Me and team mate playing points (3.0 rated)

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  1. Dimcorner

    Dimcorner Professional

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    We are both 3.0 players.
    I know the camera angle SUCKS :(. I don't have a stand for my phone and my DSLR doesn't have a wide enough lens. I'll try to make a fence stand soon.

    I'm to guy in blue without hat. Let me know what you guys think.

    After these hits we hit 2 sets of mixed doubles and then played another set of singles. Wish I would have recorded that one because we had a few +8 shot rallies going on (no lobs).

    http://youtu.be/EOxPbnz9rp4
     
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  2. ilovetennis212

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    Nice court. Keep it up!!
     
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  3. josofo

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    you guys are more like 3.5s


    the guy in the blue has a very nice base. good forehand, good backhand, good serve. heck even a decent 2nd serve.

    the guy in white is ok too. he hit some good forehands.
     
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  4. LeeD

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    Yeah, you have decent form, better than your white clothed opponent.
    3.5 form, but lots of 3.0 shots and 3.0 anticipation.
     
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  5. Cheetah

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    I say 3.5's. You guys have pretty decent form. Keep going!
     
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  6. newpball

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    Here is an image sheet of one of your serves:

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  7. TomT

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    Hi Dimcorner. Thanks for the vid. Always fun for me to watch other players in the 3.0 to 3.5 range. As you mentioned, camera should be centered if possible. But the quality is ok and most all the action was clearly viewable. Nice editing. I gave it a thumbs up and subscribed.

    (By the way, an inexpensive solution to the camera angle problem is to just get a cheap vidcam with a tripod mount and a cheap tripod. It's what I've been using ... total cost less than $100. I'm saving up for a somewhat better camera and also one of those fence mount things ... total cost around $200.)

    Now, to the playing. Well, it actually looks sort of like a lot of my matches. You make some nice shots, but also make too many avoidable errors. The upside, imo, is that you look like you have great potential for significant improvement in the foreseeable future. Your strokes look pretty decent to me, but you rushed a few forehands that you netted. You hit some ok slice and over the top backhands (again, also missing too many routine one's for whatever reasons), but, like me, you definitely need to hit lots more shots, forehands, backhands, volleys, etc. in order to forestall those avoidable errors that you're currently making.

    In other words, it looks to me like you have a good basic mechanics but just need more court time and hitting.

    Regarding your serve, I liked it. Although a bit erratic in the vid, it looks to me like you have the potential to make your serve a consistent weapon.

    I think a match between us would be competitive. With multiple rallies of multiple decent shots. (Because we're both improving, but neither of us will be hitting the ball a whole lot harder than we do now. Just more consistent and with better placement, hopefully.) However, I think you would win because of better, quicker, faster movement and much more stamina. (Unless I was having the sort of good hitting day with very few errors that I have yet to have. :))

    It looks to me like your physical conditioning and movement ability should be a huge plus for you, and something that will facilitate rapid improvement if you have the time to get out and hit every day.

    Thanks and post more vids!
     
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  8. Dimcorner

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    Thanks guys!

    Definitely working on the shots and cutting down errors.
    I'm trying to fix the following issues.

    1. Keep eye on ball and not opponent.
    2. Keep working on the 2hbh, don't switch back hand forth.
    3. Calm down, don't over hit cuz I can't keep it in the court! I see a loopy sitter and I have to fight to not try to rip it (knowing that I'm probably going to send it out 80% of the time)

    I'm slowly getting used to hitting through the ball instead of up on it and sending it out.

    Guy in white has been playing almost 3 years, I have just finished my first year last month.
     
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  9. Dimcorner

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    Thanks!

    Man that looks neat!

    Hmm... I should try to keep my elbow higher on the follow thru.
     
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  10. Dimcorner

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    Tom,

    If I get down to visit my parents in S. FL I will send you a message and will try to hit with you for sure!
     
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  11. ihaveaquestion

    ihaveaquestion New User

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    Newpball, which software to generate a picture sequence like this?
     
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  12. newpball

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    It depends on the quality of the source material but in this case I used a combination of VirtualDub and Photoshop.
     
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  13. Dimcorner

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    I'm going to hit the courts on Saturday morning and bring with me the DSLR. I'll set it for 60fps and see if I can manage to get a decent angle. We'll probably be playing doubles so ya'll can see my volleys and overheads :).

    I'll also concentrate more on consistency and placement rather than velocity for ground strokes. This will be a practice with a new 3.5 team I just joined.
     
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  14. newpball

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    There is a possibility that YouTube will down convert to 30fps.

    If you put the video on a file sharing site or if you mail me the video directly I will be happy to make some sheets for you. Make sure the recordings are in bright daylight.
     
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  15. Dimcorner

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    SWEET!
    Yeah it's going to be in daylight and probably pretty bright if weather holds. I have a tripod but my lens only goes back 18mm so it clips the edges of the court. I'm going to try to stretch out the tripod to max height (over 6ft if i bring it the legs a bit) and loop a bungee cord as a safety measure.
     
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