Tsitsipas put away shot

Dragy

Hall of Fame
I thought he might use E grip and examined closely in videos - true SW actually. He does flex his wrist a bit in the end of prep so that his strings face down. Actually Nadal does the same. It possibly allows smoother transition into lagged position compared to Djokovic or Wawrinka stringbed facing backfence... however, they use more closed grips, around full W.
 

5263

G.O.A.T.
http://instagr.am/p/B0QVibrBvGJ/
1) Does it look like he’s using Eastern grip?

2) Really like this clip because it shows the brief moment before striking the ball the kinetic chain at work (right leg push -> hip thrust -> shoulder thrust -> elbow straighten -> wrist lag) within a very short time.
a couple of important things to notice here.
1. how he still hits a nice slot position
2. how his slot is nice and high for a level swing and high contact point
3. how he is semi open in relation to his intented target
4. how it is directed right down the center of the Smart Target Hitting Lane.
5. how he makes contact befor the ball gets any significant drop from the apex of the bounce.
 

Raul_SJ

Legend
a couple of important things to notice here.
1. how he still hits a nice slot position
2. how his slot is nice and high for a level swing and high contact point
3. how he is semi open in relation to his intented target
4. how it is directed right down the center of the Smart Target Hitting Lane.
5. how he makes contact befor the ball gets any significant drop from the apex of the bounce.
Assuming practice feed scenario as in that vid, does Tsitsipas pretty much make that at least 8/10?

The net clearance looks to be about a foot, is that acceptable? Can he be consistent that low?

Note: I don't even necessarily consider it to be a "put away" shot as in OP subject. I am happy, at rec level, if I can pull the opponent off court to set up the next shot.

 

5263

G.O.A.T.
Note: I don't even necessarily consider it to be a "put away" shot as in OP subject. I am happy, at rec level, if I can pull the opponent off court to set up the next shot.
This is the big key here....look at it as a chance to hurt the opponent, take control of the point and move him off court, knowing that you will often get a winner without really focusing on a winner outcome.

If you know the technique for the level swing, then yes, you can be very consistent with that shot. Imo he does a bit more of that "lag & snap" with too much snap to be sharp with it day in and day out, but over all he is looking good there. Notice he is pretty near the baseline, which allows him room to use big power and still get it down, but when in closer, you can hit even closer to the net consistently.
 
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