Originally Posted by Unforced Terror
Serve is pretty amateur, but you know that.
Your defense off the backhand side seems to be terrible. Maybe you should consider two-hander for defending/rallying, and one-hander when you really want to go for it.
Also, your forehand is awkward and jumpy, but I guess it's working for you
Otherwise not bad
You could probably take several games off of me.
You look hot in sleeveless BTW
Well at least I have this going for me.
Funny thing, I hit a 2 handed BH for 7 years, but nowadays I have zero technique with a 2 hander
I think it will be 1 handed from here on in for me.
Defensive BH slice definitely needs to improve, yes.
where did you see this?
a final couple cents about the serve, hopefully useful - the toss atm is the least of your problems.
First step - rotation of the body - you have none, you serve facing the net during the whole movement, which is wrong.
Second step - back shoulder drops, front rises. Your shoulders stay horizontal during the whole thing, which isn't right as well.
Third step - it will come naturally with the first two - bending the knees, push up and do the whip as high as possible.
Fourth step - the one we tend to discuss about pros, who have fixed all the above points at 12 - high enough toss, slightly ahead, but this last one is just fine tuning, you need 1 and 2 asap if you expect smth from your game.
and i imagine your volleys should be a flaw (normally people would stress on other issues an considering your serve, you probably haven't exercised much on the volleys), so at one point you probably should work on them more, not only coz you won't be able to finish a point off at the net, but because not feeling at least confident with them you get often forced to overplay short-ish balls, which makes you an easy pry to any technical guy moving you back and forth.
But volleys are like the toss - fine tuning, work on rotation and shoulders, otherwise the limitation is too big to even dream of anything more.
I hope this helps. Cheers
Good stuff here, latso, very helpful.
have you ever tried a more classic 90 square-inch racquet?
the technique is actually good imho, top 100 if not something more.
try to post an entire match and I'll write an analysis of the strokes and changes that need to be adopted.
When I first started playing, I had the Agassi Head Radical 107 head size
I played with that for like a year or so, then switched down to the Head Radical but in the 98 head size. I had that for a while before I switched to the Nadal racquet, 100 sq. inches, and used that from April 2007 until May 2010, where I developed soooooo many injuries. I had the original, Cortex, and also the GT.
In May 2010, I switched from the Babolar Aeropro Drive to the Wilson Ncode 95. I had that for the rest of 2010, before switching to the Babolate Pure Storm 95 LTD in early 2011. I had that racquet until July 2011 when I switched to the BLX Wilson 6.1 95. I used that from July 2011 until May 2012, when I demoed a bunch of racquets.
I demoed the newer Wilson Pro Staff 90, Head Prestige 93, Babolat APD 100, also Babolat Pure Drive 100, the Babolat Pure Storm, I think another one too, and finally, the original Wilson Pro Staff 85 (or at least the modern Tennis Warehouse rendition). And of all those racquets, I ended up liking the Pro Staff 85 the best
I've been using the 85 from May 2012 until now.
So I have gone really from 107 when I began down to 98, back to 100, then to 95, tried the 90, didn't like it, and loved the 85. To me, the smaller head size is not so much an issue. You just need to keep your eye on the ball all the way in and have good technique, 2 things which you ought to be doing anyways. I don't shank the ball any more or less than I did with the 95, if anything, I like the 85 better because there is no racquet out there with the control of the 85. With a 95 or a 90, you hit in the middle, you are not always assured of it going right where you want, there is still some margin of error. With the 85, if I hit it in the middle, with good technique, it is going RIGHT where I want it to, every time, no bullshit. And it is so much more solid, the 80% graphite 20% kevlar, it is a real racquet. My other racquets felt like toys compared to the 85, really.
As for taping a match, I am planning on taping a practice session with a fellow 4.5/5.0 player, a friend of mine around my level tomorrow. Not sure if I will have enough time to edit and upload before work at 5 tomorrow, but I will try for sure.
Also still not sure where or what I will be playing this weekend. Should I semi-vulture the 4.5's or should I play in the Opens?