Weak points of "windmill" stroker ?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by fastdunn, Sep 20, 2004.

  1. fastdunn

    fastdunn Legend

    Feb 19, 2004
    There's this new guy I play tennis with.
    Intially I underestimated his ability mainly because of his "windmill"
    style strokes. He hits serve, ground strokes with this style
    and even his volley looks like hit with straight arm....

    Anyway, he turned out to be very good player. His serve does not
    have big power but consistent. Excellent ground strokes. His
    depth control on ground strokes are unbelievable. Every body
    hits their volleys at their shoes strings when this guy hit passing shots.
    His ground strokes land deep toward corner...
    Plus he is a lefty. He hits with great depth control and wierd angle.

    Anyway, he is a good player. It's not going to be easy to beat this
    guy, I guess. But I wonder if there's any natural weak points due to
    his unorthodox style ?? Logically speaking, he has less coverage
    over incoming balls near his body right ?......
  2. finchy

    finchy Professional

    Apr 11, 2004
    "windmill" players usually have a long backswing henceforth the "windmill" part. you might want to try to hit hard flat fast balls to his forehand. windmill players take longer to set up IMO, unless they know what they are doing.
  3. Illegal_edge

    Illegal_edge New User

    Sep 15, 2004
    I agree with finchy. also try to throw in some off speed slices with the fast flat drives to keep him guessing.
  4. skuludo

    skuludo Professional

    May 7, 2004
    Windmill style as in Roddick's forehand setup?
  5. fastdunn

    fastdunn Legend

    Feb 19, 2004
    He(windmill stroker) basically does not have any rotation at his
    elbow joints. Very firm and fixed elbow joint in all strokes.
    Kinda painful to watch but it works for him aparently..

    Thanks for the inputs. Let me try flat balls etc.
    But I do not think he has such a big wind-up maybe except serves.
    All his strokes has a loop with big radius(no rotation at elbow)
    but he can shorten the loop(but still big radius...)
    I hope I can describe his style properly... his serve is the typical
    "windmill" style you know you spot sometimes..
  6. kevhen

    kevhen Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    oh, yeah I played a guy who hit sidearm groundstroke-like topspin serves with his arm stiff like that, sort of reverse windmill, and they would bounce like a lefties. Most people with windmill overhead type serves are 3.5 level from my experiences. Seems like that would be hard on the shoulder and alot of acceleration is lost by not using the arm and wrist as a whip.

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