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boojay
04-13-2008, 10:04 PM
Blah blah blah blah, watch the vid and I'll comment later:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMgNwXLQfEc

quicken
04-13-2008, 10:24 PM
nice.
whos your opponent btw?

Skycat
04-13-2008, 11:02 PM
Thanks for the vid. clip.
But, your opponent seems to be too weak considering your level, Boojay!:)

vince916
04-14-2008, 12:22 AM
Your opponent has one weird forehand.

Rickson
04-14-2008, 02:07 AM
I noticed you're doing a lot more open stance forehands and keeping your weight on the back foot rather than transferring over to the left foot like you used to do, biscuit. Is this another Federer influenced move? Federer does the weight transfer occasionally, but the vast majority of his forehands end in a jump rather than the left foot transfer. Go, biscuit!

Tikiman53
04-14-2008, 03:52 AM
Dayum. You're really good. Got any tips?

smoothtennis
04-14-2008, 06:47 AM
Boojay - nice playing - and even nicer video editing - I have going to have to take vid lessons from you sometime. That's just some cool editing bro.

Some very nice forehands in there.

One thing at first glance - why are you all over the baseline?! You scramble a lot to get on it, when I think you are already in a good position, then you sramble backwards a lot to hit your next shot. You know, not always, but looks like a tendency. Maybe you are expecting short balls, because your opponent looked weaker than you shot wise.

Anyways - thanks for posting!

Bungalo Bill
04-14-2008, 07:18 AM
Blah blah blah blah, watch the vid and I'll comment later:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMgNwXLQfEc

Boojay,

To answer one of your hopes, yes, I very much like U2. They are a fantastic band and are amongst my favorites.

On to tennis...

Again, I still see issues with your footwork. I see the following:

1. Moments where you are on your toes and moments when when you are flatfooted.

2. Moments when you seem to judge the ball and move to the bounce, and others where the ball controls you and you are late arriving to the proper position in relation to your strike zone and the bounce.

3. Moments where you read the ball and move and moments when you start moving to the ball too late.

4. Moments where you move smoothly and moments where you sort of clump around.

I did see your efforts on your split-step. That is good, keep getting better with it.

You have the makings of a great player, but your footwork is going to be a challenge for you. I really think your footwork will improve with a good tough physical tennis program that should last this spring and summer.

FOREHAND
I am not going to go too far into it, but try to not jump so much in your strokes. Drive through the ball by shifitng your weight. Your stroke was a bit too twirly for me. I dont mind the open stance but the jumping was a bit much for my liking. Non-dominant arm was fine as it stayed pretty much in the body. Stroke got a little whippy and your stroke speed varied considerably.

BACKHAND
Go through the ball and drive it. You had some good ones but I would like to see your shoulders open less on some of those balls and your non-dominant arm really extend to counterbalance.

smoothtennis
04-14-2008, 09:38 AM
The two shot forehand combo at 1:50 was too sweet.

Djokovicfan4life
04-14-2008, 09:44 AM
You're playing is great, but what's up with your hitting parters?

This guy looks like he never even learned how to hit a proper forehand, let alone a one-handed backhand. His serve looks pretty girly as well.

boojay
04-14-2008, 10:59 AM
nice.
whos your opponent btw?
Thanks for the vid. clip.
But, your opponent seems to be too weak considering your level, Boojay!:)
You're playing is great, but what's up with your hitting parters?

This guy looks like he never even learned how to hit a proper forehand, let alone a one-handed backhand. His serve looks pretty girly as well.

Righteo, I knew I would have to address this. Yes, he's a lot weaker than I am and yes, he has an unorthodox playing style. That said, he has helped me a lot in my development.

Actually, I have three regular hitting partners who are classic pushers (him being one of them). I remember having so much trouble playing against him because there's absolutely no rhythm whatsoever. I had to learn to create my own rhythm, if that makes any sense.

Anyway, I recommend having pushers as regular hitting partners as well because they keep you on your toes and help draw out any blatant weaknesses you may have. Even though I routinely bagel/breadstick him when we play matches these days, I remember all too well the frustrating days when I struggled to win close sets because I smacked too many balls in the net or out. Heck, even now I still have plenty of errors, but I can at least say I've improved.

