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    Hey, who is that sexy beast? ;)
     
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    Kind of looks like Simon from American Idol.
     
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    It's me!!! I'm over here-crushing backhands:

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    Very nice Drak, do you set your cam on timer or have someone take them?
     
  9. drakulie

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    They are called "action shots". When you take video, it allows you to take these stills from the video and convert them into pics. Here is a "9-action-shot"

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    Edit: sorry I pasted the wrong pic.
     
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    Drakulie that is a huge takeback. That's beyond Guga-esque. Do you frame many balls on your backhand? Be honest here. Maybe you just wanted to impress for the camera and hit it really hard.
     
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    Huge takeback?? Not at all. Maybe it is the camera angle that is making you think that. This was a backhand I hit cross court. My take-back is average. And no, I do not frame "many" balls, or at least not more than the average player. Don't play that much anymore either. Maybe if I play more, I will frame more balls. LOL

    Here is a video of my backhand. We were just hitting medium pace balls. The "action shot" you referenced was taken from this vid:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt1qrd7TqLw

    Here are some pros with one-handers. They both have much larger take-backs than me. And let’s not even Mention Guga.

    http://www.hi-techtennis.com/onehander/onehander_wrist.php
     
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    drakulie,

    If you would allow me to critique your backhand a little bit.

    It seems to me that:

    1. You drop your other hand from the throat of the racquet just a bit too early, even while the racquet is still in its full takeback position. You really should try and keep holding the throat of the racquet with the other hand until the racquet starts moving forward. You'll likely get more consistency and accuracy this way.

    2. It seems that you hit off of the back foot quite a bit which means your weight is moving backwards instead of forward. You may want to try and step into the shot some more and transfer your weight from the back foot to the front foot during your stroke. This will take timing and good footwork in getting into the proper position to be able to step into the shot but it will give you more power, consistency, and it'll be less likely that shots will fly up or long on you.

    Anyway, just some kindly suggestions. ;)
     
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    Yeah, I noticed that right from the start.
     
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    Thanks BP, and Phil for he comments. I never really noticed that (#1). That will be a tough change, especially since I do not play that much anymore, and have been doing that since, well,,,,,,,,,,I first started playing in the late 70's. LOL

    I suppose Phil does not "agree" with #2, since he did not quote it. Anyway, I do step into the ball. It may be the angle from behind that does not show this.

    Thanks again.
     
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    Drak, if you check out the very first BH in the vid, your front foot is in the air. Minor footwork issue on that shot, but in the rest of the strokes front foot is down and weight appears to be shifting forward.

    Definitely work on getting that trailing hand out of your pocket. All in all, a very nice shot.
     
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    Apart from drak's left hand and hitting off the back foot.....I don't like how the head of the racket is pointed downward when he makes contact. Looks like potential for wrist and elbow problems. He even does it on high backhands (from an earlier picture). Probably his way of getting topspin. My bet is that he misses a lot into the net when he hits backhand tops and drives.
     
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    i went last night to the royal albert hall blackrock masters, one word brilliant!
    well done tim, he won 7-6, 6-4 and played brilliant, i predict a good year for tim after seeing him today, served and vollied pretty much everyserve and did it well, mark philippoussis played very well too!
    it wasnt what i thought it was going to be 1 set each and loads of exhibition stuff, it was just a really tough work out for both of them!

    the royal albert hall was amazing, the perfect indoor court!

    definently going next year!

    the only downer, the people there (What a load of snobs):)

    here are some photos

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    few more

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    me and mansour

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    & me and ........................anyone wanna guess who this is?



    last but not least me and my brother with mark! should have been the best photo but had to get my dad to take the photo, he messed up big time with his shaky hands! one word gutted!
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    QUALITY photos!! what a beautiful place...


    can't stand Virginia Wade though :x (really should have sneaked in a thumbs down for that one :lol: )



    is that some kind of weird drill that Tims doing? returning someones serve with his back to the net...
     
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    ''QUALITY photos!! what a beautiful place...''

    ''the royal albert hall is amazing, if you ever get the chance to go there, definently take up the offer''


    ''can't stand Virginia Wade though :x (really should have sneaked in a thumbs down for that one :lol: )''

    ''that would have been quality!''


    ''is that some kind of weird drill that Tims doing? returning someones serve with his back to the net...''

    ''there was group of snobs as i would call it, giving mouth to most of the players throughout the night, pat cash made me laugh when he gave it back, what a legend!
    anyway at the end of there match, the annoucer came out and pretty much cained these blokes terrible, and said to one of them if he think he can return marks serve which this bloke thought was 50mph he can try but for £500.00 the man aggreed and came down, philippoussis served at half pace and still aced him 3 times! later on the man challenged tim to a couple of serves for another £500.00 tim agreed, and taking the p**s tim turned his back and said go on then serve some serves!''


    glad you liked the photos!
     
