Or put differently, the Videotape has proven that I am Lying to myself about my Tennis. Yup, I finally took my pro's advice and videotaped myself. He has been after me for over a year to do this. Last summer, TFM recommended a JVS camera, which I purchased from Costco. It has sat unused in my closet since. This week, I dusted it off, got my husband's tripod, charged the camera, skimmed the manual, and fiddled with it to learn to use it. I took it to the courts today. I set it up before the pro arrived and hit serves out of a hopper, just to make sure I was operating it correctly. I used my Everyday form, just hitting serves without trying to do anything special. First observation: My butt doesn't look nearly as big as I thought it might. Woo-hoo!!! That's a relief; it means I don't have to get rid of all of my tennis skirts. That said, there is no denying that I look like an old lady hitting a tennis ball. That was kinda sad, really. Second observation: I am not keeping my hitting arm up. I had *zero* leg drive. I was All Arm All The Time. I was chasing erratic tosses. I was rushing my toss preparation. I reviewed the first few minutes of footage and actually made some quick progress in fixing some of these things, and the serves I hit were much stronger. Then my pro showed up, and we filmed forehand groundstrokes for a few minutes and then watched it together. You never saw a bigger mess in your natural born life! He said that most everything going on above the waist is good. He wanted to see more shoulder rotation in my preparation, and we fixed this in short order. Below the waist, it is a train wreck. The first problem was that I had been told for years to put my racket back as soon as I knew it was a forehand. I was doing this by swinging my right foot backward, as though I were a door that someone was opening. This was an extra step that wasted time and energy and failed to achieve the shoulder turn I thought I was achieving anysay. All it did was have me starting off sideways. The other big problem was a tendency to shuffle rather than run. From that ridiculous sideways position, I would kind of run sideways, taking off after the ball leading with the left leg, almost like I didn't want to use my right leg to reach the ball. The right leg never seems to be ahead of the left one. As a result, I tended to not reach the rights spot and was reaching, especially when moving forward. It is hard to describe. On account of how it is Indescribably Bad Footwork. So we worked on these two things: Not opening like a door but actually turning my shoulders, and running to the ball with both legs instead of one. It made a big difference, and I could actually feel the difference in my legs. And boy howdy, if you turn your shoulders and then uncoil when you hit, you can really spank the ball! My homework is to try to do these two things better when I practice on Monday. Next lesson, we will film volleys, which hopefully will be a bit less humbling. I may bring the camera to every lesson for a while, as this is a much more effective way to get these bad old habit addressed. Cindy -- whose pro filmed himself hitting some forehands as a demonstration and, upon viewing the footage, pronounced himself "fat"