Spanish Playing Style

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Ash Doyle, Mar 29, 2004.

  1. Ash Doyle

    Ash Doyle Professional

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    Does anyone know of a website or book that teaches tennis the way the spanish players play? It is incredibly different from how it is taught here in America. Everything I can find teaches very traditional tennis (closed stance, eastern forehand); I'd like to find instruction aimed toward producing a player such as the spanish players.
     
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  2. Thunnus

    Thunnus Rookie

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    Consider the following possibilities:

    -Attend a tennis academy in Spain

    -Hook up with a Spanish coach (or a former college player) in the US

    -Travel to Spain to pickup Spanish instruction books (i hear there are many) and do some sightseeing as a bonus

    -Watch Nadal and Ferrero on TV and try to figure it out yourself
     
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  3. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith New User

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    "-Watch Nadal and Ferrero on TV and try to figure it out yourself"

    I'm trying... hehe
     
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  4. Classic

    Classic New User

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    To play Spaniard you need...

    A Western Forehand Grip
    A 2-Handed Backhand
    Great forehand and backhand drop shots
    Agressive Baseline or All-Court PLayer
    Lots of SPIN

    That really it!
     
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  5. Let

    Let New User

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  6. guernica1

    guernica1 Semi-Pro

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    Ash do you play primarily on clay? Otherwise I can't really see why you'd want to emulate Spanish type players.

    I can speak from personal experience as I used to have an extreme western grip, 2 handed backhand, etc... and I played on hardcourts. I think you become much more vulnerable to certain styles and shots on faster courts than you do with a more 'American' style baseliner.

    I'm not saying its a bad style but its a pretty extreme style to play if you play mostly on hardcourts or indoors.

    p.s. Also a lot of Spanish and South American players have 1 handed backhands as well
     
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  7. VTL

    VTL Guest

    Get some nice legs
     
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