Video Update - actual rallies!

habib

Professional
By popular demand, Habib Producitions, in association with Habib [attempts at] Entertainment and Habib Studious, brings you: Habib in actual tennis rallies! That's right! No wall! Ok all joking aside, I've finally managed to take some videos of myself actually playing with someone else (seeing as how there are more than enough videos online of me playing with myself).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM1rh_loGSM

Please to offer me any and all constructive criticism. I consciously tried to control my torso rotation on the backhand side, as I know that's something I need to work on and I know people have pointed this out as well. After playing (these videos were taken on Saturday), I started thinking about it, and I think I'm just not getting enough linear push from the legs into the shot, forcing me to generate power via my torso. Something to work on for next time.

Anywhoo, hit me with it.

PS: God only knows I need to work on my volleys.
 

FatCat

New User
(seeing as how there are more than enough videos online of me playing with myself).
Hehehehehe....

It looked good though habib, as far as I can tell anyway. The volleys need some work, but your backhand slices looked pretty sick.
 

habib

Professional
Hehehehehe....

It looked good though habib, as far as I can tell anyway. The volleys need some work, but your backhand slices looked pretty sick.
Yeah I can get some crazy sidespin on them (as I think you can tell on one I hit right down the middle). My issue with the slices is being able to hit them low, rather than popups like you see on a few occasions in the clip. I've been working on it and have had some success, but not nearly as much as I'd like, as you can see. :)
 

The Gorilla

Banned
3 things in regard to your topspin backhand,(your slice is excellent):

1)you aren't roger federer, step back as far as you need to so you have time to prepare for you backhand, as you get better at this you can move in closer, at the moment you are moving backwards to hit every backhand, you would be far better off standing about 4 feet behind the baseline, then you can move forward and take the ball early if you have time.

2)The second thing is kind of a consequence of the first, you have a tendancy to lean back when you hit the backhand, this gives you a very small hitting zone and increases the likilihood of you shanking.

3)A low take back is fine as long as you prepare early and adjust the height of your hitting hand in relation to the height of the ball, if you don't then the hitting angle of a high ball will be about 60 degrees, which results in weak lobs or weak, short balls.Venus williams is a good example of a player with a low takeback who adjusts the height of her hand in relation to the path of the oncoming ball.Remember, it is the height of your hand which dictates the angle of the path of the racquet, you want the angle to be about 30 degrees on every shot, so start with your hand about a racquet heads length below the ball.
 

habib

Professional
3 things in regard to your topspin backhand,(your slice is excellent):

1)you aren't roger federer, step back as far as you need to so you have time to prepare for you backhand, as you get better at this you can move in closer, at the moment you are moving backwards to hit every backhand, you would be far better off standing about 4 feet behind the baseline, then you can move forward and take the ball early if you have time.
I don't disagree, but at the same time, 1) I want to get myself used to hitting from that close in, and 2) I think it's more a function of my preparation (which needs work), not my positioning.

2)The second thing is kind of a consequence of the first, you have a tendancy to lean back when you hit the backhand, this gives you a very small hitting zone and increases the likilihood of you shanking.
Yup, again, I think it's a consequence of lazy or slow preparation on that side.

3)A low take back is fine as long as you prepare early and adjust the height of your hitting hand in relation to the height of the ball, if you don't then the hitting angle of a high ball will be about 60 degrees, which results in weak lobs or weak, short balls.Venus williams is a good example of a player with a low takeback who adjusts the height of her hand in relation to the path of the oncoming ball.Remember, it is the height of your hand which dictates the angle of the path of the racquet, you want the angle to be about 30 degrees on every shot, so start with your hand about a racquet heads length below the ball.
You know, it's really interesting that you mention this, because it's what caught my eye when I watched these clips. It really doesn't look like my backhand starts low enough, which probably explains why I overhit so many backhands when I try to rip it. Any ideas on how to consciously fix this would be really appreciated. I'm curious, however, as to what you mean by a "low takeback." Is mine low? And how do you define it?
 

