Hiearchy of focus???

#1
When hitting I feel in a session I might figure something out that isn't working and fix it. For example, if my groundies are landing short, I might focus on driving my elbow and follow through completey. Then for the next session that fix doesn't seem to work as well as something else has fallen behind.

I wonder if anybody has a method/routine of getting their mechanics/technique in line when they start playing.

I was wondering to focus on the following and not move down the list until the first feels comfortable.

1.) Seeing/Watching the ball (ideally into contact)
2.) Full follow through
3.) Drive a loose wrist to contact
4.) Drive through with the legs--wether that is getting on front foot or rotating hips (based on stance and where you are in the court)
5.) Racquet back

I'm offering this as an example and place to start conversation.
Fundamentally, maybe I'm missing a key concept or you might find the order to be different.

Ideally, I'd love some type of universal formula, but I understand it might be different for different players. Someone who has a great long follow through may not need to think about it ever.
 
#2
This depends on what part of your technique is most likely to go AWOL without proper focus in the warmup right?

For me, it changes over time. It used to be the racquet drop too far at the pat the dog position, and both before and after that it was my sluggish takeback. After that it became my lack of hip rotation, and now it is the use of my right leg to drive the hip, and making sure I dip my right shoulder a little when making contact with a ball that is slightly under my strike zone rather than getting lazy and dropping the racquet further to make clean contact.
 

NuBas

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#3
Its complicated, don't get me wrong, but actually its more simple than you may think. All you really need to do is brush the ball over the net and going from a lower racquet face position to higher place accomplishes that. Need power? Then backward to forward movement of the racquet does that. Combine the two motions and you have a very simple swing path. As for footwork, make sure you are active and not reactive. Turn sideways and contact the ball in front of you will accomplish the shoulder turn. As far as focus and mentality, stay relaxed and slow down the game in your mind, you have more time than you think.

Missing into the net or sailing long?
Examine your form/body. Are your arms relaxed but in control, were you active moving to ball?
Examine your timing. Did you turn, are you contacting ball in front of body?
Examine your swing. Is your racquet face traveling in one smooth motion or does it waver and have hitches?
Examine your racquet face angle. Is it too open?
Examine your thinking. Are you confident, relaxed, and able to figure out a solution or are you tense?

Again its simple but you gotta find a way to make it simple. Some cues activate other cues so take away unnecessary ones and focus on the ones that take care of more than one cue. Kinda like going to the gym, instead of doing forearm curls, bicep curls, and lat rows, too much, instead do one compound exercise that takes care of all of it - pull ups. I dno if that made sense.

This advice helps only if you already have decent technique and understanding of basics.

From my experience, the best players are the ones who don't think anything. Try one day and go out and forget everything and play naturally see if that does anything.
 
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