Pythagoras and Steve Diamond Say …
According to teaching pro Steve Diamond, “Just remember your high school math using the Pythagorean Theorem of: A squared + B Squared = C squared.”
To start, the dimensions of the tennis court are:
- Baseline 78′
- Singles width 27′
- Doubles width 36′
So, hitting down the line means not only hitting over the highest part of the net (3’6″) but hitting to the shortest court.
While hitting cross court means hitting over the center or lowest part of the net (3′) and the longest part of the court:
- Down the line, baseline to baseline: 78′
- Corner to corner in singles: 82.5′
- Corner to corner playing doubles: 86′
So in this “game of inches,” going cross court gives you a lower net and eight feet more court to hit in to. Do it and you will make Pythagoras smile.
Larry Turville has finished his chemo and is now through four of his seven weeks of radiation attacking his tongue and throat cancer. He says he has some trouble eating; but is looking forward to the time he can get back on the tennis court. Be well!!
Bob Dilworth had hip replacement surgery four weeks ago and was doing GREAT in his recovery process… walking, driving, etc. But had his hip bone crack where they inserted the new part; so he had to go back in this past week for a “do-over,” where they wired the bone to help is heal. He is now home and has to stay off the leg for a week. (And i go in this Wednesday to have mine done!).
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