My Last Video of 2007

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  1. boojay

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoCT60PMhNg

    So I feel I've made quite a few strides this year and it's been a blast doing so. I thought I'd try something different with this video. Dunno if it works or if it's just a stupid idea, but meh.

    I tried incorporating a lot of the advice given to me from this board. I still can't quite get it, but hopefully I'm on the right track. Tricky said it best when he said I was 'disconnected' because I certainly feel that way. Anyhooz, I'm looking forward to continue working hard on my game for 2008.

    Enjoy peepoz! And have a Heppy Nu Beer!!!
     
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  2. Tennis-Chris

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    Boojay,

    You have some pretty amazing racquet speed on the forehand unless the camera is playing tricks. Nice strokes! Have a Happy New Year! :mrgreen:
     
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    Errr, when I saw that I thought it was pretty weird as well. I assure you I haven't done anything to the vid, but something looks fishy. Maybe I'm hitting it right? lol

    Anyway, thanks and best holiday wishes to you as well!
     
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  4. 35ft6

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    It really looks like you've modeled your strokes on Federer. Just keep hitting and you'll continue to get better. Try to turn sideways more on the overhead and try to finish high on follow through on the slice backhand. Otherwise, looking solid.
     
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    Nice strokes. Looks like you've got some really good shoulder flexibility, which can really allow you to elevate your game.

    I like your backhand. If I may be so bold as to offer a couple of suggestions, though:

    Step INTO the ball when you strike it. It looks like you are typically leaning backwards as you contact the ball.

    And turn your body a bit more in preparation. You're not getting quite as long of a stroke as possible. The striking face of the racquet should basically be facing the back wall before you start your forward swing.

    Otherwise, great job. Looks like you've put in a lot of work and it's paying off.
     
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    I knew I forgot to do something! I was wondering why my overheads felt so awkward. Thanks for reminding me.

    I'll give the high follow through a shot. I've never really worked on my slice, but I guess I should give it some attention as well.

    There's this former Davis Cup player at our club who keeps telling me to do that as well. Whenever I hit with him, the moment he steps into one of his shots, it's over--I can't handle it, it's coming too heavy and too fast. I'm really working to get the timing down because the rare times that I do step in, I can feel the power.

    My unit turn is still a work in progress, you're right. I need to get into a rhythm and make that into a habit. I'm consciously trying not to make my turn with my arms, but I still have a high tendency of doing that.
     
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    The problem with leaning back is because you are not in an althetic stance.

    http://coachesclipboard.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=47&Itemid=26&ed=5

    Can't find a tennis version image. Hope you have one of those Nick Bollettieri video... But basically, similar to the basketball version, but with a wider stance (2 shoulder wide)

    I notice that you pivot with your left foot on the forehand side, just like Federer. But he does it when he deal with short balls. For baseline rally, try to load your foot/hip more.

    Over all, the upper body motion is good. The footwork and stance need more work. Game play need a lot of work....
     
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    Why... Its so good!
     
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    great video, you're really talented. and that one forehand i almost couldn't see the racquet, like it was behind you then around so fast.
     
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    It's kinda encouraging because I wasn't trying to swing faster. It just kinda happened. I've never really swung all out because it annoys me when players swing for the fences and the ball sails long. I'd much prefer to practice the way I play.
     
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    There's that backhand I'm so jealous of!
     
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    No worries, iRad. Once I get it down, you'll be the first person I teach ;)

    Didja notice the two open stancers I squeezed in there?
     
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    I sure did, they looked pretty good. Looking to add that to your game?
     
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    Well, if you knew me, you'd know I'm looking to add everything to my game ;), but yes, I've found it's pretty sweet whenever I'm pressed for time.

    I'd like to see what I look like during mini-tennis because when I go open stance on both the BH and FH, I literally do NOT move. It's really ideal for making tweaks to your swing because there's less to think about and you can focus on other aspects of your stroke. At least, that's what I've found.
     
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    The reason that happens is because when you play a high level opponent you can't afford to hit loose shots-and in your video you are hitting a lot of them. Every shot has to be a quality shot and if its not-then you lose the point. If you allow a good player to step into the court and hit the ball then the point is likely to be over.

    You have good strokes and good athleticism but thats not enough. You really need to focus on making every shot a good one. You've got quick feet but your footwork is haphazard and you lose balance many times. You correct for that by using good hand-eye coordination but if you tighten up your footwork and focus on hitting a quality shot your game will get much better.

    I really like your potential and with a solid year of training you could play at a high level. Focus on movement, footwork and raising your power level.

    BTW, you could beat me pretty easily so I'm not trying to be condescending. But I've got a 17 year old son that will play D-1 next year and he would probably beat you 0 and 0. And the only real difference in your game and his is the footwork, power level and the mental toughness to make every shot count.

    Good luck.
     
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    Keep up the good work, Boolio.
     
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    I agree. I had this experience on Saturday; I was too worn out to prepare and execute each shot with the needed precision. I won the points where I mustered the stregth to do this, but the vast majority of the other points I would loosely whack the ball in an attempt to get a lucky point. Bagels resulted. You would be surprised how important fitness is when you start playing better players.

