Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by nickb, Apr 23, 2008.
Wait a second, over six minutes of ground strokes and you're a serve and volleyer? :shock:
I hope BB will get to see this as I think he'll give you some very good tips.
your forehand is weird.
Trying to live up to your name!!! LOL
Could you elaborate???
Which David Lloyds?
Man I wish I could snap through my forehand like you, mine always end up being overly spinny without enough forward momentum. I'd also like to see some different angles to see what kind of net clearance you are getting as they appear to be mostly flatter forehands.
^^^^ Although they may be flat, I could amost guarantee he is hitting with **A Lot** of spin.
Geez, your 60% groundstrokes are like my 110% groundstrokes. That's some excellent pace.
That's a sick backhand, btw.
hye nick did u pop ur strings during this hitting session? if so, how mnay racquets did u go thru?
i guessing you break strings alot
Hey Nick, are you still using those low-tension kevlar strings? Wanted to try those but since I never really broke strings before, I was encouraged to try another kind of string, to get through that "rite of passage" thing.
Nice hitting btw
well you your backhand is amazing! your forehand, you can have a little, just a little more compact swing. and on some forehands, you hit it late.
Man you spank the ball......nice videos very impressed
hey nick send me some big ace for free? xD
I know LOL....the cams battery ran out while I was recording volleys.
I do tend to flattern my stroke out in there because the courts are so fast...when im playing outdoors I hit more of a loopy topspin forehand. On the vid im still hitting a lot of spin....I break poly in a few hours.
Quite a bit yeah...
Ive gone back to full poly...in the video I was using Big Ace Micro 1.15 but only got just over an hour out of it so will move back to Big Ace 1.22 to see if I can get some better durability.
3 rackets....1 Big Ace Micro, 1 PHT and another ALU Power.
Thanks for that...I do have a big old swing!
Cheers Duzza!...appreciate it.
Nobody going to give me a rating?!...never seen that before!
I don't remember you posting much in the Tennis Tips sections here (although I could be wrong about that.) Anyhow, if you haven't, you should! I'd be interested to hear some of your thoughts on various technique aspects (bh and fh, serve, etc.) I'd also be interested to see your serve motion.
I never really have. I will be a full time coach in 6 months time so im sure when I am coaching I will come in here and post more.
Will try and get some serves video's tonight...also volleys.
Check back later!
Nice video. I, like other posters, was also going to comment about your depth behind the baseline, especially when you started out there. After a couple of shots, I realised just why you are standing there... I supposed I would have backed up a couple of more steps considering your hitting partner and my lack of (current) hitting partners capable of hitting at that level...
You FH and BH both have a nice "crack" when you hit the ball, and as others have commented, the BH is one damn nice shot. Nothing wrong with flatter strokes, I think you gets enough spin, tons of much needed depth and consistency on the stroke to keep it there.
What tension do you have your full poly setup at? Still on the low-ish Kevlar side?
(Edit: nevermind, saw the string setup in your sig - ever tried poly at the same low-lows?)
Nice video Nick. There is good pace on your shots and your bh is a sweet looking stroke.
I find your fh a bit weird and I have been trying to figure out why. I’m not posting out of envy to criticise but out of sympathy, because like you I have the same problem. Your preparation seems incomplete as your left arm stays bend and you don’t seem to rotate enough.
Some time ago I’ve posted a video of me playing and I noticed the same thing. I wasn’t aware of that and it really bugged me. But then I played some old video of mine that I had on VHS and found out that I wasn’t doing that back on my playing days.
I come to realise that coaching messed with my fh. The need to hold balls in my left hand and the need to keep my eyes on the student gave me the habit of not using my left arm enough and my shoulders to stay open. I believe that you coach yourself too and this could be the cause.
Thanks...I think the poly makes a nice crack...thats one reason why I love the stuff
I hit my forehand pretty flat...that comes from playing indoors on fast carpet day in day out. When I get outside in the summer I tend to clear the net a bit more and change my forehand stroke a little.
I like polys at 55-59lbs...tried low tension but there was too much power.
Thanks for the comments....I do coach alot yeah so that could be why....now I have seen it on video I will try to work on using my left arm more and more rotation.
Nice strokes......but they seem to be a bit stiff and not as fluid as they should be.
Also, with that camera angle we can't see where the ball is going and how it's bouncing on the other side.
You seem to have a good hitting partner though as he gets the ball consistently into your hitting zone.
Good work though, overall.
Thanks BP....I know my forehand is a litte "robotic" but thats just how it is...ive always felt more natural on the backhand side.
Ps...I hit 4 backhand passing shots with my MP racket during the hit LOL..
Let me know when you're down in Cambridgeshire - would love to hit also.
Are you playing tournaments at the moment?
Which DLL are you at? Your courts look a lot faster than ours!!!
Not really...ive played about 4 in the last year. Will be playing 2 Nat Leagues, Yorkshire League etc and hopefuly 10-15 tournaments over the summer...ive never really been serious about tournaments until this year.
Leeds!...the courts are way too fast...court 1 (which the vid is on) is the fastest of the bunch as it gets cleaned all the time
Must be real quiet in DLL this morning as we're both on here instead of working!!!
Are you the ATP/JTP or a self employed coach?
Which DL you at ?
I just do a few hours a week...I do 3 or 4 paid hits 3 of which are on green ball and coach mini tennis / run matchplays. I'm going to be full time at the club from october as a self employed coach...then hoping to take the ATP position if the current guy quits!
Can anybody give me a US rating estimate?
I'm the JTP at DL Swindon, we only opened last July so it's all new and shiny!!! I'm in desperate need of a new coach tho' so if you ever fancy a move down this way!!!
Nice!....our centre is a starting to show its age now...what annoys me is they have been using 2 outdoor hard courts for parking which means they are wrecked...also the bubble we have blew down a few months ago and nothing has been done to remove it from the courts...should be interesting to see what they do as we have league matches in the next 2 weeks!
Thanks for the offer...will keep that in mind.
Hard to say as you aren't playing points so I can't see you construct a point or hit serves or volleys. I would have to say you could well be a 5.0 or 5.5 based on your strokes rallying but if your level drops in matchplay then you could be a 4.5.
I'd say 5.0 or higher based on that video, but it sounds like your serve and volleys are even better, so probably 5.5. I have no idea though.
Nick - what's your LTA rating and what are your official match and tournament results against other LTA rated players? This would be the only way too tell. It's highly doubtful you are 5.5 if you play tournaments so infrequently.
Ive never really played matches in any LTA tournaments, I think ive played less than 10 tournaments in my whole life. My rating is 8.2 haha! Got given it about 4 years ago and never done anything to change it. Coaches where I work say I am around 5.2 on a good day. I played last year at the Ilkley Open mens singles and lost in a tight 3 set match against a 5.2....ive improved loads since then. I have played tie breaks against a 3.2 and won a couple. So im not really sure...TBH I dont really care about the whole ranking/rating thing I was just interested as people always give ratings in this sort of thread. I only started playing at 14 (im now 18).
Yes, I doubt other 8.2's would be keen to play against you!!!
Based on that information you'd be a 4.5 in the USA. You hit very well for 4 years of tennis mate - well done.
I would think you would compete at the 4.5 level. Really, anything above 4.5 and you wouldn't find much competetion or tournament draws available. I suspect a lot of US 5.0 and above are actually playing 4.5 or open draws.
But this varies in the US based on location. I see a lot of teching pros and former college D-1 guys playing at 4.5 because thats where the competetion is playing.
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