Please critique my groundies

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  1. ark_28

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  2. Moz

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    There's no urgency in your footwork and, partly as a result, you seem to end up bending at the waist for a lot of the balls whilst off balance.

    So, more urgency, lower playing position and work to get into the right position to hit your shots.
     
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    Thanks so much for that :)

    footwork is certainly an area I can and need to improve! :) any drills that you suggest that I can do outside match play to work on this?

    How are the strokes themselves looking? :)
     
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    I won't comment on the strokes as you're not getting yourself in the right position to hit them!

    At this stage I would say it's less about the drills, more about approach to playing. Start off in a better athletic position, stay nice and low and compare the difference. Once the intensity is there you'll get a better idea what you need to work on in the form of drills.
     
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    Thanks mate! It is funny what you are saying is exactly what someone I hit with says, he says I strike a really nice ball but I come over very lethargic and not on my toes he feels that is really holding me back if I can combine good shot making with deccent ball striking hopefully results will start to show :)
     
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    You have the potential to have pretty good strokes if you can get your footwork down.
     
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    Ark 28, I think the key thing happening with your strokes is you don't hit them enough like John Isner. :p
     
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    @prodigy1234, thank you

    @BobyJr hahaha good call :)
     
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    sorry, are you using some type of jumpulse tecnique?
     
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    Jumpulse? How do you mean??
     
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    notice how you had to rush to some of the short balls, or were not 'ready' to make the most of the easier balls, or were rushed at the net?

    do a tiny 'split step' right before/at the time you opponent makes contact with the ball. this will load your legs and will allow you to move to where you want to go more easily. make it a habit and you won't have to think about it. suddenly you will find yourself pouncing on shots instead of chillaxing your way to the ball ;)
     
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    After watching the video, there are certainly a lot of things I could point out but like others said, the footwork should be mentioned first. Instead of hopping your way to the ball, take more actual steps and only split step when your opponent strikes the ball. This way you will be more balanced and get to the ball quicker. Maintain a lower center of gravity and really be precise/aggressive with your footwork. There are a lot of things I'd change about your stroke but I'm not a coach myself so I'm going to suggest you meet up with the top pro at your club or find a good teaching pro nearby. Best wishes :).
     
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    Thanks guys!

    Really appreciate the feedback! :) I do hit with the coach and some other guys but I fear I may have to work with what I have as making major changes at my stage will be too difficult? With muscle memory etc or can it be done?
     
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    to be honest, we haven't really seen that many strokes. one backhand slice off of a low ball, a half volley and a return of serve forehand.

    we need to see you hit a few more times.
     
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  15. BevelDevil

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    Turn your shoulders more on both sides.

    On your top spin 1hbh, you need to take the racket back more behind you. Your buttcap should point to the side fence on your backswing.
     
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    Fair point will take more videos of more rallies and upload! Thanks again for you feedback :)

    Thanks BD very good point :)
     
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    You have no backswing, you just set the racket behind the ball and push it forward. Very tough to get any fluidity, consistency, or power that way.
     
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    That's a good call mate thanks
     
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    Thanks again guys, any other tips Or observations? :)
     
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    Your splitstep doesn't seem to be doing anything for you in terms of helping you get to the ball. Try being more explosive in the splitstep and getting a little higher of the ground.

    You should know where the ball is going before you land. When you land, you should immediately push off on the opposite leg from where the ball is going.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=CeulkhbbUxU#t=7s

    Right now you seem to be landing on both feet. Either you're mistiming the splitstep or it's not quite explosive enough.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=7BSSnhspfpA#t=20s

    This shot is a great example. You land on both feet and THEN you push off with one foot to run towards the short ball. You should be pushing off as soon as you land.
     
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  21. LeeD

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    I can say it.
    You have no swing, no power.
    Strokes as is, the best you can play is a pusher/retriever.
     
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    For low shots, bend more from the knees rather than the back.
     
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    Any tips to get more of a swing?
     
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    Shoulders need to be aligned, turned sideways to the target.
    Racket should be, at it's farthest point back, directly in line with the ball.
    Watch vids of pro forehands. They all take a big swing and create ballspin and power.
     
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    Thanks Lee will try this! :) I want to play a power game and not be a pusher I think your tips should help :)
     
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    You aren't hitting the ball, looks like you are reaching for everything and just dinking it back. Watch this video to find out how to play real big man tennis and hit real big man forehands.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex0iyi2UuCY
     
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    This is how everyone should aspire to play!
     
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  28. luvforty

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    hitters hit and dinkers dink.... going against natural tendency usually spells fail.

    you can't ask john mcenroe to hit like john isner, and vice versa.

    if your tendency is to dink, build your game around it... chip and charge, play the small game, not the big one.

    small game can win too, like santoro does.
     
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    Surely that theory applies to the greats who have found their strength and their game more than everyone else?
     
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