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clay_court_specialist
08-27-2005, 09:31 AM
Me and a teammate just got done hitting for a couple of hours down at our university's courts. I have been playing not so well as of late so we decided to just work on groundstroke depth and consistancy today. I was hitting with my trusty bat, the Fischer Pro Tour FT and seemed to be not cleanly hitting quite a few balls. I grabbed one of his Pure Drive +'s just for a minute and sent every ball about 5 feet long. I was about to put it down, but he told me just to become completely relaxed, not try so hard, and make sure I had a controlled and fluid swing with a good follow through. Results: Everyball deep, but in the court with better pace than when I was hitting out with my Fischer, more accuracy, more consistancy. I just felt much better. He started moving me and I was getting to everything and placing it well.

All in all, I think the Pure Drive is a good stick and I am going to take it out a couple of more times. If I continue to experience this, I may have found a new stick.

To all those who have dissed the Pure Drive line for being "too powerful" and having "not enough control", try just comfortably hitting...it did wonders for me.

smittysan89
08-27-2005, 09:44 AM
I just got the Fischer so i will let you know in a couple of days how they compare

zenit
08-27-2005, 10:22 AM
I had exactly the same experience when i first hit with babolat aeropro control. Needless to say i ordered myself one now.

basil J
08-30-2005, 05:11 AM
You will always, Always play better with relaxed fluid swings. The heavier the racquet, the more work it will do for you. A relaxed serve is also the most powerful. Try holding your racquet very loosely on groudnstrokes as well and you will see a big difference with control and you will have a lot less tension and stress on your arm.

ksm
08-30-2005, 07:04 AM
You will always, Always play better with relaxed fluid swings. The heavier the racquet, the more work it will do for you. A relaxed serve is also the most powerful. Try holding your racquet very loosely on groudnstrokes as well and you will see a big difference with control and you will have a lot less tension and stress on your arm.

I fully agree with basil J

Rory G
08-30-2005, 07:30 AM
Good points.....After many years of holding the grip firmly on serves and groundies I had the opportunity to hit with a former touring Pro from the late 70's this summer. The biggest tip that I received from him was to hold the racquet loosely on pretty much all of my strokes. This really helped on the volley as well. It has made a big difference in my game and creates more action on the ball with less stress on the arm.

Bora
08-30-2005, 07:41 AM
Me and a teammate just got done hitting for a couple of hours down at our university's courts. I have been playing not so well as of late so we decided to just work on groundstroke depth and consistancy today. I was hitting with my trusty bat, the Fischer Pro Tour FT and seemed to be not cleanly hitting quite a few balls. I grabbed one of his Pure Drive +'s just for a minute and sent every ball about 5 feet long. I was about to put it down, but he told me just to become completely relaxed, not try so hard, and make sure I had a controlled and fluid swing with a good follow through. Results: Everyball deep, but in the court with better pace than when I was hitting out with my Fischer, more accuracy, more consistancy. I just felt much better. He started moving me and I was getting to everything and placing it well.

All in all, I think the Pure Drive is a good stick and I am going to take it out a couple of more times. If I continue to experience this, I may have found a new stick.

To all those who have dissed the Pure Drive line for being "too powerful" and having "not enough control", try just comfortably hitting...it did wonders for me.


This makes no sense, you can play that good with pretty much a baseball bat if you managed to relax and get in the zone everytime. The point is playing that way in a tournament/competition match is a different story.

Alley Cat
08-30-2005, 07:52 AM
This makes no sense, you can play that good with pretty much a baseball bat if you managed to relax and get in the zone everytime. The point is playing that way in a tournament/competition match is a different story.

Umm..it makes a lot of sense. Of course if you are in the zone you can play well with different racquets (and its difficult to do in tourneys). I think the point of the original post is that if you try to rip the cover off the ball with a PD, then you might have lousy control...if you relax and swing easy it might play better for you. Nothing mind bending here.

Bora
08-30-2005, 09:26 AM
Or if you adjust to the racquet you can keep the ball in the court.

So, let's see, find a racquet that suits your style/swing or adjust your swing to that of the racquet. Yes, you are right, nothing mind bending here.

basil J
08-30-2005, 09:28 AM
If you learn to play relaxed a few things will start to occur.
1. The game will begin to slow down in your mind because you will be loose.
2.You will not fatigue as quickly
3. You will see the ball and the court much clearer.
4. You will enjoy the game more!!
It sounds simple, but it is one of the most difficult things to do in match play, but well worth the effort.

Alley Cat
08-30-2005, 10:06 AM
Or if you adjust to the racquet you can keep the ball in the court.

So, let's see, find a racquet that suits your style/swing or adjust your swing to that of the racquet. Yes, you are right, nothing mind bending here.

Agreed...it pretty much boils down to that.

Bora
08-30-2005, 10:44 AM
Yeah, on that note I'll find a racquet that suits me since its not always easy to remember how to hit with a racquet when competing in 5 hours worth of singles matches in 90 degress with 85% humidity.