Problems with hitting the ball

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Delzac, May 23, 2006.

  1. Delzac

    Delzac New User

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    hi, i just started tennis recently. i have this phobia of hitting the ball hard( or lightly) as it tends to fly high up. i understand that it is a problem with my racket face being too open, what do u advice me to do??

    Thx
     
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  2. wyutani

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    i got this problem when i was a newbie. i tried playing against the wall, im cured mate'...try the wall
     
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  3. Silentgunz

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    keep ur racquet face closed
     
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  4. Delzac

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    another thing is, if u want to hit and ball make it move in parrallel to the doubles line, and keep the ball low, u will have to bend ur wrist to the very extreme, right??
     
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  5. chess9

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    Don't practice against a wall unless you've had lessons from a pro. Why practice trash strokes? Every bad stroke is a stroke that must be undone by your future pro.

    GET LESSONS. Would you teach yourself to play the violin, or learn brain surgery by correspondence course? :)

    -Robert
     
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  6. Neutron Star

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    Hi, i'm also new to playing tennis and i also tend to hit the ball and it goes up... >_<
    what does it mean to keep the racquet face open/closed?

    thanks!
     
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  7. JRstriker12

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    If you racket face is open, it means the face is pointing up toward the sky.

    If it's closed, the racket face is pointing more towards the ground.

    If you're skying the ball because the face is to open, try switching your grip to close the racket face a bit. For example, a semi westren grip will close the racket face a little bit more than a continental or eastern grip.

    Also, instead of hitting under the ball when you swing hi-to-low, try to bush up on the back of the ball as you swing through.
     
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  8. just out

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    I say go ahead and use the wall. I was self-taught and developed good strokes (using mostly the wall until I could hit well enough to get on the court), watch good players play and move and watch the pros, practice, practice, practice, refine your stroke and pay attention to how you are moving and stroking the ball compared to those that you watch who are good players. Having taught for many years I am a believer in lessons but they are not a requirement for improvement and good stroke development.

    Violin yes, brain surgery, well, maybe not, but if I could find a book or video maybe :)
     
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  9. AndyP

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    If your racquet is parallel to the net it will come back at the same angle that it went over.
     
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  10. snoflewis

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    it's just that you don't have enough confidence in your shots...

    don't be afraid of it, and just play your game. make sure your footwork during those matches is as good as when it was when you were just rallying and don't worry about the score too much.
     
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