View Full Version : Weak points of "windmill" stroker ?

09-20-2004, 03:33 PM
There's this new guy I play tennis with.
Intially I underestimated his ability mainly because of his "windmill"
style strokes. He hits serve, ground strokes with this style
and even his volley looks like hit with straight arm....

Anyway, he turned out to be very good player. His serve does not
have big power but consistent. Excellent ground strokes. His
depth control on ground strokes are unbelievable. Every body
hits their volleys at their shoes strings when this guy hit passing shots.
His ground strokes land deep toward corner...
Plus he is a lefty. He hits with great depth control and wierd angle.

Anyway, he is a good player. It's not going to be easy to beat this
guy, I guess. But I wonder if there's any natural weak points due to
his unorthodox style ?? Logically speaking, he has less coverage
over incoming balls near his body right ?......

09-20-2004, 04:30 PM
"windmill" players usually have a long backswing henceforth the "windmill" part. you might want to try to hit hard flat fast balls to his forehand. windmill players take longer to set up IMO, unless they know what they are doing.

09-21-2004, 01:36 AM
I agree with finchy. also try to throw in some off speed slices with the fast flat drives to keep him guessing.

09-21-2004, 09:28 AM
Windmill style as in Roddick's forehand setup?

09-21-2004, 11:13 AM
Windmill style as in Roddick's forehand setup?

He(windmill stroker) basically does not have any rotation at his
elbow joints. Very firm and fixed elbow joint in all strokes.
Kinda painful to watch but it works for him aparently..

Thanks for the inputs. Let me try flat balls etc.
But I do not think he has such a big wind-up maybe except serves.
All his strokes has a loop with big radius(no rotation at elbow)
but he can shorten the loop(but still big radius...)
I hope I can describe his style properly... his serve is the typical
"windmill" style you know you spot sometimes..

09-21-2004, 12:32 PM
oh, yeah I played a guy who hit sidearm groundstroke-like topspin serves with his arm stiff like that, sort of reverse windmill, and they would bounce like a lefties. Most people with windmill overhead type serves are 3.5 level from my experiences. Seems like that would be hard on the shoulder and alot of acceleration is lost by not using the arm and wrist as a whip.