View Full Version : Bad habbit with high balls
01-06-2010, 04:32 PM
hi i really have the bad habbit to hit a reverse forehand when i get a high ball above shoulder high i use a western grip sometimes it is good because a feeew times i get it deep with a lot of topspin but only a few times almost always the ball lands short and i loose the point i tried to hit with my normal follow through but it doesnt have the topspin i want to get
maybe is the lack of shoulder rotation that dont let me produce more spin what do you thing??:)
More than full shoulder turn for those head high balls.
I see the top juniors doing that, along with closed feet, even thos their normal rally ball is well open stances.
They also follow thru sorta flat, to produce a much faster moving less spinning groundie for a forcing shot or winner.
If they get run wide to get this ball, they go for loopy high clearance topspin shots.
Well also, depending on the height, you have to close down the racquet face a bit or you end up flying the ball with little to no top on it.
01-07-2010, 12:29 PM
Don't forget that a lot of those high balls have less forward momentum than a flat drive.
The speed of the ball leaving your racquet is equal to your racquet speed plus 55% of the speed of the incoming ball.
Therefore, even though you are taking a good whack at the ball, it may be coming off slower than if you were returning a hard deep drive.
So don't get impatient that your shot is not a winner or a forcing shot. You may just have to wait for a shorter ball, or one more angled, to hit a forcing shot to the open court.
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