Difficulty with open stance

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  1. dknotty

    dknotty Semi-Pro

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    I can hit from a neutral stance pretty well, normally getting good contact solidly through the ball. The problem comes in when I'm trying to play from an open stance, I just can't seem to hit through the ball and end up brushing it too much (probably due to pushing up & across from my back leg) and never get penetrating shots as a result.

    How do I sort this?
     
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  2. Topspin Shot

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    Open stance is generally used for lateral or backward movement. It is hard to generate as much pace out of an open stance, but the balls you generally use the open stance for have enough pace already on them.
     
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  3. user92626

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    Couple things... make sure you do a fuller shoulder turn on the takeback/backswing (like having one shoulder pointing to the net). Secondly, contact out in front and pull the racket head across the body.
     
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  4. dknotty

    dknotty Semi-Pro

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    I suspect the shoulder turn maybe it. I think I have a tendency of not doing a full shoulder turn.
     
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  6. dknotty

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    That and it is easy to forget the forward part of the swing that IS pretty linear, before you pull it "up and across". That is some of the importance in the point made by another poster about getting that elbow out and away from the body on the takeback. Without getting the racket well back there in the pat the dog, then it makes it tough to pull the butt cap towards the contact point First....the sharpen the arc of the swing to pull more across. Make sense?
     
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    Why are you trying to hit from an open stance - because you dont have enough time sometimes, or because you want it to become a regular shot?

    If the latter, I would second SA's suggestion, in my experience a semi open is a good place to start.
     
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  9. dknotty

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    Do you mean get the racket head well behind my wrist in the takeback?





    I'd like to add a solid (semi) open stance to my arsenal. My neutral stance fh is a decent shot but it's relatively flat / low net clearance so I'd like a higher margin shot, and something that works when I'm more time pressured.
     
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