What is "slapping at the ball"?

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  1. Hrandyrko

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    Over the course of my tennis learning journey, I have repeatedly received the advice that I like to "slap" at the ball? What does that mean?
     
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  2. Ducker

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    Means you're not hitting it.

    In all seriousness you are probably brushing the ball too much. You need to hit through the the ball.

    That would be my guess without actually seeing you.
     
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    I'll link you to a video of me hitting 2 years ago in which people said I slapped at the ball.
     
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  5. Ducker

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    link doesnt work
     
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  6. Hrandyrko

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    Edited and working.
     
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    On that video, my guess would be you're imitating Federer on both sides. Keep up the slappin'! I call it the modern stroke.

    But you should know, what angle is the stringbed when you slap that ball onto. Coz, you will need to mark the proper angle, when picking up strong/flat returns.
     
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    There is some hitch in the forehand, which experts here can pinpoint, but you are not slapping the ball.
     
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    It means that you actively "push" or "slap" the ball at contact with wrist action. Obviously this is bad. The result of this is going to be the ball going long -- with little to no spin.
     
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    .............
     
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    Thanks, guys. :D
     
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    I have always thought of slapping the ball sort of as arming the ball. A slapping forehead has a lot more movement at the shoulder instead of powering more from the legs and trunk.
     
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    I just watched you video. The only thing they can mean by you slapping the ball is that you are using all ARM.

    It is very obvious that you are using all ARM on both sides. way more arm on the forehand.
     
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    I always took 'slapping the ball' to mean not sufficiently hitting through the ball through the point of contact towards the intended target ie the opposite of what someone like Lansdorp teaches.

    Whether that's because you're using your arm or wrist too much or doing something else is neither here or there - the point is that someone who 'slaps' the ball isn't sufficiently hitting through the contact zone towards the target.

    I could be wrong, but that's my understanding.
     
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    I've gotten this bit of criticism as well. My stroke has changed since then. Hopefully I don't make that mistake anymore; however, based on the video I have provided, how do I stop arming the ball?
     
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  16. 10ismom

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    Move your feet more, better footwork , judging the ball and adjusting steps where to hit the ball and transfer your weight better.
    I watched the first few minutes of your video. After you move your feet getting enough clearance to the ball, you use your legs and transfer weight better.
     
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    When you're preparing your racquet in the backswing, rotate your shoulders and torso so that you are watching the ball over your shoulder. During the forward swing, release the torque in your torso as you bring your shoulders and arm forward.

    It's also good to extend this reasoning to your legs and feet. The feet are the base that your momentum travels from. During the backswing, set your anchor foot and rotate your shoulders and torso simultaneously. During the forward swing, your power should travel from your feet up your body as your shoulders and arm swing forward.
     
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