TTPS. One year update video.

About a year ago, I decided to make tennis a priority.
Prior to that, I had dabbled aimlessly without a plan ("played for fun")

Now that I am posting again, it's important for people to SEE who is giving advice.

Inspired by recent videos posted by @Curious and @FiReFTW
I felt an update is in order, particularly for the guys I've had extensive offline conversations with:
@S&V-not_dead_yet
@nytennisaddict
@Traffic

NYTA, here are my strokes that can't manifest against your level, LOL.

For the gearheads, I am using a used $50 18 year old racket (Pure Drive)
Strung (myself!) at 51 Poly. No arm issues in the past year.

2 different hitting partners, same day.
Warm up then casual point play.

 
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About a year ago, I decided to make tennis a priority.

Inspired by recent videos posted by @Curious and @FiReFTW
I felt an update is in order, particularly for the guys I've had extensive offline conversations with:
@S&V-not_dead_yet @nytennisaddict @Traffic

For the gearheads, I am using a used $50 18 year old racket (Pure Drive)
Strung at 51 Poly. No arm issues in the past year.

2 different hitting partners, same day.
Warm up then casual point play.


1:20, thta was definitely a split step :p now if only you can do it in other parts of the court (returns, approach, volleys, etc..)
nice fh swinging volleys
fh in general is looking solid... monster 3/4 pace heavy topspin, deep.
smart defensive bhs (high & deep)
need to work on your approach/net game so you can take advantage of more short balls that you're earning... guess how i learned it... starts with "d" and ends with "ubs"
 

S&V-not_dead_yet

Talk Tennis Guru
@TimeToPlaySets,

You've made great strides: your FH is a weapon and you can at least keep neutral with your BH. That, in combination with your serve, is a good set of tools for the toolbox.

So have you reached your goal? If not, what will you be working on next?
 
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StringSnapper

Hall of Fame
About a year ago, I decided to make tennis a priority.

Inspired by recent videos posted by @Curious and @FiReFTW
I felt an update is in order, particularly for the guys I've had extensive offline conversations with:
@S&V-not_dead_yet @nytennisaddict @Traffic

NYTA, here are my strokes that can't manifest against your level, LOL.

For the gearheads, I am using a used $50 18 year old racket (Pure Drive)
Strung at 51 Poly. No arm issues in the past year.

2 different hitting partners, same day.
Warm up then casual point play.

Looks really good!! Ive been going nuts on the serve motion lately, and i must say yours looks great. Natural and fluid, and you hit the correct racquet drop position. When you practice servd do you usually hit the fence off of one bounce in the service box?

Your groundies also look pretty hard hit and penetrative. I'm not sure if something looks a little weird with your fh? Maybe you're just hitting more up on the ball? Take a look at @FiReFTW s latest video and his forehand, seems to look more like the current pro forehand, especially in its finish it seems like he's throwing his racquet into the ball. Yours seems more consistent tho.

Anyway the resulting ball off your fh is pretty damn good, especially for one year in. Well done. How do you feel about your progress?
 
@TimeToPlaySets,

You've made great strides: your FH is a weapon and you can at least keep neutral with your BH. That, in combination with your serve, is a good set of tools for the toolbox.

So have you reached your goal? If not, what will you be working on next?

Thanks.
You've been a spectacular Sherpa on this climb from base camp!

I no longer have a goal.
I enjoy the process, and improvement is a side effect.
I am hooked on the game like never before.

What will I work on this summer?
Return of serve.
Volleys.
2nd Serving. (Video was almost all 2nd serves)
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
About a year ago, I decided to make tennis a priority.

Inspired by recent videos posted by @Curious and @FiReFTW
I felt an update is in order, particularly for the guys I've had extensive offline conversations with:
@S&V-not_dead_yet @nytennisaddict @Traffic

NYTA, here are my strokes that can't manifest against your level, LOL.

For the gearheads, I am using a used $50 18 year old racket (Pure Drive)
Strung at 51 Poly. No arm issues in the past year.

2 different hitting partners, same day.
Warm up then casual point play.

Great progress in your game over the past year! But I’m even more impressed by the change in your posting style and online persona. Keep up the good work! :)
 
Looks really good!! Ive been going nuts on the serve motion lately, and i must say yours looks great. Natural and fluid, and you hit the correct racquet drop position. When you practice servd do you usually hit the fence off of one bounce in the service box?

