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    Any tips for playing on a hard court?

    I have a bit of the same issue in terms of playing surfaces. Most of the time, I'm on synthetic, occasionally on hard. The hard courts are slower and bouncier. That said, doesn't take too long to adjust. I actually prefer the higher bounce; playing on carpet courts with old balls, they're...
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    Player unable to follow directions, Coach frustrated on court

    Never seen a coach get annoyed with a student. However, seen plenty just feeding balls and doing nothing to correct woeful technique from the student; just very expensive ball machines. They seem to be the guys with nice secure set-ups at tennis clubs (a few are very good, though).
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    opponent calling his own serve

    Yes, it's your call. Although, what you describe sometime happens both ways; you hit a serve that is clearly long, the opponent has a free swing, hits a good reply and suddenly there's no call!
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    Please help me with my serve!

    Your big problem is that you totally fail to load up for the serve - you're barely using your legs. As a result, you're actually not very well balanced and nearly all arm. Load up by lowering nearly all of your weight into you back leg (bending the legs, obviously). That also helps to get the...
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    Classic Low to High Forehand Still Viable?

    Obvious question; are you sure you're getting enough RHS? That's more likely to be the problem - shouldn't really be too much of an issue getting pace and spin given good head speed.
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    Some advice on my technique

    I think you need to increase the racket head speed on your groundstrokes; you don't accelerate enough through the ball so you're lacking the pace you could easily get. On the serve, the set up and start of the motion are good but then, you seem to let all of the pent up energy dissolve and...
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    my theory on why I can't hit a 125mph serve

    Yes, in normal circumstances, a pro's toss is very consistent. However, if you watched the Berdych v Murray match a little while back (played in such strong winds that, on one toss, the ball blew back over Berdych's head) you will know that the pros can still pound their serves when the...
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    How to deal with your doubles partner if he ...

    If you're so upset, find a new partner. Meanwhile, I wonder if there will ever be a post on these forums relating to doubles where it's not 'my partner's fault we lost'........
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    What can Us Amateurs learn from this Doubles ?

    If you judge them by pretty high standards, there are quite a few things which stand out. Quite a few times, the positioning wasn't correct. But, for me, the stand out things were that the net players just didn't do enough to pressure the respective returners - far too passive. I...
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    best half volley tips

    For some reason, I've always found half-volleys to be pretty easy. The keys are certainly to 'stay down'. Beyond that, keep the weight forward and just let the racket win the collision with the ball. You should really feel that the racket is pretty 'quiet', i.e. you're certainly not hitting the...
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    Reading the opponent's shot

    But you don't need to limit this to the serve. I also watch the opponent on ground shots. Some time ago, instead of concentrating on the ball from start to finish, I thought I'd try watching how the opponent was setting up, his racket, etc,etc. (You can still see the ball in peripheral...
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    great forehands which part of the ball do they hit and follow through to?

    Yes, I get that now Limp - it's interesting, thanks.
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    great forehands which part of the ball do they hit and follow through to?

    Wow, OK guys; not sure I really get it though - I've been able to hit fades all my life as I described above, with the ball starting left & fading back - so, what's really happening? (Wrong forum I know, but this is pretty amazing).
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    great forehands which part of the ball do they hit and follow through to?

    That's actually incorrect, Limp. It is the swing path that will determine the initial line of flight. That is why, to hit a fade, you align to the left of the target, creating and out to in swing plane in relation to the ball; club face should be square to target (open to the swing path)...
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    What do you think of my game (video)

    I agree that you don't have a very solid base when you hit. If you improve that, you can tackle the other problem, which is a lack of acceleration through the stroke. (That will only work if you're balanced, however.)
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    OK I do need urgent forehand help

    It is all about spacing and timing of the forward swing,Sureshs. So, yes, footwork and rotation establish the spacing (you might like to try the left arm parallel to the baseline rather than pointing at the ball - helps full turn as well). But, in terms of timing, note in the example video...
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    the Becker serve

    I agree; I've always thought that Becker has a pretty easy and effective method to copy. Basically, he just rotates around his core which ensures that all of the momentum goes into the ball. It's a very repeatable action. In comparison with a lot of other pros, his landing on the right foot...
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    Head-to-Head: Oscar Wegner & John Yandell

    Yet, 5263, both John & Oscar have proved themselves in the only way which really matters; both, presumably, make a decent living from their tennis-related activities. Enough people are prepared to pay for their input/output so, why do they need the p**sing contest? However, if the supposed...
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    Head-to-Head: Oscar Wegner & John Yandell

    Just so I'm clear on this; Oscar and John review the videos of Player X & each gives their expert analysis on how that player can improve. Player X then goes away and tries those suggestions & then reports back on what he thinks worked and what didn't. Is this, then, meant to be definitive...
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    Groundstrokes: extension, extending towards target, hitting through the ball

    Well, the OP gave the example of Macci's analysis of Del Potro where he describes extending towards the target. Looking at the images, a lot of people might think that's a reasonable description of that particular stroke. As several have pointed out, this is not literally in a straight line...
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    Groundstrokes: extension, extending towards target, hitting through the ball

    Yes, there's a lot of dicussion on this. It really comes down to definitions. There is a lot of extension on ground strokes but this is combined with significant rotation, as shown in your clip. As a result, although Verdasco's swing is clearly very extended - can't get much more extended...
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    wrist action on serves

    The amount of pronation on the second serve is partly a function of the amount of shoulder rotation. For example, I stay more side on for the kick serve; there's still a shoulder over shoulder element but I don't need quite the same amount of pronation to 'square' and rip up the back of the...
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    Forehand: Arming and using body

    If you arm the ball, you are certainly aware that the arm is the primary driver of the stroke. One obvious "indicator" is when you want to add racket head speed; armers usually increase the length of the swing since that is their source of power. Also, you are likely aware that the body is...
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    Forehand: Arming and using body

    The first is disjointed, the second, if done correctly, gives you the feeling of effortless power with control.
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    Doubles: court geometry tactical ?

    As mentioned, the T serve has some obvious general advantages but you still have to mix it up. The important point is communication; the server needs to let the net man know where he's going to serve so that the net man can move accordingly. The aim of the net man is to make the returner's...
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    Forehand feedback (video)

    Actually, that clip tells you quite a lot. What's the big difference between your drop feeds & hitting against the wall? When you drop-fed, you rotated through the shot. As soon as you started hitting against the wall, you stopped the rotation and simply armed the ball. Only on the very last...
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    Accidentally hitting lots of DTL winners

    Of course, if you're hitting dow the line when you're trying to go crosscourt, then you're hitting late as others have said. The bigger problem is that you try to go crosscourt 100% of the time, though. That makes you pretty easy to play against, don't you think?
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    Late racket take back on forehand. how to fix this?

    The unit turn is your first move. It also provides a good part of your takeback on the forehand - probably all of it against really fast balls! You need really good shoulder rotation on the ground strokes. A lot of the time, getting jammed/too close to the ball results from a weak shoulder...
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    Sometimes, no matter what a man does, he can't change his shot.

    I guess part of playing any sport successfully is to know your limitations and play within them. That probably applies at all levels. So long as your limitations aren't so overwhelming that you can't reach a decent standard, it's no real problem. Console yourself in the knowledge that even...
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    FH Weight Transfer and Extension FAIL

    Yes; I guess a lot of coaches 'exaggerate' a correction in order to get the desired effect, though. My concern would be the effect of the closed stance if that's his long-term template. Yes, it will have the effect of getting your weight onto the front foot. Also, you're unlikely to be...