recent practice match clip

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by tonygao, Apr 9, 2014.

  1. tonygao

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  2. nootles

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    The main thing technique wise would be the lack of involvement the left arm in your forehand. The left arm should not just drop, it should be pulling your chest open to generate more upperbody rotation.

    Strategically, there are some questions. The majority of your shots where towards the middle. This is fine if your opponent has trouble keeping up with rallies. However, he is in control of most of the rallies you had because you gave him shots he could attack.
     
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  3. tonygao

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    yes, my shots are not as close to the side lines as his. but seen from the other side could give you a different feeling, they are not always to the middle either.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htT1rtD0SxY&feature=youtu.be
     
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  4. muttu34

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    Why cars in clip constantly beeping horn?
    Liked your 1HB. you didn't use it much though! Maybe cuz u were chasing his attacking balls.
     
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  5. Sir Shankalot

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    What is noticeable in both clips is that you are doing a lot more running and scrambling than your opponent. He seems to have an edge on you in terms of shot quality but also being able to change direction of the ball. Not that you are bad, he is just a bit better.
     
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  6. tonygao

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    not just a bit, I think I might be 3.5, and he is 4.0+......
     
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  7. LeeD

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    Tony, you HIT just as well as the 4.0+ guy, but you hit way too many shots up the middle right to his forehand.
    Then you start to fetch for him.
    So, your hitting is not the problem. You would be 4.0 if you would just initiate some aggressive tennis, instead of hitting rally balls right to your opponent
    You need to place yourself along the baseline, and drop feet to all areas of the court, to practice something besides just mellow CC shots.
    Your strokes have improved a lot. You movement is very good. Your MIND thinks you need to hit every ball back up the middle.
     
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  8. tonygao

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    thanks for the encouraging. against this guy, I can hardly get the upper hand and 90% of the time I was stretching and trying to get the ball back and deep. the placement and consistancy of his shots are much better.
     
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  9. LeeD

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    WRONG thinking!
    The reason he hit's to your corners is YOU hit right to his forehand, or right to his backhand, without making him run.
    YOU are the ball machine. He is hitting off your easy feeds.
    CHANGE it, YOU hit to the corners, and he will fetch for you.
     
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  10. GuyClinch

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    You are a pretty good tennis player - very strong for a 3.5. I'd guess you are better then that.

    Unfortunately your opponent is better still - very consistent and can do more with the tennis ball. You just need to hit more punishing rally balls and go for a bit more on all your shots. You can't beat this guy playing that safe.. You get a decent 'safe' cross court shot and all you can do is hit it back cross court into his forehand wheel house and from there they guy can turn the point around.

    A lot of people can't do that - that's a tough opponent. But he can..rough. That guy is brutal.. I think he would beat a lot of players on this board.. Those look like 4.5 quality shots to me..
     
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  11. tonygao

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    yes, I think he is about 4.0+ to 4.5.
     
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    I would say the main thing is to develop your one handed drive backhand. Slicing is good and all but you should try to develop a weapon on that side too because the slice is just going to keep you in the point but nothing more than that. Try getting more racket head speed on the serve, it looks like you are guiding it in. For the most part, the forehand looks good. Nice, flat and penetrating. However, about halfway in the video, especially on the returns, you slow down the racket head speed a little bit. One thing I feel that helps is to never slow down the racket and keep it accelerating.
     
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  13. LeeD

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    Matt is probably more than a full level above Tony's opponent.
     
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  14. tonygao

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    thanks. I will focus on the backhand top spin shot in my practice session from now on. I spent the last several months on my forehand, now it's time to switch the focus.

    and I definitely need to practice return of serve more, which is always my biggest weakness.

    thank again.
     
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  15. vegasgt3

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    Movement is really good, but you need to get behind your shot and step into the ball. Use more leg, less arm for power.
     
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  16. TheBoom

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    Work on moving him side to side a little more. You do an excellent job keeping the ball deep if you can move your opponent a little more it would help you a lot!
     
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  17. RunRabbit87

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    Hey there,

    A small observation from the clip. You like to hit off your back foot, while this is totally cool, try stepping into the shot more, especially when you have time to set up. It helps your balance and power.

    In terms of your footwork, try not to rush as much. It's good to be always on the move, but when you're overly active, it not only drains energy but also takes away from positioning/setting up.
     
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  18. tonygao

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    ahhhhh, after 6 months hard work, I finally got some comments like overly active, compared with 6 months ago, it's was "don't be flat footed".
     
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  19. LeeD

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    The Boom is back!
    All 6'5" of him.
     
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  20. caugas

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    Yes your opponent was very good, kept on hitting the corners. But you are very good. I would say that you are a low 4.0 and your opponent is a strong 4.0
     
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  21. RunRabbit87

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    IMHO, I think a lot of players confuse good footwork with constantly scuttering around the court. Good footwork is taking the fewest steps as possible while remaining active to get to the ball and allowing yourself to have time to position your shot, maximize the amount of work not done and still be aggressive. You should only be moving excessively when you're out of position and chasing down a shot.
     
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  22. tonygao

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    I think that's the most ideal way. but for most of us, especially rec players, trying to be a little bit excessive is not a bad thing because we are not as talented as pros. and I don't think my movement is excessive enough yet....
     
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    6'7" now :) just been busy with the tennis season and college
     
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    Been on the rack?
     
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