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Old 12-26-2012, 09:07 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by isilra View Post
I have lost my mind with that wrist whipping action but you need to be relaxed and use the kinetic chain. When i'm thinking about pat the dog, etc. i just can't be relaxed and it effects my game.

So now i'm using my hitting arm passive all the time. I can't give it a loop because i don't feel any muscle stress in the non hitting arm. The backswing happens with the sudden turn of the shoulder and pushing the hitting arm with non hitting one. After this, when i turn my hip, i can clearly feel the kinetic chain pushing the racquet forward. Looks a bit like marcel granollers's straight takeback;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUcymJTm0gs

Do you think that kind of backswing can improve my game, or i should just find another solution to the problem ?
Well, Granollers is playing tennis at the world class level, so everything is ridiculously fast. In answer to your question, yes, if you can hit like Granollers, then do that.

Whatever feels best and produces the best results ... for you. Requires lots of experimenting and lots of concentrated practice.

For myself, I've found that low or high prep isn't the key. What seems to be important, at least for me, is early prep, and keeping both hands on the racquet for as long as possible. In addition, pointing to the ball with my left hand on the forehand (I'm a right hander) seems to produce more reliable shotmaking. The pat the dog should come sort of naturally no matter if you use a high or low initial prep. Great world class players have used both the C prep and the U prep. The modern trend being mostly the C prep. Experiment. See what you feel most comfortable with and what produces the most reliable shots.

And of course keep in mind that these comments are coming from someone who couldn't hit his way out of a wet paper bag. But I have nothing else to do right now and don't feel like going to sleep, so hopefully you'll get some more, and better, comments. It's just that I have dealt with what you seem to be going through, and at this point it isn't really my strokes that I'm most concerned with. It's movement, conditioning, and, even more importantly, my inner or mental game. I want to learn to quiet my mind so that I can play the best tennis that I'm capable of (which won't be all that good, but I figure at least about a .5 level above my results to date).

Post some vids of your stuff. We all love vids of TT posters.
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