Recent content by dennis

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    Those top juniors sure do crush the ball don't they

    IMO it's about using 100% of what you have. Lots of rec players don't use their legs or turn their shoulders much. On top of this they might also have tenseness and hitches so it looks like they're driving around while applying the parking brake relatively speaking. I know, because I've watched...
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    Just changed up my serve a bit... Thoughts?

    Perhaps there's nothing wrong with his jump or timing but I've watched too many slow-mo videos of Fed etc serving where they seem to hang in the air during contact.
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    Just changed up my serve a bit... Thoughts?

    It's a teaching cue. Using the Roddick example you've posted above, this is a common scenario: Player believes they are hitting at the peak of their jump, at frame 5/6. They are actually hitting late, making contact just before they land at around frame 7/8. Their jump isn't helping their...
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    Just changed up my serve a bit... Thoughts?

    I confess I have not read the above posts but here's what I saw: Your follow through is quite short which implies you are hitting the brakes a bit when serving rather than having a faster, looser swing. Also, in the first serve you pass the peak of your jump and begin to drop before you make...
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    Serve Video

    pause the video at your contact point and you can see your spine is almost parallel with the court (not ideal!). Get the toss further to the right and then try alternating throwing a ball nice and hard with serving to make your serve more like your throw. You could also do a pretend toss and...
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    Serve- am I getting far enough into the court?

    +1 for the comments saying you'd get more power if you made contact earlier; immediately after you push off the ground rather than when you're on your way down. Trying to complete your follow through before landing is another way of thinking about it.
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    Fat Personal Trainers, and Teaching Pros Who Can't Play.

    Can you expand on this? Do you mean she wanted to do intense hitting and footwork drills or she wanted to drastically alter your technique?
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    Played with a college coach

    Would be useful for a coach to learn so that they could mimic the spins of an opposite handed player.
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    Please help me get better (includes video)

    I agree with the quicker first move suggestions above. I noticed as the ball bounces you have your racket back on the forehand side but your prep is much later on the backhand side. Related to this I think you would get power more easily if you had a bigger take back on your backhand side.
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    Played with a college coach

    I've seen close-up overhead camera angles of serving cropping up in recent ATP highlight videos, they give you a good impression of the huge RHS. Can't find one to link to on youtube at the moment... They don't show it very much.
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    Played with a college coach

    Can you post a video Shroud? Last time I remember saying I bet you could swing faster if you changed your rhythm a bit and moved your toss/contact point further to the right and more in front. I think you went up on your toes but then were heading back down by the time you made contact. Did you...
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    OHBH lack of power (video)

    +1 for the suggestions to use more shoulder rotation. Also, you need to swing your racket faster for more power, it looks like you are guiding the ball at the moment to an extent. Try taking a real swing at it by aiming to hit the ball over the back fence.
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    Coach ruined forehand. Now what?

    sounds like you're trying to make two changes at once - more left arm in both the prep and the swing. You could try just working on one thing at a time and filming it to check what you're doing, most players let go of their racket way earlier than they think in the prep for example.
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    How am i doing this serve? and what serve is it?

    you swung left to right when hitting the ball which makes it spin (slice).
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    2 vs 1 handed BH superiority issue resolved

    this guy seems to get by ok
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