The Gorilla

Banned
I don't disagree, but at the same time, 1) I want to get myself used to hitting from that close in, and 2) I think it's more a function of my preparation (which needs work), not my positioning.
yeah, that's true.eventually you will be able to hit the ball consistantly from this position, but while you're learning you'd be better off standing slightly further back to allow for the fact you're still learning and you haven't got the muscle memory down just yet.The problem with starting off so close to the baseline is that you are often forced to hit a slice, you don't have the option of hitting topspin.

Yup, again, I think it's a consequence of lazy or slow preparation on that side.
It takes time for it to become second nature and instantaneous, at the moment you're still at the stage where you have to think about preparing to hit your backhand, you are not able to take the longer swing of the topspin backhand in the tiny amount of time you have allowed yourself by standing in SO close.The fact that you are rushed and unable to hit a full topspin grounsdstroke could lead to your becoming overly dependant on the slice.

You know, it's really interesting that you mention this, because it's what caught my eye when I watched these clips. It really doesn't look like my backhand starts low enough, which probably explains why I overhit so many backhands when I try to rip it. Any ideas on how to consciously fix this would be really appreciated. I'm curious, however, as to what you mean by a "low takeback." Is mine low? And how do you define it?
It's a low take back because your hand is at the height of your pocket when you take it back, although your racquet head is much much higher you only get the benefit of this when hitting slice, when you hit slice the racquet head moves from up to down,



however your racquet head has to drop below your hand and then become level with it when hitting the topspin backhand,



ie: the hand leads the racquet head. gasguet, gaudio, haas etc, all the players who can take the high bouncing ball at shoulder height all take their hand back to shoulder height.




gasguet has a high hand takeback, which means the racquet head is high enough to hit slice and his hand is high enough to hit topspin
 
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predrag

Professional
By popular demand, Habib Producitions, in association with Habib [attempts at] Entertainment and Habib Studious, brings you: Habib in actual tennis rallies! That's right! No wall! Ok all joking aside, I've finally managed to take some videos of myself actually playing with someone else (seeing as how there are more than enough videos online of me playing with myself).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM1rh_loGSM

Please to offer me any and all constructive criticism. I consciously tried to control my torso rotation on the backhand side, as I know that's something I need to work on and I know people have pointed this out as well. After playing (these videos were taken on Saturday), I started thinking about it, and I think I'm just not getting enough linear push from the legs into the shot, forcing me to generate power via my torso. Something to work on for next time.

Anywhoo, hit me with it.

PS: God only knows I need to work on my volleys.
You need to transfer weight forward on all your shots.
Seem to be reluctant to actually hit the ball.
You slice is more of chop instead of slice.

Regards, Predrag
 

moist

Rookie
Forehand looks nice, but it looks like you crowd yourself a little. Do you feel jammed often?

The backhand looks like it has good potential, but it looks like you're fighting the stroke. You can tell you're making a conscious to not open your shoulders, and it looks like it's restricting the flow of the stroke, resulting it leaning back and abbreviated follow-throughs.

Try a higher take-back as already mentioned, and keep a fairly relaxed wrist and arm. When you get your shoulders nice and closed on the back swing, open your shoulders slightly, let the racquet drop and swing though the ball with a nice pendulum motion. The motion is not violent, and you get a lot of power just by allowing motion to happen. The wrist will end up in the right spot, and the arm will straighten naturally (assuming the footwork is good and you're contacting the ball in the right spot, out in front).
 
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jonline

Semi-Pro
Two things that I'd suggest need work: vollies and footwork on forehand. Vollies need a bit less of a swing and you look a little off balance at times on the forehand. Your shots are pretty impressive, though.
 

POGPete

New User
I agree with gorilla and predrag. You need to get your momentum moving forward. On your forehands your momentum seems to carry you to the left or back and the backhands you are definately going backwards. I think correcting that should be your priority.
 

AngeloDS

Hall of Fame
Your footwork preparation after the shot is incredibly poor; you like to look at your shots. After you hit a shot, move those feet to get into a better position. Split step as much as possible; especially when you're given that much time.

I agree with everything else said--your weight is shifting improperly and creating ineffective shots.
 

predrag

Professional
Explain.

Again, could you be a bit more specific, please?
What I am looking when somebody is hitting is how they approach to the ball.
In well executed, powerfull shot should be some agression. Load, coil and unload.
That seems to be missing. You have your weight moving away from the ball and there is no explosiveness.