I have another hitting partner who's a super pusher and we almost always go to tiebreakers. My goal is to bagel him regularly someday too. I learned long ago that pushers are a valuable source for improving one's game. Once you've mastered the pusher, you elevate your game against the consistent, conventional hitters as well. Fewer situations take you by surprise.

I noticed you're doing a lot more open stance forehands and keeping your weight on the back foot rather than transferring over to the left foot like you used to do, biscuit. Is this another Federer influenced move? Federer does the weight transfer occasionally, but the vast majority of his forehands end in a jump rather than the left foot transfer. Go, biscuit!

Tis not, my Biz, but yah, I guess I was doing open stancers more, wasn't I? It was not a conscious effort, it just happened. Sometimes the majority of my FHs are closed, sometimes they're open. I had mentioned many times before, I have no preference. Whatever happens, happens. -Spike Spiegel

Dayum. You're really good. Got any tips?

'Fraid you're gonna hafta be more specific, bud. Besides, I'm in no position to be giving instruction. I barely even know what I heck I'm doing! :D

Boojay - nice playing - and even nicer video editing - I have going to have to take vid lessons from you sometime. That's just some cool editing bro.

Some very nice forehands in there.

One thing at first glance - why are you all over the baseline?! You scramble a lot to get on it, when I think you are already in a good position, then you sramble backwards a lot to hit your next shot. You know, not always, but looks like a tendency. Maybe you are expecting short balls, because your opponent looked weaker than you shot wise.

Anyways - thanks for posting!

Thanks dude. Yes, video editing is fun. This one took very little effort to do. After the title sequence, it was just a matter of cutting out all the scenes where we were picking up balls. Windows Movie Maker is your friend.

You know, I'd like to say it depends on the opponent, but you're not to first to mention that. I stick to the baseline like glue and it's not a good thing. I mean, if I were playing against a stronger player, for sure I'd be further back, but against this particular player, I actually should be INSIDE the baseline, dictating points every time. There's definitely a mental barrier there that I need to work on. You're right in that I sometimes anticipate short balls. He surprisingly hits a lot of deep balls, but often times he has no idea where the ball's going, I can tell, so I have to stay on my toes, figuratively speaking, I realize I physically don't take my own advice, which is shameful.

Boojay,

To answer one of your hopes, yes, I very much like U2. They are a fantastic band and are amongst my favorites.

On to tennis,

Again, I still see issues with your footwork. I see the following:

1. Moments where you are on your toes and moments when when you are flatfooted.

2. Moments when you seem to judge the ball and move to the bounce, and others where the ball controls you and you are late arriving to the proper position in relation to your strike zone and the bounce.

3. Moments where you read the ball and move and moments when you start moving to the ball too late.

4. Moments where you move smoothly and moments where you sort of clump around.

I did see your efforts on your split-step. That is good, keep getting better with it.

You have the makings of a great player, but your footwork is going to be a challenge for you. I really think your footwork will improve with a good tough physical tennis program that should last this spring and summer.

FOREHAND
I am not even going to go too far into it. But try not to jump so much in your strokes. Drive through the ball by shifitng your weight. Your stroke was a bit too twirly for me. I dont mind the open stance but the jumping was a bit much for my liking. Non-dominant arm was fine as it stayed pretty much in the body. Stroke got a little whippy and your stroke speed varied considerably.

BACKHAND
Go through the ball and drive it. You had some good ones but I would like to see your shoulders open less on some of those balls and your non-dominant arm really extend to counterbalance.

Great post, BB. Thanks so much for your input. :twisted:

I'm not proud to admit this, but I completely forgot to stay on my toes. Any sporadic toe-staying-on-top-of was purely unconscious, which is both positive (the fact that it happened naturally) and negative (that it didn't happen enough). I will try to make a conscious effort to keep on my toes even while playing points/matches. During warmups, I did everything; stayed on my toes, watched the ball, etc., but once play started, that all went out the window.

Thanks for pointing out the movement problems. I can see them too and I'm trying to fix them. Bit by bit, day by day, I'm piecing the puzzle together. I'd like for it to happen sooner than later, but we both know that's not gonna happen. There's a lot of work to be done and I'm looking forward to doing it.

