Looking for advice

Lukhas

Legend
A better use of the slice BH can be a good addition both offensively and defensively. Which means when pulled wide, or when setting a forehand à la Federer. Which doesn't mean it needs to be pinpoint like him, since your opponent isn't a pro either, so you have a bigger margin for error. You maybe hit a bit late on your BH, but it's not worrying IMO. Also that tendency to jump when your hitting your BH, both feet on the ground if possible, hit more in front to compensate.

Solid serve as well, basics understood. That wide slice would be a good addition to your arsenal. it can replace a first serve when you're tired or need a safer play to close a game. That serve motion remembers me of Tsonga somehow.

Overall, solid groundstrokes and serves IMO. Maybe some plays and strategies are more needed than "raw" groundstrokes. That's the difference between a 3.5 that hits like a 4.0 but is crap in matches, and a real 4.0. So yeah, bottom point would be rather to work on plays and strategies than "raw" groundstrokes; which doesn't mean you should neglect those.
 

FoxHound

New User
Thanks for the tips. I see what you're saying about the jumping thing on the backhand. When talking about strategies, what are some good places to find info on making certain plays. I can do the slice serve out wide and then hit into the open court but other than that I really just go with what the opponent gives me
 

Lukhas

Legend
Well, not very good to be too passive in the rally. Just sit with a pen and some paper, and think about what are your strengths, your weaknesses, and how you can exploit those strengths to win the point without exposing your weaknesses. Look at these for example:

"Hit a forehand winner like" series:
https://www.youtube.com/user/FifthSetIntl/search?query=forehand+winner

"Learn to return like" series:
https://www.youtube.com/user/FifthSetIntl/search?query=return+like

Or "Power plays" series, they're the latest one on that channel.
 

FoxHound

New User
Thanks for the links. I will try to dictate play a bit more and be more aggressive. I have been told that I play too defensively.
 

FoxHound

New User
I really like the Federer forehand vid. I can hit a good slice it seems like I just need to take advantage of the short ball.
 

SwiftFox

New User
You can't tell too much on your strategy since you are only hitting against a wall but you look pretty good! Lukhas has some good advice/videos. I would just stay confident in your stokes and don't get frustrated. I wish I had someone like you to hit with :)
 

coolschreiber

Hall of Fame
@Foxhound, you have pretty good footwork...nice. And you are controlling the rally against the wall pretty well, I just tire out after three shots and let the wall win :). Good work, keep practicing and just improve on your foundation!
 
"Getting to the next level" often involves being more comfortable with shots that do not let you hit your typical forehand and backhand strokes:
- ground strokes on the run
- volleys and half volleys
- handling changes in pace and spin like a loopy shot to your forehand followed by a low slice to your backhand
- overheads
- returns against harder/more spin first and second serves that more often draw you off the courtf

It becomes harder to win against a better opponent if there are too many unforced errors.

More match play with players at a higher level will test all of the above areas, and learning to handle these with low error rates will allow you to progress.

Practice returns, volleys, approach shots and overheads with a practice partner who is interested in advancing like you is also a great help.
 

aTOMIC

New User
Good Luck!

hey your ground strokes are solid and I dont know about your serve because i need to see how the second reacts to pressure but good work!!! Your probable still a 4.0 because (Im guessing here) 1. You leave to many balls short. 2. you dont react well under pressure. 3. Your tactics are flawed. 4. your one-hander is taken advantage of because it is quite hard to return and hit high loopy top- spin balls with a one-hander. Just trying to give ideas here these are not the facts just trying to help!!!:)
 

FoxHound

New User
hey your ground strokes are solid and I dont know about your serve because i need to see how the second reacts to pressure but good work!!! Your probable still a 4.0 because (Im guessing here) 1. You leave to many balls short. 2. you dont react well under pressure. 3. Your tactics are flawed. 4. your one-hander is taken advantage of because it is quite hard to return and hit high loopy top- spin balls with a one-hander. Just trying to give ideas here these are not the facts just trying to help!!!:)
I believe that you and the others are right. I recently tried using some of the tactics in the videos posted and I got a win over a good Vail team. I played singles. I used the Federer pattern a lot and it worked out well, also the Murray pattern was effective. I also ran around a lot of backhands. I stayed aggressive and made my opponent play my game instead of just reacting to what he gave me. It felt good playing to my strengths and ending points on my terms. I get to play singles on Tuesday on clay and I cant wait to use these patterns.
 

Cheetah

Hall of Fame
Not bad.
Can you take some vids from the side?

timing is good and weight transfer is good and you have good body control and you have the kinetic chain going on which is great. but..
i'm guessing you make a lot of errors.

fh doesn't look reliable. i don't think you could sustain a long rally on avg.
also the bh is obviously attack-able. it's not bad but will definitely fall to pieces after taking 2 hard shots in a row. it's looks like you can get 2, 3 or more consecutively over the net w/ your bh but after that i definitely see you coughing up a sitter. and it looks like you probably hit long a lot on your fh in an extended rally.

But you have talent so i say along w/ your work on tactics and tennis iq you should invest some time developing sturdier strokes.
 

FoxHound

New User
I've been working on tactics the last few weeks. I have used the slice backhand to set up my forehand a lot. I so much fun running around and hitting it inside out. My game has improved by having a purpose, instead of just going off of what my opponent gives me. Also I switched back to my two handed backhand. The most important things for me are the serve and return and the 2hbh is better for the return. These past few weeks I got two wins in singles and one in doubles (all in my 4.0 league). One of the singles matches was on clay with a guy that pushed the entire time. I got a 6-4 6-0 win. I used my serve and backhand to set up winners off my forehand. I'd like to get more topspin from me 2hbh i'll try to get a video of it up sometime. I can really drive the ball but I'd like to get the net clearance my forehand does.
 
just from watching you hit against the wall, it seems as if you're footwork is a large problem. In general, you cannot hit a great shot if your feet are not in great position. We use our feet to set ourselves up for our shot. Don't just move to give yourself some space - MOVE them to give yourself an advantage.
-take at least 6 steps between every single shot. i.e. split steps, strides, etc.
 
also, good move on changing to the 2HBH. It is a more stable shot, and anybody in their right head would have attacked your BH. Just don't fall back into it now...stick with your two!
Also, serve looks great! Just get your toss more consistent.
 

FoxHound

New User
Just finished my last two matches for my league on Sunday. We played a double header against Breckenridge. Played doubles first we won 6-4 6-4. Then I played singles about 30 min later and won 6-2 6-0. Thanks everyone for the advice, it really helped my game. I found that I can hit hard but that wont work. But now I hit with a purpose, my power is actually making the other guy work hard.
 
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