When you are hitting slice, racquet head drops way down, instead of leading
with the handle into the ball.
Again, there should be more of a weight transfer into the ball.

Did this help at all?

Regards, Predrag
 

habib

Professional
What I am looking when somebody is hitting is how they approach to the ball.
In well executed, powerfull shot should be some agression. Load, coil and unload.
That seems to be missing. You have your weight moving away from the ball and there is no explosiveness.

When you are hitting slice, racquet head drops way down, instead of leading
with the handle into the ball.
Again, there should be more of a weight transfer into the ball.

Did this help at all?

Regards, Predrag
Yes, it did, thank you. I do have to say, I'm surprised I never really noticed how low I take my racquet back on the BH - even for slicing. I've been looking at a bunch of videos (pro and otherwise) and just about everyone has their hitting hand where I would have my racquet head. I'm at work now, but trying out in the bathroom (heh heh heh) I can definitely see where bringing my hand that much farther back and up generates a LOT more momentum into the ball, and seems to lead into a straighter follow through. Well, we'll see what happens with a racquet in my hand later today.
 

habib

Professional
try beginning the swing the instant you see theball moving to your left.
Err, the backswing I assume you mean? And yeah, I've been working more on that. You know, I think a lot of my BH issues may stem from the way I take the thing back. The main reason my backswing is so delayed now is I feel like I need to take it back quickly and snap it into the ball in almost one motion in order to generate good power. And said lack of power could likely stem from the short and low takeback (as well as a few other things).
 

The Gorilla

Banned
Err, the backswing I assume you mean? And yeah, I've been working more on that. You know, I think a lot of my BH issues may stem from the way I take the thing back. The main reason my backswing is so delayed now is I feel like I need to take it back quickly and snap it into the ball in almost one motion in order to generate good power. And said lack of power could likely stem from the short and low takeback (as well as a few other things).


I'm not sure what your point is.Your hardly going to start with your foreswing are you?The higher takeback, while it's going to allow you to hit balls at different heights with topspin, and is mandatory, is also going to take more time to execute.You need to start off about 5 feet behind the baseline, once you feel like you cannot be rushed from that position, ever, move in another foot and so on.There's no point trying to run before you can walk.what you are doing now is like a trying to hit first serves for your second serves like Pete Sampras,
Taking the ball early is something that can be done from any distance ebhind the baseline, You should always take the ball early, IF you have time.If you don't, then you can't, at the moment you're learning a new, longer backswing so you definitely won't have time to hit any topspin strokes if you stand in that close while learning.You'll end up having to slice everything, and shanking balls and leaning backwards on all your topspin groundstrokes.
YOU MUST LEAN INTO EVERY BACKHAND.IT IS MANDATORY:NOT AN OPTION.


I've given you all the information you need to make an informed and mature decision, if you choose to do otherwise then you are condemning yourself to mediocrity.
 

habib

Professional
I'm not sure what your point is.Your hardly going to start with your foreswing are you?
Ahem, you said "start the swing." That has a pretty clear definition I think as far as most people are concerned. I was trying to clarify that.

The higher takeback, while it's going to allow you to hit balls at different heights with topspin, and is mandatory, is also going to take more time to execute.You need to start off about 5 feet behind the baseline, once you feel like you cannot be rushed from that position, ever, move in another foot and so on.There's no point trying to run before you can walk.what you are doing now is like a trying to hit first serves for your second serves like Pete Sampras,
Spare me your preachery. I will stand where I feel comfortable standing. If the backswing takes longer, then I will compensate by preparing earlier. It's stupid to start blathering on about how standing 5 feet behind the baseline is the only way I'll ever figure this out. Different things work for different people.
Taking the ball early is something that can be done from any distance ebhind the baseline,
Sure, though entirely dependant on where the ball bounces.

You should always take the ball early, IF you have time.If you don't, then you can't, at the moment you're learning a new, longer backswing so you definitely won't have time to hit any topspin strokes if you stand in that close while learning.You'll end up having to slice everything, and shanking balls and leaning backwards on all your topspin groundstrokes.
That is a lot of assumption you're throwing into the equation. The higher backswing makes sense, all of this other stuff you're throwing out is beginning to sound like your torso rotation idea.