I've really tried to tone down the jumping and the kicking. I'm often rushed when I don't prepare properly and I'm sure that's a product of me trying to accommodate somehow. I've often been told my contact point is too varied and I sense this as well when I'm on the court. If I don't get to the ball appropriately (poor footwork), I compensate by doing some funky things with the racquet.

I'm aware of the theory, but I'm slowly experiencing it for myself as I gain a better understanding and appreciation for racquet preparation and how much trouble it can save me. That, in turn, will help with my footwork, which will help my stroke, which will help with everything else, and so on and so on. It's a beautiful cycle. One aspect reinforces another until comes full circle. That's why tennis is so much..............funstrating.

Thanks for all the tips, BB, and glad you liked the music!

The two shot forehand combo at 1:50 was too sweet.

You like? My fave combo is to slice serve wide on the deuce side, catch the line, and if it isn't an outright ace or service winner, I usually get a weak/predictable reply to the middle of the court that I backhand crosscourt for the winner. I don't think I caught any of that on film, but it's my pet combo.

Did you catch my Nadal impersonation just prior to that @ 1:33? Ball was gonna bounce right over the dude's head, LOL! I was hoping he would let it go because I wanted to see if it would rise all the way to the back of the dome. Kudos to him for getting it back though.

Djokovicfan4life
04-14-2008, 11:04 AM
Funstrating, what a pun! :lol:

You should bring back the funny captions, that's my favorite part of your vids.

"Tennis is hard", hahahahaha!

And I wouldn't exactly call him a pusher, he's just not at your level. That forehand at 1:08 was NOT a push, by any means.

smoothtennis
04-14-2008, 12:53 PM
Nah - I wouldn't call him a pusher either - he may push a little here and there, and although that foreahand is just plain odd looking - he can get some stick on it sometimes. And yes, he gets the ball deep enough to mess things up.

So Boojay - here is something to look at taking what we discussed a step further about your love affair with the baseline. At least with this guy - you tend to do an 'inverted C' where you start out behind the baseline on your forehand, you hit it deep, then recovery in on top of the baseline at the center, then have to run 'back' behind it to hit your backhand. Right?

Reverse the C pattern. Step into the corner to cut off the deep corner shots, recover back behind the baseline center T. See the difference? Easier said than done I know I know....hehe.

PS. I have the same issue with my footwork.

Essential Tennis
04-14-2008, 12:54 PM
Boojay,

Good hitting man, your strokes are doing well. Cheers on not just showing points you won, haha.

I agree with Bill that your footwork is lacking. The technique of your forehand and backhand ground strokes is far advanced past your footwork, and your net game. Both you and your opponent at times looked straight up nonchalant "recovering" after hitting ground strokes out to the side.

Few other quick observations......I like your top spin backhand stroke a great deal, very nice and relaxed. If I were giving you lessons I'd have you use it more often, and the slice less. Your slice isn't bad by any means, but against an opponent that really isn't challenging you a great deal I would stick with the topspin swing unless you were in a defensive position. An example of this would be on serve returns, it looked like you were about 50/50 between the slice and top spin. You're not going to really hurt him with the slice, and his serve seems to be very predictable, same speed every time, I'd love to see you take the more confident swing more, keep developing it.

Also, after hitting strong ground strokes, you need to start developing an instinct of coming to the net. BB spoke of this as well. Several times you hit a great shot to one side or the other only to stand there and watch your partner bust it trying to track it down. This is either because you don't like your net game much, or because you're simply not identifying the opportunity. Either way it would add a huge dimension to your offensive game if you had the technical ability and confidence to move straight in after a strong shot and be able to finish the point at the net.

You're doing great buddy :)

boojay
04-14-2008, 03:22 PM
Funstrating, what a pun!

You should bring back the funny captions, that's my favorite part of your vids.

"Tennis is hard", hahahahaha!

And I wouldn't exactly call him a pusher, he's just not at your level. That forehand at 1:08 was NOT a push, by any means.

Nah - I wouldn't call him a pusher either - he may push a little here and there, and although that foreahand is just plain odd looking - he can get some stick on it sometimes. And yes, he gets the ball deep enough to mess things up.

