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Tennis Newsletter | May 2010 | VBgov.com/Parks
Summer Singles Ladder Begins July 6
 
Singles LadderThis popular program is returning for 2010. If you love singles, this is a great way to keep your game sharp during the summer. Work your way up the ladder by challenging players in a higher position. Matches are scheduled at your convenience and can be played at Owl Creek Tennis Center, or any site that both players agree upon. Move to the top of the ladder and claim victory!
 
Email mmustgra@vbgov.com for an application.
Proper Tennis Racquet Grip Size
Source: Stringer's Digest, November 2003
 
GripQ: Everyone thinks that my grip is too small for my hand. Is that bad? If so, what can I do to make it bigger?

A: This is an important question, because if your grip is too small, it is more likely to spin in your hand on off-center contacts. To compensate, players end up squeezing the grip harder. This death grip can wear out your arm and is a factor in tennis elbow.
 
The first thing to do is check to see what grip size you should be using.
 
The second thing to do is to measure your grip. Although many racquets have the grip size marked somewhere on the frame or butt cap, it's not a bad idea to wrap a flexible ruler around the grip to see what the actual circumference is.
 
If it turns out that your grip size is smaller than your hand measurement, you have a couple of options. Most frames are offered in grip sizes between 4-1/8 inches and 4-5/8 inches. If your hand measurement is less than 4-5/8 inches, you can buy another racquet that fits your hand better. It can be expensive, of course, to buy a new racquet, but buying a properly-sized racquet off the rack means that the weight, balance, and performance will be as the manufacturer designed it.
 
If your hand measurement is larger than 4-5/8 inches, some manufacturers offer larger grips on some of their frames. If you are not ready to purchase a new frame to get a bigger grip size, the easiest way to make your grip a little bigger is to use an overgrip. The next easiest way is to replace the grip with a thicker replacement grip (some grips are manufactured a little thicker than others). Alone, either of these tricks will only add 1/32 to 1/16 inch to the grip size. If you do both, you might get closer to 1/8 of an inch.
 
If you need a bigger build up than that, you will have to build up your handle. There are two main methods for doing this. Both involve removing the replacement grip adding material to the handle, and reinstalling a replacement grip. For many years, racquet service professionals have used a waxy material called Add-On that they wrap around the handle, trimming away any overlap. The material has adhesive on one side to hold it in place.
 
However, these days, most racquet service professionals are using "heat shrink" sleeves. These are rubbery tubes that slide over the handle. You then heat them with a heat gun and they shrink down and conform to the shape of the handle. These sleeves will build up a grip size either 1/16 inch or 1/8 inch, depending on which thickness you use. You can even use two of them to build up a grip size as much as 1/4 inch. It is not recommended to use more than 2 of these sleeves on a handle because it can start to round off the edges (bevels) of the handle making it harder to feel whether your hand is in the right position.
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Recipe of the Month
Spinach & Strawberry Salad
 
Simple and delicious just in time for strawberry season!

 

Round Robin
Held Fridays from 5:30 - 7:00 pm
 
All levels welcome, social atmosphere
 
$12 to sign up
 
Call by Thursday to add your name and partner to the list

 

Drop-In Clinics
Looking for a weekly clinic that allows for a flexible schedule?
 
 
$21/class
 
If possible, call the pro shop 24 hours in advance at 385-2695
Pro Tip: Topspin... Is It for Me?
 by Owl Creek Staff
 
If you like hitting groundstrokes, having a little topspin can be helpful in maintaining control of the ball. A player is able to swing aggressively at the ball without the worry of the ball going long or into the net.

Keys to Creating Topspin (Forehand)
  • Make sure your grips are conducive for hitting topspin. Semi-Western and Western grips work best. 
  • Close the racquet face on the backswing and force yourself to swing upward on the ball.
  • Maintain good racquet speed. Racquet speed helps create the spin on the ball
  • Maintain a good clearance height over the net - the spin will allow the ball to stay in the court.
Space Available in Youth Summer Tennis Camps 
 
Tennis CampDoes your child want to learn the game of tennis, or expand on his/her skills? Summer Tennis Camp is the perfect opportunity for beginners to learn the basic strokes, general rules and proper tennis etiquette and also allows more experienced participants to get into advanced drills and playing situations. Camp is open to youth ages 5-17 and offers a fun, relaxed atmosphere.
 
Most camps run Monday through Friday from either 9:00 am to noon or 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Outdoor camps are offered at Owl Creek Tennis Center, Bayville Farms Park and at Kempsville Recreation Center. Owl Creek also offers indoor camps in the climate controlled bubble for those wishing to beat the heat! Camps range from $96 to $155 and registration is available online through EZreg. Space is limited, so register early! 
Owl Creek Municipal Tennis Center
Location: 928 S. Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach | Phone: (757) 385-2695
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 9pm | Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 5pm
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at fun@vbgov.com.
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