@tennis_balla @Ash_Smith @nytennisaddict @J011yroger So recently the "fight to maintain your contact height" and "hit every ball at the same height" idea made huge improvements in my game. Im aspiring to get to 5.0 (this is in Australian league rankings not American) and i played a guy who was that ranking on the weekend. He beat me 6-4 6-2 but we had about 12 games to deuce and he probably won 10!! So I'm getting close. The thing was, i couldnt maintain my contact height however hard i fought for it. I'm wondering now if take back (as in unit turn) height is another huge factor? Just hitting with the wall today i noticed i could get my backhand to feel like the stroke was super grooved and "flowing" if i had a heigher take back and then kind of got my racquet hand level with where id take the ball at contact, and release the stroke from there. Its easier to start the takeback heigh and drop it lower, than start it low and bring it up (since you fight gravity) and i now think this is why the pros have high take backs (not because dropping it adds momentum, that is too minimal imo). So if the ball was low, id get my racquet hand down low. If it was high, id get my hand up high. It probably sounds stupid, but having this as a conscious thought process seemed to help my hitting. I could be lazier with my footwork and still hit good shots. Now, in an actual match i would have good footwork and use this concept against 5.0s obvioisly but it seems to give me more breathing room. I think what happened was my ideal contact point was hip height, but this guy always hit it deep with spin. I have to retreat or take on the rise. So on one hand i need insane timing (insane in that i probably wont win a match hitting every shot on the rise like that) or insane footwork (getting far back enough). I mostly used my footwork, but he was hitting some so deep and heavy that the fence would stop me from getting far back enough. So id try and swing and hit it short. I think i swung with my hand at my hip height in the take back, all the way up to shoulder height or above. A very steep swing path. So the ball would loop up and fall wayyy short... Perhaps more complete advice is.... "try and hit the ball at the same height. If you cannot, line the racquet hand up with the contact point in take back and swing from there" What do you think about this thought guys??? Is it an established thing already?