I save the captions for special occasions and when I have a LOT of free time on my hands ;).

Yah, you guys are right. I guess in this vid he doesn't look too much like a pusher, and credit to him, he pushes less and less these days anyway, but his unconventional style lends to some interesting spins or lack of spins, which I sometimes I associate with pusher, but really junkballer is more like it. Keep in mind we weren't playing a match or keeping score, so that allows him to play more freely. He's more than capable of putting short balls away, but when put under pressure, he'll start floating balls back. It's good for me because I need practice getting those back with pace and depth. The second we play for real in a match, however, the pushes come full force, particularly when I put reachable first serves in.


So Boojay - here is something to look at taking what we discussed a step further about your love affair with the baseline. At least with this guy - you tend to do an 'inverted C' where you start out behind the baseline on your forehand, you hit it deep, then recovery in on top of the baseline at the center, then have to run 'back' behind it to hit your backhand. Right?

Reverse the C pattern. Step into the corner to cut off the deep corner shots, recover back behind the baseline center T. See the difference? Easier said than done I know I know....hehe.

PS. I have the same issue with my footwork.You know? I completely get you. I see that and it irks me as well. I'm glad you let me partially off the hook with the "easier said than done" comment because you almost have to psyche yourself out. When everything's clicking and I'm hitting out of my mind, I take every shot on the rise and the ball seems to go in slow mo. I cover the court well and my footwork seems flawless. Unfortunately for me, this happens maybe once in a blue moon. Suffice it to say, it's been a while since I've last experienced this in-the-zone mode.

Really, I could force myself to do it (moving diagonally toward the incoming ball and cutting it off, taking it on the rise), but being that it's not second nature for me yet, I almost feel like I'm going for a winner every time, which is a hideous feeling because it brings back memories of ball bashing and going for winners at every opportunity and the piles of errors associated with said approach. This is self-analysis, but my guess is I feel there's no guarantee I'm going to get the ball in when I play that way so I probably tell myself subconsciously to just go for it when I do move in. I really dislike this all-or-nothing mentality. That's my excuse for the time being anyway :D. But yes, thanks for pointing that out, these games don't matter, I SHOULD be moving in. End of story.

Boojay,

Good hitting man, your strokes are doing well. Cheers on not just showing points you won, haha.

I agree with Bill that your footwork is lacking. The technique of your forehand and backhand ground strokes is far advanced past your footwork, and your net game. Both you and your opponent at times looked straight up nonchalant "recovering" after hitting ground strokes out to the side.

Few other quick observations......I like your top spin backhand stroke a great deal, very nice and relaxed. If I were giving you lessons I'd have you use it more often, and the slice less. Your slice isn't bad by any means, but against an opponent that really isn't challenging you a great deal I would stick with the topspin swing unless you were in a defensive position. An example of this would be on serve returns, it looked like you were about 50/50 between the slice and top spin. You're not going to really hurt him with the slice, and his serve seems to be very predictable, same speed every time, I'd love to see you take the more confident swing more, keep developing it.

Also, after hitting strong ground strokes, you need to start developing an instinct of coming to the net. BB spoke of this as well. Several times you hit a great shot to one side or the other only to stand there and watch your partner bust it trying to track it down. This is either because you don't like your net game much, or because you're simply not identifying the opportunity. Either way it would add a huge dimension to your offensive game if you had the technical ability and confidence to move straight in after a strong shot and be able to finish the point at the net.

You're doing great buddy :)

Hey Ian! Thanks a lot! I give you much credit for helping me find some consistency in my forehand. I still have hitches here and there that are bothering me, but I'm continually tweaking so it's only a matter of time ;) j/k. All I know is I'm hitting closer to the way I want to hit and that's all the positive feedback I need to drive me forward.

I'm not sure if this is the case for others, but I find my footwork is heavily influenced by my stroke mechanics. I always tell people footwork is more important than strokes because you can't hit the ball if you can't get to it. I, on the other hand, spend so much time thinking about my stroke that I can't get my feet to move. When my stroke is clicking (and I no longer have to think about it), my feet move on their own. It's the darndest thing. The less I have to think about my stroke, the more efficiently my feet move. I've heard other juniors say the opposite is true for them (i.e. focusing on proper footwork allows them to setup for the ideal shot). It completely makes sense, I don't know why I'm backwards.