Your groundies also look pretty hard hit and penetrative. I'm not sure if something looks a little weird with your fh? Maybe you're just hitting more up on the ball? Take a look at @FiReFTW s latest video and his forehand, seems to look more like the current pro forehand, especially in its finish it seems like he's throwing his racquet into the ball. Yours seems more consistent tho.

Anyway the resulting ball off your fh is pretty damn good, especially for one year in. Well done. How do you feel about your progress?

LOL, I was disappointed when I saw my serve motion.
Trophy arm is STILL not vertical (b/c legs aren't bent more)

I am swinging pretty full on my 2nds.
Take another look at the serve at 6:38
The ball kicked over his head, and he's like 6'2"

I am happy with my progress.
I have guys calling me to hit.....who would not have hit with me a year ago.
If nothing else, I have a new appreciation for just how much work this game requires.
 

sredna42

Hall of Fame
Really good job mate, I always liked your obsession/focus.
That forehand alone would win you alot of points with its net clearance/depth/spin, if but by continually pushing people back to the point they can't hit an attacking shot.

Kudos for the development, and kudos for not being put off one iota by the haters.
 

FiReFTW

Legend
@TimeToPlaySets What was your tennis level 1 year ago? Hard to tell how much you improved since I don't know where you were 1 year ago, also how long have you been playing tennis?

Serve - Nice throwing motion, nice racquet drop, good pronation, has nice pace and nice spin, if you learn to hit corners with it then its going to be insane

FH - Very good spin, nice pace, seems solid and consistent

BH - Seems like it can hold its own, but certainly not a weapon like the FH

Thing that is most impressive - Footwork, really nice movement and very active feet

Good job, keep doing what you are doing with ur coach, it seems to be working, now its just about improving the already acquired skills, and practicing some that are not yet at a good level like volleys and so
 

StringSnapper

Hall of Fame
LOL, I was disappointed when I saw my serve motion.
Trophy arm is STILL not vertical (b/c legs aren't bent more)

I am swinging pretty full on my 2nds.
Take another look at the serve at 6:38
The ball kicked over his head, and he's like 6'2"

I am happy with my progress.
I have guys calling me to hit.....who would not have hit with me a year ago.
If nothing else, I have a new appreciation for just how much work this game requires.
Lol well before i hit play on the video its showing a deep racquet drop position. Imo hitting that pose alone is a great feat, because its apart of the motion not just something you can pause at
 

RVAtennisaddict

Professional
From the previous video- you have made great progress. The forehand is beautiful and looks like it gets a little of that leftie bend (which is harder to deal with than you think because opponents get a little jammed up - t-rex shots back). Serve is coming along nicely too and I like the way you are playing/managing your points.

Impressive and I am jealous.

Not that you need it, but good job and inspiring.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
For all your somewhat overly smug posts, you definitely back it up with clear improvement.

Just need to work on the pony tail. Samurai buns are the new thing.

FH and serve are good. Didn’t see any slice BHs. Didn’t see a lot of great volleying. So still things to work on.
 

Curious

G.O.A.T.
About a year ago, I decided to make tennis a priority.
Prior to that, I had dabbled aimlessly without a plan ("played for fun")

Inspired by recent videos posted by @Curious and @FiReFTW
I felt an update is in order, particularly for the guys I've had extensive offline conversations with:
@S&V-not_dead_yet @nytennisaddict @Traffic

NYTA, here are my strokes that can't manifest against your level, LOL.

For the gearheads, I am using a used $50 18 year old racket (Pure Drive)
Strung (myself!) at 51 Poly. No arm issues in the past year.

2 different hitting partners, same day.
Warm up then casual point play.

I loved it, brother. Thanks for posting.
 
Lol well before i hit play on the video its showing a deep racquet drop position. Imo hitting that pose alone is a great feat, because its apart of the motion not just something you can pause at

I have never once thought about racket drop.
I'm not even sure I know what it is.

Besides facing sideways,
learning what Conti grip was,
toss location is the main thing I've worked on.

I still can't do vertical arm.
I think that only can happen with more leg bend.
 

StringSnapper

Hall of Fame
I have never once thought about racket drop.
I'm not even sure I know what it is.

Besides facing sideways,
toss location is the main thing I've worked on.

I still can't do vertical arm.
I think that only can happen with more leg bend.
You must just have a good lefty throwing motion then i guess. Im a lefty too but i throw right handed, so my serve motion is off.
 
