View Full Version : Spanish Playing Style
03-29-2004, 09:25 AM
Does anyone know of a website or book that teaches tennis the way the spanish players play? It is incredibly different from how it is taught here in America. Everything I can find teaches very traditional tennis (closed stance, eastern forehand); I'd like to find instruction aimed toward producing a player such as the spanish players.
03-29-2004, 04:51 PM
Consider the following possibilities:
-Attend a tennis academy in Spain
-Hook up with a Spanish coach (or a former college player) in the US
-Travel to Spain to pickup Spanish instruction books (i hear there are many) and do some sightseeing as a bonus
-Watch Nadal and Ferrero on TV and try to figure it out yourself
03-30-2004, 12:12 AM
"-Watch Nadal and Ferrero on TV and try to figure it out yourself"
I'm trying... hehe
03-30-2004, 03:24 PM
To play Spaniard you need...
A Western Forehand Grip
A 2-Handed Backhand
Great forehand and backhand drop shots
Agressive Baseline or All-Court PLayer
Lots of SPIN
That really it!
03-31-2004, 12:35 PM
Ash do you play primarily on clay? Otherwise I can't really see why you'd want to emulate Spanish type players.
I can speak from personal experience as I used to have an extreme western grip, 2 handed backhand, etc... and I played on hardcourts. I think you become much more vulnerable to certain styles and shots on faster courts than you do with a more 'American' style baseliner.
I'm not saying its a bad style but its a pretty extreme style to play if you play mostly on hardcourts or indoors.
p.s. Also a lot of Spanish and South American players have 1 handed backhands as well
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