YOU MUST LEAN INTO EVERY BACKHAND.IT IS MANDATORY:NOT AN OPTION.
It's preferable and more effective, I'd hardly call it mandatory.


I've given you all the information you need to make an informed and mature decision, if you choose to do otherwise then you are condemning yourself to mediocrity.
Hahaha, whatever you say. And I still have a good chance at mediocrity if I follow much of your advice (or anyone elses). Keep the fearmongering suggestions up, though.
 

predrag

Professional
Yes, it did, thank you. I do have to say, I'm surprised I never really noticed how low I take my racquet back on the BH - even for slicing. I've been looking at a bunch of videos (pro and otherwise) and just about everyone has their hitting hand where I would have my racquet head. I'm at work now, but trying out in the bathroom (heh heh heh) I can definitely see where bringing my hand that much farther back and up generates a LOT more momentum into the ball, and seems to lead into a straighter follow through. Well, we'll see what happens with a racquet in my hand later today.
Sorry, I meant at the contact and after the contact.

Check this out:
http://www.tennis.com/yourgame/instructionarticles/backhand/backhand.aspx?id=69298


as well as this one. (you might have to register, but it is free)
http://tenniscruz.com/content/view/27/9/


Regards, Predrag
 

The Gorilla

Banned
ok, you seem to have trouble understanding a very basic concept:

1)The larger the backswing, the more time it takes to complete.
2)You have a very short backswing.
3)Even with this very short backswing you still are unable to complete your swing in time to hit the ball.
4)Your stroke will be an even less completed one, which leads to shanking, which leads to leaning backwards intrying to compensate.

Personally I could care less whether you fix your positioning or not, this instruction was for the benefit of everyone who uses a one hander, not you particularly.


AND FOR THE RECORD, THERE IS HIP TURN IN A ONE HANDER, NOT AS MUCH AS THERE IS IN A TWO HANDER, BUT IT IS THERE AND IT DOES CONTRIBUTE TO THE POWER OF THE STROKE.AND I COULDN'T CARE LESS WHAT SOME 19 YEAR OLD IDIOT WHO CAN'T EVEN HIT A BACKHAND WITHOUT FALLING BACKWARDS ONTO HIS A** THINKS.

CYA ;)
 

habib

Professional
ok, you seem to have trouble understanding a very basic concept:
You seem to have serious comprehension issues, which I've pointed out before but it seems equally appropriate now considering...
1)The larger the backswing, the more time it takes to complete.
2)You have a very short backswing.
..I acknowledged this in the post you're addressing.

3)Even with this very short backswing you still are unable to complete your swing in time to hit the ball.
4)Your stroke will be an even less completed one, which leads to shanking, which leads to leaning backwards intrying to compensate.
First of all, clearly I complete my swing in time to hit the ball. It's an issue of me often moving backwards, which I won't deny. However this isn't a consequence of where I'm standing as much as it's a consequence of lazy footwork and preparation. Second, you're again assuming a variety of things - such as that I won't compensate for the elongated stroke.

Personally I could care less whether you fix your positioning or not, this instruction was for the benefit of everyone who uses a one hander, not you particularly.
Yes, well, I think in the future you should take care to actually sound like you're giving advice and not setting down diving commandments on how things should work. You already sound like you're 14, and such an attitude only drags the estimate down by a further year or two.

AND FOR THE RECORD, THERE IS HIP TURN IN A ONE HANDER, NOT AS MUCH AS THERE IS IN A TWO HANDER, BUT IT IS THERE AND IT DOES CONTRIBUTE TO THE POWER OF THE STROKE.AND I COULDN'T CARE LESS WHAT SOME 19 YEAR OLD IDIOT WHO CAN'T EVEN HIT A BACKHAND WITHOUT FALLING BACKWARDS ONTO HIS A** THINKS.
CYA ;)
Haha, ironic isn't it, that you're calling me 19 years old when your immaturity is leaking out of this thread in such immense doses. In any case, you're still confused about the hip turn issue, although it's good to see that you've toned down your earlier levels of ignorance - namely that torso rotation is the major contributor of power in a one-hander - after being repeatedly pounded with the truth. After all, slow progress is better than no progress at all, though you're not too many miles an hour away from going in reverse.
 