Do you serve out hoppers of balls for practice?
This is where you can experiment and not care if it goes in
with grip, toss location, vertical arm, toss depth, swinging upwards, etc.
This is the stuff that matters. That racket drop just happens automatically.

Now that I think about it, this is the only way to ever learn a decent serve.
Many people think matches are where you practice.

The only way to practice serve is to not give a damn if the ball goes in.
 

IowaGuy

Hall of Fame
A nice slice BH would be an asset with your high-bouncing TS FH and BH, in order to change it up and give opponents a different look, especially if they are attacking your BH (which would be a logical strategy, given that your FH is much stronger).

Also might think about incorporating a drop shot into your repertoire. Your heavy TS is pushing opponents deep, leaving opportunity for a dropper. Fed and Nadal use this often when their opponents are behind the baseline and they get a mid-court ball...
 

S&V-not_dead_yet

Talk Tennis Guru
Thanks.
You've been a spectacular Sherpa on this climb from base camp!

I was this [puts thumb and forefinger millimeters apart] close to putting you on ignore after you trashed yet another set of my suggestions. I'm not really sure why I didn't but I decided to focus just on the tennis and ignore the attacks. I'm pleased to see that you've not only improved your tennis game but also your posting game.

I no longer have a goal.
I enjoy the process, and improvement is a side effect.
I am hooked on the game like never before.

Well, that's what most of us love about the game. And your approach is the optimal one, IMO.

What will I work on this summer?
Return of serve.
Volleys.
2nd Serving. (Video was almost all 2nd serves)

You've got some major strides to make in your net/touch game. But as you do, it will make you that much tougher of an opponent.

Here's to your continued journey.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I was this [puts thumb and forefinger millimeters apart] close to putting you on ignore after you trashed yet another set of my suggestions. I'm not really sure why I didn't but I decided to focus just on the tennis and ignore the attacks. I'm pleased to see that you've not only improved your tennis game but also your posting game.



Well, that's what most of us love about the game. And your approach is the optimal one, IMO.



You've got some major strides to make in your net/touch game. But as you do, it will make you that much tougher of an opponent.

Here's to your continued journey.
You have the patience of a saint. Commendable.
 

S&V-not_dead_yet

Talk Tennis Guru
You have the patience of a saint. Commendable.

It's partially the consequence of trying to tutor Algebra to students who, in some cases, still count on their fingers.

[I actually don't care if they count on their fingers as long as they can count correctly AND are making strides towards counting in their head. But that's a different story.]
 
It's partially the consequence of trying to tutor Algebra to students who, in some cases, still count on their fingers.

[I actually don't care if they count on their fingers as long as they can count correctly AND are making strides towards counting in their head. But that's a different story.]

But can you fix Nick Kyrgios?
 

Hmgraphite1

Hall of Fame
Enjoyed watching the video, determined offensive play. Looked great. The only different thing I noticed from players I hit with was the serve location, why so far over like doubles play? To 5.0 and beyond. Glad your addicted like so many here, so worthwhile. Continue success
 
Good question.

In the video, I am mostly serving 2nd serves. TopSlice.

For the ad court, I am slicing to the BH, so if I serve from center, it will go wide.

The deuce court, my D1 coach told to stand a few feet away from center hash.
I never questioned it. Maybe to favor my FH ?
 

S&V-not_dead_yet

Talk Tennis Guru
Good question.

In the video, I am mostly serving 2nd serves. TopSlice.

For the ad court, I am slicing to the BH, so if I serve from center, it will go wide.

The deuce court, my D1 coach told to stand a few feet away from center hash.
I never questioned it. Maybe to favor my FH ?

You're standing more than a few feet away. Sometimes, I don't even stand that wide when serving in doubles.

As long as your opponent can't easily block it DTL and make trouble for you, you're OK. As you face better and better opponents, they will try to exploit that.
 

styksnstryngs

Professional
For all your somewhat overly smug posts, you definitely back it up with clear improvement.

Just need to work on the pony tail. Samurai buns are the new thing.

FH and serve are good. Didn’t see any slice BHs. Didn’t see a lot of great volleying. So still things to work on.
Buns are indeed in style.
 

StringSnapper

Hall of Fame
Good question.

In the video, I am mostly serving 2nd serves. TopSlice.

For the ad court, I am slicing to the BH, so if I serve from center, it will go wide.

