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Is upper body strength or technique more important for throwing distance [closed]

Having a debate about throwing and question is what is most important to throw the furthest, strength or technique. Or both? Why? Reason for question is actually to help a female player improve her ...
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How to set SMART goals for a sports performance skill that is hard to measure

I have been reading 'Building a Tennis Champion' and they talk about setting SMART goals. For the specific part they use an example of measuring first serve percentage. That is obviously something ...
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Alternating arms for front crawl [closed]

I have started taking swimming lessons. My teacher tells me to alternate arms, in the sense of having 1 arm extended in front of me, not moving, while the other is propulsing me. He wants me to wait ...
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What part of the foot do you hit the ball with when juggling a football?

What exact part of the foot do you use to hit the ball. I've heard that you should not juggle with the toes, so should you hit it with the instep, the soft side of the foot or the one slightly below ...
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Where should the volleyball hit your arms in a bump?

This YouTube video teaches how to pass through a volleyball bump. However, I noticed that the ball hits very close to the man's wrists, not much on his forearm. Where should the ball be hit correctly ...
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Breathing techniques for pull up and chin up, or rings or high horizontal bar

When we do pull up and chin up, or similar motions in the Rings (Olympics sports), or high horizontal bar, Are there recommended ways to breathe in order to maximize the amounts of pull up and chin ...
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How are women gymnasts performing with long nails?

How are women gymnasts performing with long nails? Is it difficult; does this make it harder? I saw Suni Lee with much longer nails, for example in this article
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How can I correct my juggling?

While practicing juggling I discovered two things: I am currently horrible at juggling The ball seems to have a backspin when I hit it The two seem related. Let me explain: When juggling, the ball ...
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Are underarm serves fair in tennis? If so, why are they looked upon as a means of disrespect?

As my title says all about the question, are underarm serves a fair thing in tennis? Because the reaction of Chris Garin says me otherwise when Alexander Bublik served him an underarm serve. I was ...
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How do you do a kick serve?

I typically do a hard flat first serve and then a slice second serve, but I'm curious to know the fundamentals behind adding "kick" to a serve for higher bounce.
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Does the bowler's run-up actually contribute anything useful?

Bowlers run up before performing a little hop to get momentum going and bowl the ball. Does the run-up contribute anything to the speed/spin of the ball? Or could you get a similar speed/spin by just ...
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Does an Eastern forehand grip provide more precision compared to a semi-Western grip?

I've been experimenting between Eastern and semi-Western grips for my forehand. When I was hitting, I felt like the Eastern grip forehand provided much more precision (almost an unbelievable amount) ...
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Motor skill: Let speed come naturally? [closed]

I've commonly heard that when practising a motor skill, one should start slow with correct form and one shouldn't force speed. Rather, let speed come naturally. I believe this but I can't find a ...
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How can I recreate this snooker shot where the ball stops instantly after striking a cushion?

In this match between Willie Thorne and Jimmy White, Jimmy pots the pink ball (at 0:41) and the cue ball stops extremely suddenly in perfect position to finish on the black. Whilst playing pool I ...
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Do goalkeepers always go to the ground to collect a rolling ball?

I've only recently become interested in international football. I notice that, what seems like is all of the times, the goalkeeper will go to the ground to collect a rolling ball. Is this a rule? ...
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Where should the ball touch the foot when juggling in football?

To be better in juggling a football, I need to have the ball touch a specific area of my foot, where is it? Is it the middle of somewhere between instep and toes? or somewhere else like the following?...
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How to beat a defender 1v1 on the wing?

Imagine you are 1 v 1 with a defender, you accelerate to one side, and once both of you are at full pace you change direction. If the defender knows that I will change direction, but doesn't know when,...
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Why would hitting the ball with the leading edge generate more spin?

I have often heard it said that when brushing the ball, you should hit the ball with the leading edge of the bat for maximum spin. To make this clearer, let's assume we are doing a heavy backspin ...
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How to hit a knuckleball shot in football?

What is the physics behind a knuckleball shot? What makes the ball to take such an unpredictable course?
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One-handed backhand in tennis

What are the fundamentals of a one-handed backhand? What grip should I use? How should I position, and what should the technique be like during the stroke?
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What is a 0 (zero) step?

I have been watching James Harden and his "creative" ways to take extra steps without being called for a travel. One concept that he uses is a "0 step." I'm having a hard time figuring out what a 0 ...
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What are the fundamentals of a tennis forehand?

What should one consider when making a forehand stroke in tennis, and what should you look to avoid?
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How does the RB know when to grasp the ball on a read option and when the QB is selling the fake?

In American football, on read-option plays, how does the RB know when to fully grasp the ball and when not to because the QB "pulls" the ball? Commentators praise the QB on plays where he sticks the ...
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What are the fundamentals of a serving toss in tennis?

On my tennis serve, how do I properly and consistently do the ball toss?
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What are some tips for green-reading?

I've played golf a few times this season and had a handful of putts for birdie 10 feet and under. Although I was happy with all but one of my putts, each putt missed low. For another putt (about 25 ...
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How to do a behind the back crossover properly?