The Gorilla

Banned
yes torso rotation is the main source of power for the one hander, however I never said that the torso rotates as a unit.I later clarified this for your benefit, stating that the torso rotates segmentally, first the hips, then the shoulders.So what is your problem with this exactly?
 

The Gorilla

Banned
First of all, clearly I complete my swing in time to hit the ball. It's an issue of me often moving backwards, which I won't deny. However this isn't a consequence of where I'm standing as much as it's a consequence of lazy footwork and preparation. Second, you're again assuming a variety of things - such as that I won't compensate for the elongated stroke.
clearly you don't, otherwise you wouldn't have to lean backwards to give your arm more time to come forward, resulting in weak lobs.But if you want to leap backwards like some ******** squirrel while hitting your topspin one hander that's fine by me, in fact, I hope you continue to develope this technique.Who knows, some day you may rise as high as 2.5, perhaps even 3.0!!!

idiot
 

Bungalo Bill

G.O.A.T.
clearly you don't, otherwise you wouldn't have to lean backwards to give your arm more time to come forward, resulting in weak lobs.But if you want to leap backwards like some ******** squirrel while hitting your topspin one hander that's fine by me, in fact, I hope you continue to develope this technique.Who knows, some day you may rise as high as 2.5, perhaps even 3.0!!!

idiot
Man, you guys are worse than me! I thought I was bad. I am sitting back sipping on a beer and eating popcorn. This is hilarious.
 

drakulie

Talk Tennis Guru
Hey habib, nice vid> thanks for sharing. First off, I love your finish on the backhand!

As has already been pointed out, try stepping and leaning into the shot more on the BH and FH, although you tend to do it more on the BH side. Leaning back is not necessarily wrong>> there are tons of footage of pros doing this now-a-days when they are robbed of time. But when you do have time to set up, you need to lean into the shot. This will result in your body being able to uncoil naturally into the shot more, and therefore giving you more pace. As you have already pointed out, It is very hard to uncoil when leaning back, resulting in mostly arm, and probably why you are lifiting the ball long.

Good luck, and thanks for sharing the vid. Again, love that follow thru.
 

habib

Professional
yes torso rotation is the main source of power for the one hander, however I never said that the torso rotates as a unit.I later clarified this for your benefit, stating that the torso rotates segmentally, first the hips, then the shoulders.So what is your problem with this exactly?
You never "clarified this for my benefit." You had the fact pounded into you over a stretch of several days. Your original statement, espoused on multiple occasions, made no mention of segmented rotation, or of the shoulders being used at all (never mind that the shoulders do far more power generating than the hips). Your original 'advice' basically broke down into swinging the racquet horizontally, and you argued for a long time like the juvenile you've proven yourself to be that, oh, if only you leaned over and rotated your torso, you'd be ok since then you'd be swinging vertically. There's no LOL big enough for that.

clearly you don't, otherwise you wouldn't have to lean backwards to give your arm more time to come forward, resulting in weak lobs.But if you want to leap backwards like some ******** squirrel while hitting your topspin one hander that's fine by me, in fact, I hope you continue to develope this technique.Who knows, some day you may rise as high as 2.5, perhaps even 3.0!!!

idiot
Funny, I thought there were quit a few backhands on which I did not leap backwards. In any case, if I'm hitting the ball, clearly my hand is coming around fine for that purpose. If you're arguing that my stroke doesn't complete fast enough to hit the ball in the proper position every time, then you would have a point. You need to work on how you present your ideas - a college education may help you out here. And what happened to "CYA"? Raging adolescent hormones keep dragging you back in here?
 
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The Gorilla

Banned
You never "clarified this for my benefit."
yes I did, exhaustively
You had the fact pounded into you over a stretch of several days.
some people don't want to listen, I gave up on you.

our original statement, espoused on multiple occasions, made no mention of segmented rotation
yes, I said trunk rotation, you misunderstood the term and I clarified this for you.

, or of the shoulders being used at all
again, trunk rotation

(never mind that the shoulders do far more power generating than the hips).
So now you admit that hip rotation does exist.Jesus, you wasted a lot of my time.

