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    how do people decide between 1hbh and 2hbh?

    Toss a coin
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    how do people decide between 1hbh and 2hbh?

    Yeah, you'd think this would likely be the next progression for the game, but you could also argue that if it was going to happen at the top level, it would've by now. The 2 hander has been around for 40 odd years? It may take a number of players doing it for it to take off. I mean Borg's 2...
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    Approach shot vs the actual volley: which does the most work for you?

    I would say sometimes option A and sometimes B, for me. Obviously, ideally you would do both well, although of course if the approach shot is good, you aren't normally forced into the "goalkeeper like court coverage". I think the subsequent coverage of the net after the approach, is related to...
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    what were the things that helped you the most for getting good at tennis?

    If you're gonna sacrifice a whole year, you may as well just start playing left handed!
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    what were the things that helped you the most for getting good at tennis?

    Trial and error, non stop tinkering and experimentation. NB this can be your undoing as well, but done in a logical fashion it will result in improvement. Youtube (online coaches - Tomas Mercinger etc), talk tennis (tips/instruction), talking to high level players (about both tactics and...
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    Continental grip forehand pros and cons

    I've noticed when I'm trying to hit heavy topspin with the conti grip that, manipulating the butt of the racquet in my palm using my fingers can assist greatly with generating topspin. I was doing this without realising it.
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    What's your plan to finish the point?

    Tee off as soon as possible. If it doesn't go for a winner, then follow it to the net.
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    The French Flair Backhand Finish.

    Sorry, no videos. But I like the shot and think you obviously need both in the repertoire.
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    Continental grip forehand pros and cons

    Yeah, I know an ex pro who said the pros are starting to hit flatter more often. I think someone will come along with devastating flat groundies and change the way the game is played.
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    Continental grip forehand pros and cons

    I think you make some good points about the surfaces and the fact that more topspin on your shots than the stock continental grip fh offers seems to be the higher percentage play, certainly as far as making the shot goes. I just think that if someone can find a way to consistently hit flat...
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    Continental grip forehand pros and cons

    I've only just started hitting it, so no footage as yet. I got the idea off a coach that I used to work for. He passed away this year, he told me that was what he did. (and watching him it looked like the conti ww combo) He got to the 600 bracket in singles in the world, back in the 80s I think...
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    Continental grip forehand pros and cons

    I have been experimenting with an aggressive continental grip forehand when I get caught with the grip, especially on the return of serve. I hit a hybrid, where my follow through is the modern day windscreen wiper. I find this grip allows me to rebound the pace of the fast 1st serve more easily...
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    Club pro crushing some shots...

    Div 3 college tennis? I thought he'd be div2 at the very least! He looks easily good enough to have a top 1000 ATP ranking!?
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    Tennis rule question: Tennis serve landing on singles sideline beyond service line up to 1 feet

    Kyrgios got done on the deuce court with his right foot for this. From memory the rule's a bit absurd in that it didn't matter that his foot was inside when he pushed off the ground, the fact that it came from a position that constituted a foot fault before he stepped up, was enough to render it...
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    Wanting to quit playing tennis

    Yeah, I think a coach can teach you basic technique as a general rule, but all the improvisations that come up on a regular basis are for the student to work out through trial and error. Most coaches I find don't have a sound knowledge of biomechanical principles, they just regurgitate technical...
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    Venting: when you improve everything and still get crushed

    Yeah trying/working harder can help against some players, but for me the solution to turning around a few lopsided scorelines against me has been taking note of what happened and subsequently training and/or playing smarter, OR playing more aggressively. But it's difficult to play more...
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    How long does it take to change from a single handed backhand to a double handed backhand?

    I reckon if you never hit a single hander again you could most likely get it up to your single hander's level in under a year and then it would continue to get better for a while from there. The biggest ingredient required would be patience. As mentioned before you could retain the single...
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    Lost to Low Slice at Service Line Twice in a Row

    I'm not sure what's been said, but my 2 main responses would be to slice and follow it in to the net and to drop shot.
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    Reverse Slice Serve

    The grip change he does in the backswing got me thinking that maybe you could/should do this for other combinations of serve. Ie flat to kicker, reverse slice to kicker and vice versa for both, to name a couple of pairs! It's a matter of changing the swing path/grip as late as possible. The fact...
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    what were the things that helped you the most for getting good at tennis?

    I'm not sure to be honest. They definitely played more up in the court and off the front foot more often and the strings afforded less spin and the racquet heads where smaller etc. But the book was written in the year 2000 and was geared toward the here and now at the time. That's the...
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    what were the things that helped you the most for getting good at tennis?

    That's right. I remember reading tennis 2000 by Vic Braden and he said you should "win your national title before developing a drop shot". He said especially on big points you pretty well shouldn't drop shot. So I never drop shotted early in my career, but ended up with a few hitting partners...
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    what were the things that helped you the most for getting good at tennis?

    Taking ownership of my own game/improvement. Not relying completely on my coach. Thinking for myself. On the flipside, taking on board what more experienced/accomplished players said and did. No end of tinkering and trial and error.
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    Competing/Winning: A skill onto itself

    I think the person who always finds a way to win has one or both of the following in abundant quantities; 1. (Insert sport) smarts - on court/field etc and preparation. 2. Resilience. Their ability to win when a lot of people think they "shouldn't " is an interaction of both.
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    Competing/Winning: A skill onto itself

    I agree on the process focus being preferable in both sports and the pro I've had some golf lessons with, who's also a decent tennis player said he challenged me to always shoot as low as I can, rather than just winning the stableford/handicap event, he said you never get a 15-0 head start in...
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    Reverse Slice Serve

    I reckon it could be used as a second serve, the mirror image of a slice topspin. I think the grip change at the back of the backswing, (when it's behind your head) Is a principle that can be transfered, eg shape to hit a flat serve at address, then slip the grip in the backswing to facilitate a...
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    "Don't Swing At Your Volleys!"

    Why do you think its difficult to excel at both? I'm not saying I disagree, just wondering. How good would it be if a player could come out and serve volley effectively behind most of their serves one match and then grind/attack from the baseline the next, depending on their opponent!? And vice...
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    "Don't Swing At Your Volleys!"

    Yeah, it would be interesting to see how the physical training of the professionals has evolved over time.
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    "Don't Swing At Your Volleys!"

    Yeah, his racquet skills are exquisite, Ashe's are pretty similar. But that volley, he retrieves after running diagonally backward, reminds me of some of the balls Djokovic runs down, he's making Ashe play extra volleys and do a little bit more with them and it's harder to just end it all with a...
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    "Don't Swing At Your Volleys!"

    The net skills, placement of serves and relatively flat groundstrokes are first rate, but I'm just as impressed with the athleticism. I went to a coaching seminar where an ex top 120 pro from the 90s told us that one of the biggest improvements at the top level of the game has been the...
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    Amateur USTA 5.0 male VS WTA 300

    Yeah, he is a very good player. I think he had a good day the first time. He has a big kicker and a slider that breaks quite a bit and a very flat aggressive fh that can create and take pace. He can hit it agressively on the run and is very quick to run around it. Your only option is to flatten...
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