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  1. KenC

    Best pros to imitate by stroke

    I love these posts, even if this one is a blast from the past. Why do people try to imitate pro strokes? Do people really think just watching Federer hit a forehand in a video will be all that is needed to go out on the court and replicate it? Dream on... Here is something from the pros that...
  2. KenC

    Please help me get better (includes video)

    This forum is nothing more than the "Get Rich Quick" schemes out there that tell you this is the best way to cut corners, save a lot of money and ultimately become rich or the best without lifting a finger. NO, just watching a bunch of youtube videos will not make you a better tennis player...
  3. KenC

    Please help me get better (includes video)

    If you are really serious about improving, wouldn't it be better to get advice from people who have a proven history of developing tennis talent? Tennis forums are not a valid substitute by any means. There is a lot of really bad advice floating around the Internet and this forum is no...
  4. KenC

    I deserved it: 0-6, 1-6 (match video)

    Hey Curious! Just watched the video, you seem a little more relaxed, and your confidence seemed a little higher. Why was that? As others have already noted, you make a lot of the typical errors of most tennis players, i.e., bad footwork, late prep, hitting late, and I also think you are often...
  5. KenC

    I deserved it: 0-6, 1-6 (match video)

    This is why I think the advice on this forum does more harm than good. You can't just copy the form of a Pro ATP player without going through the same developmental process that all pros do to arrive at that form. I think you have come to the reality check point where copy really needs to be...
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    I deserved it: 0-6, 1-6 (match video)

    I'm glad someone else noticed it. I really think most people here would improve drastically if they just avoided this forum and started hanging out where tennis is taught gradually. Federer learned tennis gradually and systematically and was not told from day 1 just to copy Sampras, he was...
  7. KenC

    Self definition of a “pusher”: I don’t have full tennis strokes and I'm using the wrong grips

    I think the right balance is found in good strategy. I also think that good strategy is really based on statistics. Think about it, all your possible shots have a certain probability of going in, and they have a certain probability of pressuring your opponent into making a mistake or producing a...
  8. KenC

    Self definition of a “pusher”: I don’t have full tennis strokes and I'm using the wrong grips

    From your responses I think I understand your problem. You think winning in tennis is just about aces and killer forehand winners. You're not alone, as most people only seem interested in playing sexy tennis and don't want to work on the boring stuff that makes a strong foundation from which to...
  9. KenC

    Self definition of a “pusher”: I don’t have full tennis strokes and I'm using the wrong grips

    This is what I don't understand about losing to pushers. They have bad technique, don't use the right grips, hit weak balls, don't risk anything yet no one in this forum can beat them, even though everyone here has great technique, has 120+mph serves and can easily hit winners. Yet, they lose to...
  10. KenC

    Not good enough to beat a pusher

    Well, pushers seem to hit everything that lands in their court back, so that means they must be really GOOD tennis players.
  11. KenC

    Not good enough to beat a pusher

    How can someone have heavy groundstrokes and not know how to punish a weak ball? If there really are people who can hit heavy groundstrokes, yet can't beat a player who only produces weak balls, then that player just knows how to hit certain groundstrokes and does not have any idea how to really...
  12. KenC

    Not good enough to beat a pusher

    This forum seems to be stuck in time.... The problem with pushers is that they capitalize on players just like those in this forum who think they are much better than they really are. These players never take real lessons to establish sound technique, they don't practice effectively, and they...
  13. KenC

    What is the most you pay for tennis lesson private ??

    Wait a minute, is this TT? I can't believe you guys are even discussing the prices of coaches and what is reasonable when the best tennis advice ever is available here for free. Why overpay a qualified, experienced coach to learn tennis when LeeD and Suresh are giving away the golden secrets for...
  14. KenC

    Why cooperative rallying is a waste of time, generally

    More true than you could imagine! Every now and then during lunch at the club we fire up this subforum (after viewing the best legs thread) and have a good laugh at all the rediculous advice given here by people who are clearly not qualified to give even rudimentary advice. Keep those laughs...
  15. KenC

    Want to fix your strokes? Playing 2x a week won't do it.

