View Full Version : please evaluate and criticize my style!

12-10-2012, 12:15 PM
dear members,
i am sending links showing my service, forehand and backhand for you to evaluate, criticise and advise.
1-service rear view
2-service side view
3-forehand drill
4-forehand in action
5-backhand in action
thanks in advance!!

12-10-2012, 01:04 PM
1. Falling to the left, wandering toss, right hand too high, good enough serve for slow 3.5 doubles.

12-10-2012, 02:18 PM
you need to brace that rotation in your FH. rotation is good but strokes are a sequence of well timed acceleration and deceleration impulses. resisting rotation is just as important as creating rotation.

so use your rotation but block it when the chest faces the net and then let the arm take over (it will continue to rotate a little bit more but not that extreme). your arm action is nice as you create some good spin.

12-10-2012, 05:00 PM
You've taken a good step to video yourself and you're in luck, the web is full of free instruction. BUT... My recommendation is to get with a pro at that nice facility you are hitting at and work on all those things you are concerned with.
Your request is too open ended. What is your goal? Move up one level? Be competitive at 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 or 4.5? All these questions need to be addressed before one could offer advice. If you don't hire a pro, you might want to check out the intosport utube channel. They cover all the basic strokes with short, easy to follow videos.
The stuff you are going to get here will be all over the place and probably just confuse you.

12-10-2012, 05:02 PM
Op, ya. I was shocked while reading your title and brushing my tooth at the same time. Find a nice couch, like I had three years ago. It really helps improve my insufficient skills... Hope it helps!

12-10-2012, 09:38 PM
Dear All,
thanks for the replies, and here are some clarifications abou my level:
1- my aim is to move from 4.0 to 4.5.
2- my forehand is long in then fence when i am hitting high easy balls next to the net.
3-footwork on forehand needs adjustment (i am only using my arm and completely ignoring the rest of my body).
4-my service lacks power, i am losing a lot of the power in favor of the spinning, in addition to moving the body to the left.
5-backhand is lacking power also due to misuse of the body power.
any recommandations to fix the above are welcomed!

12-10-2012, 10:47 PM
Before I comment can you tell me how long you've been playing and how often you play and whether you've had lessons before and if so to what extent?

12-10-2012, 11:01 PM
i am a recreational player since 1997 playing twice per week for 2 hours, i am 42 years old, i had lessons with two coaches previously, but was not able to completely implement their advices into my play.
after watching tons of my videos, i started recognizing the weaknesses i mentioned in my previous posts.
planning to resume some training sessions with the coach, but also seeking advice from you guys to improve on these issues.
appreciate your inputs.

12-10-2012, 11:32 PM
You appear to have a eastern forehandgrip. Your forehand looks nice/comfortable with balls hit between knee and hip. With the forehands hit at schoulder height, you may want try hitting those with a grip leaning towards semi western. That way it should be easier to keep the ball in court. Because with a semi western grip, the racketface will be more closed than with an eastern grip, thus it will be easier to hit lower/shorter.

12-11-2012, 01:45 AM
VERY important:
on the serve, switch to the continental grip...your grip seems to close to an eastern forehand. For proper technique, you should not use a forehand grip on the serve.

I suggest on the serve, is to move less with the body. Stand still, toss the ball, and find proper mechanics in the arm and grip first. This is to learn proper balance. Balance is the key for proper contact and timing. Always try to contact the ball a high as possible and not let it drop too low. (Highfive stretched arm)
As soon as you get this right, you can start using the hips more...and therafter, the legs etc.

12-11-2012, 10:05 AM
You need to change your grip on your serve. I won't say more about that because once you change the serve a lot of other things will change so maybe you could work on getting a continental to work then post another serve vid with that grip.

BH: not enough vid provided

FH: Lots of good things in your forehand. You set up very well. Swing path looks good. Good weight transfer. You get pretty good spin for that grip. I'm not a fan of that grip personally but you're hitting it nicely. That down the line shot was excellent. Good contact on that one.

I'm guessing that your cc fh is not as good as your dtl shot. And you probably hit long on cc or on up the middle shots often. and then to prevent that you probably hit softer on those shots to keep them in correct?
It would be good to get a video from the side view so I can see some other things.

Fh is pretty good however you are making it harder on yourself by holding the racquet that way while running. You hold the racquet in one hand which is not good for balance and makes setting more time consuming and error prone. Hold the racquet w/ both hands in front of your body while you run. Better balance and less work to set up that way.

watch how djokovic and fed move here during a point. both hands on racquet unless on a full run wide. compact and balanced.