Becoming a Tennis Warrior

What’s A Tennis Warrior?

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Tennis warriors are the most feared and dominant players in 2.5 to 4.5 level league, recreational and tournament play. They make you work very hard to win a point. Yikes!! They have a fantastic ability to keep the ball in play and consequently, make few unforced errors. Sorry newbies!

Tennis warriors have great success even in the 5.0 to 7.0 playing levels but at those levels “tennis executioners”, players with huge, more advance weapons, also enjoy much success.

Most players are intimidated when they learn they are scheduled to play against a warrior, this is specially true for beginners. They say to themselves “This person gets everything back – I am going to have to play great tennis, every point, if I’m going to have a chance to beat them.”

Every player should learn to play like a warrior so that if your “A” game is not working on a
particular day you can switch to “warrior mode” and possibly salvage the match.

The Lob – how important is it?

Developing the ability to play “warrior tennis” begins with learning the lob. The four reasons
Tennis Warriors strive to master the lob are:

1. Lobs clear the net by many feet helping the warrior achieve their primary objective – consistency.

2. Opponents like balls that are hit with some pace and bounce between waist and shoulder height, so Warriors hit many lobs that have little pace and bounce over their opponent’s head.

3. For most players one of the hardest shots to return is a high deep shot to their backhand. Warriors hit lobs deep to their opponent’s backhand at every opportunity.

4. The lob can get you out of trouble. If you hit a lob when your opponent makes you run wide for a shot you’ll have time to recover to a good court position – effectively neutralizing the point. Practice returning hard shots with lobs, hitting lobs while on the run, and returning lobs with lobs.

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The next time you’re in trouble in a match switch to “warrior mode” and see if you can turn things around. Your Warrior Rating is the average number of shots a player needs to hit to win a point against you.

How to know my rating?

To determine your rating, have a friend watch you play a match against someone who can beat you. The friend counts the number of shots your opponent has to hit in the points they win.

For example, if your opponent serves and you miss the return, your opponent only needed to hit one shot to beat you. Disregard all points that you win. Keep playing until your opponent has won 10 points. Add up the number of shots they needed to hit to win each of the 10 points, and then divide by 10.

This gives you the average number of shots a player needs to hit to beat you, which is your Warrior Rating.

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Warrior Rating Description

  • .5 to 1.9 – Improving your consistency should be your primary goal.
  • 2.0 to 2.7 – You are fairly tough to beat, but you’re still making too many unforced errors.
  • 2.8 to 3.5 – Players with 2.8 to 3.5 Warrior Ratings win 80+% of the matches at their playing level and their consistency intimidates opponents and most players consider them warriors.
  • 3.6+ – If your Warrior Rating is 3.6+ and you can play at that level for three sets, you will dominate play at your level – you are a WARRIOR.


The 10 Best Selling Tennis Racquets 2018

They say racquets maketh a tennis player. The racquets have improved by leaps and bounds, so much so that old-timers would say Rod Laver would have created unbeatable records had he used today’s racquets. Well, for you and me, records don’t matter. What we need is a tennis racquet that makes us feel good and lasts long.

Here is our 10 best selling tennis racquets 2020.

Wilson Tour Slam Adult Strung Tennis Racquet


This strung racquet weighs about 325 gram and comes with a cover. It is cheap and a good starter racquet.

Special features: 

  • Volcanic Frame Technology for control and power
  • 10-inch head size for expanded hitting area
  • Power Bridge for greater power
  • Stop Shock Pads for vibration control.

Wilson Energy Extra Large Tennis Racquet without Cover


This is a good one for beginners.

Top features:

  • Matrix technology for an enlarged sweet spot
  • Large surface area
  • Power strings offering good value for your shots

Wilson Roger Federer Junior Recreational Racquet


This is one of the lightest rackets around. It offers perforated grip too, enabling a better feel and control.

Other features:

  • Arc technology for greater control
  • Power strings for increased power

Wilson Sporting Goods Triumph Adult Strung Tennis Racquet without Cover


This one is for kids of the age 2-4. These racquets are light-weight, with graphite-aluminium frame. Kids would love it.

Wilson Sporting Goods Federer Adult Strung Tennis Racquet without Cover


The features are same as that of Wilson’s Federer Junior series. This has slightly more weight and greater power too.

Le Petit Tennis Racquet 17 Inches


This is another type suitable for kids of the age 2-4 years. Frame is made of graphite-aluminium. Kids will find it easier to handle than some of the other models of the same category.

