Watching the ball= no control??

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  1. thebossofbosses

    thebossofbosses New User

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    Hey guys

    I know the common thing about watching the ball until contact and even holding your head there for a bit. You always see Federer do it in those slow mo vids. But my question is how do you control the ball, because the way i control the ball is by turning my head in that direction?
    I know this may seem like a beginner's question, it is just I really want to improve with a cleaner contact, but not with sacrificing control.

    Thanks in advance!!!
     
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  2. Lukhas

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  3. thebossofbosses

    thebossofbosses New User

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    I get that fed looks through the back of the strings, but I still dont get how to get control.
     
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  4. Lukhas

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    Well, did you try it? Just follow-through to the direction where you want the ball go...
     
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  5. dominikk1985

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    seeing the target to control the ball flight is an error. you have to know where you are and were the court is and then hit the ball there controlled by swing direction, swing Speed and spin. you should not see where you hit the ball.
     
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  6. sureshs

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    So if you hit DTL, you follow through to your front? What video shows is that pros will still follow through across, but they will extend out more towards the target before going across. Is that what you mean?
     
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  7. GoudX

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    What is happening that is making you lose control?

    If you are watching the ball better you should be making better contact, with better balance, so watching the ball will not cause control problems.

    This means something else must change when you start watching the ball. Perhaps you change your takeback, move your contact point or alter your footwork.

    Alternately, it might be that you are having trouble keeping track of the direction that your target is in. In this case I suggest aiming for easier targets until you get a better feel of the court position. Hitting with 4-6 feet of net clearance and aiming about 5 feet inside the lines is the amount of error margin you should be playing with by the sounds of it. So imagine the court is about the width of the tram lines less wide and long.
     
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  8. TimothyO

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    You get more control watching the ball IF you also pay attention to HOW you're hitting the ball.

    Strike the ball in manner A and you get flight path A. Manner B results in path B.

    The key to making "watching the ball" productive is to practice it a lot and over time you'll associate how you strike the ball with the resulting flight path. Over time you'll buid an internal database of strokes and flight paths.

    Watching the ball also reduces mis-hits. The ball sort of slows down and you see it "bigger".
     
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  9. Relinquis

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    focus on and look at the ball and contact zone during impact... think of where you want the ball to go and your swing will adjust automatically. you don't need to look at where you want the ball to go as you will end up taking your eye off the ball.

    trust your body. it will figure it out.
     
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  10. Lukhas

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    Maybe, I can't tell, not good enough in English. Just grab a racquet and feed some balls to get the feeling. Some stuff can't be explained by words alone.
     
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  11. Chas Tennis

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    How does that work? Why? What direction is "that" direction? Do you have any references or videos that show what you mean?

    On the serve, the pros often/usually can be seen in side view videos lowering their heads just before impact but that is probably to relieve stress on their necks.
     
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  12. 5263

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    all control is at contact, right?
     
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  13. thebossofbosses

    thebossofbosses New User

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    head

    for the head thing, it kind of just is how i hit, the ball kind of just goes where the ball goes

    I haven't got to hit yet, so I'll try all the tips you guys have given me

    Thanks for all of the replies!!
     
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  14. thebossofbosses

    thebossofbosses New User

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    I probably won't get to try it until later this week because I am a high schooler and we have finals, but is basically what you guys are saying that watching the ball with how you hit the ball is how the control works, and you dont really have to look at where the ball goes, just how the racquet hits the ball to get control.
     
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  15. The Isomotion31

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    I kinda liken it to baseball. You don't see the batter just staring down the field he wants to hit to while swinging.
     
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  16. LeeD

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    Maybe, you VISUALIZE where you want the ball to go while you LOOK at the ball you are about to hit.
     
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