Another home video. What do you think?

winchestervatennis

Hall of Fame
Agree completely. Your backhand is money. As for the "short" follow through, it's more than compensated for by your left hand extension, which is technically excellent, and looks to be reproduced on every backhand.

I've maintained my 4.5 ranking and although I'm a few (ok, many) years older than you, I too have a an excellent two hander and a relatively weak fh. Unfortunately, the disparity between the strokes seems to grow larger each year, so my recommendation is for you to clean up your forehand so it won't become a constant weakness and focus of opponents' attacks. Good hitting and thanks for posting the vid.
Appreciate your review.
In regards to a stronger BH than FH, in my experience its kinda like being a lefty in disguise. If i play a new opponent in singles he’ll normally target my BH first out of habit, then it’ll take him a few games to figure out he needs to target the FH instead. This is against the grain for a lot of players and my personal belief is its beneficial to me to have the other guy playing a game he doesn’t normally play.
So then he’ll target the FH, and I’ll go down the line to his BH. His higher percentage shot his hitting CC which makes me run more, but hits into my strength. Or he can go lower percentage and hit his BH down the line back to my weaker wing. At that point it becomes my FH DTL vs his BH DTL. I like those odds.
Of course all this is talking about my 4.5 experience. With the 5.0s either their BH DTL is rock solid or BH CC is strong enough to get a short ball back from me.
 

keith2020

New User
Agree w/ppl here. Forehand technique is weak. Pushing/slapping motion w/all arm, against a solid player forehand is super attackable. Backhand is better but also needs more weight behind the ball.
I'd say 5.0/exD1 should beat both solidly as groundstrokes generated lots of short balls and slow balls both of which can be easily attacked. No weapons to counter the weakness...
I can see why they are 4.5 though because good consistency and ball placement w/solid closing on net to finish... Most 4.0 gets crushed by consistency alone.
 

pencilcheck

Professional
Hmmm, i thought his shirt was mostly white. But you are correct, I’ve got the obnoxiously loud yellow shoes and I’m the 5.0... according to the computer anyway.
I see, you both played really well, I think the skill sets are very very close (at least based on the highlights) so the match looks very competitive and that makes match looks more engaging and dynamic.

However your opponent hits primarily flatter but more pace shot, your topspin shot disrupted his rhythm so it evens out. But the pros of your stroke is also a con if you are looking into a breakthrough. The match/game almost always ends in your opponent hitting a unforced/forced error, or ending at the net. If that's your game plan then you are doing it very well, no wonder you earned that 5.0c.

However a small tweak in your opponent strategy might help him leapfrog you for instance by improving his serve placement and spin. With that and his momentum will carry him over where your topspin game will little no use if you cannot even get back to disrupt his game plan.
 
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Your forehand is ugly and you deserve to die.

Am I doing this right...?

Anyway, thanks for posting the video. I find it very helpful to take shadow swings with changes I want to make, first staying basically in the same place and later adding footwork.
 

winchestervatennis

Hall of Fame
Your forehand is ugly and you deserve to die.

Am I doing this right...?

Anyway, thanks for posting the video. I find it very helpful to take shadow swings with changes I want to make, first staying basically in the same place and later adding footwork.
Thats the general consensus!
I was on a long car ride a stumbled on a podcast (wont say which because i dont know the rules about such things). The guy was VERY big on shadow swings. Never tried it myself really.
 

sovertennis

Professional
Appreciate your review.
In regards to a stronger BH than FH, in my experience its kinda like being a lefty in disguise. If i play a new opponent in singles he’ll normally target my BH first out of habit, then it’ll take him a few games to figure out he needs to target the FH instead. This is against the grain for a lot of players and my personal belief is its beneficial to me to have the other guy playing a game he doesn’t normally play.
So then he’ll target the FH, and I’ll go down the line to his BH. His higher percentage shot his hitting CC which makes me run more, but hits into my strength. Or he can go lower percentage and hit his BH down the line back to my weaker wing. At that point it becomes my FH DTL vs his BH DTL. I like those odds.
Of course all this is talking about my 4.5 experience. With the 5.0s either their BH DTL is rock solid or BH CC is strong enough to get a short ball back from me.
This is my preferred pattern as well. My problem has become that even if I hit a strong bh xc, if I get a forehand that I can attack, I've become less able to beat the the guy with an xc fh. Often, I get a bit tight and hasty and either overcook it long/wide, or leave it short and get counterattacked, Against guys closer to my age, this isn't generally an issue, but when I play with younger (faster, stronger, etc) guys, or 5.0s, this weakness of mine becomes overt.
 

winchestervatennis

Hall of Fame
Funny thing. Played the same guy today, first hit since this video. Worked on the FH and definitely felt better and really focused on weight moving forward. I think i made progress. Score was about identical 6-4 7-5
 

Ruark

Semi-Pro
A little stiff-wristy on the forehand, maybe a little stiff in general. Watch Rublev's forehand in a YouTube called "Rublev destroys every ball."
 

zipplock

Professional
Funny thing. Played the same guy today, first hit since this video. Worked on the FH and definitely felt better and really focused on weight moving forward. I think i made progress. Score was about identical 6-4 7-5
Something I've noticed when playing 5.0C players is that they tend to play at about 50-75% power most of the time, but have excellent ball control. Most of that level of player I've played in the past were older as well (in their 50's), but they played to end points sooner than you seem to (via shot selection, not power). You play nice angles and move your opponent around a lot, but seems you prefer defense to offense. You have an excellent shot tolerance level and don't get frustrated (another great trait to have). Is there a reason you play such long points? I'm not suggesting you have to win a point in 2 strokes, but also playing a little more aggressively at strategic times would let you dictate play more often. You're a better player than I am and I enjoyed watching the video.
 

winchestervatennis

Hall of Fame
Something I've noticed when playing 5.0C players is that they tend to play at about 50-75% power most of the time, but have excellent ball control. Most of that level of player I've played in the past were older as well (in their 50's), but they played to end points sooner than you seem to (via shot selection, not power). You play nice angles and move your opponent around a lot, but seems you prefer defense to offense. You have an excellent shot tolerance level and don't get frustrated (another great trait to have). Is there a reason you play such long points? I'm not suggesting you have to win a point in 2 strokes, but also playing a little more aggressively at strategic times would let you dictate play more often. You're a better player than I am and I enjoyed watching the video.
Very good points. My strong preference is to make as few errors as possible and playing more aggressively just opens the door for unforced errors, and in my personal experience I’ll make more errors and lose points vs what I’ll win by dictating.
 
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