Your original 'advice' basically broke down into swinging the racquet horizontally, and you argued for a long time like the juvenile you've proven yourself to be that only if you leaned over and rotated your torso, you'd be ok since then you'd be swinging vertically. There's no LOL big enough for that.
no it didn't, I just showed you how the shoulder rotation was controlled.I believe you said that in your opinion a backhand should be swung from the shoulder by the arm,with no torso rotation, not with the shoulders.I tried to explain this very basic concept to you, in the mistaken belief that you were an instructor and you're ******** concept might actually affect some poor innocents life, now I know you're just an idiot teenager with a bad backhand and lots of attitude.


Funny, I thought there were quit a few weakly chipped backhands on which I did not leap backwards.
fixed it for ya

In any case, if I'm hitting the ball, clearly my hand is coming around fine for that purpose.
ummm, no, not if you're weakly lobbing it while leaping backwards like Jackie Chan.

If you're arguing that my stroke doesn't complete fast enough to hit the ball in the proper position every time, then you would have a point.
No, I'm arguing that by standing so close to the baseline, like roger federer or pete sampras, you're not giving your weak, girly little backhand time to complete it's swing.And I do have a point.
You need to work on how you present your ideas - a college education may help you out here.
What are you talking about?

And what happened to "CYA"? Raging adolescent hormones keep dragging you back in here?
Well, judging by your videos you are an extremely ugly, hairy and chunky 16 year old girl so I can undertsand where your bitterness and low self esteem is coming from, what I don't understand is why a person who can't hit a backhand without leaping backwards as if they'd been hit by a train is lecturing me on backhand mechanics.
 
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habib

Professional
yes I did, exhaustively


some people don't want to listen, I gave up on you.



yes, I said trunk rotation, you misunderstood the term and I clarified this for you.



again, trunk rotation



So now you admit that hip rotation does exist.Jesus, you wasted a lot of my time.
A) You're still wrong on a number of things with this regard, both in terms of your perception of the mechanics and of how our last few threads went.
B) I admitted previously that hip rotation exists, it's just not the super power generator on the 1hbh that you seem to think it is. One day you'll hopefully wake up and face the truth. Until then - good luck.

no it didn't, I just showed you how the shoulder rotation was controlled.I believe you said that in your opinion a backhand should be swung from the shoulder by the arm,with no torso rotation, not with the shoulders.I tried to explain this very basic concept to you, in the mistaken belief that you were an instructor and you're ******** concept might actually affect some poor innocents life, now I know you're just an idiot teenager with a bad backhand and lots of attitude.
Christ but you'd be laughed out of a court room in 5 minutes. I explained rather clearly to you that the shoulder generates most of the [upper body] power on the backhand - your belief that I was talking about swinging from the arm or some such nonsense simply emphasizes your atrocious comprehension skills - which are worse than my backhand by a long margin.

No, I'm arguing that by standing so close to the baseline, like roger federer or pete sampras, you're not giving your weak, girly little backhand time to complete it's swing.And I do have a point.
And you're wrong, since it's my preparation that's the issue. Perhaps you like staying 10 feet behind the baseline because you have the coordination of an elephant and need that much time to get anything done. The rest of us at least try for higher ground.

What are you talking about?
Ahem, as I said.

Well, judging by your videos you are an extremely ugly, hairy and chunky 16 year old girl so I can undertsand where your bitterness and low self esteem is coming from, what I don't understand is why a person who can't hit a backhand without leaping backwards as if they'd been hit by a train is lecturing me on backhand mechanics.
Geez, as if we needed any evidence that you're 14. You start with personal attacks, then go on to calling me a teenager (simply untrue on the one hand, and irony of the highest caliber on the other), calling me a girl, calling me hairy (which is true), ugly (which isn't, though I've enough experience with 14 year olds to let it slide), and using language which I'm sure you think is clever but is really an intentional hyperbole constructed with all the intelligence of, well, a 14 year old. I normally feel bad about talking this way to people who at least try to help me, but frankly I think the anonymity of the internet is emboldening your pre-pubescent 'mind' to heights it can't hope to actually reach. Thankfully, you don't seem to need too much help in pulling yourself down from said heights. Seriously, grow up, son.
 
