Some advice on my technique

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  2. TheBoom

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    On your serve everything looks good but I would toss the ball forward more. You are tossing it above you too much and it is hard to put much weight in it at all. Tossing it forward a bit more will add some mph to your serve. I would also say that on your slice to move your weight forward rather that using mostly arm. You look like a pretty solid player though for the most part keep up the playing!
     
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    Thanks that is a really helpful advice. My friends can say when my serve will be in or in the net just by looking at my toss, so you are right I have to worl on that, but bad habits.... Accelerating the arm when tossing and the ball is above my head. Got to focus on moving forward on my sliced backhands too. Thanks again !
     
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    It is always hard to adjust. I would take a basket and just serve for an hour or two. Make sure you are using your legs and tossing the ball forward. Repetition is key when fixing bad habits. Good luck!
     
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  5. sunof tennis

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    First,
    I agree with previous poster on your serve. Motion is pretty good; work on tossing more into court.
    I also think your forehand is pretty good. Would like to see some video from rear. You have a pretty long swing, so if you are playing against players who really hit hard or you ever play on something other than clay, you may need to work on a more compact stroke.
    As for your backhand, I may have missed it, but I didn't see any attempt at a top spin backhand. The backhands I saw were attempts at a slice backhand. This is fine up to about a 4.5 level. If you are going to slice backhands, make sure you drive through the ball. You dropped the head of the racquet quite a bit in your follow through. This can cause the ball either to land short or, if the face is open, fly up and sort of sit there after the bounce.
     
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    You may want to kick the habit of spinning the racket in your hands while the ball is on the opponent's court. It may lead to the racket being angled wrong when you hit the shot, and you don't have enough time to fix it.
     
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    Thanks guys. Forehand is my best shot, but I can see that's when I prepare my shot, my shoulder goes up and I am a bit off balance toward behind.. Hard to work on a different preparation because this "loop" allors me to accelerate the ball. About the backhand I prefer to play a lot of forehands, and I don't have a very effective topspin backhand (lands short and without topspin, I get killed after a backhand), that's why I slice it. I will try to film myself playing backhands. Def, I would love to stop spinning my racquet, but I don't even realized I was doing that before watching myself, so how could I stop that ? =)
     
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    TheBoom I saw on the equipment forum that you had radicals and biomimetic 300 tour. I am hesitating between Radical/Pure storm GT/Biomimetic 300 Tour. What do you think ? Did you ever test one the storm ? I have a long swing, and seeking for a lighter stick than I have (Pure storm ltd and biomimetic 200 tour). Cuz today I think that s my footwork is not dynamic enough for this type of frames.
     
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    think you may be opening up your body a little too quickly on the forehand. And, don't be afraid to step into the ball. I can see you hit off your back foot too often. good player though! keep it up
     
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    i like how you cover the court and hit a lot of 4 hands.
     
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    Your forehand is good, nice swing path (somewhat) and it seems pretty grooved and repeatable so it looks reliable.

    However, I think you should work on it. It should be much better imo. Your technique on the fh is on the let's say.. 'basic' side.

    It's weak and doesn't look like it has variety and it's not producing a heavy ball. It's loopy and slow and sits up for the opponent and it's not creating any angles and it's not penetrating the court at all so if you play a good player you will never dictate any points with that shot. Also if you play someone with good topspin and a little pace you're going to make a lot of errors or cough up buckets of sitters because your swing has a bit too much vertical in it which means your hitting zone is smaller. I"m guessing against pace you'll hit a lot of balls long or a high percentage of sitters.

    Also, you should start working on hitting off your rear leg more. That front foot stuff has got to go.

    You are athletic and apparently you play a lot so I say time to step it up a bit.
     
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  12. RockChalkOhio

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    Cheetah is right - forehand seems unnaturally loopy for your nice-looking form. Should have more steam on it.

    It looks like you are playing in a demilitarized ammunitions warehouse in the middle of Afghanistan. Watch out for unexploded ordnance.
     
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    Honestly I prefer the Biomimetic with some lead to the others. I added 4 strips of 4in of 1/4in wide lead on the 2 and 10 o'clock positions. The pure storm I would go for if it was the tour version but just the regular one was too light and the least stable imo. The radical i loved but I had to add a lot of weight to find a setup that I really liked (around 12 oz). The 300 tour is nice in stock I only added weight because I like the sweetspot higher on the racket. It swings the fastest of the 3.
    Basically it comes down to what you want. The radical is good for spin/ comfort, 300 tour for flatter shots/slice and is fast through the air, and the babolat is a mix of them but lots less stable. Just my thoughts on them. I would add that I really like my IG speed 18x20 I have found the perfect amount of spin, power and stability, It is a better version of the radical imo. Good luck!
     
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    I "DON'T" like the fact you run around your backhand and hit forehands.
     
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    Wow some useful advices there. Never thought it would be so helpful to post that thread. Looking to post new videos from behind and with better qualities to benefit from your advices.

    Cheetah if I understood well :
    - Back foot : you are talking about open stance ?
    - Vertical swing : you say I have to work on less spin and more flat shot penetrating and driving through the ball ?
    - Low speed swing : I have to work on accelerating my forehand ?

    RockChalkOhio what do you mean by unnaturally loopy ?

    Thanks guys

    P.S : I came back to the pure storm limited
     
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    I think you need to increase the racket head speed on your groundstrokes; you don't accelerate enough through the ball so you're lacking the pace you could easily get.

    On the serve, the set up and start of the motion are good but then, you seem to let all of the pent up energy dissolve and you're almost pushing the actual serve. Use that base to explode up into the ball - think hitting up, you'll get a lot more pace and spin. (You'll also find that your leg drive takes you into the court, which is what you want to happen.)
     
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    Looks good! The only thing I would say right off the bat, is that when you hit your forehand, your WW finish is too high. You're finishing well over your head. If you want to keep the ball trajectory lower (and keep more forehands in play), finish lower. The higher your frame is above your head, the higher and farther the ball will travel. And often the higher it is over your head, the more you'll hit from your back foot, which also leads to balls flying long.
     
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    Nice forehand.
    Bad backhand.
    If you played decent competition, your backhand will be exposed. Decent as in someone as good as you.
    Why do you swing SLOWER on all your serve swings than your forehand?
    Your few volleys are just pattycake pushes.
     
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    I play competition and yes my backhand is pretty exposed. I hop I could improve it but it always was my weakest shot. As my serve, I can see that the swing is slower, maybe I fear the double fault. I will try to accelerate the motion of my serve. What do you think I can do to improve my volleys ?
     
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