Absorbing Power

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  1. Roy125

    Roy125 Professional

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    So I'm playing a more energy-efficient style of tennis (Old-Man style-ish) now that the tennis season is over. It means that I stay very close to the baseline when rallying and having a short takeback for most of my shots. It also means that I hit relatively flat or with underspin with most my shots. I'm having trouble with absorbing power with my backhand slice though, especially with loopy topspin balls.

    Is slicing back a loopy ball more tricky than just blocking it back? Because I can't seem to time the stroke right and the ball never goes where I want it to.

    Also, does anyone have any more tips to playing old-man tennis? :)
     
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  2. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

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    Yeah you drop shot back topspin balls to your backhand. Thats what one guy does who has mastered old man tennis. Takes a lot of time and practice, you are not just going to have the touch for those shots off the bat.
     
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  3. OldFedIsOld

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    I hug the baseline and take almost all balls early against people who hit loopy topspin balls, never had any trouble. I would suggest not trying to slice too much when you're hugging the baseline, it's more effective to drive it with a topspin backhand. If you really want to slice it, then you have to move in slightly when you do it.
     
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  4. LeeD

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    Easier to short hop deep shots using a flatter stroke, but much shorter in backswing.
    Watch vids of McEnroe when he's playing back. Placement is key, power is secondary.
     
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  5. Larrysümmers

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    how about: instead of developing a style, why dont you work on all of your strokes in general?
    be sure to use an over sized racket thats HH. cant use a 'players' racket or 'tweener' if you have no back swing.
     
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