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    Running around every backhand and still winning

    It about positioning. When you are in the inside out forehand position, your opponent is kind of in no mans land its hard to cover both flanks. And secondly they are on the defensive. They're just trying to save themselves at this point.
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    Running around every backhand and still winning

    If you ever get into a position to hit an inside out forehand, you control the point. The probability of you winning the point is massive from that position, with the option to attack your opponents backhand at an angle using your forehand or going straight down the line (its easier to hit a...
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    PT57A - just couldn’t connect with it.

    How can this be. We all know the PT57A is a pro stock racket and is therefore forged by magic and extra special, ignoring the fact that the most common pro racket has been just some variant of the Wilson 6.1 and that a large number of pros today use some version of standard Yonex or Babolat...
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    If your tossing arm is raised parallel to the baseline...how is the ball toss supposed to be in front of you?

    The tossing arm shouldnt be perfectly parallel to the baseline, there should be a slight angle. For example Federer starts his ball toss with the ball near his inner thigh
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    How Tennis rackets are made.

    Its all done by machine anyway. The only human element is largely fitting the grommets and strings.
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    When will Head ever release Djokovic’s actual stick ?

    All endorsements are like this, in the small print they will say Djokovic or Murray or Nadal "endorses this racket". The only player that plays with his actual racket is Federer, but thats because they built the racket specially for him. But before RF97 Fed use to have a paint job and endorsed...
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    When will Head ever release Djokovic’s actual stick ?

    Because they are a business and thats how business works. Whenever you bring out a new product in any industry, sales are usually high. It then starts to drop off dramatically after about 6 months, then they start discounting and they need something new to bring to the market. Consumers are...
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    How Tennis rackets are made.

    You can see in that storage room, all the different materials they have to use in different combinations. A pro stock is not special, just different and all rackets are different. Whats makes it special to some is that that particular combination just works really well. For example if you take...
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    When will Head ever release Djokovic’s actual stick ?

    Replace the word pro stock with old stock and thats really what youre asking for. Tennis racket companies are a retail business that sell things to consumers and need to bring out new products, meanwhile pros do not want to chop and change their racket every couple of years.
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    When will Head ever release Djokovic’s actual stick ?

    They did release his racket, about 20 years ago called the iRadical, because that was the retail racket that came out when he was growing up and was using. All hes done is tweaked it. In 10-15 years time when players are using tweaked versions of todays retail rackets (because thats the racket...
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    How Tennis rackets are made.

    Heres an interesting video on how Tennis rackets are made. Some people think Pro stock rackets are made of some kind of special material unbeknownst to man and give them god like status but really , theyre just another combination of the different layup setup you can have. The process is quite...
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    Amazing how a lot of coaches still get the Nadal forehand WRONG

    Nope, his uncle Toni Nadal says thats why he developed his buggy forehand. When he started playing pro players that hit the ball harder he was late on the ball, so he used the buggy whip technique and get the topspin he wanted. He didnt want him to play that way but he saw it worked.
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    More wrist in serve than ground stroke?

    The point is using the wrist can simply mean rotating the wrist i.e pronation. In the same way you said for the serve you need shoulder rotation. Which part of the shoulder do we rotate for this? Or do you mean the rotating action of the shoulder which most people will take it as what you mean.
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    More wrist in serve than ground stroke?

    Youre the one calling the movement of the wrist a wrist snap and then shooting it down. What most people see it as is pronation of the wrist. Now you could argue this comes from the forearm but when you pronate the arm you feel it in the form of turning the wrist.
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    More wrist in serve than ground stroke?

    Djokovic says the wrist is one of the most important elements of the serve. Essentially all the movements of the serve is building up speed to be released at the last second, of which the last motion is the wrist. The leg drive shoulder turn etc become irrelevant/stifled if youre not...
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    Are backhand volleys supposed to be hit with backspin?

    A good example is this. For most of the backhand volleys they are at low to mid height and if you watch the racket follow through, the tip of the racket points to the floor as hes cutting under the ball. At 51 seconds he hits a high backhand volley and the racket tip remain pointing to the sky...
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    Are backhand volleys supposed to be hit with backspin?

    Its a cutting motion swinging the racket towards around 8 oclock on the ball . However if you aim for 9 oclock you will probably swing it at 8 oclock just because the way your arm swings down. On your forehand you will naturally cut around the side of a high ball but on the backhand side youre...
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    Are backhand volleys supposed to be hit with backspin?

    If the volley is quite high about chest height you hit it with side spin, so the left side of the ball. You have to ht around the ball not under it.
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    Tennis without Forehand? Are you kidding?

    In my opinion the most obvious advance in Tennis we will see is not no forehand but 2 x forehands. Teach someone young enough to play forehand on both sides and they will have an advantage.
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    What’s wrong with my FH

    Another thing you can work on is your wrist. You are flexing it forward too early and it is stiff. So you are almost trying to push the ball from the wrist. What you want to do is get into this position with a loose wrist: From this position you have to be brave and almost have a leap of...
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    Players who do not "pick a side" when defending a short sitter do not understand the very essence of statistical tennis

    If you stay in the middle, there maybe more chance your opponent hits down the sides, and because theyre aiming for the sides there maybe more chance they hit it out due to the tighter angles. On the flip side, if you had an easy shot where would you least like your opponent to stand?
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    Margaret Court says Steffi Graf is the greatest.

    Graf is the better player technically, Serena is more about strength and overpowering her opponents. Lets also not forget Graf won her 22 Grand slams and retired aged 30. In the year she retired she won RG and got to the Wimbledon final before retiring straight after so she could have gone on...
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    Osaka splits from coach

    She had the world at her feet and she threw it in the bin, due to bad judgement. No doubt those around her were saying you don't need this guy and she felt she didn't need him either, she and her team got a little too big for their boots. When the trophies and endorsements roll in telling you...
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    Osaka splits from coach

    Since coaching Mladenovic, Bajin has taken her from 68 to 39 in the world and World No.1 in doubles which seems to be her main focus today. Bajin has now moved on to coach teenager Dayana Yastremska who is world 22 at the time he took over. Osaka will likely drop out top 10 after AO due to loss...
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    Osaka splits from coach

    Why are you so convinced it was the right decision. She made a decision, doesnt mean it was the right decision. Im not convinced her state of happiness was anything to do with her coach, which is not his job in the first place, evidenced by the fact she sacked her second coach soon after. She...
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    Osaka splits from coach

    She will likely drop out of the top 10 now, making future seedings and routes much harder.
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    Thoughts on this bit of coaching from Nick Bollittieri

    Its got nothing to do with modern vs classic forehand. He is not correcting the large loop. The kid continues to do a large loop throughout, and hes not correcting that. He is telling him not to loop at the beginning. Originally the kid was beginning his swing in the ready position, and NB is...
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    Thoughts on this bit of coaching from Nick Bollittieri

    Some people do turn first then swing, as you see with Del Potro. And most players begin their upswing towards the end of the unit turn. Either way you dont do it at the beginning and the point about NB is hes telling him not to do it at the beginning. There are times when that kid is doing his...
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    Thoughts on this bit of coaching from Nick Bollittieri

    In the middle, towards the end, but not at the beginning.
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    Thoughts on this bit of coaching from Nick Bollittieri

    No because NB sticks his racket in front of him at the beginning of the stroke. The kid can raise his racket after hes started the unit turn because NB's racket being held in front would not interfere with this. But by sticking his racket in front of the kid hes telling him to turn first. He...
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