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    I get a kick out of the names you give your photos. Like coloring. Do you like to color too Drak?
     
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    great photo meg, you look happy! i love all of your poses!

    is that your camera you use, if so what type of camera is it, the reason is cause the only camera i usually use is my sony ericsson k800i camera phone, i now want a better camera so if you can help please! i just want to take pictures without being dissapointed when i get home and upload them to my computer!

    when do we get to see some of your tennis photos, or even your local tennis courts?
     
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    Meg, yes I like coloring. LOL! It's just an easy way to save the pics on the computer so I know which one is which without havng to open them.

    Nice pics by the way. What are you drinking???
     
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    Thanks for the input. As I said before, I never noticed it. It is amazing the little details a video camera picks up, that otherwsie you would not notice. Even a coach would not notice this unless he is standing behind you. I have been hitting that way since the late 70's when I started playing. At this point in my tennis life, and with how little I play, there is no way I will be able to change that habit. All-in-all I have never had problems with my backhand, and this detail of releasing my left hand "too early" has never effected my play (accuracy/control/power/spin).
     
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  27. MegacedU

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    Luke - That is my camera and it's a Sony Cybershot 6.0 megapixels.

    Biggie - I'm a giant at 5'8'' and they're all 5'1'', 5'2'' etc.

    Drak - Thanks I'm drinking Coke with...eh.... a straw... and um ice annnd I think that's it. :)
     
  28. BiGGieStuFF

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    you sure Mister Daniels or any royalty wasn't around?

    ;)

    Dang Minors hehehe

    Phew at least I'm still taller than you. 5'8" That's a huge (Deuce Bigalow)

    It really does make you stand out considering your buddies are so short though.
     
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    That, and the fact that her "buddies" are not as pleasing to look at.
     
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    Oh Drak, you're such a charmer.
     
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    I'm glad there is always someone who speaks my thoughts for me so I don't have to say it :)
     
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    Here is pic of NoSkillz:

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    I always thought that if I saw a picture of my serve I would be upset, but here I am, seeing it and I i am being happy!!!
     
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    wow. both feet in the air !!! :)
     
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    I used to skateboard for years, so it kinda looks like I am doing a nollie in that pic.
     
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    No, I agreed with #2, though you didn't hit off the back foot on every shot...not sure why I didn't comment on that other than the fact that maybe hitting off the back foot on both sides is fairly common these days and people seem to be comfortable with it.

    You may hit a mean backhand with the stroke you have now, but try keeping your left hand on the throat until contact and then "separate" your arms like a bird taking flapping its wings...you never know, as good as you think the stroke is now, there's always room for improvement. This may-or may not-be the ticket.
     
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    I agree I do see the pros doing this a lot these days. Both one and two-handers.

    Until contact??? That would be a two-hander, or something like what Borg did. Not sure if this is what you meant????
     
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    Okay, correction, very shortly before making contact with the ball. Approximately (it's varies a bit among most players) at the point when you're starting to bring the racquet up at the final stage of your loop-your hitting arm is beginning to extend out in front of you, and the arms are separating. Probably not the best explanation, but if you can check out the stroke in a full-length mirror, you'll see.
     
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    Its usually at the very bottom of the backswing (specifically towards the bottom of the "U shape" your hitting hand makes, as per Bungalo) where the hands begin to separate. If you slow-mo pro 1handers you'll see at the bottom of their backswing that the racquet is practically parallel to the baseline (as a result of the unit turn) with their non dominant hand still on the throat of the racquet.
     
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    What the ?????

    Who are you calling little?

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    I will stomp on your Little Hobbit Head! LOL
     
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    Yes, it is five letters. The sig I have right now is a story skraggle wrote in another thread (post # 30). You have to read the thread from the beginning, but here is the link of the second page:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=108345&page=2

    When he says, four letter word, what he means is that "Volkl" is a bad/profane word--like the "F" word. Do not take it literally.
     
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    Meg, Nice Pic. Keep them coming. By the way, that doesn't look like a coke!

    Can't wait to play you in Miami. I am looking forward to the thrashing! LOL
     
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    That one's a lemonade.
     
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    I use a prince racket. Am I still wise ol troll looking one?
     
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    [​IMG] Drake Careful >I have Sting an it Has Taken out Wraiths Orcs An Lill Green Man..so No lill Green Man..;) ok Back to pics plzz.
     
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    Biggie, you could use a fly squatter and kick ass!
     
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    SQUATTER? man I don't even want to know.
     
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