Tennis mag Gullikson article, "Hitting in the slot"?

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  1. sabala

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    Odd question, but does anyone remember an old Tennis magazine article by Tom, (Tim?) Gullikson called "Hitting in the slot"?

    I'm guessing it was in a 1990 or maybe 1991 issue and possibly had a picture of Agassi on the cover. Gullikson was talking about the elements that made Agassi's forehand so strong.

    I haven't played in about 15 years and just started getting back to it. I just remember at the time after reading the article and practicing, my forehand leveled up quite a bit. I was hoping to at least find out the month/year of that particular issue to see if I could track it down somewhere. I'd really like to read through that again!

    Any Agassi fans out there know which article I'm talking about?
     
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    For some reason I imagined it evolving like a Pokemon. Wow random I know!
     
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    I was thinking more Dungeons and Dragons... but that would probably show my age...
     
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    Great vid SuperFly!
    I think I need to pay more attention to my slot to hit a heavier ball. From the slot I suspect much of the so called snap comes from. thx.
     
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    I can't get video (I use my mobile to connect) is there a possibility someone could explain this?
     
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    Really something you should see in slow mo, but basically its the stage in your backswing right before forward movement into contact zone where your wrist is laid back and buttcap points to incoming ball.

    I have pretty fast strokes and sometimes I just slap at the ball or get too wristy and I think focusing on this will help esp the smoothness and efficiency of the FH.
     
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  8. sabala

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    That works, thanks!

    The article I'd read also mentioned squeezing the grip with the bottom 3 fingers to help accelerate racket head speed through contact and I think keeping the elbow closer into the body. It may or may not have been that Gullikson article that mentioned gripping the racket with 4 fingers, (no pinky) to get more wrist snap.

    I definitely remember reading about keeping the non racket hand on the racket throat for shoulder turn, pointing the butt of the racket at the ball and a relaxed laid back grip like mentioned in the video
     
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  9. sabala

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    Hah! Found out what the issue is, now I just gotta track down a copy...

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    the slot start with Nick B, in "the Killer forehand". Have some one stand behind you, at the beginning of your forward motion, have two palms of his, form a slot on both side of your vertical racket face. if you pull your racket forward and the racket face hit his palms, you fail to have a "Killer forehand", they said. Other words, you have to practically pull your racket out of the slot with a straight line.
    Nick B. do not explain why. i have doubt that he he know why, even it works:
    In order to have your racket start out pulling in a straight line, your elbow have to start out moving forward in a straight line, that is not something that you naturally do, so you have to point your butt cap to the net as long as possible, that will force your elbow to do a straight line, and when it does, you will hit thru the ball in a straight line, that increase your power and accuracy.
    However, it's not a natural move. it's used mostly in pull stroke, you can achieve that (hit thru the ball in a straight line) by pulling your arm behind your shoulder, or simply just hit the ball with an inside out motion, or more simpler, just use your left hand to form a brake to increase right shoulder penetration in a straight line into the shot.
     
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  11. joesucks

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    OP could you please scan that article and post it here ... appreciate it.
    Thanks in adv
     
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  12. Migelowsky

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    I had that copy, Gullickson wrote about Agassi, Lendl, I think Aaron Krickstein.
    The things I remember are that you point the buttcap of the racquet to the ball, and the swing was very horizontal, a flat stroke with the followthrough going forwards to the target .
    I also remember he was hitting with a wilson profile racquet, that flat stroke with that racquet looked really powerful.
    Years ago I move to another house and I just thew to the trash a bunch of tennis magazines and tennis world, another good article that was very useful to me was ┬ĘSystem 5" from Nick Bolletieri and World Tennis.
    He divided the court in 5 zones, and depending on which one you hit, you would clear the net for the same number of racquets head. Hitting in zone 5 ( behind the baseline ) you clear the net by 5 racquet heads and you would use a size 5 backswing. In zone 3, you take a size 3 backswing and clear the net 3 racquet heads.
     
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    Man, I thought this thread would be filled with "that's what she said" by now.
     
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    Ho you have completely overcomplicated this. Hitting in the slot simply means keeping your wrist laid back with the butt end pointed at the ball before contact. That is it. All this other terminilogy simply confuses people.
     
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    ^^^^ ditto on that.

    The difference between now and then is that teachers recommend the backswing starting with your racket head up with a relaxed grip instead of the more "old-school racket back" method. You still should lay your wrist back once your forward motion starts. Arthur Ashe used to call it "dragging your racket" through the stroke.
     
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    i'm sorry that i complicated it. but if as you said, simple wrist laid back and point racket butt to the net can give you a "killer forehand" then that not Nick B. intend to demonstrate with the guy behind with 2 hands form a slot.
    wrist laid back, butt cap point to the net do not ensure you that you hit thru the ball with a straight line. it's the bottom line of this mechanic is hit thru in a straight line.
     
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    old or new, wrist laid back is one important part of a good forehand.
    You can laid back at the beginning of the stroke (as most WTA) or your can laid back at the end of the back swing (most ATP).
    the best part of ATP laid back is when you supinate, you unintentionally push your elbow forward, when your elbow moving forward, it will kick your shoulder and it start your shoulder rotation. You will have a natural "dragging your racket" or pull racket out of the slot as Nick B. said.
    all it does is it create a lag behind of two elements(shoulder and arm) naturally kick up the snap (kinetic Energy) of your arm once shoulder slow down and ensure you that you hit straight thru the ball.
     
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  18. HugoBossDB

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    I think every guy loves hitting it in the slot

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  19. Limpinhitter

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    One way to assure that you lead with the butt before contact is to start the forward sweep by leading with your elbow. In the video provided above, the Monfils' example at about 2:30 shows this movement best. I've seen coaches teach juniors to drop their elbows into the ribs on the forward swing. I'm not sure if that's the best way to accomplish this, but, I believe leading with the buttcap is what they were trying to teach.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siEDEWDw70s
     
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  20. ho

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    true. when you drop your elbow into the ribs and BEHIND the rib, where is your elbow can goes? it can only goes to the net post because it is obstructed by your upper torso. combining with the rotation of your body. your elbow will goes straight out. that is the how we hit an inside out.
     
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    This is exactly what the leverage band and the wrist assist lets you feel....
     
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  22. chico9166

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    The slot is just establishing an "inside" position from which to start the forward swing. Tennis is an "off-line" sport. Unlike darts, or basketball, where linear movements are required (because you stand on the target line), tennis is played parallel, or to the side, of the projected target line. As such, the swings are more circular, or rounded. The slot, (when the hands come in), just establishes an inside-out swing path.
     
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    I have a pile of tennis mags from Japan in the early 90s which have great frame-by-frame series of player's shots - including one with Agassi's forehand from side-on and the front... also of Sampras' serve and many others. I should scan them and post them up. I've never been able to find anything as good as them online.
     
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    That's where I "learned" opened stance FH and semiwestern grip myself. It was double page spread on the Agassi forehand. I'm thinking it was summer of 1988 issue. The year when Andre had a huge run - made it to... 5(?) in the world with a semi final loss in 5th set to Wilander at the French Open.

    ...btw Bobby J, you wouldn't happen to know which particular issue that one is would you? It's pre - neon Andre in the pics... trying to track that one down! And what a trip going through old tennis mags, like a time machine, haha!



    Anyway, I found the particular mag I originally posted about. Here is the article I scanned for those interested, (hope it's readable) from September 1990...

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    *Edit* Looks pretty small to read, I'll resize a little later. Funny how he says don't hit a straight arm forehand because you lose power - thinkng of straight(er) arm forehands these days.
     
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    Not suitable for putting topspin
     
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