on the list of priorities, for us it Fedfans it was monumental. We want your legacy of being the Greatest of All Time to stand forever! That win over Nadal brought me more joy that I can ever express in a letter!

Personally I was so blessed to meet you at Indian wells for 2 years in a row and get a signed RF shirt and RF hat. Watching you practice there and being so close to you in person was the highlight of the decade for me! Your kindness in taking the time to straighten my shirt so that the signature would be perfect even though hundreds are people waited behind me stays with me and made me feel important to you.

I have learned so much about life from watching and listening to you. I try to control my emotions on court as well as in life. I try to stay calmer when I feel stress or the pressure of an event. I feel I can handle things much better because of learning from you and how you live. The joy of the game and life that you express is contagious and for me and I would love to have even 1% of the life giving gift that you have not just on the court but in the way you live and interact with people.

Thank you for following your passion and allowing us to enjoy you for a few more years on the court. I know I will still follow you when your ATP career is done but it’s so nice to have so much media coverage so we can learn more about you.

You are the greatest of all time in tennis and in my life. Thank you for your inspiration and beauty in all things. May you and your family continue to be blessed with health and happiness for the rest of your days!

Your biggest fan in Los Angeles,

PK

@sourcesyndicate

Hopman Cup was Fabulous

What a fabulous return to Tennis for Roger Federer! The beginning of another great swiss pairing in Benderer with Belinda Bencic and off the chart energy of the crowds in Perth!

Rainy Day Tennis Drills you can do at home!

This great article was created by the Five Seasons Sports Club!

It goes without saying that the best way to improve your tennis game is to play consistently, but carving out time to make a trip to a tennis court is not always an easy thing to do. Sometimes the weather may be prohibitive, and other times it’s just the hectic pace of everyday life that squeezes the playing time right out of our schedules. So how do you make the best of it when you’re unable to get out on the tennis court? Below are some handy tennis drills you can do at home to help keep your game sharp, even when you’re off the court.

1. Shadow Swinging

Most of us are familiar with the term “shadow boxing”, where a boxer will practice his/her punches in front of a mirror to perfect their form. The same principle can be applied to your tennis strokes as well. Stand in front of a mirror (leaving room for your swing, obviously) and practice your groundstrokes, both forehand and backhand. Feel free to swing at a slightly slower and more deliberate pace, so that you can assess every aspect of your stroke. Take note of important technical details such as foot placement, hip and shoulder movement, and proper weight transfer during the swinging motion. If you have a decent grasp of the difference between good and bad form, you will be able to properly analyze your stroke and pinpoint any areas where you might need to improve. You can even take things beyond shadow swinging if you’ve got access to a wall and some space.

2. The String Catch

This drill will really help you refine your “finesse” when it comes to handling your racket and judging ball velocity. With racket in hand, toss a ball up in the air with your free hand, and attempt to “catch” the ball on your racket strings, with as little bounce as possible. Your goal is to completely stop the momentum of the ball to where it ends up resting on your strings, almost as if the racket is a “safety net” that catches the ball. Most of the time you will need to lower your racket in sync with the speed of the falling ball in order for you to catch it without it bouncing off the strings. This drill will help you understand the “soft touch” needed for more specialized shots such as drop volleys. If you’ve never done it before, it will definitely be challenging at first, but becoming proficient at this simple drill will do wonders for your hand-eye coordination and overall dexterity.

3. Weightlifting

It is no secret that the most successful tennis players in the world routinely work out with weights in order to target and strengthen certain muscles that are frequently used during game play. If you have a basic pair of dumbbells, you can do the following exercises to help improve your strength and athleticism:

  • Dumbbell rows: Great for strengthening your rear shoulder and upper back muscles, as well as your biceps.
  • Dumbbell squats: Builds your quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes, all of which help you to execute explosive movements on the court.
  • Crunches and planks: Both of these exercises build the critical core strength that you need to stabilize your body when performing a wide range of movements.
  • Push-ups: Much of the power behind a strong forehand can be attributed to the tricep, chest, and front shoulder (anterior deltoid) muscles, all of which are targeted and strengthened by regularly performing push-ups.
  • Plyometric jumps: Will help you to perform explosive movements from a static position, a critical factor during matches.
  • Dumbbell curls: Strengthens the biceps, which will help improve your swing speed.

4. Stretch, Stretch, Stretch

Flexibility is an absolute must if you want to be a solid tennis player. Top-ranking, ultra-flexible tennis pros may stretch three or four times a day, averaging 30 minutes per stretching session. Not only does stretching increase flexibility and strengthen your connective tissue, but it also helps to prevent injuries.

5. Practice Your Ball Toss

Your serve is one of the most important parts of your game, and it is the only stroke in tennis that is completely within your control. Most pros will tell you that a good serve comes from a good ball toss, so practicing your serve toss is an extremely worthwhile drill to perform. Make sure to use visualization, so that you treat each ball toss as if it’s actually happening on the tennis court (even though you may be in your living room). It may even help to place some masking tape on the floor to create a mock “baseline” for your practice.

6. Become a Student of the Game

Unfortunately, this is one of the most overlooked aspects of player development. If you want to excel at playing tennis, you must study the players who have achieved greatness in the game. Watch videos of seasoned pros and study their playing habits. Take note of how they vary their approach based on who they’re playing against. Read online tennis guides, study various tennis strategies, and learn from those who have years of experience under their belt. This is more of a mental exercise, but any accomplished player will tell you that the mental aspect of tennis is the most important element to develop.

Using the above tips can help you not only improve your tennis game, but also build your confidence as a tennis player. Many times it is the dedication that you show off the court that determines your on-court effectiveness. Put these tips into practice, and watch your tennis game go to the next level!

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