Hehe, my slices were pretty horrible now that I watch them. It's one of the many areas I've been neglecting. I don't trust my slice so I don't follow thru the way I should.

Everything after the title sequence was continuous. I had debated leaving in the footage of us picking up balls in between points, sped up, but it just looked awkward so I cut it out completely.

Thanks for the advice and words of encouragement!

mmeyer1
04-14-2008, 03:54 PM
Your hitting partner's forehand reminds me of connors kind of.

Rafael_Nadal_6257
04-14-2008, 04:12 PM
Your partner's forehand seems to be really flat, but he looks like he can get it deep. Boojay, I like your strokes, you kinda remind me of myself :D...except I use a two-handed backhand.

Bundey
04-14-2008, 04:51 PM
That backhand return and 1:12 was sexy.

RoddickistheMan
04-14-2008, 07:49 PM
Nice vid boojay. I must say your strokes look like federers in form however compared to the other vids these strokes seemed sloppy your footwork was kind of unsettled. I think it had to due with your opponent more so than you his balls were all over the place and not landing in a comfortable strike zone for your strokes. Overall I think the volleys are getting better though. Would be cool to you you following the forehand to the net to hit an easy volley winner.

Djokovicfan4life
04-14-2008, 07:57 PM
The partner from your "Epic Rally" video was pretty good. What ever happened to him?

boojay
04-14-2008, 09:48 PM
Your hitting partner's forehand reminds me of connors kind of.

I'm not familiar with Jimmy's style. If he muscles all his shots, is as stiff as a board, and hits nothing but flat balls, then I'd say there are some parallels. Otherwise, I bet you're not doing ol' Jimmy justice ;).

Your partner's forehand seems to be really flat, but he looks like he can get it deep. Boojay, I like your strokes, you kinda remind me of myself :D...except I use a two-handed backhand.

Yah, it's pretty flat, but he's been asking me a lot about topspin, particularly on the BH side. While it's certainly no weapon (yet), his BH used to be a massive liability. If I was ever down love-40, I would just serve five consecutive kick serves to his backhand and hold serve. These days, he's able to get shots back. On the FH, he can put balls away if they're short and paceless.

That backhand return and 1:12 was sexy.

Whya thanku.

Nice vid boojay. I must say your strokes look like federers in form however compared to the other vids these strokes seemed sloppy your footwork was kind of unsettled. I think it had to due with your opponent more so than you his balls were all over the place and not landing in a comfortable strike zone for your strokes. Overall I think the volleys are getting better though. Would be cool to you you following the forehand to the net to hit an easy volley winner.

Yah, I'm going to start moving in and take balls on the rise more often. I'm pretty sick of the bad footwork. It'll be frustrating for a while, particularly for my hitting partners since they're used to having a consistent rally with me and making this adjustment will result in a lot of sprayed balls, but I won't get any better if I don't make the change.

The partner from your "Epic Rally" video was pretty good. What ever happened to him?

You know? He was on the court right next to us. And as a matter of fact, he and I will be teaming up for doubles in a tournament next week. We've never actually played "with" each other before, always against each other, singles and doubles. It'll be interesting. We have the choice of entering Open or 4.5, but I think we'll go with 4.5. We'd be somewhat competitive in the Open if we didn't play a seeded team, but we'd have no chance whatsoever. In the 4.5, however, I plan on winning.

pokefan
04-15-2008, 03:48 PM
2. Moments when you seem to judge the ball and move to the bounce, and others where the ball controls you and you are late arriving to the proper position in relation to your strike zone and the bounce.

3. Moments where you read the ball and move and moments when you start moving to the ball too late.

I have these same problems. What are the best way(s) to work on these areas?

Recon
04-15-2008, 03:56 PM
Blue gear in the strings?