Habib,

I'm not going into details but do you know that you are emulating Gasquet? Is this conscious?

Getting into a tennis discussion with Gorilla is akin to going out on repeated dates with a 21 years old woman who has 6 kids, all with a different father, no job, a crack addict with herpes sores all over her lips. As I was reading the two of your trading posts I kept thinking, when is the train wreck, when is the train wreck.

Don't take it too personally, just move on with your tennis.
 

Redflea

Hall of Fame
Anyone who posts a vid around here should be honored for their bravery. Tip 'o the hat. :)

As noted, I'd focus on working out the preparation/weight transfer issues so you're getting your weight into your shots rather than mostly leaning back, and aren't rushing. You have a nice base to build on...
 

The Gorilla

Banned
I'm not an 'e-thug', he started it, I finished it.
I tried to help the guy and he responded with insults.
 
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ssjkyle31

Semi-Pro
When I see this video I see someone that is just playing around. He strokes is somewhat good. In a match I think he plays way better than the video leads us to believe. I think this video is for SAG on a 5.0 + level.
 

The Gorilla

Banned
Habib,

I'm not going into details but do you know that you are emulating Gasquet? Is this conscious?

Getting into a tennis discussion with Gorilla is akin to going out on repeated dates with a 21 years old woman who has 6 kids, all with a different father, no job, a crack addict with herpes sores all over her lips. As I was reading the two of your trading posts I kept thinking, when is the train wreck, when is the train wreck.

Don't take it too personally, just move on with your tennis.


and who are you exactly?
 

WBF

Hall of Fame
Quote wars aren't fun for anyone.

ssjkyle: Yeah, it's hard to judge someone's level when you don't know how hard they are trying, and their opponent isn't really pushing them. NTRP ratings are silly anyhow.
 

35ft6

Legend
Just keep playing. There's nothing terribly wrong. If anything, you arm the ball too much for my taste on the forehand AND backhand, but especially the backhand, but just keep playing and you'll get better.
 

Andres

G.O.A.T.
Man, you guys are worse than me! I thought I was bad. I am sitting back sipping on a beer and eating popcorn. This is hilarious.
Can I join you? I find the beer-popcorn combo a little unpleasant... but I can take some of your popcorn? I'm bringing a large Coke! :D
 

habib

Professional
Habib,

I'm not going into details but do you know that you are emulating Gasquet? Is this conscious?
No, not at all. Though it's a good thing I posted that video, and not one from earlier in the session when I was wearing a Zidane French national team soccer jersey. :p Still, the hat aside (my head sweats like crazy and it works better than a headband), what makes you say that?

Getting into a tennis discussion with Gorilla is akin to going out on repeated dates with a 21 years old woman who has 6 kids, all with a different father, no job, a crack addict with herpes sores all over her lips. As I was reading the two of your trading posts I kept thinking, when is the train wreck, when is the train wreck.

Don't take it too personally, just move on with your tennis.
Perhaps a slightly more graphic description than I would have chosen, but otherwise I had some time ago reached similar conclusions.
 

habib

Professional
When I see this video I see someone that is just playing around. He strokes is somewhat good. In a match I think he plays way better than the video leads us to believe. I think this video is for SAG on a 5.0 + level.
Screen Actor's Guild? In any case, that 5.0 is far, faaaar too optimistic. Trust me. :p
 

The Gorilla

Banned
Heh, good luck with the whole 'puberty' thing. And stop pouting.
well I'm sorry to disappoint you Mr Jackson, but if you're fantasizing about there being some innnocent prepubescent boy on the other end of this screen name you're sadly mistaken.

this would explain that moonwalk manouvere you employed while hitting your backhand
 

Slazenger

Professional
Ape,
do the world a favor and shut up!
Why don't you post a video of your 1HBH.

Pathetic troll!
Pls ignore him Habib.
 

jmverdugo

Hall of Fame
Thanks for sharing habib, I think your strokes are fine, I do not know if this has already been said but sometimes and in some of your strokes you made your movement a little slower than usual and the ball came up higher, did you make this on purpose for safety reasons?

Also, I didnt see any "reverse forehand" j/k ;)
 
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