5.0 vs 4.5 Crosscourt Forehands

MyFearHand

Rookie
Happy to hear any advice / critiques. The 4.5 (me) is in white in the near court and the 5.0 is in black in the far court.


Here are some crosscourt backhands as well.

 
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Kevo

Legend
Not sure I would critique much from watching that. Looks like just some typical warm up rallies. Maybe trying to be more consistent with everything would be my advice. It's always impressive when I watch higher level players do practice rallies how consistent they can be with their footwork, positioning, timing, and placement. You can tell how practiced they are just by how many super similar shots they can hit in a row.
 

MyFearHand

Rookie
Nice hitting. Do you watch the ball and keep your head still as you make contact?
From watching the video in slow motion it looks like I'm watching the ball and keeping my head fairly still during contact. Though I'm certainly not looking at contact as long as we see from Federer. This isn't something I'm necessarily consciously thinking about.
 

Dan R

Semi-Pro
Biggest difference I see between the two of you is the other guy gets ready way earlier than you do. He makes his unit turn sooner, and has plenty of time to just wait on the ball. You look rushed and even late on a lot of balls. Still you guys are both really good.
 

MyFearHand

Rookie
Biggest difference I see between the two of you is the other guy gets ready way earlier than you do. He makes his unit turn sooner, and has plenty of time to just wait on the ball. You look rushed and even late on a lot of balls. Still you guys are both really good.
I think that's a really good point, definitely something I can easily work on and improve as well.
 

MyFearHand

Rookie
This is one of the best drills. Why so few people want to do this?
Because everyone just wants to play games and sets. I'm always so happy when I get to play with Sam (I've moved from New England now) because I know he'll be down to do a good mix of drills and sets.
 

Dan R

Semi-Pro
This is one of the best drills. Why so few people want to do this?
I like the cross court/down the line drill. One person always hits cross court the other always hits down the line. It's hard and requires a lot of running, but it's good for your game.
I think that's a really good point, definitely something I can easily work on and improve as well.
He's got a longer swing than you do, but a short compact swing doesn't necessarily mean you can't make an early unit turn.

The other thing you might want to work on is that you could extend through the ball more. Your partner does that well too.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I love this drill and do a lot of the same, especially on the inside out FH side as well. Usually the goal is 25-30 balls in a row before switching sides.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
yes, when 3.5s try to do this drill, it's 2-3 balls in a row. maybe 4 max. :)
Yeah, takes a while to develop the consistency for sure. I notice a lot of lower level players try and kill the ball every time instead of learning how to hit heavy with controlled power.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I like the cross court/down the line drill. One person always hits cross court the other always hits down the line. It's hard and requires a lot of running, but it's good for your game.
Great drill. Most rec players <4.5 don’t have the fitness or speed to do this drill.

Yeah, takes a while to develop the consistency for sure. I notice a lot of lower level players try and kill the ball every time instead of learning how to hit heavy with controlled power.
3.5s do try to hit every ball as hard as they can in a cooperative rally or drill. But still not as hard as Nadal. ;)
 

Nellie

Hall of Fame
I would try to improve your footwork when hitting your forehand when moving left (toward your backhand). For example, at about 22-27 seconds in the video, you hit two forehands in which you start pretty open (feet aligned with the incoming ball), load the front (left) leg, and swing by bringing your right foot backwards behind the left leg. This motion is going to put a lot of tension on your back and limit your power because you have no core rotation or weight shift. There are other shots in which you keep your balance better and engage the core by dropping the left leg or pushing the right leg forward/right.
 

sredna42

Hall of Fame
Good hitting OP. We did this tonight. Trying to get 10 in a row in the doubles alley, harder than you think, then cross court forehands for about 20 minutes, before playing some games.
 

MyFearHand

Rookie
how's playsight? is it good, helpful or accurate in your opinion?
Well a local college has it installed and you can scan a QR code to get it to start recording. As far as I know they only have video-recording capabilities and none of the stat-taking stuff. So it's helpful in the sense that we don't have to set up a camera when we're there to record but otherwise I can't comment on its other potential features.
 
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