Photoshop
04-15-2008, 04:13 PM
We have the choice of entering Open or 4.5, but I think we'll go with 4.5. We'd be somewhat competitive in the Open if we didn't play a seeded team, but we'd have no chance whatsoever. In the 4.5, however, I plan on winning.
IMHO, unless your partner is a D1 player you'd get creamed in Open.
What's everyone's assessment of this guy? NTRP wise.

drakulie
04-15-2008, 04:57 PM
Mr. Boojay, as always>>> love the vid, and the music was a great touch. (U2 Rocks).

Loved that BH return of serve at 109.

Thanks for sharing!

my_forehand
04-15-2008, 08:26 PM
Your forehands were reminiscent of Federer's...

Nice vid, nice music!

boojay
04-15-2008, 08:44 PM
Blue gear in the strings?

Why yessum. Looks good, hey? It's an ok string. Very dead though.

IMHO, unless your partner is a D1 player you'd get creamed in Open.
What's everyone's assessment of this guy? NTRP wise.

Thanks for repeating what I already said. We'd win a few games off of unseeded teams though. We'd get bageled or breadsticked by any of the seeded or really good unseeded teams. My partner won't admit it because he's far too humble, but he's a steadier doubles player than I am. I'm not worried about him.

Mr. Boojay, as always>>> love the vid, and the music was a great touch. (U2 Rocks).

Loved that BH return of serve at 109.

Thanks for sharing!

Thanks Drak :). The vid was so boring without music. And that return was dedicated to B-Ricker and his inside-out backhand thread.

Your forehands were reminiscent of Federer's...

Nice vid, nice music!

Danke, glad you liked it ;).

Bungalo Bill
04-15-2008, 09:30 PM
I have these same problems. What are the best way(s) to work on these areas?

A lot of it is a focus problem. They say that once you get to the top players in the world it is largely mental. So what does that mean? It means they are able to focus on every darn point, hit, rally, etc... and their brain hardly ever drifts. It is so engrained in what they are doing that distractions are none existent.

I have been talking about using a cadence to help your brain not drift and have it focus on the taks at hand. HIT-BOUNCE-HIT. This is ridiculously simple yet so darn effective. The first HIT, gives you the focus and the jump on the ball you need. The BOUNCE part helps you focus on the bounce and position yourself accordingly. The last HIT helps you go through the ball and then into followthrough and recovery. The process starts all over again which keeps your brain clear of other things that don't matter.

The other thing is plain ol' physical conditioning and footwork practice. Drills and drills and drills.

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 03:01 PM
IMHO, unless your partner is a D1 player you'd get creamed in Open.
What's everyone's assessment of this guy? NTRP wise.

Who cares? That kind of discussion NEVER ends well on these boards. EVER.

Essential Tennis
04-16-2008, 03:31 PM
IMHO, unless your partner is a D1 player you'd get creamed in Open.
What's everyone's assessment of this guy? NTRP wise.

well thats just simply untrue, heh. It completely depends on the area and the tournament. Last year I won the Maryland state hard court doubles championships. Sounds impressive right? heh My partner and I both played D2 tennis, and we won all three matches easily, the first two were a joke.

Now if you're talking about a money tournament, offering a few grand to the winner then yes, you will have no chance of winning unless you're a top 1% tennis player. But USTA "open" tournaments vary a ton in terms of actual talent in the draw.

Rickson
04-16-2008, 05:11 PM
You should lip sync in the next one, booj.

CantBeBeat2
04-16-2008, 05:17 PM
your opponent is very weak..

[ GTR ]
04-16-2008, 07:06 PM
Do you like to hit volleys? I noticed in this vid and your other ones that you always seem to dump your volleys in the net..

Bungalo Bill
04-16-2008, 07:08 PM
;2258873']Do you like to hit volleys? I noticed in this vid and your other ones that you always seem to dump your volleys in the net..

LOL, spoken from a true Aussie from the land of Oz. The aussies are usually excellent volleyers.

Djokovicfan4life
04-17-2008, 05:43 AM
You should lip sync in the next one, booj.

"Hit me Boojay one more time"? :shock:

FedererISBetter
04-18-2008, 05:01 AM
Excellent works in both making the video and gameplay. I'll just recommend trying to predict the shot as it comes over the net and dont be caught flat footed : ) Well, all comes with experience

boojay
04-18-2008, 09:29 AM
Who cares? That kind of discussion NEVER ends well on these boards. EVER.

