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    Everything about serve and volley

    Everyone is talking about the volley, which is important, but the serve is way more important. If you can't make your opponent uncomfortable with your serve you won't be successful at serve and volley. You have to force your opponent to hit the return you want them to hit, and not what they...
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    Handling Short Balls

    You can play a little game where as soon as possible after the ball is hit you say to yourself 1, 2, or 3. 1 means the ball will land well short of service line on your side of the court. 2 means around the service line. 3 means a deep ball. See how close to impact you can make the...
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    Which player has the most textbook double handed backhand?

    I don't know? Good question. He's had some injury issues, and hasn't been the same player since. But, I do like his backhand a lot.
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    Which player has the most textbook double handed backhand?

    He doesn't anymore. He changed his swing a few years ago. He doesn't lag as much or take the racket behind his back like he used to. As for the most textbook backhand I'd vote for Djokovic. It's all around very solid and a good example to use for teaching.
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    MEP vs ET Match Prediction Thread

    I'm a big fan of Ian's, and frankly I'm more impressed with Ben's game than before all this started. BUT, I'm getting slightly irritated with Ian milking this like it's some sort of day time soap opera, reality TV, Texas chainsaw death match. As I understand it that matches have all been...
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    How to Improve Serve? Willing to Pay

    I agree, it's not that these correlated activities aren't helpful - but only to the extent they teach intermediate skills essential to serving (like pronating), but at some point if you want to learn to serve you have to serve. There's no substitute way to get there. For me the most helpful...
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    How to Improve Serve? Willing to Pay

    That's true. I was one of them. I could throw a ball just fine, but learning to serve as an adult was the hardest sporting technique I've ever had to learn.
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    How to Improve Serve? Willing to Pay

    Why would you hire a baseball coach to teach you tennis? Hire a tennis coach. Would you hire a tennis coach to teach you baseball? Throwing and serving are similar, but not the same. Throwing is much easier. Hire a tennis professional.
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    How to Improve Serve? Willing to Pay

    Learning to throw a baseball or football as a means to learning a tennis serve is a helpful but it's not going to give you a good tennis serve by itself. First, if you don't have good tennis serve mechanics you won't have good throwing mechanics either - you'll have to learn them. So, you're...
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    AD side T slice serve.

    Opelka has a great slice from the add side (around 0:40)
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    Overhead help

    Best advice I've gotten is to not hit it too much like a serve. You don't need a ton of power on an overhead to get it by someone, so dial back the swing. You don't need a deep drop, you don't need much pronation, and you don't need to bring the racket up on edge. You can start the swing with...
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    Reverse Slice Serve

    I I was talking to an instructor once about a guy that hit this serve but he didn't disguise it so it was obvious that he was going to hit since you could see the SW grip and he said that he'd would teach the guy to switch his grip after the toss. I think Rosol's disguise is pretty good...
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    Reverse Slice Serve

    That's a great shot!
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    Reverse Slice Serve

    Anyone use this serve? Any tips? Do you attempt to disguise it? If so how?
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    Best location to serve for S&V?

    I've always wondered why the pros don't use the body serve more? Given you do have a decent size target, you are hitting to the center of the box, and you don't have to paint the line for it to be effective.
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    Best location to serve for S&V?

    If you get the returner stretched out and reaching (preferably behind them a little bit) on a wide or T serve, it will be pretty hard for them to hit it cross court. That's the idea. If you can't make them move for the ball then you'll be in trouble, because the returner will have a choice...
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    Best location to serve for S&V?

    One of the most important concepts I learned from S&V is that you use your serve to control the position of the return. In my opinion this is one of the least taught aspects of tennis, and applies whether you S&V or not. Generally speaking (it won't work all the time), the position of the...
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    Silly Hypothetical

    Out of how many points? Eventually she'd make a mistake and hit a ball long, in the net, no matter how good or bad your serve is. If a 4.0 played Federer the best of 3 sets they would win a point somewhere along the way just by pure luck.
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    volley with your feet

    This is an interesting video. Given that his body is so still and that a very high speed camera appears to have been used - I'm guessing that this was taken from some sort of demo/practice session and Andy may have been stationary at the net. This ball is hit pretty hard given the racket...
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    volley with your feet

    I like this idea. Another way of saying this is you reach for the ball with your feet not your arms. In basketball they say you play defense with your feet not your hands. That's a similar concept. It's tempting to reach for a volley with just your arms and racket, but it's more important to...
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    Sam Groth's opinion on western forehand grips

    I don't doubt that. I bet he'd be a hell of a linebacker in American Football (or maybe a tight end but he's just a bit small for that position as crazy as that seems).
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    Is there an optimal approach shot error percentage?

    These are good points, and I kind of wonder about this advice too. Once in a while you probably want to take a risk on the return of a second serve, for example. I think what he means by this advice is that certainly with the approach and return of the second serve - you have the advantage in...
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    Is there an optimal approach shot error percentage?

    I know a high level coach that says there are three shots you should pretty much never miss: return of a second serve, first passing shot, and approach shot. So, I take that to mean that the error rate should be really really low.
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    FRV4 serves

    I agree, I bet he not only has a hard time hitting a kick serve but a slice serve too. While the over all technique is very good, he's pronating to early and the racket isn't coming up on edge but is coming up with the face pointing to the sky. I suspect this will take some dedicated practice...
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    Risk/Reward Psychology

    I don't have this problem - I have the opposite problem. My natural tendency on the tennis court is to play too close to the edge of my ability and take too much risk.
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    Has anyone moved or retired to an area with no skilled players ?

    Ketchup IS spicy. And, I like that they don't yell at you there when you drive on the wrong side of the road like they do here in the States.
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    Why did I miss this return of serve?

    Interesting to watch. I'm not sure but it looks like you might be split stepping a little early - even before the ball is hit. I know a few of those they were 2nd serves and so you're moving up anticipating a short return, which is different. See what you think.
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    John Bromwich 2HB Pioneer

    I read he served right handed but had lefthanded ground strokes - the video said he played righty and lefty. That's pretty odd, maybe why he wasn't afraid to try something new with his backhand.
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    John Bromwich 2HB Pioneer

    Pretty good backhand for 1937. Why did it take so long for the 2HB to catch on?
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    Is S&V good or bad?

    I have the same issue. I really want to play S&V but it's not what I'm best at, however, you have to be willing to take your lumps to see how good you can get at it. It's not an easy style of play to learn. That said there are benefits to learning S&V even when you aren't playing that...