Backhand volley grip, Learning topspin at age 40, Hitting cross court backhands, Tennis fitness and cross training, Thinking during tennis points
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Thanks for the reply, Ian. Nothing urgent here, but just wanted to say that I’m impressed that you are so prompt in responding, and that you check the ‘old’ podcast postings, as well. Yes, your first posted script is #82 on 10/21/09. Podcast #8 is dated 5/26/08. No ‘biggie’ about getting the first 8 podcasts…just my little fetish and sense of completeness about having them “all”. My suggestion is to not be concerned about recreating scripts for the early podcasts.
The material you provide, in its various formats, is probably more than any of us (tennis enthusiasts) can actually absorb. The podcasts plus videos plus the scripts (that I only discovered) provide lots of raw material for us all touch so many different topics and aspects of tennis. I feel like I’m exposed to about as much as I can possibly absorb, short of being a playing or teaching professional.
Ha, at age 74, it is a little late to start a new career, but tennis is my primary hobby and passion and adventure these days. I did just renew my USTA membership for five years (saved a few appreciated nickles, and got another tennis bag for a granddaughter!). I’m only a 3.0 trying to hold my own with the 3.5′s and 4.0 players, and having a good time.
If you should be really curious and have a few spare moments, the USTA PR people made a short video clip, which is posted on YouTube. I think someone was impressed that someone “so old” was just starting in league tennis, and ended up a team captain…and we did get to Nationals, too. The URL link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f__eIf0ii1M
Well, back to “work”. I’m building a list of all your podcast titles, to make it faster to browse and pick out the one that “fits” a situation or what is needed at the moment. I’m going to print out the various category lists you created, too, and then finish downloading the videos. THEN I think I’ll be ‘up to date’, and only have to “keep up” with your new goodies, and keep trying to study and absorb all that went before!!
I very much like that you touch on lots of different topics and aspects of tennis, often somewhat outside of the traditional ‘mainstream’. Your whole web site certainly provides a cornucopia of tennis help and ‘goodies’!! Best wishes, and thanks again for your energy and efforts! Sorry for being so ‘wordy’…got carried away ‘chatting’, I guess!
It’s very inspiring for me to see how passionate you are for the game at your age! I can only hope that when I’m 73 I can also play the sport I love, and even compete! Good for you, especially since you’re also searching for instruction on the web, I’m very impressed. I checked out your interview, very well done
Lastly, again, it’s great to hear how you’re taking advantage of everything that I’ve made available here. Very humbling, great to know that you appreciate it so much. Please let me know if I can ever be of help.
Hello, Ian. I’m enjoying all your podcasts. I’ve downloaded them from #8 to #148 (the latest one, I think), and am burning them to CDs so I can play them in my car while driving.
Two questions: (1) Are podcasts #s 1 – 7 available anywhere? Just to have my collection complete? If #8 is now the ‘first’, then I’ve got them all, I reckon.
(2) I like the scripts (in Word .doc and .pdf files) and am starting to download them, now, so I can read and study (as in just before sleeping). Are the scripts available like this for ALL of the podcasts, or only for some of the more recent ones. A quick ‘browse’ didn’t locate them for the early podcasts, unless I didn’t look in the right place??
Thanks very much for all you share. I did purchase Doubles Domination, downloaded your two DD “webinars”, and voted several times in the podcast poll. Hope ETI gets a top rating!! Yours and the FYB sites have become my favored and primary source for online tennis instruction and ideas and help. There are lots of others, as you know, but I’ve settled on these as being the easiest for me to actually use. I’m working on downloading and watching all of the video clips from both sites now!
Best wishes always, Charlie Simmons
Excellent to hear that you’re enjoying the show so much! I appreciate having you as a listener.
1) They currently aren’t, but I’m going to make them available on the archives very soon.
2) I didn’t start transcribing the shows until the 70s or 80s somewhere, which is why the older ones don’t have the text files available. In the future I’ll probably have them all done, but it would be a significant amount of money to pay up front for 35-40 hours of audio transcribing, something that I don’t have reserve funds for at the moment. Glad that you’re making use of the ones I have up!
It’s really good to hear that you’ve found the site so easy to use and the information so helpful! That really means a lot to me since it’s exactly what I’ve been trying to put together here. I hope that you continue being satisfied with the site, thanks for your purchase of DD as well!