W0rd.

You should lip sync in the next one, booj.

I dunno man, I don't want you doing questionable activities with my vids.

;2258873']Do you like to hit volleys? I noticed in this vid and your other ones that you always seem to dump your volleys in the net..

Until recently, I would've said no, but I'm really enjoying doubles more than ever. Honestly, I'm better at volleying than what's captured on video. That's not to say I'm great at it, but I've been known to pull off some pretty good volleys. Last night I had some pretty sweet reflexive volleys that I was pretty proud of, so to answer your question, yes, I do like to hit volleys now. Am I good at it? No. Will I work at it and get better? Yes.

Excellent works in both making the video and gameplay. I'll just recommend trying to predict the shot as it comes over the net and dont be caught flat footed : ) Well, all comes with experience

Thanks. I'm taking more and more balls on the rise now. It seems I have an easier time taking balls on the rise on my BH side than my FH side because of this hitch I have on my FH. I think I may have smoothed it out somewhat, but on heavy topspin shots w/ medium pace, I hit a little late. I simply wait too long, thinking it's a slower ball, then all of a sudden it jumps at me.

35ft6
04-18-2008, 04:41 PM
More star wipes next time. Why have hamburger when you can have steak? What software did you use?

[ GTR ]
04-18-2008, 05:54 PM
Until recently, I would've said no, but I'm really enjoying doubles more than ever. Honestly, I'm better at volleying than what's captured on video. That's not to say I'm great at it, but I've been known to pull off some pretty good volleys. Last night I had some pretty sweet reflexive volleys that I was pretty proud of, so to answer your question, yes, I do like to hit volleys now. Am I good at it? No. Will I work at it and get better? Yes.


Ok, fair enough. It's just in my opinion that you look as though you're lost at the net when you're up there, no way near as smooth as you are on the baseline. Very nice strokes though! Have you tried using more of your legs to explode into your groundstrokes?

The Home Run Kid
04-18-2008, 07:56 PM
More star wipes next time. Why have hamburger when you can have steak? What software did you use?


Haha, what is that from? I wanna say Simpsons, the one where Ned's making a dating video, right?

So I'm not off topic, I'm using your video as a training aid, Boojay, thanks for posting it.

boojay
04-18-2008, 09:29 PM
More star wipes next time. Why have hamburger when you can have steak? What software did you use?

Star wipes? But they're so corny! j/k :), well, sort've, I honestly do think they're corny, so I guess I wasn't kidding after all.

Windows Movie Maker. Tis guten tag.

;2263981']Ok, fair enough. It's just in my opinion that you look as though you're lost at the net when you're up there, no way near as smooth as you are on the baseline. Very nice strokes though! Have you tried using more of your legs to explode into your groundstrokes?

Don't get me wrong, you're right. I'm not very good at net, I'm just saying the vid makes me look worse than I really am because I just happen to get the bad ones on there. I'm going to have bad volleys caught on tape more often than good ones, but gradually (at least I hope so), good volleys will start showing up more often than not.

You know, I was definitely using my legs tonight. I normally don't exaggerate this aspect because no one at my level does it, but every once in a while I'll give it a go. My partner tonight was at least my level or better so we had some pretty intense rallies. Since we're preparing for a tournament next weekend, we're being tougher on each other, and it's working.

Haha, what is that from? I wanna say Simpsons, the one where Ned's making a dating video, right?

So I'm not off topic, I'm using your video as a training aid, Boojay, thanks for posting it.

No problemo. Someday I'll be able to go through the progressions that I went through to help someone else. Right now, I'm still learning so my completed form won't be available for a long time. Since this most recent video was made, I've already implemented a few key changes that have been pretty beneficial.

J011yroger
04-19-2008, 04:41 AM
Was listening to a Tiesto mix compilation when your U2 came on.

Actually sounded pretty sweet together.

J

35ft6
04-19-2008, 03:57 PM
Haha, what is that from? I wanna say Simpsons, the one where Ned's making a dating video, right?Yeah, it was The Simpsons. I can probably go a year explaining everything in life by referring to something from The Simpsons.