    BooJay: I would recommend you work on that; with slight tweaks to your strokes, added fitness would do wonders for your game.
     
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    First of all, thanks for posting. I realize your post is a true and heartfelt assessment meant to help me better my game and I appreciate it more than you know.

    Secondly, I already know this from experience ;). Heck, there's a 15-year old player here who would mop the floor with me back when he was 12. Naturally, he's been playing since he was 6 with weekly private lessons and playing against stiff competition day in and day out for years. While I don't have that luxury and benefit, I do pride myself on being a very fast learner, very observant, and incredibly stubborn (in a perfectionist kind of way). I've been told many a time that I'm more of a craftsman than an innovator, but I've never been sure how to take that. Should I be proud of having the ability to mimick instead of coming up with something on my own?

    Anyway, I also realize there's so much left to learn and I'm working on every little aspect as I come across it. It's exciting whenever I discover something new about the game because it's so refreshing and satisfying every single time. As long as I enjoy playing tennis (which I hope will be for a long time), I'll look to improve at it.
     
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  19. Jonny S&V

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    Lol, looks like were in the same boat. Picked up tennis at 13 (was fat and lazy, very nerdy, still loved Pokemon, Yugioh, you name it...), didn't think I was athletic at all, so read a LOT of tennis books (tennis for dummies, Bud Collins Encyclopedia, etc...), then really got into the game itself. Self taught for the first year (courtesy of all the books I read), watched a lot of tennis, fast learner. Took first private lesson, strokes were right, footwork was wrong. 2 years later, about 3.5-4.0, OBSESSED with tennis (pretty much rules my life), #1-2 on the team (still trying to figure out who will be 1-2, pretty stiff competition), 1h-bh my best shot (I wish I could upload it, smooth like yours but more Ljubicic in grips and take-back), almost the same forehand as yours, but shorter take-back. Where do you live? Hitting partners around here are pretty scarce, and NO-ONE is obsessed with tennis like I am :cry:.
     
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    Great vid Boojay. It's amazing how much you have progressed. Glad you have decided to document your progress thru video and share it with us.

    good luck for 2008!
     
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    Heh, actually, our stories are quite different, but I'm glad to hear you're progressing well.

    I'm from the land up north and I've actually grown less obsessed with the sport, believe it or not. I know what you mean, however, as I used to spend most of my free time playing tennis. The bulk of my learning has always been passive as I pick things up here and there, but now instead of quantity, I try to do what Pusher had suggested, making every shot count, making every time I step on the court have a purpose. It's difficult to find people who share the same philosophy, so I have to settle with what I have in the interim.
     
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    Thanks Drak!

    Peace brutha and New Happy Have a Year.......???
     
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  23. Vermillion

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    That backhand smash was awesome indeed ;)
     
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    Actually, I've had to share this philosophy in the winter, when the closest decent tennis court is an hour and a half away and I only have time to go once a week. Helps that I'm self-employed though (stringing racquets for the local college team).
     
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  25. rbq4h4

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    boy thats realy nice, what a great highlite real of yurself! i'm just curios but how long does that take to put together? also how long youve been playing for ? hey keep up the good work, it is admiring to be such an inspiration to those indeed!
     
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    You're such a Federer wannabee, it makes me mad. Anyone who's consistent can blow you off the court easily.You'd be horrible in match play
     
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    Why does Federer wanna be make steven mad?
    I can only see that as a good thing! haha
     
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  28. boojay

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    Heh Quicken, don't worry about that little Serena Williams wannabe, he's just sore because he hasn't been able to find those butt cheek implants to be like his idol.

    I'm by no means an expert when it comes to editing video. I just use Quicktime Pro to cut and paste segments. It doesn't take long at all--just a matter of filtering out the useless footage (i.e. picking up balls, bad feeds, poor shot selection, etc.) as I skim through the original file. Maybe someday I'll learn how to properly edit and make a presentation out of it. Glad you liked it tho :).
     
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    Boojay,

    What kind of camera are you using?
     
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  30. Ultra2HolyGrail

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    It takes talent to imatate federer that good. The serve imatation is spot on :)

    I likes the forehand and backhand is pretty good... Looks like you might have trouble with short balls, you wanna run up on them and use your racquet head speed like on some of them forehand rips.. You want to maintain a consistent swing speed, not super fast on some, then slow on the others. Talented for sure but i would say try not to copy fed so much, develop your own style on the serve and groundstrokes, be yourself. Your to good and talented to be a imatation, even if it's the great federer..
     
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    Well, its pretty obvious from your reply that you are very coachable-and that counts for a lot.

    I've been thru the ups and downs of training a junior that only seriously started playing at 15. He has had to compete with the guys that started playing when they were 8-10 years old and its tough. Its a real bummer to see a 12 year old kid really stroking his backhand while my son, at 16, was still working on the basics.

