Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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  1. Tennisean

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    I like to come up with quick concepts to keep in mind while I'm hitting, that tend to help me hit better.

    Recently, I've been meditating on the 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' motiff.

    I think you'll find if you're stance is like a Crouching Tiger, you'll release a Hidden Dragon.

    Give it a try. Lower your stance, by a good foot if you can, like a Crouching Tiger, and you'll let a Hidden Dragon loose. (as only a lower stance will do)
     
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  2. PhrygianDominant

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    I have been meditating on pull my finger...

    I point at the ball with the index finger on my non hitting arm, and then I pull the racquet through contact.
     
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    Just a fun fact, crouching tiger hidden dragon is an idiom that means a person who is really skilled in something, but does not stick out. A former tennis pro in street clothes would be a crouching tiger hidden dragon.
     
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    It's all about the crab stance, you would be amazed how much better of a mover you become if you crab it up. :)
     
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    I thought it was a movie
    I am more drunkenmaster than anything else.

    To summarize:

    ...Drunken Master......PULL MY FINGER...
     
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  6. Bagumbawalla

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    Are you refering to the stance that, in martial arts, might be called the "horse" position?
     
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    I've also found that, on my forehand, when I sort of point at the ball with my non hitting hand, then I tend to be more consistent with my shots. Maybe it's that when I'm doing that then I'm tracking the ball closer, more intensely, than otherwise?
     
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    Confucius say, go to bed with itchy hiney, wake up with smelly finger.
     
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    I believe that's spelled heiny. Anyway, you might have hit on something along the lines of crouching heiny, smelly dragon.

    The other thing is just, well ... disgusting.
     
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    By the way, is everyone up early, or late? For myself, I just finished watching World War Z. I don't recommend it. But if you're a zombie buff, then by all means it's a must see.
     
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    With respect to the OP, I must agree that crouching is good. But not too extreme or will surely be dragon.

    Also, OP misspell motif.
     
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    Off topic sort of, but as a zombie buff, do yourself a favor and read J.L. Bourne's "Armageddon" series. I really enjoyed the first two books.
     
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    Yes, it helps you actually LOOK at the ball. Sometimes, your eyes can be on the ball but you're not actually actively looking at the ball. Pointing helps with balance and focus. It also does one more important thing and that is counter balance. As your hitting arm is moving forward to hit the ball, your pointing hand automatically pulls back, this actually helps by giving you a little bit more force as well.
     
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    Pointing also helps keep you shoulders and chest (and head) from rotating too early.
     
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    I mentioned crouching tiger, hidden dragon, and horse position to my wife. She didn't look at all impressed or interested.
     
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  16. sureshs

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    Have you tried unleashing your hidden dragon?
     
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    Actually, that phrase means more like in a situation or a place (and usually new to a person) filled with unforeseen danger. It is used to describe being in a place with lots of unfriendly people, but one could only sense it and not see it yet.

    There is another chinese idiom to describe the thing you were saying, a person with the talent or skill but does not show it physically.
     
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  18. martini1

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    There are many "horse" stances in chinese martial arts. Some are actually quite useful when it comes to lower the center of gravity. However, once you start using your legs in your groundies the horse stance is just to rigid for tennis.
     
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  19. Tennisean

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    No, though I did read about it on the internet, and it's an interesting technique/position.

    The main point is the crouching aspect. You lower you stance by a foot, aka 'crouching', and, from that position you can release the Hidden Dragon that is your best Tennis.

    Try it.
     
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  20. Tennisean

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    It's a good example of what lowering your stance does.
    (lowers center of gravity)

    More power, quicker response, better balance, etc.
     
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  21. Tennisean

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    Sounds like a personal problem.:)

    Try one of those blue pills.
     
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  22. Tennisean

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    Every time I'm on the court.

    Just gotta make sure to crouch.
     
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    I thought yours had run out of fire long ago :)
     
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  25. Tennisean

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    Here's a few more tips/things I think of, to help me hit better:

    The 3 B's;

    B = Ball - get focused when it's in play, watch it intently, react to it.

    B = Balance - make sure to lower you stance, keep head up, look like you're going to hit something.

    B = Barrel - focus at POC (point of contact, aim for something, pull the trigger.


    Lately, I've had good results thinking to;

    keep head still - prepare well - from the ground. (generate power from the legs up)


    Then I decided there was one thing I should always keep in mind, that'll help accomplish all of the above by doing, and in nice and simple to remember/execute.

    And that is; early, as in hit the ball as early as possible.
    (or as I like to put it "early-man, not girly-man)

    If you make an effect to hit the ball well out in front, and you'll be hitting the best Tennis you can.
     
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  26. Tennisean

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    I was hitting yesterday, having amateur version of the Men's US Open rallies, and I thought of several more 'tips' to help improve my hitting.

    One was to think 'Focus & Form'. If you get/keep them both, function
    will follow.

    Another was to 'Stay in the Saddle'. I can't tell you how many times
    I've seen a pro with a form that looks like they're riding an ***.
    Get up on a horse instead (a completely different riding position) to be
    in a good stance for hitting tennis balls. If you can get, and stay, in this
    'saddle' stance, you'll be galloping to great play.
     
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