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    how to stop playing too aggressively in matches

    I like to shorten my backswing but use a good follow-through when I am missing with too much aggression. You want controlled swings. Thinking of being not aggressive (not making mistakes) leads to passive play with bad form, like incomplete strokes .
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    Beginner Serve Help Day 16 - Loading on the Right Foot

    Stay sideways and keep your right foot back for now. Think of shifting weight forward from right foot to left foot during the swing (while not moving your feet). I agree with comments above that stepping forward with the right leg is causing you to open up and hit without any force.
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    Help on serve analysis

    Looks to me like an inconsistent toss (low and behind on slice). Your last serve looked like a pretty good flat serve. The difference in toss location is really small
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    Volley - Always sliced or natural motion?

    I would suggest that you start by holding the racquet so that the head is higher than and laid back behind your wrist. The racquet face is almost vertical for high balls, and open for low balls. Use forward volley motion (I think if it as a stabbing motion). The biggest problem I see in...
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    how do i get comfortable with volley grip

    Make sure you are using a proper technique. If you have a waiter's grip serve, going to a continental grip is not going to solve your problems. Likewise, if you volley with your hand held in front of your torso, like you are holding a stop sign, using a continental grip is not going to...
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    Feedback please on this 4.0 matchplay

    +1) I saw several errors related to you hitting while moving backwards through the FH stroke. Think of moving backwards, setting your feet before the ball bounces (even if that means you will be hitting a hard low shot), and then swing with your set feet to move into the ball. I also think...
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    big serve blocking return

    A blocked return is a like a volley but not. When I volley, I am leading with the handle and the racquet head trails so that face is open (volley is generally hitting a slower dropping ball, so the open face reflects path of the ball). A serve is typically travelling level or even going up...
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    Forehand help!

    You are only arming the ball (power comes from the muscles of your arm and your shoulders/feet never move). Without going into much technical details, arming the forehand leads to a lot of inconsistency because the hitting surface (the face of the racquet) is moving in circular path around your...
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    How to move from 4.0 to 4.5 ?

    Become a doubles specialist and play with a good 4.5 player in USTA, and you will be 4.5 ranked player in no time.
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    Never seen a coach feed serves like this.

    I have seen coaches in Spanish academies stand close and to the side of a player (so the coach does not get hit) and do soft hand feeds to build reaction timing. I have also seen similar drills used in baseball for batting drills.
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    How to get ball machine to resemble serve

    try lifting the machine slightly (like on a chair or bench) and set it up closer, around the opposing service line, to shoot downward. Set to randomly oscillate at a slower speed setting. Even at a slower incoming speed , the smaller distance will feel like a 200 MPH.
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    Help on forehand

    With your current swing path (finishing over the shoulder), you will generate moderate top spin. If you want more top spin, you should practice a more steep swing path that starts low on the back swing, extends vertically to be at shoulder/head level in front of your body after contact, and...
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    How can I hit a high % return of serve that's not a chip?

    I hit my return of fist serves serve kind of like a chip but with no slice. I prepare at height of serve ball with short/no back swing and follow through straight toward an intended target without any breaking of the wrist. As I get more comfortable during the match, I will follow through over...
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    Is a 2nd-handed backhand harder on the knees?

    A 2-handed BH should not be hard on your knees. It is hard to answer definitively without seeing your stroke, but I would guess that you are hitting off your heels so that your feet are locked to the ground and torqueing your knee when you are hitting the stroke. Try to keep light on your feet...
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    What are some tips for winning points when coming to net

    In singles, you will rarely volley down the middle. Essentially, I use two volley patterns - crosscourt away from the opponent or behind from the opponent who is running to to cover crosscourt . Unfortunately, most people only practice volleying back to a partner standing in the middle, so...
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    Is Kyrgios exploding the myths?

    It helps to be 6'5"
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    Difference between hitting a rising ball, and a falling ball

    I would not adjust racquet face angle. This would be just a band-aid for a problem in your stroke timing. If you taped yourself, I would guess that you are hitting in front of and/or below your desired contact point because the ball is not moving much toward you and is dropping in the time...
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    Tips for not destroying the body on hardcourt?

    I find that 10 minutes+ of post-match stretching is a key to recovery. I also use elastic resistance bands (very cheap) to do stability work with my knees and hips (such as tying the band to form a loop and fitting the loop around my knees while shuffling sideways by bringing my knees together...
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    Could use some help with my serve (video included)

    Mostly, I see issues with toss placement. When you toss too far forward, you bend your wrist back to get under the ball and avoid hitting into the bottom of the net, and this hitting position causes you to float the serve long even if you hit very lightly due to the open racquet face and...
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    Roast my serve (advices are nice too)

    I would work on extending your legs in unison while you are swinging at the ball, so both legs are pushing up and landing in front of the base line so your whole body is moving forward. Have a mental image of swinging up and into the ball and not swinging out at the ball. By leaving your right...
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    Struggling with serve, goes to the net. Video included.

    There is a lot of inconsistency in your contact point. A lot of new players struggle with too many moving parts (e.g., forward and back rocking and foot movement), and I would suggest simplifying your motion for now by (1) setting your feet shoulder width apart and to line up (as a righty)...
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    First serve problems

    Your contact point is inconsistent. Personally, I would focus on keeping your head up longer and making contact higher. I have a goal of never hitting into the net because I can see whether the serve ends long/wide and adjust my aim for my second serve. As a more long term solution, I would...
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    Double clinic for me and my hitting partner

    funny - your partner hits old school continental grip forehands, like John McEnroe. On your forehand, don't jump at the ball when trying to swing hard. This jumping leads to a lot of inconsistency and mishits. Instead, get on your toes and focus on a right foot to left foot (for your righty...
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    Returning player looking for feedback on my 2hbh (video)

    You have a lot of tension in that stroke, and I would suggest a couple of things for now - (1) step forward on the rear (left) leg during the follow through so you do not end in such a twisted position, and (2) prepare the racquet higher on higher balls so you are not swinging with such a steep...
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    Video of Me - and here I thought I had decent strokes....

    looks to me that you are trying to hit an open stance FH (right to left weight shift) with an closed stance, which will limit your rotation and cause you to be imbalanced. Try opening your stance or stepping forward with that forehand side leg
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    Serve approach with sore shoulder

    Your rotator cuff holds your shoulder much in a stronger and protected position when your arm is angled to be spaced from your head (e.g., don't swing so your bicep/shoulder is next your FH-side ear) So move your arm sideways away from your head (e.g., hit a slice serve with a toss to the side...
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    How do you do a moonball kick serve?

    Personally, if it was to my backhand, I would step in an slice a return down the line. If to my forehand side, I would drive it at the server's feet. It can be hard, however, if the server varies the tempo/height a lot because you can be stuck deep on the slow moon ball or too far forward on a...
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    Struggle with my 2HB my whole life

    To smooth out your two-handed backhand stroke, I find it helpful to practice topspin backhand lobs while finishing over your forehand side shoulder to get used to swinging up and through the ball. I also like to practice 2H-BHs while holding the handle using only your thumb and index finger...
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    Slowly learning how to volley again, still sucking at returning balls at my feet

    A common problem I see is that people are trying to run through and rush this low volley. By this, I mean that people don't stop their forward momentum with a jump step and try to hit this hard shot while moving forward, which makes timing really hard. This usually happens because people are...
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    Need help with inside in forehand please

    I try to disguise my inside in (down-the-line) forehand to look like my inside out (cross-court) by using the same initial foot positioning before contact but changing the contact position forward to aim the ball down the line. That usually means I start with a pretty open stance with my feet...