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Sherby: Stencil your strings like a pro

The champions you see on television and on magazine covers, as well as other highly-ranked, high-profile players usually have racket contracts. Some are actually paid to play with a particular brand while others get rackets free.

April 19, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Limit your faults

Serve the ball over the net into the box. Sounds simple, doesn't it. But players fault all the time, which means they're violating the principle. Let's break this down.

April 11, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: What's the score, server?

In non-officiated matches, losing track of the score can be frustrating; the players must backtrack and reconstruct the game in question until they find an agreed-upon starting point.

April 04, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Mishitting the smash

Millions of people played tennis today and probably half of them missed an overhead smash or two (or three).

March 28, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Keep your mind right

Often we watch a great point between two good players that is loaded with fantastic shotmaking. A beautful first serve somehow is blocked back with an incredible off-balance return. This followed by repeated, powerful forehand and backhand groundstrokes directed with uncanny accuracy all over the court. Wow! And just when we expect an inspired conclusion to this building player dumps an easy one directly into the net.

March 21, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: How long does a racket last?

In the old days, wooden rackets warped; that's why they were stored in presses, screwed tightly onto the frame. Even so, wood fatigued and got softer with use. Any hard contact with the court produced an immediate crack which rendered the thing useless.

March 07, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Tips to save time

When you play a match in a tournament, the referee will limit the time allowed to warm up. Typically you're given about 10 minutes.

February 28, 2009 | | Sports

Better tennis: Volley with versatility

From the net position, volleyers have quite a few interesting volleying options.

February 21, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Even great players need a good coach

When you're tearing your hair out wondering why your game has gone sour, a knowledgeable, understanding coach can be invaluable. His or her experienced, trained eye sees things you may be missing out on the court.

February 14, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Keys to a classic backhand

If you are a Federer fan, you probably admire his great one-handed backhand drive. It certainly rivals the best two-handers on the circuit and that means it's a model for a analysis.

February 07, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Be nice to your feet; choose your shoes wisely

What shoe do the pros wear? Almost unanimously they wear what they're paid to wear - they have shoe contracts.

January 31, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Players should keep an extra racket handy

Most players scoff at the idea of carrying an extra racket to the court. Somehow that conveys the image of "hot shot".

January 25, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Tune your racket like a pro

Your racket is your tool; keep it sharpened by heeding the following tried-and-true advice:

January 18, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Keep your court clean

I'm not writing about courts with leaves and debris or trash and bottles. I'm stressing the importance of removing stray balls from your side of the court between points.

January 10, 2009 | | Sports

Sherby: Grip size leads to improved control

Have you ever tried to extract a tightly-embedded screw with a thin-handled screwdriver? It's tough to twist. So get a larger tool and the job becomes easier.

December 22, 2008 | | Sports

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