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michaelwtennis
02-09-2009, 07:43 PM
This is me playing. I have been playing for almost 3 years and Im 13.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g15kL4-QXNU

michaelwtennis
02-09-2009, 07:46 PM
we were just messing around after or hitting session lol ( not serious)

Djokovicfan4life
02-09-2009, 07:49 PM
Good stuff.

Things to improve upon:

Shoulder rotation: at least 180 degrees, whenever possible. Extend the non dominant arm a little more and leave it there longer before the initial forward swing.

Weight transfer: Weight completely transferred to left leg (since you're not really a lefty, haha). This will come more naturally with better shoulder rotation.

Footwork: Looks pretty good, but make sure you're getting set up BEFORE the ball bounces whenever you can.

Slice technique: NO drive on that thing whatsoever. Noticed that you were using it when you got caught out of position though. Don't know if you've worked on a good driving slice yet or not.

Best of luck,

Matt

BabolatPureStorm
02-09-2009, 07:50 PM
Pretty good, solid. Maybe bend your knees a little more & get lower. Wish i played like you when i was 13

michaelwtennis
02-09-2009, 07:54 PM
thanks guys. Yeah djokovicfan I agree, i was a little tired that day but the shoulder turn was a good suggestion ill work on it.

Thanks,

Michael

mixertefera
02-09-2009, 08:00 PM
Wish i played like you when i was 13

never herad a truer word..

gastro54
02-09-2009, 08:05 PM
Nice hitting. You have high potential

michaelwtennis
02-09-2009, 08:07 PM
thank you. I hope so. My goal is to go professional

tenniscp
02-09-2009, 08:12 PM
thank you. I hope so. My goal is to go professional

what section are you in? pretty interesting stuff. Do you play nationals or supernats?

michaelwtennis
02-09-2009, 08:14 PM
socal tennis and I play nats because I cant travel due to the cost

LanEvo
02-09-2009, 08:25 PM
ur good, wish i coudl play like u now, and im 16

tenniscp
02-09-2009, 08:28 PM
socal tennis and I play nats because I cant travel due to the cost

I see. Are u playing this weekend in the National Open? If you are, I will come out to watch you.

michaelwtennis
02-09-2009, 08:30 PM
No Im not going to be able to =[ I was going to but I have high school entrance exams

however, I am playing woody hunt and Im in two other quarterfinals of some other opens

michaelwtennis
02-09-2009, 08:38 PM
I would have if I hadn't had those tests

tenniscp
02-09-2009, 08:42 PM
I would have if I hadn't had those tests

Pity! I will be there only for two days Monday and Tuesday. Well, maybe, for Easter Bowl, then.

michaelwtennis
02-09-2009, 08:43 PM
definitely.

michaelwtennis
02-09-2009, 08:50 PM
tenniscp. do you play?

MegacedU
02-09-2009, 08:53 PM
Looks good! Start making it a habit to take the ball a bit earlier. You don't do it on every shot, but some look like they're catching you with your weight on you heels.

michaelwtennis
02-09-2009, 08:57 PM
thanks megacedU,
I've noticed that and I will correct it. again i was not 100% there physically in this video

michaelwtennis
02-09-2009, 09:10 PM
i will upload a few more vids soon

michaelwtennis
02-10-2009, 06:34 AM
thanks for all the tips guys

LeeD
02-10-2009, 08:51 AM
Yeah, you look really good for 13, and you look practiced good for 3 years of tennis regardless of age.
Chance for pro...of course, you're well along the way already.
Hope you can make time for tennis 5 hours a day, 6 days a week for the next 3 years. By junior, you'd be #1 highschooler in the state, easy 5.0 tournament Men's player, if not better.
Keep playing.

Djokovicfan4life
02-10-2009, 09:00 AM
i will upload a few more vids soon

Can you make a video of your slice? Interested to see it.

Matt

LeeD
02-10-2009, 09:05 AM
Yeah, the one slice I saw was short, aborted, very abrupt, and looked more like a drop shot.

michaelwtennis
02-10-2009, 03:25 PM
sure I'm going to hit today so ill try to get some footage.

michaelwtennis
02-10-2009, 08:16 PM
bad news guys, I couldn't get the slice video today..

Practice was supposed to be four hours but got cut short so Ill try to post it sometime soon.

Michael

michaelwtennis
02-11-2009, 07:08 AM
:mrgreen: i hope i will

slicekick95
02-12-2009, 07:06 PM
hey whats your national and sectional ranking? you look like a really good player!:)

beckham
02-14-2009, 09:12 AM
You seem to be a very good player already. Very nice strokes, I hope you can continue to keep up the hard work. I like the nike btw too...nice.

beckham
02-14-2009, 09:14 AM
How do you like the Po Red Code @ 59. I was thinking of trying it soon.

Tomek_tennis
02-14-2009, 09:38 AM
Your strokes are quite good. What you should be practicing now is lots of different tactics, so you can apply them during matchplay without thinking.

michaelwtennis
02-14-2009, 06:05 PM
How do you like the Po Red Code @ 59. I was thinking of trying it soon. its really nice. good control and power but not too much feel.

tennisfreak15347
02-14-2009, 06:24 PM
wait, you ARE a lefty, aren't you? in the video you write you are not a lefty, yet I'm almost positive that you're hitting with your left hand. can you explain?

*edit* also, you're only 13??!? your face looks a little bit like the bryan brothers, with that hat on.

gastro54
02-14-2009, 08:37 PM
wait, you ARE a lefty, aren't you? in the video you write you are not a lefty, yet I'm almost positive that you're hitting with your left hand. can you explain?

*edit* also, you're only 13??!? your face looks a little bit like the bryan brothers, with that hat on.

Lol, the video is flipped horizontally. It was filmed from the right side of the court if you're facing the net.

michaelwtennis
02-14-2009, 10:20 PM
yep. gastro has got it.

michaelwtennis
03-01-2009, 09:34 PM
bump... bumpity bump bump...
yup..

Tennis Dunce
03-02-2009, 11:16 AM
Nice strokes kid!

two words: shoulder rotation.

Sovereignty
03-02-2009, 06:07 PM
Nice strokes, I think everyone has already posted the good advice :P

But what shoes are those, and the hat? Thanks haha.

michaelwtennis
03-03-2009, 08:31 PM
the shoes are Nike Breathe Cages II not available in that color on TW anymore
and the hat came in the prince package they sent me haha

serveitup911
03-03-2009, 08:54 PM
Very nice and fluid strokes.

You have had good instruction - you are very smooth for only having played 3 years.

It would be nice to see some video from behind to see the action on your ball and also some serves.

I play college, and those strokes look better than most players that I play against.

I have 2 suggestions:
1) Others have said, but I will reiterate - early contact point is crucial. You do this often, only a few shots were late.
2) The modern game is all about racquet head speed. Think controlled smooth speed. Don't whip the racquet, but accelerate it smoothly through the contact point. You do this well, but sometimes juniors start to muscle the ball to get more power - avoid the trap.

Basically what I am saying is that your technique is already very developed.
The main ways for you to improve will be consistency, point construction, and fitness.

It looks like you have a nice body type for tennis - slender, but not skinny, and you look relatively tall for your age.

Keep up the good work and let us know how you are doing!