Video of My Match

#3
Few questions

1. How old are you, how long have you been playing tennis?
2. What kind of tactical aproach did you take for this match, what are his strenghts and weaknesses and what are yours?
3. Were you tight and nervious at the start of the match, or did you change up your tactics to be more aggressive later, because I notice a significant injection of pace in your shots in the 2nd part of the video compared to the 1st half.
 
#4
Few questions

1. How old are you, how long have you been playing tennis?
2. What kind of tactical aproach did you take for this match, what are his strenghts and weaknesses and what are yours?
3. Were you tight and nervious at the start of the match, or did you change up your tactics to be more aggressive later, because I notice a significant injection of pace in your shots in the 2nd part of the video compared to the 1st half.
Thanks for the kind words!

1. I turned 30 this year and I attended my first Saturday morning clinic where the coach feeds a bunch of balls to a bunch of kids the summer I turned 15. I played the previous summer but hit my forehand like I was swinging a baseball bat.
2. I know his forehand is much weaker than his backhand so I try to hit it there as much as possible. My tactics are never more complicated than identify the weaker side, hit it there and finish the point at net whenever possible (inspired by Safin and Nalbandian). That said, he will run around his forehand to hit backhands so he left me a lot of space to go down the line which I'll do if it's too juicy to pass up. My strengths are my backhand, my return and speed.
3. I started playing tournaments this year, did well and found out my nerves are much better than the majority of players'. I wasn't really nervous or anything. Maybe he got a bit more tired and as a result, his shots landed a bit shorter and more attackable. I know my tactics didn't change.
 
#5
Thanks for the kind words!

1. I turned 30 this year and I attended my first Saturday morning clinic where the coach feeds a bunch of balls to a bunch of kids the summer I turned 15. I played the previous summer but hit my forehand like I was swinging a baseball bat.
2. I know his forehand is much weaker than his backhand so I try to hit it there as much as possible. My tactics are never more complicated than identify the weaker side, hit it there and finish the point at net whenever possible (inspired by Safin and Nalbandian). That said, he will run around his forehand to hit backhands so he left me a lot of space to go down the line which I'll do if it's too juicy to pass up. My strengths are my backhand, my return and speed.
3. I started playing tournaments this year, did well and found out my nerves are much better than the majority of players'. I wasn't really nervous or anything. Maybe he got a bit more tired and as a result, his shots landed a bit shorter and more attackable. I know my tactics didn't change.
So my impression about Djokovic was good :D Tho you do attack the net more often.

Did you have alot of coaching throughout your 15 year tennis career? Or played alot simply? Always played tons of tennis every week or had ups and downs?

Anyway cool videos and good quality, videos like this are always cool, post more in the future if you have the time and desire!
 

IowaGuy

Hall of Fame
#7

A little background - I'm the one wearing dark socks/Vapors (not a fan). Both play 5.0 tournaments in Toronto, ON, Canada; I'm top 10 in the country.
You are very athletic and have many years of tennis ahead of you.

You have a lot of room for improvement on power/spin on your serve, if that is an area you ever want to put more effort into. Have you ever had a good coach give you advice on your serve?

In my neck of the woods, your serve would get eaten up by many 5.0 players...
 
#8
You are very athletic and have many years of tennis ahead of you.

You have a lot of room for improvement on power/spin on your serve, if that is an area you ever want to put more effort into. Have you ever had a good coach give you advice on your serve?

In my neck of the woods, your serve would get eaten up by many 5.0 players...
Maybe the angle is bad to see the pace of the serve, also maybe serve is not his strong suit.
He also seems to add quite alot of topspin to alot of his serves so that would take away some pace.
Not saying I disagree with you, just pointing out some observations, it certainly doesn't seem like its any kind of weapon at a 5.0 level from this video.
 

IowaGuy

Hall of Fame
#9
Maybe the angle is bad to see the pace of the serve, also maybe serve is not his strong suit.
I don't need a radar gun to see that he is not getting much legs/hips into his serve.

Not everyone is interested in putting in the time to develop a big serve.

Ask Jolly how many hours he has invested in his 5.0 serve :)
 
#10
I don't need a radar gun to see that he is not getting much legs/hips into his serve.

Not everyone is interested in putting in the time to develop a big serve.

Ask Jolly how many hours he has invested in his 5.0 serve :)
For sure my serve is one of the weaker parts of my game though I think it looks worse on video. That said, my return is strong enough to be able to break my opponent more than he breaks me. I was actually hitting a really nice second serve in the month of June. I swear, I felt like Thiem with the way it bounced off the court but something happened and I haven't been able to capture it since except for a few spurts.
 
#11
So my impression about Djokovic was good :D Tho you do attack the net more often.

Did you have alot of coaching throughout your 15 year tennis career? Or played alot simply? Always played tons of tennis every week or had ups and downs?

Anyway cool videos and good quality, videos like this are always cool, post more in the future if you have the time and desire!

I've taken 8 lessons, all in the last three years, because I either didn't have the money or I always preferred to spend it elsewhere. I just spent a lot of time hitting during the summer afternoons. I also think I'm athletic and can mimic things I see accurately.

