What is going to happen with green balls?

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  1. ga tennis

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    If he or she is 9 or older and seriously trying to be a player i see NO time that green dots would be beneficial.
     
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  2. TennisCoachIN

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    gatennis. Happy to see you are back posting more regularly on the board. My daughter is 8 years old, soon to be 9. We are using in a mix between green dot and regular balls. She does want to be a serious player. I have gone back and forth in my head with switching her to the regular ball permanently. So, my question is why do you feel at that age (9) better to switch to only regular balls. Thanks for your input.

    Also, can you take a look at her forehand stroke below. It is a work in progress :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XndUVZkGe8
     
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    I just feel that the green dots give them such a false sense of the speed of the game. The green dots let them get away with bad footwork as well as bad technique.Your daughters forehand is looking good for 8.I would have her keep that left hand on the racket a little longer on the takeback.It should stay on the racket and seperate from the racket when it gets to the right shoulder. Keep that left arm up around shoulder height. On her finish pay attention to what the racket face is doing i dont like whats going on with her racket after contact. My daughter use to hit her forehand like that but now shes hitting more leverage based. My daughters coach is letting people use his site for free now. Go to www.virtualtennisacademy.com and search millenium forehand.
     
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  4. TennisCoachIN

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    I like the rationale behind moving towards regular balls, so thanks for the insight. Also, I definitely agree with you on her keeping that left hand on her racquet longer. We are shadowing that now so she gets a better hold rhythm.

    I will check that site out today. Thanks for help.
     
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    Shes looking good but you got to pick em apart on that technique early and often. That site is really gonna help you alot with the forehand.
     
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    As I already posted, I use them for working on SPECIFIC things. You might not see a need for your kid, but I have specific uses for mine. It's OK. There is no one-size-fits-all.

    Also, green dot balls don't let them get away with bad foot work and bad technique - bad coaching does. It's all about what you do with the tools, not the tools themselves.
     
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