    Then you are just wasting your time and money. Real tennis is played competitively in tournaments. Don't think for a moment that you can develop a certain level outside of tournaments and then enter a tournament and play at that level. No one plays their best tennis in a tournament match. First...
  16. KenC

    Looking for some feedback on my groundstrokes

    A couple of questions. How accurately can you place the ball in practice and in a match? If you were to put a hula hoop down near a corner, how close do you get on average? Second question, does your arm get tired after an hour of practice?
  17. KenC

    Want to fix your strokes? Playing 2x a week won't do it.

    I've seen a few of your threads and it seems you are 1 foot in and 1 foot out of where you really need to be. If you want to play rec level tennis, by all means spend your entire day wasting your time on this forum. If you want to play competition level tennis, it's time to abandon what doesn't...
  18. KenC

    Emulating the pros is just a really bad idea. Here's why!

    OK guys, you win. Go full steam ahead with emulating everything federer does in a few youtube videos to learn the game of tennis. Let's call it the Internet-based DIY Mimickry Approach. Let me know how this is working out for everyone. If you can truly quickly rise by just closely mimicking pro...
  19. KenC

    Emulating the pros is just a really bad idea. Here's why!

    Here in Italy they focus on getting kids up and playing as soon as possible with some basic FH and BH and hitting moonballs back and forth to each other as they start to learn hand eye coordination, how to get around a tennis court while chasing down all those moonballs, playing some points...
  20. KenC

    Emulating the pros is just a really bad idea. Here's why!

    I'm thinking of the core foundation that is taught in the first year of tennis school. How to move well on a court, introduction to the split step, early preparation, that kind of stuff. Some basic footwork, earning how to properly track a ball. Learning to use the whole body to play tennis...
  21. KenC

    Emulating the pros is just a really bad idea. Here's why!

    I think you are trying to put words in my mouth instead of dealing with the key concept of the thread. I never said "Don't strive to arrive at something that resembles pro level strokes", I said don't pretend that advice from here to just watch a youtube video of a pro will get you there. That's...
  22. KenC

    Emulating the pros is just a really bad idea. Here's why!

    Wait a minute here, were these 2 examples lower level rec players before you started training them or have they already done significant progress on the long journey to becoming a top level player? Their previous experience, where did it come from, TT and the gurus here? So how did you train...
  23. KenC

    Emulating the pros is just a really bad idea. Here's why!

    Let's look at this from another angle. If all this stuff is so readily available, and it is so easy to adopt by just watching a youtube video, then why are there very few rec level players playing high level tennis? I see rec level players who are definitely tennis enthusiasts playing all the...
  24. KenC

    Emulating the pros is just a really bad idea. Here's why!

    They don't have qualified people around who can demonstrate the technique themselves? Why would a top coach have to pull out a video of Federer to explain a technique? Yes, it's fine to study how the pros do things, and it looks cool and commands a premium, but is it really necessary if the...
  25. KenC

    Emulating the pros is just a really bad idea. Here's why!

    OK, I watched the video expecting to learn how Federer hits the kinetic chain and instead saw a decent coach never once pull out a video or image of Federer, nor did he even mention "Do it this way because Federer does." He never mentioned Federer! Only a mention that all pros use the kinetic...
  26. KenC

    Emulating the pros is just a really bad idea. Here's why!

    Maybe its time to let this one go. We must realize that this is a forum for recreational tennis and the approaches and mentality are very diverse from what you see when watching competition level tennis players train and play. I am around top level coaches and players every day, and they do not...
  27. KenC

    Stuck at a level, no longer improving.

    One other thing, don't listen to other people on the Internet. It will only hold you back. Go somewhere where serious tennis is actually played and listen to the serious players as well as the coaches and trainers behind them. Trust me, some of your best tennis is ahead of you, you will fall in...
  28. KenC

    Emulating the pros is just a really bad idea. Here's why!

    I think most people got the idea and see this thread for what it really is: a counterweight against these threads that go way too deep in technical analysis. I also chose to combine the original premise with another counterweight against the anti-coaching sentiment that is so prevalent here. For...
  29. KenC

    Emulating the pros is just a really bad idea. Here's why!

    Well, quite a few people here agree with the basic premise but I don't see you having any beef with them, only with me. Dude, it's a thread on the Internet. If the thread bothers you so much, get the mods to delete it. From reading through a lot of threads here, I didn't realize that the quality...
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