Tennis: Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Tennis: Keep Your Eye on the Ball

We are now ready to take up the specific fundamentals of the game, and the first definite one in tennis is the foundation of all games played with a moving object: Keep your eye on the ball!

I am certain that in every hour I work with a beginner in the game, I repeat this instruction at least thirty times in some form. When I say, “Keep your eye on the ball,” I mean watch that ball from the time you first start to toss it to serve until the end of the point, and never look at anything else.

Naturally, the pupil decides this is exaggeration, that I am overdoing it. Let me assure you I am not. The pupil always wants to know how he can tell where to hit a ball if he doesn’t look over to see. He doesn’t need to watch the court. He took a look at it when he went out on it. It is stationary. It isn’t going to move off or change its dimensions. The lines are permanent. He knows that the net is in the middle and stands three feet high in the centre and three feet, six inches, at the posts, and will not change height during play. The lines, backstops, and sidestops are also fixed in position. They, too, will remain there.

Tennis: Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Usually you can convince the pupil he need not watch the court or net quite easily, but his next hurdle is far more dillicult. “How about that guy I am playing?” he blurts out.

“How can I tell where he is if I don’t watch him?” A reasonable query, certainly, but the answers to it are easy and should satisfy anyone.

First of all you must remember that you are not trying to hit your opponent but to miss him. You are attempting to put the ball where he isn’t-not where he is.

“Ah, but I have to see him to know where he is!” cries the pupil. Not at all. If he is a good tennis player, you know where he is without having to see him, because a good tennis player will be in correct position. Correct position for a back-court player is about on the backline of the court and near the middle of it. If you are facing a net player, his correct position would be about eight feet back on his side of the net, and at a point that would be about two feet toward the centre of the court from a straight line drawn parallel to the sidelines from where you hit the ball down through his court.

So, if he is a good tennis player you know where he is without having to see him, and if he isn’t a good tennis player it doesn’t make much difference. where he is! After all, the thing you are attempting to hit is a moving ball, which requires the eye to change focus as that ball moves. Obviously, if the eye once Ioses sight of the ball, it is almost impossible to sight it again clearly in time to hit it cleanly.

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Azimut 88: A Mission Impossible for Designers

Azimut 88: A Mission Impossible for Designers

Take a masterpiece and try to improve it. A tough challenge, practically a mission impossible for the Azimut designers who redesigned the new 88. While maintaining its untouchable profile and its 55-square-meter flybridge, a veritable terrace on the sea, and therefore without altering other strong points like the asymmetric windows in the hull, the magical areas like the 10 square meters of the cockpit, the service dinette and the enormous galley space, the changes that add further value to this model are basically two: the layout of the lower deck and the decor.

The first involved moving the bathroom in the master cabin toward the stern, thereby creating a buffer that isolates the master cabin from the engine room even more. The new layout also made it possible to modify the stairs, which now have a more discreet access into the suite. To port, in full light, a breakfast zone was created, with two armchairs and a table. Corresponding to the opposite window is the vanity. The wardrobes are built into the walls and have a slightly larger storage volume.

Azimut 88: A Mission Impossible for Designers

The second layout change can be seen in the saloon, where the changed characteristics of the stairs going down to the master cabin made it possible to position the day bathroom longitudinally, with a resulting gain of space for the dining area.

The decor stands out immediately. All the forms have been changed. The architect Salvagni, who designed the interiors, transformed the shapes by softening corners and creating curves. Breaks in continuity between ceilings and walls are seen everywhere. The system of portals that separate the rooms become a new loop system that invites passage through the softness of the rounded forms. Also in the master cabin the rotundities of the new decor are repeated, seen in a wraparound headboard that includes the bedside tables.

Another instance of particularly interesting design is represented by the slits for opening the wardrobes: they design a soft shape, an invitation to open and enter into the comfort of one’s clothes. There is no lack for mirrored surfaces, which further augment the sensation of space.

