Originally Posted by Gustavo Kuerten
Master troll strikes again. There is no one beyond the age of 10 who would hit against a wall in a serious context.
Having said that, your service clearly needs work, it's lacking in every department. Grunts are on point.
Grunt GOAT, perhaps.
My serve is horrible, trust me I know
I am not saying I am Sampras here at all
Groundstrokes look good
I think so. From the baseline I am pretty solid, I have hit with players up to #800 in the world, like
I hit with him for about 20 minutes back in March or so, and I hung with him from the baseline 80% of the time
He destroyed my serve though and my return was iffy at best.
loads and loads of work are to be done with you my friend and it's no guarantee still.
The serve is actually horrendous, amateur style movement, really below par.
BH looks relatively OK tbh, but FH and footwork are not. You can't do this movement with your right leg with every FH strike, you can't hit all FHs almost in the air (you need to be grounded in stable position) and feet are not working the right way, no small adjustment steps, no cross steps, just jumping around.
Sorry if it sounds harsh, but only your BH looks to have potential, the rest needs to be re-done from scratch.
I admire your extravert personality, not ashamed of showing yourself in an internet forum, knowing there will be loads of criticizing (which would occur even if you played flawlessly as you know), but i can't twist my tongue, you have a lot of work to do - with a coach!
This is interesting that you say this. My BH I just switched to a 1 hander barely 2 years ago
I don't think it is as good as my FH, it isn't actually. I control points with the forehand, the BH is good though, I can attack with it and rally with it. Also maybe not in this video can you see everything, and my footwork is hardly "just jumping around". Yes I jump into shots, because it adds more force into the ball. The pros are jumping into almost every FH, especially the short players, look at Ferrer, he is my height, he is hopping around like a Mexican jumping bean trying to get every bit of weight into his shot.
Of course I have a lot of work to do, even if I was #1 in the world I'd still think I'd have more work to do.
Everything was Ok till i saw You serve..
.. WTF was that? Have you learnt serving a week back or something ? You really look like a non sports person trying to serve Tennis...
I dont want to discourage you but you have some decent groundstrokes but that serve is pathetic. Do you get those balls over the Net ?
Did you watch the video? Almost all the serves were in, or if I missed, I usually miss long. I agree my serve is shit.
The serve needs a lot of work. Especially the ball toss, your arm doesn´t go all the way and as a result your toss is low and you end up hitting the ball quite low. I would fix the toss before even thinking about how to bend the knees.
I don´t mean to sound discouraging, but fixing these kind of basics is difficult at your age. In order to make it to the top, these kind of things need to be taught at a very young age, fixing them when your over 20 is very, very difficult. You can still be a good club player, but setting goals higher than that might lead to dissapointments.
Good observation here, you are right, my tossing arm doesn't go all the way up, which affects the entire motion from there on in. Even so I still get relatively decent pop when it goes in, but the % is not the best. Shoulders and upper back I need to strengthen, because I feel limitations. Maybe this is why I release the toss too early. My shoulders are constantly popping in and out, left and right. No pain, just annoying. Yeah it is difficult to change and improve, at this age, sure, I agree, but not impossible. I just switched from 2 hands to a 1 handed BH barely 2 years ago and I think my BH is pretty strong now. So what is to say my serve cannot be fixed?
Dude, you need to throw the ball much higher in the toss. All your serves will end up in the net if you keep serving like that.
Yes indeed. My serve is the biggest thing, and indeed the toss, releasing the ball higher on the toss.
Overall, good, positive that I saw myself on the video. I know exactly what to work on now.
Camera don't lie.