My Groundstrokes

Discussion in 'Junior League & Tournament Talk' started by kayserRF, May 9, 2012.

  1. kayserRF

    kayserRF New User

    Jan 9, 2012
    Hi guys,

    Im 15 and its been a few months since I've been on here but I'm still improving and have recorded a new video of my groundies.
    I just wanted to ask if you could watch the old video I posted on here a few months ago and compare it to my new video.
    If you see anything I need to improve please say, or if you see any good things I am doing, perhaps improved footwork or making a better connection. Anything! :-D


    Old video -

    New video -

    Thanks again!
  2. tommyfr

    tommyfr Rookie

    Aug 6, 2009
    Cebu, Philippines
    not much difference v 1 vs v 2.
    Second video seems to have slippery/wet surface, hit a bit harder.

    Main problem is forehand.
    Good is the late take back and short backswing. But, there is not enugh of pivot of the wrist.
    When the forward swing starts, the but should be directed to the net, and follow 'the slot' as long as possible, to just before contact.

    With this change you will get better timing and more power, cleaner hits.

    The other thing if the follow through. To me it is too much linear, ie going forward to the net. I propose a more angular follow through were you go up and across much more. With this you will have better control and more topspin.

    Good luck.

    ps there is a great youtube video on this, think tennisoxygen is the producer.

    pps What is your string tension?
  3. cluckcluck

    cluckcluck Hall of Fame

    Apr 29, 2010
    Between the baseline and netcord.
    I agree, forehand needs some work; you would get more power and spin coming through the ball more - it almost seems like you are stopping your swing just after making contact. You're losing a lot of power doing that.
    It looks like you are also bending towards the ball, like you're not leaning into your stroke.
    Work on those two things and you should be golden.
  4. TennisNinja

    TennisNinja Hall of Fame

    Mar 23, 2007
    Someplace, Somewhere
    I guess the obvious thing is moving your feet, and going forward into the shot instead of spinning to the side or going back.
  5. LMK5

    LMK5 New User

    Dec 24, 2011
    I'm thinking your backswing on the forehand should start out higher so you can drop it down and then come through the ball. It looks like you're taking the racquet back down below the ball level, which to me makes the backswing too short. Try more of a loop swing to allow the dropping of the racquet before coming up and through the ball. This will give you more racquet head speed and force you to prepare earlier.

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