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    Matchpoint Tennis Wheelchair Question...

    Hi...I have a question for anyone who has a Quickie Matchpoint (or similar) tennis/sports wheelchair:

    I got the chair 4 years ago, with 24" wheels and very little dump. I have developed a pretty hard flat (1st) serve, but I am constantly hitting the white tape at the top of the net way too much. If I can "raise" my seat 2" I think I will get more aces/unreturnables...in my being just a smidge higher. I don't want to add any more "slice" to my serve to compensate for the 2" since it just slows the ball down too much for my liking.

    I figured I would buy 26" wheels for the Matchpoint to raise me up 2". But, I am wondering if the new wheels would do that or I would have to adjust the seat too? I don't mind adjusting the seat, but I am already at the top height for the seat frame that I currently have.

    So...I guess my question is: for you tennis/basketball players who use this type of sport chair, how do I get 2" more in height?

    And, Cialis won't help!! Ha ha!!!
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    The 26 inch wheels should raise you 1 inch, you need a kit to do it with longer fork stems, I went through that with a matchpoint I had a while back, it was tough to get a hold of the kit as I remember. If your strong the 26 inch wheels should give you a better push.
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    Try a thicker cushion for starters, or get some blue constuction foam and make as tall a spacer under your cushion as you want. You can get longer bars to raise the seat up. Like curt says if you just put bigger wheels on you will throw the toe out. You will need to raise the front too. Longer fork stems are the easiest way.If you PM me I can send you pics of the way I raised the seat up on my girls. Then when you've rasied it all up are you going to be able to reach the ground strokes?

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    Bald - I'm going to try the foam...I have tons of extra...that would be the easiest thing. If not, I'll try some other ideas from you and Curt.

    Thank so much guys!!!

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    Good idea, it's tougher than it sounds going from 24's to 26's, I've done it and it was a pain to get the parts and then after I had to make all kinds of adjustments. Thicker cushion and raise up the backrest if necessary sounds like the most easy way.
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    You sure you cannot adjust where you are hitting the ball? It sounds like you are hitting the ball on your downstream of your hit instead of at the top (assuming you are tossing over your head). I know when I made that adjustment it was clearing the net and giving me the aces I was looking for. Just a thought.
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    Also if you hit with topspin you can hit more up on the ball and it clears the net and then gets sucked down lower by the topspin.
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    Sometimes, you can find these spare parts on www.quickie-wheelchairs.com. This is where I used to go to get stuff for my sports wheelchair.
    Quote Originally Posted by Curt Leatherbee View Post
    The 26 inch wheels should raise you 1 inch, you need a kit to do it with longer fork stems, I went through that with a matchpoint I had a while back, it was tough to get a hold of the kit as I remember. If your strong the 26 inch wheels should give you a better push.

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    You have to hit up on the ball to have a great serve. I agree that adjusting your striking point will benefit you more and be easier than adjusting to any modifications you make to the chair.--eak
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheeliecoach View Post
    You sure you cannot adjust where you are hitting the ball? It sounds like you are hitting the ball on your downstream of your hit instead of at the top (assuming you are tossing over your head). I know when I made that adjustment it was clearing the net and giving me the aces I was looking for. Just a thought.
    I was thinking this too somewhat. I see many wheelchair players (including myself) serving with "locked arm" where the entire arm doesn' t bend/flex enough. But you are right, it seems those WC players are hitting "up" on the ball. But my flat serve either clips the white tape, or goes a few feet long.

    Any advise is appreciated...

    When you say "striking" point...are you referring to the specific area on the ball? Or the area where my racket is making contact with the ball over my head?

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