Azimut 88: A Mission Impossible for Designers

Azimut 88 Characteristics

Length overall (incl. pulpit) 26.80 m (88′)
Beam at main section 6.40 m (20′ 11″)
Draft (incl. props at full load) 1.80 m (5′ 10″)
Displacement (at full load) 85 t
Engines 2x1825mHP (1341kw) CAT C32 ACERT V12
Maximum speed (at half load) 30 knots
Cruising speed (at half load) 27 knots
Fuel capacity 9.000 l (2.377 US Gls)
Water capacity 1.300 l (343.4 US Gls)
Cabins 4 + 1 crew
Berths 8 + 3 crew
Head compartments 5 + 1 crew

Azimut 60: More Privacy, More Comfort

Azimut 60: More Privacy, More Comfort

An 18-meter flybridge yacht that is sure to give satisfaction to itsx owners thanks to a great level of comfort and a separation of crew and guests that is typical of the biggest boats. A privacy made possible by a large crew cabin with two beds and access from the swim platform. The layout of this cabin is modular and changes (two twin beds, either separate or adjacent) depending on whether or not the Seakeeper is mounted.

Externally the 60 reprises the new elements of the flybridge collection, with the characteristic innovative fin on the deckhouse that joins in the play of curved lines of the windows and makes the boat’s profile unique even from a distance. Also on the flybridge – very spaciously proportioned – we find a glass insert on the outer part of the roll bar.

Azimut 60: More Privacy, More Comfort

Azimut 60: More Privacy, More Comfort

The interiors faithfully interpret the new tendency of Azimut flybridges, which favor light contrasts, with honey-tinted oak and cream-colored valances. Just beyond the glass door, to starboard, where the sofas are usually placed, a furniture unit has been designed to hold the retractable video screen also. The galley, equipped with anti-roll structures and shock-absorbing drawers, is on the main deck in a raised position, directly serving the dinette.

The lower deck has three cabins. The full-beam, full-height master cabin is amidships, with two large windows in three vertical segments that put the owner couple in direct, continuous contact with the seascape. A living area, located along the starboard bulwark near the window, competes for the role of protagonist with the large double bed placed at 45 degrees on the opposite side. The VIP cabin is forward, equipped with a double bed and horizontal windows, while a third cabin hosts guests with two twin beds, a large wardrobe and cabinets for a comfortable stay on board.

Spyker C12 Zagato: All-new design elements inspired by Formula 1

Spyker C12 Zagato: All-new design elements inspired by Formula 1

The Spyker C12 Zagato is the second production car from the Dutch automobile manufacturer Spyker. The C12 Zagato is an all-aluminium, mid-engine/rear-drive exotic luxury sportscar.

The Milanese design house Zagato co-designed the model. The C12 Zagato featured all-new design elements inspired by Formula 1. Though the exterior styling is somewhat of a departure from the C8, retained features include: scissor doors, interior styling, and general aviation theme. The C12 Zagato is powered by a 6.0 L W12 engine sourced from VW Group (the same engine as featured in the Audi A8 and Volkswagen Phaeton).

For the C12 Zagato, Spyker Cars have tuned the W12 to produce 500-bhp. The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. Although the nomenclature suggests otherwise, the C12 Zagato is not based upon the C12 LaTurbie prototype. The Spyker C12 Zagato is priced at EUR 495,000 (approximately USD $740,000 or £450,000), and Spyker plan to produce only 24 copies.

The C12 Zagato develops 368 kW (493 hp) and 610 N•m (450 lb•ft) from the specially-tuned W12 engine. With a KERB weight of 1,480 kg (3,263 lb), the Spyker will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and then on to a top speed of 195 mph. Braking is accomplished by steel ventilated discs and features anti-lock braking. The automatic five-speed gearbox features a torque-converter in lieu of a clutch. Spyker say the move from manual gearboxes as seen in the Spyker C8 is as per customer request, and the new Aileron model will feature a ZF automatic gearbox similar to that of the C12 Zagato.

Tushek Renovatio T500: A Welcome Sight

Tushek Renovatio T500: A Welcome Sight

The boutique Slovenian car manufacturer Tushek Supercars has revealed their latest, the Tushek Renovatio T500. This sharp, aggressively-styled sports car can achieve speeds of up to 193mph and will hit 60mph in 3.7 seconds from a standing start.

Thanks to a carbon and composite body, the Renovatio T500 gets plenty of speed out of the 444hp Audi V8 that powers it. The inside is lined in leather and alcantara with carbon fiber accents, providing a bit of luxury in a vehicle that is otherwise “all business”.

The Tushek Renovatio T500 may not stand far out from its class, as the design is attractive but largely forgettable. Yet any offering from a boutique super car manufacturer is a welcome sight. The feeling of driving something so close to unique is one that we can certainly respect.