"MAIN" reason for shanking

"MAIN" reason for shanking

  • Head not being still

    Votes: 7 13.0%
  • Raquet head size

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Not looking at the ball/strike zone

    Votes: 25 46.3%
  • Trying to do too much

    Votes: 8 14.8%
  • Out of balance

    Votes: 6 11.1%
  • Other (pls specify)

    Votes: 8 14.8%

  • Total voters
    54

rk_sports

Hall of Fame
What is single most important reason for shanking?

Head not being still
Raquet head size
Not looking at the ball/strike zone
Trying to do too much
Out of balance
Other

Of course, there is an unending discussion about this subject.. I just want to poll what ppl really believe in.. rather than the 'theory' out there
 

armsty

Hall of Fame
I honestly have no idea. My mate though uses an APDC and never used to shank till he turned to it... He snaps full poly in about 12 hours... from shanking. He's never gone through a full poly job properly, it's strange. It's probably from not looking at the strike zone though. Watch the ball onto the strings.
 

In D Zone

Hall of Fame
trying to go for the shot too qucikly and forget to wait a split second to keep the head still during ball contact
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Notice all the different answers!
The answer is different for differnent players.
Any of the answers is correct, as is all the answers are correct.
There is no ONE "main" reason that applies universally.
I can shank a ball watching PamelaAnderson waving at me.
 

mtommer

Hall of Fame
Here's your main reason for shanking:

You miss. It happens for a myriad of reasons. One time the opponent may have hit a blistering shot that you can just barely get to. Shank. Another time you may simply not be focusing enough. Shank. Still yet another time the ball may have skipped on a line throwing you're timing off. Shank.

If someone habitually shanks balls then, sure, maybe there's one glaring reason but I bet it would be different from player to player. Asking for one overall reason why people shank is like asking for one reason why someone swings and misses at a pitch. There is no one reason.
 
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JRstriker12

Hall of Fame
#1 - Bad footwork. Eveything else follows from there - being off balance, being jammed or having to stretch, not being in the right postion to adjust if the ball takes and unexpected bounce, not being in position to take the ball in your striker zone.
 

rk_sports

Hall of Fame
Notice all the different answers!
The answer is different for differnent players.
Any of the answers is correct, as is all the answers are correct.
There is no ONE "main" reason that applies universally.
I can shank a ball watching PamelaAnderson waving at me.
Here's your main reason for shanking:

You miss. It happens for a myriad of reasons. One time the opponent may have hit a blistering shot that you can just barely get to. Shank. Another time you may simply not be focusing enough. Shank. Still yet another time the ball may have skipped on a line throwing you're timing off. Shank.

If someone habitually shanks balls then, sure, maybe there's one glaring reason but I bet it would be different from player to player. Asking for one overall reason why people shank is like asking for one reason why someone swings and misses at a pitch. There is no one reason.
I understand.. nothing in tennis is because of a single reason.. and its a combination of things.
I just want to probe what others think as the main cause..whats foremost in your mind when this happens...and maybe focus that thing first
 

hyperthom007

New User
I notice I shank more when it is a windy day. Probably that messes with the ball supposed trajectory.... Or probably it is my poor conditioning
 

Roy125

Professional
I think that the main reason is lack of timing. I shanked half of the balls when my coach purely gave me topspin shots for me to practice hitting on the rise with.
 

Fearsome Forehand

Professional
Assuming you are not playing in a strong cross wind, I would say head movement is the primary culprit. Wrist rolling can be a factor as well.
 

prattle128

Semi-Pro
Improper positioning for the shot. For example, I'll be too far back every now and then, so when I swing to contact, I'll be out of position and improperly balanced, so I frame a nasty one. Basically, footwork would be the most common reason.

Edit: Most common reason for me, anyways.
 
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