Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Pet, Apr 8, 2008.
What do you think?
I think a controlled backswing offers many advantages for all players. I am not a person that believes "shorter" is better. I believe in having a reasonable backswing based on best-practice references and the players ability to hit consistently.
Cañas for example have a compact swing and is very consistent.
Yeah, when fast balls are coming your way, but on slow to medium paced balls, I'd take a good windup and smack the frak out of that ball.
Short takeback = good for fast balls and not so good for slow balls.
I agree, a shorter back swing offers more control. Some aspects that make a stroke more compact and less "long" are simply preference with only aesthetically purposes. I hope that makes sense.
Yup. *nods head*
I think a short backswing is fine if you're a flat hitter, but if you're the type of player who needs topspin for control, then the short backswing may not let you get the headspeed you need for some big topspin.
No way, a shorter swing means jerky movement leading to less consistency, unless your name is Agassi.
I think less movement is better for control, imagine when you hit a nail with a hammer, the more nearby: more easy? no?
Yes, to a point.
Yeah, but if I have it too close I lose efficiency as I will have to hit the nail a lot more times to accomplish what I am trying to do.
Leave it to Bill! You hit that nail on the head!
What you prefer striking several times and putting the nail or giving it one and doubling it? ... is a joke
Lol, had trouble understanding your sentence, but if you say that was a joke, well, it wasn't very funny.
Allow me to translate:
What? Do you prefer striking it several times and putting in the nail or giving it one shot and doubling it as in making 2 nails (cracking that nail in half)? ... this is a joke (not a very funny one however)
I still believe in a fairly large takeback for most grounstrokes, but compact is good for returning heavy pace.
I think this is a great thread. I have really been thinking about this a lot lately. I definatley think there is a point were if you swing back too far you are going to loose consistency. Consistency is more important. I think of McEnroe. I visualize him hitting with what I remember to be a very small back swing. There is something to this idea!
Compact swing = More control (False)
Compact swing = Easier to control (True)
Well I beleive that it will depend to what you are used to. Honestly i think control has more to do with timing and footwork.
Shot answer No...Why becasuse you are more or less likely not to hit 'though the ball' - therefore less dwell time along the desired trajecory which makes it less accurate. but what is compact and what is long, both are relative terms aren't they. so then long can then be descirbed by using the whole arm and more of a should rotation that would otherwise be in a compact swing.
I agree with this. The only time I use compact backswing (almost no loop) is when I suddenly face a heavy pace shot
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