I have been playing basketball for years (I am in my late 20s now) but I have not done any serious training. Occasionally I find that I should take it seriously and start working from the basics ...
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What is the name of this kind of pass, done with the outside of the foot?

I found a thread in Twitter where they show a pass by Lionel Messi. Next messages show others players performing it such as David Silva. Is there a specific name for this kind of pass or is it just ...
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When attempting a side or top curve spin in snooker do you need to adjust the aim of the shot?

I'm trying to get my head round this. I'm practicing positioning shots. If I want to hit the cue ball on the side, top, bottom etc do I need to aim slightly off for example hitting an angle to ...
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Correcting a tennis serve with too much rotational motion

By looking at videos of my service motion, I notice my movement is more rotational, i.e. the racket is moving from my back in the trophy position, round counter-clockwise (for right handed player) on ...
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Why do many tennis players crouch-then-uncrouch before receiving a serve?

I’ve been watching quite a lot of tennis this year, and I’ve been noticing a tendency among many professional tennis players—particularly noticeable in women players, for some reason—to crouch down ...
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Why aren't oldschool skateboard tricks seen much today with modern skateboards?

Why are skateboard tricks like those seen in this video (starting at 13:30) not seen much anymore, at least not with modern boards? The kinds of tricks I'm referring to are handstands, hand flips ...
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In basketball, why is it easier to make a layup by banking it off the backboard?

In all levels of basketball, nearly all layups are made by banking the ball off the backboard. Is there a simple explanation for why this is more common than a short shot directly through the rim? ...
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What are the differences in sweeping between the two sweepers in the curling?

Mainly the skip asks the sweepers do both sweep actions, but sometimes the skip asks a single player to do action. What is the difference between the sweeping to choose one rather than another ...
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How important is the opening service in a game of badminton?

Background (aka motivation): In chess, there are only two players. In (singles) badminton too, there are only two players. Both face off against each other. In chess, each player has a particular play-...
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What is the science behind reverse swing?

How do bowlers actually get the ball to reverse? What conditions do they need to get the ball to swing and what are some of the tactics used to get the ball to swing?
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How do I counter my opponent's wide angle topspin loop shots?

I regularly play against an opponent who has a very aggressive style. He waits a few exchanges then hits the ball from under the table and gives it a lot of topspin, which causes it to arc and land ...
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What does a Scandinavian Flick/Pendulum Turn physically achieve?

From what I gathered a Pendulum Turn in the context of rallying helps with inducing oversteer, primarily on low-grip surfaces. Many resources explain the technique, but less so what actually makes it ...
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How would one go faster in Karting when they already hold the record?

I do go karting as an hobby and I currently hold the track record at my local circuit. The average driver completes it in 37 to 38 seconds and my record is 33.13 seconds. The karts do a maximum of ...
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What is this skill move performed by Neymar called?

In the following video, Neymar does a double step-over from a dead stop by adding a touch, finishing with a body feint. What is this skill move called?
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Can the angle of the paddle offset a spin?

Can the angle of the paddle offset a spin? Say you wanted to push the ball rather than spin, can you angle the paddle in a certain way such that it will offset the spin, and able to push the ball at ...
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How to coach a player out of bad habits?

The specific case I'm thinking of is throwing in quidditch (so think baseball, dodgeball, football, etc. mechanics). I'm hoping however to find a more general guiding principle if possible. I coach a ...
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Understanding the concept of spin

For each spin in table tennis, there seems to be a spin to counter the opponents spin. At the moment I have been countering the opponents spin with the same spin. Backspin for backspin, top spin for ...
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Is there any template situation when it is more likely for doing nutmeg?

What is the right situation for doing a nutmeg? When the defender stands on both feet, when one foot is closer to you than another? Or maybe it can be performed in any situation? I just want to know: ...
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High jump: Why is it not allowed to take off on both feet, do flip flops etc?

I realize that all sports have rules you need to follow, and usually there's good reason for these rules. Still, I wonder about the rules regarding high jump: according to What is the world record in ...
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Ball Handling Development

I've been zeroing in a lot on my ball handling for the past 6 months and have made a lot of progress from where I was. People actually respect my ballhandling, but I still have a lot of work to do. -...
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What changes should I make while bowling to get back to best of my line and length?

I was a fast bowler when I was younger. I used to mark 14 steps for my run-up. It was a smooth and clean run-up with the most accurate line and length. It has been more than 10 years since I gave up ...
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Is an advantage for a left-handed to play volleyball?

Are there any objective advantages to a left-handed in playing volleyball?
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Why does it matter how we end up a shoot or a pass, in terms of the footwork involved?

I have generally seen in many of the youtube videos, which attempt to teach how to hit a knuckleball perfectly, they tell that after striking the ball, one should not take the foot too far ahead, ...
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In volleyball, which part of the hand should you hit the ball with in an underhand serve?

I searched much of Google, but sites mostly talk about other types of serves, and the underhand serve only gets a couple of quick lines. Even when they do talk more about the underhand serve, they don'...
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Soccer: How to thwart someone who's pushing you on the back when receiving the ball [closed]

I'm a fairly big guy for a soccer player, which has some advantages and disadvantages. Two of the disadvantages is that referees think that I'm clumsy when I fall over, or that I'm not being fouled ...
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