    But hard work and a good attitude can make up for a lot-add to that the willingness to spend whatever it takes. And no, I don't have deep pockets so the whole family sacrificed to help my son reach his goal of playing D-1 tennis. But if your goal is just to enjoy the game and play at a competetive level then you will get what you want.

    Again, you've got game and getting to the next level is difficult and frustrating and you have to have a single-minded purpose. Thats not realistic for everybody nor should it be. Have fun and good luck.
     
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    Learning how to practice tennis is difficult for most people. It took my son seemingly forever to learn that once you step on the court its time to take care of business. Its not play time or supposed to be fun-the fun comes with each step forward and better results. Sounds like you already know that and thats a big step forward in the "journey", as some pros call it.
     
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  33. Swissv2

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    Great progress!

    You are coming along very nicely on your strokes (upper body), now its just a matter of working on your lower body (legs, feet). Stay competitive, and good luck on your goals for 2008!

    :mrgreen:
     
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    Ummm...let's see.....

    ...Canon PowerShot SD750. It's on sale right now, go get one!

    Yes, that's my goal right now, to maintain the exact same speed each time and imparting the correct amount of topspin for each given situation to achieve the desired result.

    Thanks for the kind words, but NO ONE can be Federer just like there will NEVER be another Jordan. So in a sense, I do have my own style :)........sorta. Whatever, I just like playing and want to not suck at it ;)

    Your son's very lucky to have such a supportive family and a father who's willing to study the game to such an extent for the betterment of his son's game. While I have no aspirations other than playing to enjoy the game (as you say), I find the better I get, the more I enjoy it, so that's what drives me.

    SHIZZAM!! Thanks Swiss! Same to you for '08!

    Yah, my legs are garbage. I can incorporate them easily while shadow swinging, but only once in a while do they click while I'm on the court. It's frustrating because I consider myself to be quite coordinated. I'm slowly making progress in that department, however. In fact, I think I just had an epiphany last night and can't wait to try it.
     
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  35. RoddickistheMan

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    boojay just out of curiosity how tall are you. Just wanted to know bceause I wanted to see if height is related to grip size.
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  36. junbumkim

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    Strokes seem really good. Good swing speed and timing off both sides. One thing that bugs me is your footwork. You split step but there is just no constant movement of feet. You execute a shot, instantly recover to reade position and keep moving your feet, split step when the opponent begins foward swing. You lack the constant feet moving in other words happy feet or hot feet.
     
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  37. _mats_

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    solid ! congrats and all the best of success for 2008
     
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    First of all let me say that you have amazing strokes! Definately 4.5 +, something many tennis players will never achieve so CONGRATS AND CELEBRATE. I did notice that on some shots, you tend to lean back as you hit the ball. Good Job.
     
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    Thanks for the comments and advice, guys.

    Believe it or not, I think I just hit another level with my game since this video was recorded less than a week ago. I really wanted to post something, but I think I'll hold off because I've hit a stride and only want to concentrate on keeping it. I'll post something once I've plateaued again, which hopefully won't be anytime soon.

    I'm so loose right now it's ridiculous. Things are clicking at an amazing pace at the moment and I couldn't ask for a better start to 2008 for my tennis game.
     
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    Do you play in a college?
    Just curious...
     
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    No sir, I do not, unfortunately. I picked up tennis far too late in life and without the benefit of private lessons a mere four years ago. I can only hope to hit with top juniors, college players, and retired pros.
     
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    another pointer on ur overhead slams, dont hit it right at ur opponent, look at it as an opportunity to serve from near the net, except u can use the whole court
     
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    first video of 2008!!!!!! WOOTWOOT!!
     
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    hey boojay..your shots look really sound and solid..why dont you post some video where your partner kind of forces some hard shots and may be down the line and hard angles..need to see how players adapt their shots during those..since most of your videos I dont see your partner forcing much..what I mean here is you are mostly in middle of court and the ball is not hit hard down the lines..
     
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    strokes are very nice indeed better then mine anyways i love your 1 handed backhand

    btw your hitting partner has a really nice return of serve
     
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    Was that a request, if so, i second that...

    Br
     
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    Yea ur backhand looks just like fed's. Good raquet head speed on f-hand.
     
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    Ya know? I was gonna......, but I think I'll hold off because I still have some more things I'm experimenting with.

    Well, the thing is my partner in these videos lacks control. He has plenty of power and excellent reflexes, but most of the time it goes out. Even in mini-tennis, he can't seem to keep a proper rally going for more than 20 balls. His shots go spraying everywhere and I have to track them down and re-establish equilibrium. Also, his feeds are god-awful most of the time. He claims not to go for winners, but trust me, he's not hitting rally balls. He's often late on shots so they go wide. I had to edit out all the shots that he hit out and wide, etc., which happens like every 3rd feed.

    Besides, it's a good thing I'm always in the middle-means I'm controlling the middle ;). It's not like I want to allow him to hit those shots.

    Bah! He just got lucky. The first return was a shank. The second was all right I suppose, but he's dealing with just my 2nd serves, and even then, we were just fooling around. In a real match, it's a totally different story.
     
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