How to Change to Stop Ball Flying

Discussion in 'Strings' started by officerdibble, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. officerdibble

    officerdibble Semi-Pro

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    I would appreciate advice on the following question.

    I've recently been experimenting with racquet weighting and have ended up with a heavier racquet (c. 355gms). I love the way the racquet plays in almost all regards, with the exception that my two handed backhand has a tendency to fly a little.

    I'm about to restring so I have a number of options. At the moment I'm playing with Tecnifibre Blackode in the mains and Discho Microfibre in the crosses and I'm very happy with this combination in general (I did quite a bit of experimenting to find it).

    1. I could just keep the string set up the same and adjust my shot a little. This is effectively what I've been doing, but it's an added complication in a match to constantly remind yourself to hit short (to avoid going long).

    2. I could raise the tension. This is my inclination. If so, how much should I increase it by and should I increase mains and crosses equally, or just dial up the tension on one (if so which)?

    3. I could go full poly. I've played (softer) full poly before and the elbow issues I had (from dropping my grip size) are now well in the past; however, I prefer to volley with a multi hybrid so I'm not too keen on this option.

    Thoughts, votes, opinions... most appreciated.
     
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  2. fgs

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    what you describe sounds more like a little timing problem due to the increased weight of your stick and has nothing much to do with strings and tension. try hitting a little bit earlier and your issue will have gone.
     
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  3. rst

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    focus on the words "percentage depth" as you hit the backhand. say them in your mind as you hit the ball...."percentage depth!" even under pressure.....say in your mind "percentage depth!" or in chinese, Bǎi fēn shēndù! pronounced bye-fen shendoo!

    that ought to do the trick.
     
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  4. rst

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    iow, let the meaning "percentage depth" extend thru your body as you hit the backhand
     
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  5. Smasher08

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    Close your racket face more slightly before, during, and slightly after contact in order to impart more spin. Your problem is technical, not technological.
     
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  6. anubis

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    Don't forget to step into the shot too. if you're off balance at contact and then not following through, balls will tend to sail long. Bend knees, step in, push into the court, follow through. Never fall backwards.
     
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  7. LeeD

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    Forget the strings, you need more practice.
    Hit your shots 16" over the net, as hard as you can, it it stays IN.
    Hit your shots 5' higher than the net, and it goes long.
    Nadal hits harder 2hbh's than you, and they go in.
     
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  8. fortun8son

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    Perhaps shift the weights so that it is more headlight?
    You did not mention where you put the additional weight.
     
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  9. Jamesm182

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    The extra weight you have added should add stability to your racket, and help eliminate elbow/shoulder pain.
    I was very much in the same boat as you , and after adding weight i can now play with a full poly no problems.
    Personally i string at around 52lbs. I still get all the attributes i want from this .
     
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