This is a nice little blog for myself to reference now and then but it should help others too. I worked on reinforcing a few little things that made a difference in my game today. They were pointed out by a teacher that I hit with. He is real experienced and the top player at the club. By experienced, I mean playing the game for over 40 years. He has every shot and is a good guy to learn from. I bolded the part to work on when I am out hitting. FOREHAND : Feet..you want to split step and move your feet, but you have to move so your weight moves forward into contact. For me, that involves stepping forward with a slightly open stance and keeping my feet on the ground (I jumped a lot and it caused me to frame shots). The best way to get this right is to hit balls at 50% power and just work on stepping into the shots. The second part is you must keep your head down on contact. These 2 things have to happen every time. Just working on this really opened up my power. I naturally swung and hit with a WW motion without really thinking about arm motion. The other thing is that even hitting at 3/4 power, I hit exceptionally hard shots and winners and did not expend much energy at all. My consistency in hitting the sweet spot was dramatically raised. These are the 2 biggest issues I have with my stroke, so to have them pointed out made it easy to focus on them, and now it is simple repetition and habit building. Backhand : On the 2 handed backhand, start the swing with the racquet drop. I apparently had too much motion in my swing which caused late contact. I now start with the racquet down, step into contact with my head down, and am hitting a very consistent topspin backhand. Neutral : Hold the racquet lightly, but keep it in the western grip for a quick switch to the forehand. This means the racquet face is facing the ground in the neutral position. Always get to this position after every shot. Hope those help some folks. They sure helped me with consistency.