Fh Dtl

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  1. Egoista

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    lately have been having trouble with the FH DTL....

    Prepare early...but seem to constantly roll it into the net......

    Or hit it way out of the tramlines....

    Semi-western heavy topspin

    anyone with suggestions on a good technique for this stroke....seem to be losing it
     
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  2. Cheetah

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    fh dtl has to be hit with 'intent'.
    it's more work than a cc fh.
    you can't just hit it late or hope your angle of deflection is gona work out for you. well, you can but then you'll have a crappy fh dtl like you do now. :)

    prepare earlier.
    slightly less open stance.
    more follow through towards target
    more weight transfer towards target.
    don't aim for the lines. aim 3 feet inside the tramlines and 3 feet inside the baseline.
    hit the ball with conscious intent on hitting it dtl. force the ball to go dtl instead of willing it dtl.
    *optional - hit the outside of the ball

    if you everyone of those things you'll have a better dtl.
     
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  3. boramiNYC

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    haha it's funny I have some of the opposite advice from cheetah.

    I think the swing should be more flat, tad more compact, and the contact point a little higher. to achieve that a little higher racquet position in the backswing, slightly more open stance. it's possible to hit less aggressive dtl by more topspin and loopier placement shot like going behind the opponent. but flat aggressive shot lends a natural depth making it more potent than a topspin dtl that might land a little short and sit up. and I find a compact flat shot can be more precise at least for me.
     
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  4. Egoista

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    thanks for the great advice......albeit two contrasting ones........

    problem is what to do to reach the ball quickly...and explosively....lately I feel my legs are turning to jelly and not being able to explosively reach the ball to bang it DTL.......

    hot and humid here but no excuses ......
     
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  5. TheCheese

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    I have some simpler advice:

    Hit it exactly the same as any other forehand, but aim down the line and add more topspin for margin.

    Your opponent shouldn't be able to tell where you're going to hit the ball based on how you're setting up.
     
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  6. Cheetah

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    Don't agree entirely.
    The dtl is not the same as any other fh because you have less margin of error. You can't afford to be late, miscalculate, flub etc where your shot goes wider than expected. Also on a dtl you have to fight off the angled deflection which is going to want to pull the ball wide and OP did say he hits a lot of them wide.

    That's why i recommend slightly less open and a touch more extension and follow through. A little less open stance gives you a longer hitting zone. A more open stance has a narrower hitting zone in this situation because the ball is coming from inside most likely. And yes more top.

    However, the other advice given is all valid and is fine if you are grooved. But OP is having issues going wide and in the net so he needs to dial it in a bit and play a safer more intentional shot.
     
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