Bangalo, Shifting gears after a long absence.

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by lendl lives, Jun 14, 2004.

  1. lendl lives

    lendl lives Semi-Pro

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    i'm slowly picking my game back up to 4.5 singles level over the past 6 mo's. (after 6yrs of being a couch potato) . my goal is to be a 5.0 singles player with 2 years. i've been buying a lot of raquets because i find you can't really get a feel for them unless you buy them and string them up to your liking and play a few matches with them. recently purchased the head prestige lm mid size (vs at 63lbs). i was watching video tape of young (at the easter bowl) and on his fore hand you could really get the sense that he was preparing early and then launching himself at the ball. i realized that my stroke was way too stiff. and with this club the stroke i was using gave me less power and depth.so thinking back to the video; i started launchig myself on the forehand and my pace was like open level stuff. i've found that cetain raquets have unlocked certain feelings or grooves an this stick helped me feel that feeling of launching on my forehand like a serve. the pace on my forehand side is no longer fast but down right spooky when i prepare. yes it will take some time to really get the shot down but it feels really good.

    question: on my two hander back hand i getmy shoulders and wrists into the the shot well. however i'm not quite sure how to duplicate that launching feeling on this side..the video, which i watch in slow motion does a better job of capturing the 'launching' on the forehand side..... also i have a tendency to put too much top spin on my back hand and i'd like to develop the ability to hit more of a drive.i hope is makes sense, any advice would be appreciated... did anyone else see this kid young win the easter bowl 18's... what a graceful player, and only 14.
     
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  2. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

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    I didnt see this kid. Although it sounds like I wish I had. As long as your timing is there I dont see why not unless you start having problems with other styles of play. then you could be in for a rude awakening that might be either limited to this Easter Bowl contestants style or may take a lot more practice then you think.

    For the backhand, it is a matter of swing path. On the twohanded backhand, part of the swing path you must include is when the wrists lays back and the racquet goes back and down. In essence, your'e going more low to high which will produce topspin.

    To flatten it out more dont drop the racquet head as much and step more into the ball, and swing more level. If you're pulling your left hand up a lot you will also impart topspin. Soften your grip and use the rotation of your shoulders more instead of your bicep to pull up the racquet against the back of the ball.
     
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  3. lendl lives

    lendl lives Semi-Pro

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    thanks bungalo!

    yes, this kid plays! his serve didn't seem particularly dangerous but his ground strokes were very fluid. fun to watch.

    yes i am trying to set up as many matches as possible with different style players...see how it goes.

    (on a side note) regarding the backhand a friend tells me i should keep the raquet face on line to the target longer and that i'm coming around on in it too soon. when i try to do this i feel like i start to get into a pushing motion though.

    about hitting a bh drive. i did notice that this kid, when there was time, started out high then flattened it out. it looked like he was sort of throwing the club at the ball and letting the stick bring the back shoulder around. my bh has always been low to high. i'm trying to swing level but too many shots are going into the net. well. i have to go practice!!

    thanks again. you're the man.
     
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  4. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

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    Hard to say without slowing down the speed of the TV film. Slo-mo tells no lies. I bet if you slowed it down (barring style) he would have a lot of the same elements or fundamentals we always tal about. Otherwise, he would be defying physics and we all would be wondering.

    A good way to find the path of the racquet is to swing along the side of the net. Take your backswing, then as you come forward rub the tip of the racquet against the net as long as you can before breaking off. This will develop new pathways in your brain on developing a longer stroke.
     
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  5. lendl lives

    lendl lives Semi-Pro

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    cool. once again i have something to try out in practice thanks bungalo.
     
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