Head Ti-S6 Tennis Racquet


The specialty of this racquet is the even weight distribution that offers excellent balance for the players. For the middling players and beginners, this is a great companion. See this video for the overview.

Wilson Hope Adult Strung Tennis Racquet


The diamond edge design makes it lighter and more stable. This is a good buy for those who would like to donate for a cause. The company donates part of the proceeds from the sales of these racquets to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Head Ti S5 Comfort Zone Tennis Racquet


This is an easy-to-use racquet suitable for players with slow to medium swing.

Top features:

  • Comfort Zone technology that reduces the pressure of impact on the arm
  • 20% enlarged sweet spot

Wilson US Open Junior Tennis Racquet


This is the officially approved racquet by USTA for kids aged 10 or less. This is light-weight and offers easy swing.

So, have you chosen the one that you love from the list of the most popular tennis racquests that is currently on hot selling? We would like to hear from you. Which of these best selling tennis racquets do you like?

HP 50g Graphing Calculator Review – Graphing calculator for calculus

graphing calculator for calculus

Are you a student that is looking for a calculator that you can rely on during your Calculus adventure? Today, I will be reviewing The HP 50g graphing calculator. An easy to use, affordable and dependable graphing calculator for Calculus and other math subjects as well.

Why The HP 50g is the best graphing calculator for calculus?


  1. 2000+ built-in functions
  2. CAS (computer algebra system) included
  3. for nearly 50 dollars less than the next best competitor (the TI nSpire CX CAS)
  4. 3-way connectivity through various ports (including infrared for wireless communication)
  5. SD Card functionality for increased memory
  6. Function editor

Ease of Use

hp-calcu2The HP 50g graphing calculator contains an easily accessible keyboard with color-coded buttons for both functions and numbers. The keypad layout is similar to that of both Texas Instruments and Casio calculators; however, one of the major differences is that lack of a SHIFT or 2ND key.

These keys are replaced by a white arrow and an orange arrow, which both lead to two different functions labeled above the main buttons. This saves even more time, since more functions are able to be “shortcutted” through the main keypad without the need to use the menus.

The HP 50g has a very interesting key recognition: if you press a key before letting go of the other, it will recognize both key presses. However, if you press the same key twice very quickly to type a number such as “33”, it will only register the first press for 3, which can be frustrated when inputting long strings.


The HP 50g has a compact boxy design and grayscale screen, both designed to be resistant to daily wear and tear. This means resistance to falls, drops, and impacts against hard surfaces. The only parts of the calculator that require replacement are its batteries, and/or optional SD card.


Due to the increased workload of the CAS system, the HP 50g boasts a 2.5 MB combined memory. Furthermore, the memory is able to be boosted in the future if required with an SD card.

hp-calcu3This calculator is able to conduct lightning-fast calculations, perfect for any student or professional. However, the real question is whether it is able to beat the titan of graphing calculators: the TI nSpire CX CAS, which is also good for AP Calculus. When solving the same integral, the TI nSpire indeed showed a faster solve time of about a tenth a second.

This may not seem like much, but after conducting tens of thousands of calculations, the time saved translates into hours. The choice to save money or save time is up to you.

Otherwise, for basic and intermediate functions, the HP 50g works flawlessly. This makes it a great choice for classroom use in algebra and calculus classes.

It doesn’t do financial calculations. If you’re looking for a financial calculator you might be interested in this article instead.


This is the most updated version of HP graphing calculators, succeeding the 48/49 models. HP boasts a large amount of information on its website, but there are fewer independent support networks than Texas Instruments or Casio. Users also report the included physical user manual of the calculator to be difficult to understand and navigate.


    • ROM: 2MB
    • RAM: 512 kilo
    • Screen: 131 pixels by 80 pixels, high contrast grayscale
    • Power: 4 AAA batteries + button battery
    • Programmable: Yes
  • Tests: Usable for many standardized tests


For students who are looking for a high-performance calculator with CAS for a discount price, the HP 50g is the perfect option. For heavier usage in problem solving and analysis, the nSpire may be a better choice. Nevertheless, you will surely love the HP 50g and save more money.

Lower Back Pain During Pregnancy

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Lower back pain during pregnancy can be frustrating and difficult. The body has undergone so many changes that it sometimes feels like you are dealing with an annoying cold. It seems like there is some part that is always feeling uncomfortable. Sleep is dreadful, especially having to get out of bed. All in all, there comes a point when you just want the baby out!

