Weight and balance when pulled wide

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  1. Power Player

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    Lately I had been missing my crosscourt forehand. It was getting to where I was losing points to any player good enough to get wide angles on the deuce side. Balls I used to be able to crush back I was either missing, or having to loop or just was blowing the shot wide.

    I made an adjustment. Instead of getting on the ball of my foot and trying to move into the court, I instead plant my outside foot on the ground and drive into the ball more with that foot firmly on the ground (heel down as well). Im also moving my weight more to the left side than into the court.

    I believe this change actually balances me a lot better. The ball contact is a lot cleaner and my CC forehand immediately started to come together again. I can now attack when pulled wide, and a coach I play with has been telling me this skill will win me matches against lesser players who can only loop and moonball back when they are pulled off the court.

    So it seems like in this particular scenario you want to have your outside foot planted on the ground more then when you normally make contact near the normal recovery spot, and have your weight moving more to the side than into the court.

    Does this make sense, or is it something that just works for me and is not necessarily the optimal technique?
     
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  2. maggmaster

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    Outside foot allows the fastest recovery per my coach...
     
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    I would agree for sure.

    It just is a different setup and balance for me then when I am not pulled wide.

    Regardless - its the little things at this point that are refining my game the most.
     
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    Wow those are good. Especially that backhand one. I need to mess with that. The FH is very similar to what I do. Weight on outside foot. Pushing back into the court.
     
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    yeah good stuff there. don't think it will help this old hacker when full sprint to wide FH deuce side on hard court...unless i learn to slide.
     
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    The backhand video is good, I first saw that a few years ago. The important thing he talks about is how the contact point moves back when the stance changes which is the key and helps out the player so much in making a better shot on those balls.
     
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    You really don't have to slide though. What you want to do is plant your outside foot so you are balanced, and then hit. Your weight should transfer back towards the recovery point instead of into the court - if that makes sense.

    On a normal shot in an open stance you want to make contact with your weight off your right heel so you are not falling back, and are instead balanced and using your momentum to go into the ball and across onto your left foot.

    So there are some subtle differences that make a huge difference.

    And TB, I agree. It is suicide to try and hit a backhand out in front when pulled wide. It's short ball city when that happens.
     
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