Stop Shanking?

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  1. Djokolate

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    Okay, one thing I know, it's NOT, and I mean, NOT keeping my eye on the ball. I keep my eye on the ball all the time. So it's not that. I'm SURE. So don't say maybe, yeah?

    What could be the problem? I hit about 1 in 20 to 25 in matches, and like 1 in 100 in practise. Help?
     
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  2. aimr75

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    maybe closing the racquet face a bit?
     
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  3. jester911

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    Probably just a matter of a little more tension because your trying to muscle the ball. Keep things loose and fluid like you do in practice.
     
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  4. Djokolate

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    Hey you might be right. And the guy above, thanks guys. Any more ideas anyone?
     
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  5. mightyrick

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    Wow, I wish I could get a ratio of only shanking like 1 in 20 or 25. :)

    Especially on some of the heavier kicking or slicing serves that I have to return.
     
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  6. GetBetterer

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    dozu where are you?

    We need that link to how Federer hits his shots by looking at the ball on contact.
     
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  7. user92626

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    What exactly does shanking mean?
     
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  9. TheIrrefutableOne

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    the only reason anyone shanks the ball is they take their eye off the ball. When your head moves it changes the trajectory of the swing, causing you to frame the shot
     
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  10. mikeler

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    There is an older gentlemen at our club that shanks like me. It is common knowledge that when somebody shanks a bad miss, you yell this guy's last name.
     
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  11. SlowButSure

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    Not true at all.

    If you take the ball early (how early depends on how fast and how much spin the ball has) you have to commit to your swing path before you know exactly how the ball will bounce. If you misjudge, you can shank it (which is usually not hitting the frame, but striking the ball with too much a glancing blow such that it slides down the strings to the frame).

    Federer shanks more than most pros because he: takes the ball earlier more often, swings quite fast, and uses a lot of topspin (meaning his swing path already has a fair angle to it).
     
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  12. SStrikerR

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    Or you misjudge it, or it has more spin than you expect. Or your arm isn't moving at the right speed and you don't hit it when you want to.
     
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  13. mrtrinh

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    experienced this today, you definitely need to stay relaxed and fluid. i recently switched to the kblade tour and had trouble adjusting. started to relax and noticed how much more consistently i hit the ball
     
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  14. SlapChop

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    Everyone shanks from time to time even the pros. I shanked a bad one in my last match that flew 3 courts down.
     
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  15. ci2ca

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    It's not that you're not watching the ball, it's that you're pulling your head before you make contact. Keep your head on the same plane.
     
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  16. Djokolate

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    Not really.
     
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  17. TheIrrefutableOne

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    yes really, if you see the ball your brain will make the adjustments (timing, and trajectory) so that you will hit the sweet spot
     
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  18. baek57

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    I've missed the ball completely without lifting my head, even staring right at the contact point. Misjudged bounces cause a lot of shanks.
     
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  19. LeeD

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    uneven courts, pebbles, leaves, you ran hard and legs gave out, you blinked, your eyesight is not what it was.......your swing is not grooved, level of opponent is too high, interest not there.
     
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  20. Fuji

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    Funny story, my mixed doubles partner went to serve, and she hit it with about 98% side spin and 2% top spin. The ball went at light speed side ways to the next court and almost hit a guy warming up by himself. Everyone was okay, but it rattled her for the rest of the night. Never before have I seen a shank that bad.

    As to fix your problem, if you have a WW forehand, or really top spinny motion, try hitting through the ball more. It will reduce a lot of framing from what I've seen. :)

    -Fuji
     
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  21. Djokolate

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    Not really.
     
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