Hitting Against The Wall: Part 5 VIDEO

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  1. boojay

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    Hey guys, here's the latest video of me hitting

    The Wall: Part 5 JUN '13

    I'm happy to say this was probably the best hitting I've ever done, in terms of being able to hit the way I want to and I'm sensing I can only get better from here as I begin to implement more and more tweaks. The best part is I started out incredibly sluggish and didn't even want to be on the court, but something clicked and I've made mental notes to remind myself what to do next time I'm out. It's a good feeling to have because I'd essentially plateaued the last couple of years. The casual viewer may see little difference between this and my last video, but believe me, it's a HUGE difference (from my perspective, anyway).

    I'm finding on my forehand that I get jammed a lot. There were a couple of forehands where I was able to extend fully, like here: http://goo.gl/BrOr1 , but I'd like to make it a habit and not the exception.

    On the backhand side: http://goo.gl/qd5b3 , I can see that I open too early and need to stay closed longer until after I've made contact before letting my body complete the rotation. It's less prominent when I'm reaching for balls, but you can see when the ball comes to me that I definitely open my shoulders early. At least I'm able to fully extend so that must mean I'm doing a better job of creating space on the backhand wing than on the forehand, surprisingly.

    Overall, I'm hitting well against partners that normally pressure me so I'm very pleased. I'm finally getting back into the swing of things (pun intended) and am hoping for continued progress. Thanks to everyone who've been following me over the years!!
     
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  2. Calor1

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    Looks good.
    One question though. Why would you let the ball bounce twice. I've seen anonther wall video on this site and he did the exact same thing. If you were to play against a real person you wouldn't do it (I hope), so why do it against a wall?
     
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  3. Brian11785

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    Assuming both players are at the baseline, the ball would travel twice as far to go from player A to player B and then back to player A than it does when a player hits a ball against a wall and it returns to the hitter. Point being, hitting against a wall is definitely an exercise intended to mimic actual point play. If anything, two bounces might be closer to the timing of actual points.
     
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  4. corbind

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    Have you ever tried sustained hitting letting the ball bounce once? It is pretty erratic and unrealistic. You have to stand closer to the wall and balls come off at a weird/wrong angle.

    Letting it bounce twice is more realistic. Still, unless your park has an expensive specialized wall, balls never come back mimicking another person hitting.
     
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  5. SuperDuy

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    Keep at it!
     
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  6. LeeD

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    Howzit, Duy? You've been gone a while now.
    Everything good?
    Boojay did post some vids of him hitting, he's pretty good.
     
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  7. pushing_wins

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    hey, wat level are you? you play intercounty or ota? you strokes look good. and striped shirt guy looks even better. just curious. thanks
     
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    This Video is the best wall practising video I have seen on the net.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNiXrgAtjxc

    Please check it out.. It gives your practise purpose, otherwise u just whack balls without focusing on anything.

    Let us know what u think of it!!
     
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    Oh wow, I didn't realize people had responded to this. After the first week, I thought this thread was DOA. Sorry guys.

    Pretty much what Brian11785 and corbind said: hitting against a wall is nothing like hitting against a player, but letting it bounce twice (or more) comes closer to simulating the timing of an actual rally than trying to hit it after one bounce. Many years ago, if you view my first few Wall vids, I tried hitting after one bounce and that just ruined my timing, made me tight, and introduced many bad habits that I'm STILL trying to get rid of.

    Thanks guys. There's a futures tournament going on here, I've been discussing it on TonLars' blog thread and as usual, watching pros and semi-pros play is really inspirational, but also depressing when you realize how large the gulf is! A couple of guys I've played against did "ok", one even won a first round qualifying match, his opponent was a joke though, but for the most part, they all got spanked 1 & 0.

    I'm pretty comfortable with claiming that I'm a very strong 4.5 who can complete/take sets off of 5.0s, but I would never dream of calling myself a 5.0 yet.

    Thanks for the vid. I've actually done many drills against the wall before like this, but my goal isn't to drill, it's to change my strokes. If I really wanted to, I could just hit the same spot indefinitely, but I would need to revert back to bad habits in order to achieve that. For me, the wall is for experimentation. I don't have a coach or anyone feeding me so it's the only option I have.
     
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  10. anubis

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    Looks good! My only comment is you seem to be hitting off your back foot a lot. When you're playing matches, how often do you have forehands that sail long?
     
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  11. pushing_wins

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    i m not comfortable with 4.5/ 5.0 classification

    4.5 davisville is different from 4.5 mayfair or 4.5 OTA

    so to clarify if you dont mind, could you maintain a winning record playing intercounty A mens 1?
     
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