Djokovicfan4life
04-19-2008, 07:15 PM
Yeah, it was The Simpsons. I can probably go a year explaining everything in life by referring to something from The Simpsons.

I do the same thing with Seinfeld! :lol:

Babb
04-19-2008, 07:19 PM
This has already been addressed, but that is one crazy forehand your opponent has.

Fedace
04-19-2008, 07:27 PM
it looks like you are playing against your dad ?? You don't come to net too much. Since you are drumming this opponent like that song, maybe you should come in more on him and work on your volleys more. Groundies are pretty nice, your running forehand could be better. Make sure you get your racket back early on the running forehand, you will have more options when you get to the shot.

split-step
04-19-2008, 07:33 PM
OMG dude, COME TO NET!!!!!!!!

You are forcing shots with your groundstrokes (e.g down the line returns on both forehand and backhand side) and you are wasting them. You are going from offense to defense lol.

E.g, you hit very good forehand down the line return of serve and you stay in duece court. Your opponent is slow so he is stretched and has to hit open stance defensive slice HIGH above net level. Because you stayed back and in the duece court, now you have to run to ad court and hit running backhand which ends up slow, high and he punishes it by stepping in with a flat drive and your reply bounces on the ground on your side before hitting the net.
Had you come to net and punished that high defensive slice, the point would have been over 3 shots ago in your favour.

I think it is because you are not playing an aggressive player. If you played someone who was really sticking it to you, you would take every chance you got when you make them hit defensively.

Or maybe that is just your game. I can see you controlling the center of the court moving the ball side to side when you are on.

Korangster
04-20-2008, 09:17 AM
tthis is a little off topic, but you should load this onto vimeo

boojay
04-20-2008, 12:14 PM
Was listening to a Tiesto mix compilation when your U2 came on.

Actually sounded pretty sweet together.

J

Noice. I'm gonna be a little bit more creative with my music choices next time, using nothing but remixes.

Yeah, it was The Simpsons. I can probably go a year explaining everything in life by referring to something from The Simpsons.

It's amazing how much life you can relate to from The Simpsons. It helps that you have nearly 20 years of Simpson life to work with. I can't imagine what would happen once this show is finally over. Heck, there was the tennis ep where Marge and Bart were dominating in mixed dubs; Homer and Lisa, not so much.

it looks like you are playing against your dad ?? You don't come to net too much. Since you are drumming this opponent like that song, maybe you should come in more on him and work on your volleys more. Groundies are pretty nice, your running forehand could be better. Make sure you get your racket back early on the running forehand, you will have more options when you get to the shot.

Hah! I WISH my dad played tennis, or any sport for that matter.

I'm not as comfortable at the net (obviously), but it's certainly one aspect of the game that I'm working on and hope to get better at.

OMG dude, COME TO NET!!!!!!!!

You are forcing shots with your groundstrokes (e.g down the line returns on both forehand and backhand side) and you are wasting them. You are going from offense to defense lol.

E.g, you hit very good forehand down the line return of serve and you stay in duece court. Your opponent is slow so he is stretched and has to hit open stance defensive slice HIGH above net level. Because you stayed back and in the duece court, now you have to run to ad court and hit running backhand which ends up slow, high and he punishes it by stepping in with a flat drive and your reply bounces on the ground on your side before hitting the net.
Had you come to net and punished that high defensive slice, the point would have been over 3 shots ago in your favour.

I think it is because you are not playing an aggressive player. If you played someone who was really sticking it to you, you would take every chance you got when you make them hit defensively.

Or maybe that is just your game. I can see you controlling the center of the court moving the ball side to side when you are on.

Good advice, keep in mind, however, that that was only one point. I do realize that I need to come to the net though, as it would make life so much easier. Unfortunately, I don't have the confidence to put balls away routinely yet. When I'm fired up, I really put the pressure on, but against this particular player, I really didn't need to up the ante. It's not that I wasn't taking it seriously, but we were just practicing and I wanted to keep it fun for him too.

tthis is a little off topic, but you should load this onto vimeo

Yah, Vimeo has better quality, but I noticed youtube has a new high quality feature now that's just as good as Vimeo's. Vim's fullscreen capabilities are still better though.