The deuce court, my D1 coach told to stand a few feet away from center hash.
I never questioned it. Maybe to favor my FH ?
Thats curious. I serve from the hash on both sides, copying federer.
 

sredna42

Hall of Fame
Good question.

In the video, I am mostly serving 2nd serves. TopSlice.

For the ad court, I am slicing to the BH, so if I serve from center, it will go wide.

The deuce court, my D1 coach told to stand a few feet away from center hash.
I never questioned it. Maybe to favor my FH ?

Given your overall development, I'd just keep doing what he tells you.
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it"
 
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Chadillac

Guest
About a year ago, I decided to make tennis a priority.
Prior to that, I had dabbled aimlessly without a plan ("played for fun")

Now that I am posting again, it's important for people to SEE who is giving advice.

Inspired by recent videos posted by @Curious and @FiReFTW
I felt an update is in order, particularly for the guys I've had extensive offline conversations with:
@S&V-not_dead_yet
@nytennisaddict
@Traffic

NYTA, here are my strokes that can't manifest against your level, LOL.

For the gearheads, I am using a used $50 18 year old racket (Pure Drive)
Strung (myself!) at 51 Poly. No arm issues in the past year.

2 different hitting partners, same day.
Warm up then casual point play.


He play out balls, thats how you get better.

Looking good, from memory your BH reminds me a bit of Rios. You can get a bit more on it though, will be easy since your hitting clean. I think he brought his left shoulder very deep, remember him looking over it
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
He play out balls, thats how you get better.

Looking good, from memory your BH reminds me a bit of Rios. You can get a bit more on it though, will be easy since your hitting clean. I think he brought his left shoulder very deep, remember him looking over it
No way. No pro hits a bh like that. Certainly not Rios.
 
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Chadillac

Guest
Pros generate power from the legs and hips. Ttps bh is a lot of arms.

But when he ad's that (in good shape) he will get more power and look like rios :) Also needs to put it together while on the move. Some of his defense is really defensive, the slice fh passing shot was cool, but not the best choice.

Hitting it clean is better than hitting it hard when developing. The road is already paved, adding power is easy
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
But when he ad's that (in good shape) he will get more power and look like rios :) Also needs to put it together while on the move. Some of his defense is really defensive, the slice fh passing shot was cool, but not the best choice.

Hitting it clean is better than hitting it hard when developing. The road is already paved, adding power is easy
Not easy on the bh side. Easier on the fh side.
 
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Chadillac

Guest
Not easy on the bh side. Easier on the fh side.

He just has to coil more, the tricky part is making the timing work since your prep starts deeper. After a few it teaches itself.

He would just be adding power, the swing path is fine. The extra power will also lessen his finish's stiffness on that side. Will make it naturally snap with the momentum, unless he trys to prevent.
 

Dolgopolov85

G.O.A.T.
For all your somewhat overly smug posts, you definitely back it up with clear improvement.

Just need to work on the pony tail. Samurai buns are the new thing.

FH and serve are good. Didn’t see any slice BHs. Didn’t see a lot of great volleying. So still things to work on.
Word. Awesome serve and forehand, TTPS. I won't mince words, you were pretty much a ***** a year before but that is the road that has led you to massive improvement and so be it.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
He just has to coil more, the tricky part is making the timing work since your prep starts deeper. After a few it teaches itself.

He would just be adding power, the swing path is fine. The extra power will also lessen his finish's stiffness on that side. Will make it naturally snap with the momentum, unless he trys to prevent.
This is exactly what isn’t always easy...depends on how ambidextrous the player is. In ttps’s case, it depends how well coordinated his right side is.
 
Chad,

My ATP1000 coach does not like my BH either.

I need more deeper prep, shoulder rotation on the forward swing (less arms),
ie: more reaching out ahead, and higher finish.

Right now, it's too much swatting arms.

Looking at the video, I see my weight does not transfer forward,
like it does when I have a neutral FH that I attack.

I plan to address this with my ball machine. Just need clean reps
while focusing less on swing speed (arms) and more on full motion

However, I think I might stay with the high arc and depth and simply have a defensive BH.
My BH is for one thing, getting it over, and hopefully getting a FH.
 
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I won't mince words, you were pretty much a ***** a year before .

Most people have forgotten that I was the one who was always attacked first.
(unathletic, sucker, loser who needs coaching, trying to buy talent, etc)
When I get pushed, I push back.
I am not going to debate this, since I do not want to get banned.
Thanks for the compliment.
 
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