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PostPosted: 29 Jan 2019, 10:53 
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Hot and humid last night as mentioned in the temperature thread in the lounge.

First up I played IM and was missing lots in the warm up. We played the best of 3 and I think I may have gotten a maximum of 5 in each game. Interestingly I have missed a few backhand blocks where I think I have the correct angle but the ball has just gone to the table. I'm not sure whether it is the new rubber or the humidity affecting things.

Next was EC. Was down 1-2 and we played a fourth but he won that for 1-3.

Then was J? who has never gotten a game off me. Well this time he got to deuce in the second one. I think I won 14-12 in the end, then something like 11-3 in the third. Phew!

As it was so hot and I was missing quite a few, I left it at that.

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PostPosted: 01 Feb 2019, 10:50 
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At the club again. Temperature falling just as I enter, so it is still hot inside.

First up i played P?, a relatively new player to the club. We had the luxury of an extended warm up, but it was mostly his forehand (RH) to my backhand (LH). To be fair, we did do more than a desultory few for the latter. When we did play a match it was 3-0 to me as, of course, I play nothing like I warm up :)

Next was MD, his first & my second knock. He is still marveling at my new forehand rubber which he has not gotten used to returning when I hit with it. Still made no difference - 0-3 to him, although the game scores were not embarrassing for me.

After that was a hit with an oriental looking lady, first time to the club and a relative beginner to boot. After a couple of shots I changed hands every shot. Showing off, I know (my wife thinks it is demeaning to the opposition, but ...). I then progressed to lobbing while still changing hands every shot.

Then was a doubles with MD & PU vs myself & M?. We played the best of 5 with M? & I winning 3-2.

I also tried to drum up some interest in attending the local association AGM tonight, but it is a bit of an ask, given that it starts at 6:30pm, and there were only 4 of us that were eligible to attend (MD, PU, myself & IF). PU may well go.

Also tomorrow sees the restart of the community centre Saturday afternoon sessions. We'll see how that goes. At least it won't be as hot then I hope.

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PostPosted: 05 Feb 2019, 10:50 
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First time back in the community centre for the year on Saturday afternoon. Decided to only put up 3 tables in the old configuration. Had a couple of people turn up who had been on the bus and seen our sign on the main road and got off at the next stop and walked back, a father and son. They seemed to enjoy themselves. Ended up that we took enough to cover the rent.

Played at the club last night. First up was M?, who can forehand loop pretty well. We had an extended warm up, then played. I won the first 2 games then he got the third.

Next I hit with T?, a relative beginner who had previously played tennis. I gave him some grip, footwork and timing tips while hitting. Interestingly his back hands were tending to almost all go cross court, while he was able to direct his forehands either down the line or cross court. (I usually come across beginners who put the ball closer and closer to the right hand side of my side of the table from their forehand, usually due to footwork issues). I diagnosed that he was hitting his back hands too far in front of his body, so told him to wait until they were closer to him to make contact.

After this I played MD. He won the 1st game 8-11, then the next 2 games I had game points but lost both of them :(

Lastly I played with PU. I won the 1st game comfortably, then he got the 2nd game but then I ran away with the 3rd.

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PostPosted: 08 Feb 2019, 10:40 
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First up I played J?. We had a slightly longer than usual hit up period, then played. 3-0.

Next was MD. 2 games went to deuce, but no luck - 0-3.

IF was next and he got the first one, me the 2nd then he got the 3rd, so 1-2. He had new forehand rubber, still Grip S though.

Then J? (different one, a beginner). We just hit for a while, me doing my left hand right hand alternating for a while, then a bit of right hand only capped off by going back to left hand. I'd give my right hand to be ambidextrous!

Lastly a doubles, IF & me vs MD & PU. Last time we played IF & I won. This time we got to 1-1 then lost the next 2 games and finished.

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PostPosted: 12 Feb 2019, 10:43 
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Slow start at the community centre on Saturday afternoon, but it eventually picked up. Had a guy turn up who is moving up from Victoria - here on a flying visit, but he could not resist having a hit with a borrowed bat in civvies. Interestingly he is an older player who is transitioning to pen hold from shake hand. Of course the borrowed bat was shake hand. Also a lady who had been to the PCYC and heard od the CC.

At the club last night, started with CJ with a good warm up. 3-0 to me. Next was J? a pen hold younger player. After that was AF who had been OS on holidays and hadn't played since before Christmas. 2-1 to me. Last singles of the night was with MD. First game was 5-11. 2nd game went to deuce but I ultimately lost something like 14-16 :(. 3rd game I think also went to deuce but I lost that too, so another 0-3. Then we had a doubles with AF & I vs MD & PU. I think we won 2-1.

I am still finding my feet (hah!) with the new rubber. One thing that has stood out is that the T05H on the forehand seems to hit well for me as MD would attest, not that I use it all that often.

My estranged son played in a tournament on the weekend, not doing so well in singles but coming runner up in one of the doubles events.

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