Thanks for the words and I'll post more.
 

IowaGuy

Hall of Fame
#12
For sure my serve is one of the weaker parts of my game though I think it looks worse on video. That said, my return is strong enough to be able to break my opponent more than he breaks me. I was actually hitting a really nice second serve in the month of June. I swear, I felt like Thiem with the way it bounced off the court but something happened and I haven't been able to capture it since except for a few spurts.
I'm not sure that you're using the proper grip. The video isn't quite detailed to show, but it appears that it might not be a continental grip, and sometimes it looks like your index finger is quite spread apart and is almost on top of the grip?!? If so, this is definitely not optimal.

You're also not getting yourself very sideways for the serve, which is robbing you of spin/pace. Your body is too open.

If I were 30 with your athleticism, I would save up a couple hundred $ and hire a good coach for a few sessions specifically to work on the serve. It's at least 1/2 level below your FH.
 
#14
I've taken 8 lessons, all in the last three years, because I either didn't have the money or I always preferred to spend it elsewhere. I just spent a lot of time hitting during the summer afternoons. I also think I'm athletic and can mimic things I see accurately.

Thanks for the words and I'll post more.
That's great, I am an autodidact myself, too, and can mimic. -- That's why I always struggle answering when people ask me where I learnt tennis from (as if it is a one time thing) - and how long have I been playing tennis.

Great playing by the way, I wish I could find players like you in here where I live to play regularly with.
 
#15
That's great, I am an autodidact myself, too, and can mimic. -- That's why I always struggle answering when people ask me where I learnt tennis from (as if it is a one time thing) - and how long have I been playing tennis.

Great playing by the way, I wish I could find players like you in here where I live to play regularly with.
Thanks, if you're ever in Toronto, let's hit!


From last night (I'm in blue):

 
#18
Great playing, thanks for sharing. Kinda look like Borna Coric.

You should get a tripod to film from behind.
Thanks, I'll take the Borna comparison, ha!

I'm filming on a tripod but don't want to put it behind the baseline because I don't want to hinder my partner's scrambling or serving. I also don't want my camera/phone knocked down despite the heavy-duty case. In another thread, I asked for suggestions on how to mount a camera to the net/divider behind us but nothing so far.

Great match play. Thanks for posting.
Thanks, you post some great videos as well.
 
#21
No, I use my iPhone XS. I was coming from an iPhone 6 and thinking of recording my hits and looking at options. I saw enough videos recorded on the latest iPhone to go with that instead of a separate camera.
 
#22
I've taken 8 lessons, all in the last three years, because I either didn't have the money or I always preferred to spend it elsewhere. I just spent a lot of time hitting during the summer afternoons. I also think I'm athletic and can mimic things I see accurately.

Thanks for the words and I'll post more.
Nice game.
 
#25
Great hitting, you really flatten out well and drive the ball well compared to the loopier shots of your opponent. He was really moving alot due to your control. What is your technology/ setup?
 
#26
Hmm? I never posted a video of myself, must be confused with someone else. You can ask @Wesley J cause he seems to have the camera thing down pat.
Thanks! He's definitely a guy who wants to push you back with his topspin (helped by his Steam 99S) and I try to maintain my position on the baseline as much as possible with the goal of ending the point at net. Given his athleticism and ability to hit those loopy shots, he gets many balls back.

I use a Phantom 100 and in the winter, VS/Poly Tour Fire since I'm not playing as often. My Phantoms were measured (on an RDC) as having a 328 SW with full poly and over 330 (forgot exactly, might've been 338) with gut/poly. I love these racquets and plan on stocking up when they clear them out because they swing so easily despite the beefier SW (I know not TT beefy but still), not to mention how flexible they are.
 
#28
Thanks! He's definitely a guy who wants to push you back with his topspin (helped by his Steam 99S) and I try to maintain my position on the baseline as much as possible with the goal of ending the point at net. Given his athleticism and ability to hit those loopy shots, he gets many balls back.

I use a Phantom 100 and in the winter, VS/Poly Tour Fire since I'm not playing as often. My Phantoms were measured (on an RDC) as having a 328 SW with full poly and over 330 (forgot exactly, might've been 338) with gut/poly. I love these racquets and plan on stocking up when they clear them out because they swing so easily despite the beefier SW (I know not TT beefy but still), not to mention how flexible they are.
Replied to wrong guy
 
#30

A little background - I'm the one wearing dark socks/Vapors (not a fan). Both play 5.0 tournaments in Toronto, ON, Canada; I'm top 10 in the country.

I know I need a better angle but I don't know how to place a tripod/camera behind the player when there's no fence.

Enjoy!
High quality hitting from both guys & thanks for sharing.
Good quality of shots and consistency. You guys seemed to have fewer unforced errors than most in the matchplay videos that I usually see - I enjoyed watching all of it.
Your hitting partner seems to be more of a grinder/counter-puncher who can play offense when he wants. I figure playing him must be frustrating and takes a lot of focus.
Your game looks more offensive-minded & controlling the point and have a solid ground game. You guys back up your serves pretty well.
Good stuff.
 

