The more I try to figure out this darn game the more I think early preparation and balance are more important than just about anything else and seeing as I can hit pretty nice shots consistantly on both sides if I am fed easy balls but in real play it does not happen and I feel rushed I figured my preparation must be slow even though it does not feel it. So I videoed myself and watched the playback from behind the sofa and what I noticed was that while I am pretty good at moving to the ball (I react well before the incoming ball reaches the net) my takeback on the backhand and forehand is late and looks very slow - especially on the BH side. Does anyone have any tips for working on starting takeback earlier (ie while moving to the ball) and how fast should the takeback be? Should you hear your racquet whoosh through the air on takeback or should it be slower? Funnily enough I also discovered that my takeback on serve is too fast. Watching the pros they seem to take the racquet back and up very slowly so that they reach their highest (trophy) arm and racquet position as the tossing arm becomes fully extended. But I noticed that my racquet get up there well before my tossing arm is fully extended and has already dropped ready to hit. Is this a big problem and, if so, any tips on slowing down.