Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando Tennis!

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I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress near Orlando, Florida, and although my schedule did not allow me to hit the courts this time around, I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with Lynn Bottger, the resort’s eminent Director of Tennis! I must admit that whenever I meet tennis teaching pros, coaches or cognoscenti of various kinds, I am keenly aware of how my particular philosophy of doing healthy tennis may differ from theirs. What struck me so quickly about Lynn, however, was just how much our philosophies seemed to align. Before I even noticed the inordinately large proportion of ProKennex racquets (signal arm-friendly) on her shop’s walls, we began talking about the importance of helping players discover racquet fit for both playability AND health, regardless of stick popularity. Listening to Lynn was quite refreshing, and I came away encouraged that all those blessed enough to learn from her are well on their way to doing tennis for their long-term health and enjoyment! So here’s a shout out to Lynn, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress and its highly ranked tennis program. Not only can you experience some quality hard and green clay courts with some wise pointers from an exceptional Director…but you can do so in some of the best year ‘round tennis weather in the country! Next time I will try to have my racquets with me, and I will kindly ask Mickey Mouse to grant me a few hours of freedom :) Can’t wait!

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Tennis Racquet Stiffness/Flexibility (RA) Revisited!

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I have received a number of responses recently to some older posts of mine regarding the ever important topic of racquet RA. This is a good sign (as I see it), for it shows that some enlightened folks are taking seriously the issue of racquet stiffness/flexibility as it pertains to arm health as well as comfort and playability. Of course RA is not the only racquet feature that contributes to a stick’s overall health quotient, but it certainly is a major one!

It is exciting for us here at The Racquet Shack to now appear in Google’s first page of listings for searches like “Tennis Racquet RA,” and sometimes even reach the top 5! Entailed by this, obviously, is that other sites are addressing RA, but some engage the topic more accurately than others (arguably). One article that is more recent than my original post is by Tennis Companion and found here. Even though it does not touch on arm health as much as the issue warrants, it does a pretty good job of describing RA overall and is a good read. Another recent article that pleasantly surprised me is by Livestrong and found here. This brief post highlights the basics of RA while mentioning the arm health hazards posited by “very stiff rackets.”

It is my hope to eventually post a nuanced racquet buying guide here at The Racquet Shack that is geared for those who are sensitive to arm health issues. Much of what currently exists focuses on performance (with a bone or two tossed out to “comfort”). Performance is certainly important, but performance at the cost of long-term arm health is not the kind of performance we tennis aficionados who aspire to play to the age of a hundred find appealing. So, stay tuned, and keep coming with all the wonderful comments that continue to inform and inspire us :)

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