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  1. 10isfreak

    Does backswing influence racket head speed?

    The stretch shortening cycle applies to various muscles during a forehand, although we typically focus on specific forearm muscles, as well as on muscles located in the shoulder. You'd need to be a little more specific about this. While it might not necessarily be your intention to deny it, I...
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    Does backswing influence racket head speed?

    Better players do adjust their swing length depending on the situation. It's actually so obvious that you don't have to see slow-motion footage, nor watch videos a few times. You see it happen in real time and, within the same rally, you can pick on that. But there might be a lot of confusion...
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    Playing a practice set

    I might have a tip for this one. You see, there's a fact of tennis that you have to accept: you will make errors. No matter how good you are, no matter the situation. You are bound to fail from time to time. Your real control lies in how frequent they are and that's the sort of thing that...
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    Playing a practice set

    Your opponent does not seem to hit sufficiently pressuring ground strokes to keep you from gaining the offensive edge. Perhaps is it a flattering editing? In any case, if that's representative of your match-up with this guy, I know why you felt like you were playing slowly. Every time you...
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    Playing a practice set

    You're actually very good and a rather entertaining player to watch. Like so many people have said, there is a lot going on in those rallies. You can flatten out your strokes and you can arc them off both wings; you have a neat backhand slice that can play long, short, faster or slower; your...
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    Players with a wicked consistent slice backhand....share your tips

    The first thing you have to keep in mind is that you are playing tennis. You don't chop, push or brush the ball as much as you actually hit the ball. To many people swing very vertically on various strokes, including the backhand slice, but they all know that they want the ball to move forward...
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    What's wrong with using a 1-hander, but returning with 2-hands?

    I doubt this will ever happen. For starters, skills being transferable to a certain extent, it is hard to imagine someone not having to go through actually more work to hit a forehand with their non-dominant hand than to learn to hit a backhand. You virtually do everything with your dominant...
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    What's wrong with using a 1-hander, but returning with 2-hands?

    There is one problem with this. Being acquainted to returning serves with your one handed backhand actually sets you in a position where you get better at handling pace with that same backhand. Besides, the pressure of a match and the peculiar features of a one handed backhand top spin return...
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    Getting blown out

    Attention is a scarce resource for us all. There really is only so much of it that you can put at use and every single time you pay attention to one more thing, you reduce the attention you pay to everything else. However, there are nice news. As you get better, stuff gets clumped and, soon...
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    Getting blown out

    Understand that what you are transferring to the ball is energy. You will use some of it to send the ball in some direction and at some pace; and you will use some of it to make it spin. If you swing your racket really fast, you have a lot of energy to transfer to your ball. However, by...
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    Tennis is a physical sport

    I know, but he insisted to have a hit with me anyway. Moreover, I was alone hitting serves on that court as my usual partners were busy. It was fun anyway.
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    Tennis is a physical sport

    I did not say that shape does not matter. Its importance increases as the technical and tactical abilities of your opponent become closer to yours. What I did point out was that tennis matches cannot be boiled down to a simple difference in shape.
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    Tennis is a physical sport

    I played a guy last weekend and he might have been playing for about two or three years while I am 8 years into it. He had a run for his money and I didn't break a sweat -- or so did his friends say. You see, no matter how fast you run or react, the ball is going to move faster than you can...
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    BH: Wawrinka vs Murray. Or why 2-hands seems a better choice

    The interesting fact about Federer here is that he always stood very close to the baseline and he is well known for his backhand passing shots. The supposedly time consuming one handed backhand did not seem to be much of a problem to him. Of course, you can argue that it's Federer and that we...
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    BH: Wawrinka vs Murray. Or why 2-hands seems a better choice

    Pick up a semi-western forehand grip and flip it over. There you have my one handed backhand grip. Basically, I barely ever move my hand to hit forehand and backhands. I said it worked magically, but I never intended to say that it could work for everyone. The point was more about how it...
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    Percentage play in this situation?

    Obviously, you are not in a position to hit down the line. Changing direction is hard enough and if you are not well grounded and comfortably set, you risk going for either of these two things: (1) you make an unforced error or (2) you angle the ball way too much toward the center court. It...
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    BH: Wawrinka vs Murray. Or why 2-hands seems a better choice

    This only makes sense if you are having trouble with your one handed backhand. Let me share with you some of my experience as a single handed backhand player. I personally changed years ago and spent over a year playing my backhands two handed. My one handed backhand was very inconsistent and...
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    Playing a pusher... in the wind

    Our disagreement is merely nominal.
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    Playing a pusher... in the wind

    I foretold this would happen. It's almost a sacred ritual here: you have to rub pushers in the back before you get to say anything or else your post is viewed as rude and irrelevant.
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    Playing a pusher... in the wind

    As for your problems DonDiego, the situation is far from being hopeless, especially not if you really are a 4.5 as your signature suggests. Pushers rely on a single tactic: they cut down on their unforced errors. Everything in their game fits into this scheme, from their court position to...
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    Playing a pusher... in the wind

    You will certainly come across comments regarding your status as a player and a person. Apparently, there is some threshold of politeness that you are not allowed to cross if you didn't decisively dispose of your opponent, especially when the opponent in question is a pusher. However, despite...
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    Getting blown out

    Well, you can acquire a lot of knowledge by playing a much better player -- and it might be of some value. However, as far as your ability to play tennis is concerned, you won't improve by doing that. To improve, you need certain conditions to be met and one of them is to find an appropriate...
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    Getting blown out

    The quality of your ball has to match the quality of your opponent; and so must your tactics, as I said earlier. Hitting a rally ball doesn't mean you "just get it back in play," unless that's enough. Typically, it means neutralizing your opponent -- i.e., putting them in a situation where their...
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    Getting blown out

    The classical case being the intermediate player who hardly can strike a backhand, although he can tee off his forehand side.
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    Getting blown out

    There are basic guidelines that you can follow. 1 ) Most balls are easier to send back cross-court. So, send most of your balls, against most opponents, cross-court. 2 ) When you are well balanced and properly set, it's easier to change directions. 3 ) The more powerful a stroke, the...
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    Flat hitting vs topspin

    Yes, but McEnroe would not prevail on the grounds of the superior quality of his movements. He would prevail on the grounds of his expertise and experience, on his greater ability to elect the patterns and strokes most fit for the attainment of his ends. (It almost reads as aristotelian...
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    Flat hitting vs topspin

    It depends upon what sort of problems are involved here. Do you have troubles sustaining a rally? Most rallies end with an unforced error, but they also typically end within very few shots. So, you do not always need incredible strokes and you don't need to be able to hit an average of 20...
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    The biggest mistake I see at 3.5 and below

    The law of minimal effort: tactical laziness For most intermediate players, the biggest issue is not a matter of technique or footwork. Many of them had the chance to drill their strokes, either with coaches or friends, and they likely became rather consistent and good at it. I do not expect...
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    Why do coaches even bother mentioning that the net is higher down the line?

    Puberty is typically reached during early teen age years or even slightly before and it so happens that the cortex of your prefrontal lobes, responsible for such feats as abstract thought, begins to change around this period of one's life. It means that they have the potential required to...
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