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  1. andrehanderson

    andrehanderson Semi-Pro

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    Thanks Lee! I took that video at Chabot, up in your neck of the woods, this past week. Visiting my sister. Wish we could have met, but it was a quick trip so I didn't even try.
     
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  2. andrehanderson

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    Thanks! I think it needs a lot of work (forehand), so I'll keep plugging away. It may ultimately look completely different someday, but I'm willing to take it slow to get there.
     
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  3. andrehanderson

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    My stroke tends to fall apart when I try hitting on the run, or if it's hit right at me and I need to make very rapid, short steps to adjust. The pace of the ball tends to work in my favor if the other is a hard, heavy hitter. I do best with pace, and I think it's because my motion is somewhat abbreviated.
     
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  4. The_Feather

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    Going to chime in here on this; if OP wanted the forum to tell him that he's got awesome strokes (sans any critique), then OP should ask for it.
    I've read plenty of good advice in this thread. Go with it, post another video (preferably one against a human) and if you want advice ask for it and say thanks. Otherwise just tell us what you want to hear and we won't have to deal with a thread cluttered with moronic comments (like mine).
     
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  5. andrehanderson

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    The feather, you either didn't read my posts on this thread, or you didn't understand them. Either way, I don't think you've said anything helpful.
     
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  6. The_Feather

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    Ok, stop scooping the ball on your forehand. Hit the ball further out in front of you.
     
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  7. 2forehands

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    Seems like you have received some ideas to work on regarding changes to your forehand.

    I would urge you to think about what you are trying to do with the ball (crosscourt return/trade?) before going out there and just hitting. Some shots seemed down the line others more central. Targets are good, as LeeD has said, but identifying what you intend to do is paramount to worthwhile practice.
     
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  8. andrehanderson

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    Since Matt has hit with me I think he can give the best perspective on my strokes and on the feedback provided here (both good and bad).

    I definitely need a lot of work, particularly in adding top spin, but I don't think my forehand is inconsistent or easy to deal with.
     
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  9. Maximagq

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    The biggest thing on the forehand is getting the racket in the pivotal pat the dog position for the modern forehand. When the racket face is open at the furthest point of the backswing, the naturally tendency is to open it up even more as you start the forward part of the swing. There was a good article about the Nikolay Davydenko forehand from TENNIS magazine and his forehand is a perfect model. That was the main thing. Backhand is generally good, except I would prefer altering that swing path a bit to hit with a little more margin. A good way to focus this is to notice where you are following through. You want to finish that follow through high like you are tossing a frisbee because that's where all the spin will come into play.
     
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  10. andrehanderson

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    Awesome feedback! Thanks!
     
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  11. Maximagq

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    Hey andre, no rush because of the injury, but let me know when the video is posted. I'm going to need advice on how to get a higher percentage of first serves in. That has always been my weakness.
     
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  12. LeeD

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    One thing separating OP from a 4.5 is the lack of early prep.
    EVERY incoming ball, the racket goes back barely in time, and never early and waiting for the ball.
    Watch vids of Fed warming up, and notice the difference. Fed don't move his feet, but he turns his shoulder really early and WAITS, the finishes the backswing with his arm.
     
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  13. andrehanderson

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    That's a really good point, LeeD, thank you. I will work on it.
     
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  15. widmerpool

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    Can't add anything new on FH.

    You are often bailing out of the BH. Wait on the ball and let the stroke go. Sometimes you just muscle it. Then you add this little flair of a finish with the wrist.

    Yeah, it looks 'smooth' but you are getting it just over the net with very little spin. Your timing is good. So really stay down with your head and your right shoulder. Don't rise up too early.
     
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  16. andrehanderson

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    That is excellent advice, widmerpool. Thank you!
     
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  17. crash1929

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    what I like is that you are calm and seem loose. Something I think a lot of players don't get.

    Your forehand needs some work. Watch a lot of pro tennis on TV / youtube and see if anyone you like hits like that. If you think about tennis like a dancer learning new moves by watching the teacher I think it can help your fh.

    Try thinking about hitting the ball from your toes/feet up and getting your weight behind the ball.
     
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  18. andrehanderson

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    Thanks for the feedback, crash! I think I've left out the whole pat the dog step, which is resulting in my flat, slappy forehand. If you watch the video on this page, though, I think it still manages to be an effective, reliable forehand--as ugly as it is. But it's unanimous that I need to improve it, and I agree with the consensus, so ill keep working at it.

    Thanks!
     
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