Overhitting the Ball

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  1. Korso

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    I am having trouble getting my 14 year old son to stop trying to crush the ball during match play. He often keeps his elbow in on contact and is not consistant. During drills when he is just using a fluid motion, it can be a thing of beauty. His easy swinging motion during practice has plenty of pace on it. When he plays points for some reason he will just start swinging wildly at times. I am trying different ways to create a new memory folder in his brain but its like pulling teeth. Any advice on breaking this habit would be appreciated.
     
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  2. ga tennis

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    Make sure hes doing plenty of footwork drills.Alot of times in drills the kid knows exactly where the ball is going to be.In matches its much different because he doesnt know where the ball will be hit.I bet if you record his matches you will see the root of the problem being his feet and how he is getting set up to hit the ball.A good drill to do with him is you stand between the service box and the baseline and hand toss him balls to both sides.Dont do it in any particular order and constantly adjust the depth of the hand feeds.Make sure he understands that all balls wont be hit the same.When you toss him a ball a few feet behind the baseline let him know that this is a heavy ball and should be hit with plenty net clearance.When you hand feed him a ball inside the service line let him know to drive this ball.Hand feeds work great for footwork.Work on his base when hes hitting his shots.The only way to have a nice wide balanced base is making sure his feet are in the right place at the right time.Another thing i would tell him is when you see him starting to swing wildly tell him to make sure he is grabbing the ball.
     
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  3. floridatennisdude

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    Depends on his learning style. If he is visual, you can record him in practice and then in matches to show him side by side comparisons. Some good software programs can show this in great detail. Definitely focus on the good swings as much as the bad.
     
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  4. Korso

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    Thanks for the feedback! We wil be focusing on footwork. I will do some recording and have him watch it too. He is a visual learner and a hard worker.
     
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  5. hound 109

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    During practice match play....have him play the ball. (period) Don't worry about the opponent, or the score. Good swings & hitting it the way he's supposed to hit it is what matters.

    Just play the ball.

    My 13 y/o kid plays in a mens league. I made it clear & he knows, that the score is irrelevant, it's liberating for him....cause he's playing the ball.
     
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  6. josofo

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    you need to imagine yourself as mike agassi. harder, harder.
     
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