Not all of the different twinges are uncomfortable. Pregnant mothers tend to love the feel of the baby’s kicks, especially at first. They can become somewhat awkward as the baby gets bigger, but most of the time, the kicks are enjoyed. It is a way to connect with the baby growing inside. However, these kicks can cause lower back pain during pregnancy.

The other reason lower back pain and discomfort is felt is how the body gains weight. When a 125-pound woman puts on 25 to 30 pounds, she is going to feel every pound towards the end. Plus, the center of gravity changes, as more weight is centered in front of the body. This will change how you walk, sit, sleep, and everything else you do in life. Because of this discomfort, there are some things you can do to ease the lower back pain during pregnancy.

The main thing is to start doing several exercises that will help relieve some of the pain. This also helps strengthen the core muscles, relieving some of the back strain. It will also help to do some moderate exercise, especially if you did it prior to pregnancy. You just have to be careful not to do too much, especially as the weight continues to shift. Another idea is to walk correctly, keeping the shoulders back and the hips aligned under the feet. Another perfect solution for back pain is using only the best pregnancy body pillow available in the market.

If you are standing for a period of time, try to shift the weight back and forth from foot to foot. When you are sitting, you need to keep the lower back supported and the feet on the ground. If you follow these techniques, you can ease some of the lower back pain during pregnancy. If you want to look good and feel great, then you should take a look at Pregnancy Without Pounds books. It will help you to stop gaining unnecessary pregnancy weight and get through pregnancy feeling fit, toned and healthy.

5 Things that Will Become Obsolete in Math and Science by 2025


There are many lists going around concerning what the next decade will bring in K-12 education, especially focusing on those things that will become obsolete. Well, I decided to create my own list of 5 things that should become obsolete in K-12 education by 2025.

Standardized Tests

SAT and ACT tests do not carry the weight they use to for college admission. All standardized testing associated with the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is pretty much worthless, only good for politicians and determining a student’s ability to pass a test on a given day.

Standardized testing and NCLB have transformed many schools into testing machines that take the inquisitiveness out science and math by turning our children into bored, underachieving test taking robots. This is a sad thing, I really love my new graphing calculator.


The United States continues to fall behind most Asian and some European countries in science and math (Third International Science and Math Study, 2007).One interesting fact that jumps out about these countries is that they continually outscore the United States – while requiring little or no homework.Homework is a staple in this country.

Because of this parents often think their children’s teachers are not very good unless they send home a regular amount of homework. The biggest problem concerning homework — students who do not understand in school, will still not understand at home.

Also, parents are forced into the position of teaching their child something that they themselves may know little about – especially in science and math. For the record — My definition of homework is repetitious math problems and memorization of science terms, along with the rote memorization of math and science facts.

Computer Labs

This is one of the biggest wastes of technology resources in schools today. Computers belong in the classroom! I have been in schools where computers are connected to sewing machines. The purpose is to allow students touse computerized patterns for sewing.

On the positive side — I have also been in schools that have three or four computer labs, with one set of 4 or 5 computers for teachers to check out for their classrooms. Computers belong in science and math classrooms for students to use in science lab investigations and math problem solving situations.

Computers support the best approaches for teaching science and math — project-based learning investigations, case studies, and problem-based learning situations.


Treating Teachers as Non-Professionals

Teachers are professionals, just like other adults who require a college degree and certification for their career field. This starts in house, where teachers are given the respect they deserve by administrators and central IT gurus, who belief that only they should have the ability to load instructional software on computers. This also means letting teachers have the ability to access online programs and websites that support teaching science and math, without begging for permission.


Anyone who has viewed current science or math textbook understands that most are monumental wastes of money. The need for textbooks is perpetuated by two things – parents who think they are needed and publishing companies that need to make a buck. School systems spend enormous amounts of their budget yearly purchasing textbooks that are out of date the moment they are printed.

Schools typically keep science textbooks for six years or more and scientific knowledge changes every day. Also, these textbooks are overrun with colorful, useless information that only serves to distract and confuse students. Math textbooks are only designed for rote memorization of facts and repetitiously boring math problems.

Just like science textbooks, they are plastered with colorful useless information that only serves to distract and confuse students. Now it is your opportunity to add things you would like to see phased out of science and math education by 2025.