Originally Posted by andrehanderson
With the exception of a couple of balls, the balls coming from the machine are landing at or beyond the baseline so I really don't think I need to be any closer, unless I want to volley.
I agree my shots are too slappy, particularly on the forehand side. The rest of your advice is a bit strange, but thanks for the taking the time regardless.
You started this thread to ask for feedback. You said it "would be greatly appreciated." I give you honest feedback, and this is how you react?
Look, you're about eight feet behind the baseline to receive a slow to medium paced ball from a ball machine. Yes, the incoming ball was quite deep in the court, but if you're this far back in match play against similar balls, it's not good. You don't have Rafa Nadal or Bjorn Borg speed to cover shorter/angled shots when your opponent hits them. And the racket face is way too open for this stage in the swing. You'll have to close it rapidly to make the ball go straight, and when you mistime the closing, you'll send the ball long or into the net, which you do multiple times in the video.