Dragy

Professional
#34

Another video from Sunday, different angle and opponent!
It looked to me a bit phlegmatic on previous video, and like you didn't need much to win, but here I like your balanced and patient style, working out points with quality but safe shots and then taking real opportunities to develop the preassure and capitalize on weaker balls. Your opponent looks aggressive, and he's evidently good, but so many times you kept him on steady diet of heavy balls and he decided to approach from not-so-good opportunities and therefore got passed at net.
 
#35

Another video from Sunday, different angle and opponent!
Really enjoyed this one. It also felt better matched.

I think there is something wrong with your service motion. I didn’t check in slow mo, but it seems like you have the wrong mental image of how it should be hit: looks looks like you stop the shoulder and continue by bending the elbow, almost like you are thinking of hitting down in the ball?
 
#36
Really enjoyed this one. It also felt better matched.

I think there is something wrong with your service motion. I didn’t check in slow mo, but it seems like you have the wrong mental image of how it should be hit: looks looks like you stop the shoulder and continue by bending the elbow, almost like you are thinking of hitting down in the ball?
Shouldn't matter at this point, lots of pros have odd serves.
 
#37
Shouldn't matter at this point, lots of pros have odd serves.
Totally agree with this post.
I've seen a lot of good players with unusual or unorthodox service motions that hit great or effective serves. We can't always have perfect form but can still be effective.
If the op is looking to improve his serve, then lessons and tweaking it can possibly help. But if he's happy with it and his results, why change?
If you are top 10 in Canada, I'm sure you would smoke an extremely high percentage of the posters in this forum including myself.
Great looking game man. Your backhand is so solid.
 
#39
Totally agree with this post.
I've seen a lot of good players with unusual or unorthodox service motions that hit great or effective serves. We can't always have perfect form but can still be effective.
If the op is looking to improve his serve, then lessons and tweaking it can possibly help. But if he's happy with it and his results, why change?
If you are top 10 in Canada, I'm sure you would smoke an extremely high percentage of the posters in this forum including myself.
Great looking game man. Your backhand is so solid.
I've also seen a variety of uniqueness in players. I think if you know how to hit the ball, you know how to hit the ball.
 
#40
High quality hitting from both guys & thanks for sharing.
Good quality of shots and consistency. You guys seemed to have fewer unforced errors than most in the matchplay videos that I usually see - I enjoyed watching all of it.
Your hitting partner seems to be more of a grinder/counter-puncher who can play offense when he wants. I figure playing him must be frustrating and takes a lot of focus.
Your game looks more offensive-minded & controlling the point and have a solid ground game. You guys back up your serves pretty well.
Good stuff.
Playing him can be frustrating if you're off your game because he rarely misses and his loopy, heavy ball can force you behind the baseline more than you like to be.
You move well but your partner moves kinda weird, his upper body twitches a lot.
I'd say judging from this video that he doesn't move as smooth as you'd think but he's quick and retrieves many balls nonetheless.
It looked to me a bit phlegmatic on previous video, and like you didn't need much to win, but here I like your balanced and patient style, working out points with quality but safe shots and then taking real opportunities to develop the preassure and capitalize on weaker balls. Your opponent looks aggressive, and he's evidently good, but so many times you kept him on steady diet of heavy balls and he decided to approach from not-so-good opportunities and therefore got passed at net.
This guy is definitely more challenging to play and requires me to be on my game. I felt like he approached the net carelessly which led to my relatively easy passes but he has mentioned before how staying on the baseline is a losing tactic against me so he'd like to approach the net as much as possible. I think he could be more selective though.
Really enjoyed this one. It also felt better matched.

I think there is something wrong with your service motion. I didn’t check in slow mo, but it seems like you have the wrong mental image of how it should be hit: looks looks like you stop the shoulder and continue by bending the elbow, almost like you are thinking of hitting down in the ball?
I agree, my serve looks funny and I'd like to improve it as much as possible but I feel that in actual match-play, it's much more effective than it looks. Even if I'm constantly broken, I'm very confident in my returning that I could always get it back on serve.
Great vid and looks like you're having fun, but doesn't look like you're breaking a sweat.
I did break a sweat but not too much.
 
#41
Totally agree with this post.
I've seen a lot of good players with unusual or unorthodox service motions that hit great or effective serves. We can't always have perfect form but can still be effective.
If the op is looking to improve his serve, then lessons and tweaking it can possibly help. But if he's happy with it and his results, why change?
If you are top 10 in Canada, I'm sure you would smoke an extremely high percentage of the posters in this forum including myself.
Great looking game man. Your backhand is so solid.
Thanks man, Safin and Nalbandian inspired, ha!
 
#49
Got you, is it hard to find people better than you to play with?
I live in Toronto, Canada's largest city, and the tennis here is very healthy so it's not hard to find people to play with. When you look at the rankings, the majority are from Toronto as well so the tournaments are pretty good (I've only played 3 though; they use your best three results for your point tally in case you were wondering my high ranking).
 
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