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    Do I really have to hit with topspin?

    maybe so, but data without insight is pretty useless.
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    Do I really have to hit with topspin?

    Which understood better Imo, tells you Sinner is newer to the tour and has not grasped the difference between the rally shot vs when to go on the attack. Novak started out this way, but learned at the top of the game, you must be more discerning about when to go bigger.
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    Do I really have to hit with topspin?

    but notice how he had to learn to "lift and spin" his shots at certain times to make it to the point he arose to this last year.
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    Is serve a throwing motion?

    yes, like throwing a football, especially the so-called "pronation" aspect. Did you know that the Gold Standard of tennis, Pete Sampras was developed by Dr Fisher and largely based on throwing the javelin?
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    What coach instruction "Play with only 3 strings" means?

    hopefully he means the 3 strings between the throat and the center of the strings.
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    Bent or straight Arm Forehand

    I don't think anyone said DJ wins because of his bent arm Fh, although it would be a very reasonable assumption given the flexibility it offers, but you do claim he wins due to BH and return along with his confidence. Those are reasonable suggestions as well, especially since you mentioned...
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    Bent or straight Arm Forehand

    yes, avoid the evil poly and go with the wonder soft poly available instead!
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    Bent or straight Arm Forehand

    Maybe it helps to open the stance a bit, but our players mostly use the semi-western with a bent arm since that is what I recommend. We actually see more issues with players rolling more closed at contact... Imo from poor habits from previous teaching to roll over the ball for topspin.
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    Bent or straight Arm Forehand

    Nobody has been able to establish any real advantage for the straight arm Fh despite tons of effort to do so. They figure, the 2 Goats (Fed and Nadal) use it so it must be better, right? Then along comes a player who eclipses them both and he has a bent arm Fh. He has a winning record head to...
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    Hitting Through the Court vs Topspin Drive

    Imo, it is best to think of all of these topspins shots as topspin. If the spin is anywhere above level, then it helps bring the ball down to some extent. Powerful low drives don't need much dip and actually stay down after the bounce better due to the lack of heavy dip. That is about half of...
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    Hitting Through the Court vs Topspin Drive

    Many players will tend to favor one or the other. We see that all the time even with tour players. Here is a great old video showing Jimmy Arias vs Gomez where Jimmy's good shots are mainly variations of the Fade drive, while the other players is almost exclusively a lift and spin Draw type...
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    Hitting Through the Court vs Topspin Drive

    I think his size and technique help him to hit hard with control, but as I mentioned earlier, Imo it is these rare shots from 8-12' behind the baseline that give him enough runway to land them at the very back of the court. He just can't hit it the same as the greats from a step inside the...
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    Hitting Through the Court vs Topspin Drive

    such a good post....
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    Hitting Through the Court vs Topspin Drive

    The terms in this use refer 1st to the side that the TS tilts to 2nd to the mild curve of the ball and 3rd to the types of stroke that will elicit them. For a righty Fh, the Fade will fade to the outside "or right" as it does for a golfer and the Draw will draw to the inside "or left" as it...
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    Hitting Through the Court vs Topspin Drive

    A few things about Del Potro....1st he is a bit of an anomaly I think... 2nd is that many or most of those shots are from well back of the baseline (more room to land them) and something that rarely happens more than a couple of times a set. We see them a lot in highlights, but not so often when...
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    Hitting Through the Court vs Topspin Drive

    We are using terms from golf that describe the lateral action and spin that can be used in baseball, billiards, soccer and many other ball sports along with tennis. We are not suggesting that tennis should copy golf in the "how or why" for these spins, but I can understand how that might confuse...
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    Hitting Through the Court vs Topspin Drive

    this one covers it pretty well..... https://www.congruenttennis.com/post/shot-matching-heuristics-using-fade-and-draw
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    Hitting Through the Court vs Topspin Drive

    Yes he did, but did you see the many Fades in that video as well?
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    Hitting Through the Court vs Topspin Drive

    What about Medvedev on both sides and Tsonga on his Fh?
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    Hitting Through the Court vs Topspin Drive

    While I'm not normally a huge WTA fan, I noticed when she is on, that Kitova has one of cleanest Power Fades for hitting thru the court that I've seen. She is a top notch example. While the match doesn't have great views, some of the replays are excellent! 49 secs.... Power Fade with some replay...
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    Hitting Through the Court vs Topspin Drive

    We can also look at the vid of Robin to see what he could have done better. From our perspective he worked too hard to get his hand level with contact. This isn't necessary and tends to jam and challenge his balance for this shot. 2 things to improve his contact would be to move up slightly and...
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    Hitting Through the Court vs Topspin Drive

    No need to get snippy with your words, but Power Fade is probably one of the more "defined" tennis terms if you take the time to study it. I think you mean is "what you need" since surely you don't mean to speak for all of us. But that's up to you what you want to ignore vs what you decide to...
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    97 year old hits with Rafa

    probably more about his hip and torso range of motions he starts the stroke sort of nice then just goes to a re-direct finish. Could be just his method of control.
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    Help on serve analysis

    He does have a nice motion, but it matters if the motion is more up or more on the downward path like on a ferris wheel where you are rising or on the descent. This matters greatly on the serve for the orientation of the racket to ball contact. Do you mind listing what you see as the basics of...
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    Hitting Through the Court vs Topspin Drive

    When a player goes for more of a traditional "Lift and Spin" TS shot, the differences are added leg and arm lift for a more "high to low" swing shape that is most effective with a dropping ball. Many of these are drawn CC but can also be drawn DTL or into the body as well. The wrist is in more...
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    Hitting Through the Court vs Topspin Drive

    For many years you were exactly right, although we have found in history where they have come very close to cracking the code on this. Historically this has been a very misunderstood topic and if it was presented clearly by the commentators, Chas here would definitely have a tight grip on it...
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    Video analysis/feedback: how many of you do this?

    we are looking to add more and more of video coverage in drills and match play, but now mostly the on the spot vid of something we want them to see.
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    Video analysis/feedback: how many of you do this?

    We do this for our students and don't charge unless their is a special request to do a match or something.
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    CRITICIZE MY FOREHAND(shadow)

    looks very good over all and a very nice step out, 2 handed prep.....Just work on setting the blade better meaning, don't flip the racket head up and roll into contact. Your slot entry is exaggerated a bit too much (too low), so with all of that racket head flipping action, you will struggle on...
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