Practice Match with Usual Hitting Partner /w and w/o SwingVision AI - Looking for most important areas to work on

Slicerman

Professional
Doing groundstrokes with topspin using semi-western is really tricky when close to the net, feels like I can't really get the angle right. Usually I revert to continental and do a gentle topspin feed, then do half-volleys, FH/BH slices at the service line or closer to the net

You can basically use topspin stroke from any distance. You just have to use the appropriate swing length and swing speed for that scenario. During last winter lockdown I even did "baby mini tennis" in my basement, in which I stand about 2 meters from the net. I consider midpoint of no-mans-land as the ideal distance for beginners, because its far enough to allow you to time to perform a full stroke, but also not too far that you struggle to find consistent depth. There's also less likelihood that you will face erratic moonballs which can force you to backpedal. There's nothing wrong with running back to get a high ball, but if both players are inconsistent, the next ball could be an accidental short ball, which end up causing some very messy rallies. Shots landing all over the place is not ideal for beginners because usually they don't have the ball recognition, coordination and footwork to hit any good quality shots that way.
 
I think net clearance while also landing within the service box is a bit tricky compared to full court, just going by the geometry of the shot- wouldn't you agree?

It is very tricky if you can't control the swing (ie swinging too hard) or aren't using topspin. And that's really the entire point of the drill, and why people are suggesting it. Get control of your racquet, get control of your swing speed, apply topspin and you will be able to keep a ball in play in mini tennis. Then when you scale things up to full size, from the baseline, it won't just be russian roulette with hitting the frame and you won't be spending 80% of your court hire time walking to pick up the ball.

 

Niwrad0

Rookie
It is very tricky if you can't control the swing (ie swinging too hard) or aren't using topspin. And that's really the entire point of the drill, and why people are suggesting it. Get control of your racquet, get control of your swing speed, apply topspin and you will be able to keep a ball in play in mini tennis. Then when you scale things up to full size, from the baseline, it won't just be russian roulette with hitting the frame and you won't be spending 80% of your court hire time walking to pick up the ball.

ok, I'll just keep doing groundstrokes at the net -
One question though: what to do if the partner volleys the ball down at your feet?
 
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