How to take weight out of a shot?

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  1. Fuji

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    Hey all! I'm looking for some help here.

    I've been asked to do some work with beginner to intermediate players (2.0-3.5) and today was my first day. Everyone had lots of fun and it was a good work out for all parties involved but I received one major complaint from the 2.0-3.0 players: My shots had too much weight for them to really rally against. I wasn't attempting to hit winners as it was more of just a fun hit/introductory day but my normal ground strokes came in a too hot for a lot of them to do anything with.

    For all you coaches out there, what should I do in this situation? A lot of the beginners are fairly new to the game either this year or last, and they haven't really played against a higher paced shot. Obviously I feel bad since they are just getting into it and having someone blast shots at you isn't the most fun.

    Do you guys have different strokes when playing with newbies?

    Thanks!

    -Fuji
     
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  2. MLB_MOB

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    all you have to do is swing slower and make sure not to put any sort of spin on the ball because it will confuse them. Most new tennis players will be caught by surprise in a change in the trajectory of the ball if it has spin
     
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  3. Power Player

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    It's easy man, dont hit with so much spin, swing slower..you need to take a few girls out on tennis dates it sounds like.
     
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  4. Fuji

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    That's a very good point. I made sure not to hit slice I noticed that it really threw them off.

    Swinging slower is a very good option, would hitting flatter with a more "eastern" grip be worth it?

    -Fuji
     
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  5. Fuji

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    LOL! My girlfriend was a 4.0 when we first met. She would wipe the floor with me when we first started dating!

    -Fuji
     
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  6. soyelmocano

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    You could go with a continental grip for all shot and just guide everything flatly back. No need to swing out. That way there are no tricky spins for them to worry about.

    Remember, anytime that you are teaching, you can learn something too. I often get too comfortable letting my body make things work. Practice watching the ball longer, making better contact, getting ready, etc.
     
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  7. Fuji

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    Honestly I never even thought about going to a continental grip for everything. (I clearly have lots to learn haha!) That makes a lot of sense.

    Thanks!

    -Fuji
     
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    Feed with conti
    If you need to do some slightly skilled rallys go to easter and keep the ball relatively flat..
     
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  9. arche3

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    Thats what I do when I play with my wife. Conti grip on all strokes.
     
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  10. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    I generally either just swing slower using normal strokes (but that is easier when you have been playing and coaching for a long time) or use a conti grip and just guide them to the area you want at a steady pace with as littel spin as you can.

    (this is also important with younger/smaller players as topspin can get very 'big' on them at first and put them off the game for life!)
     
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  11. TeflonTom

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    i use it as a chance 2 practice old-school strokes i learnt as a kid. close the stance n shift the grip to the east

    i love it how certain posters "help me" threads always include a reverse brag
     
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  12. LeeD

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    As said, conti. The year I taught, I was told to start beginners out hitting to them with conti grip, slight topspin, slight sidespin, slight backspin. SLIGHT!
     
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  13. Fuji

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    Awesome tips everyone! That will make the next time out a lot easier on everyone involved. Thanks so much! I'll definitely have to work on my continental shots! I haven't hit them in a while haha!

    -Fuji
     
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  14. Fuji

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    By certain posters do you just mean me? :razz: Might as well flat out say that if that's what you meant. I promise you, my feelings won't be hurt.

    That being said, I'm not a coach by any sense of the word. This is really new territory for me hitting with such new players, and as Timbo said I don't want to scare them off the game for ever.

    -Fuji
     
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  15. boramiNYC

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    wouldn't recommend slower swing flat shots. it could mess up your own timing. instead start the prep way earlier and slo mo your normal stroke. It's also a good way to practice controls of your strokes. normal spin but give more air and make them short so they'll have enough time to react. if u can do this consistently they'll get used to it. just don't make them too deep with spin.
     
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  16. LeeD

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    Therein lies the problem with being a paid ball feeder.
    Do you do it for THEM, or for your own game?
    For them, you hit flat balls to start with, and as they get better with better timing, you slowly introduce mild topspins and slices.
    If you do it only to help your own game, do what the above poster said. He is correct, feeding tons of tennis balls to anyone will RUIN your competitive game.
     
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