What is the WORST single piece of advice or coaching you ever received?

Wise one

Hall of Fame
"What are you doing hitting a topspin short ball approach shot, hit a slice it has been proven as the best approach shot you can hit"

But it's true...so what's your problem?

An approach shot is supposed to provoke a weak shot that you can volley or smash. It is not supposed to be a winner, although in some cases, of course, if hit well enough (low and skidding), the ball may not even come back.
 
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TennisCJC

Legend
I joined a 4.0 team in my neighborhood a few years ago and they had an established coach there. Most players really liked him. He was teaching to drop the racket head pretty much straight down on FH volleys. To make sure you get it, he was say not saying bend your knees and keep a consistent angle between racket head and arm instead he was saying literally to point the racket head down at the ground for low volleys and 1/2 volleys. I've never heard this taught before or since. My friend joined the team and he had been a pretty good junior player. When the coach told him to drop his racket head straight down for low volleys, my friend first hesitated and then said I am not going to do that. Funny thing is the coach had been a pretty good player at one time but he was in his late 60s and I think he had lost touch a bit.
 

bitcoinoperated

Professional
Saying my waiters tray serve looked like a good serve.

This assumes of course we discount posts in his forum with all "hold the ball" idiocy.
 

SinjinCooper

Hall of Fame
You might be right about that, actually. Think I'll have to start saying "guide" instead.
The single best -- and possibly only good -- reason to learn a proper forehand slice is that a forehand volley (or FH block/chip return of serve) is just an abbreviation of the same exact motion.
 

BlackTatsu

New User
You have to wrist the forehand.

Heard from another, "you need to hit the ball harder like me, watch. **drops the ball and smacks it over the net**" **** really, that's all I have to do?! This is the guy who has like 10 knots on his strings b/c he didn't want to spend money on strings.
 

Simon_the_furry

Hall of Fame
The single best -- and possibly only good -- reason to learn a proper forehand slice is that a forehand volley (or FH block/chip return of serve) is just an abbreviation of the same exact motion.
Have to disagree with you here. Forehand slice is incredibly effective on approach shots, and can be used from the baseline to trip an opponent up by bleeding pace and varying spin. The more shots that you can perform well in your tennis game, the better, in my view.
 

LocNetMonster

Professional
You might be right about that, actually. Think I'll have to start saying "guide" instead.
Coming from a world of boxing and martial arts, "punch" is definitely wrong in my book. IMHO, 'jab' would be a better description of the desired movement. But neither really work if both the instructor and student don't know how to throw hands in the first place.
 

SinjinCooper

Hall of Fame
Have to disagree with you here. Forehand slice is incredibly effective on approach shots, and can be used from the baseline to trip an opponent up by bleeding pace and varying spin. The more shots that you can perform well in your tennis game, the better, in my view.
Yes, I said it was a good reason. That wasn't an accident.

Then, "possibly," specifically because most modern power baseliners will never hit a forehand slice approach in their lives, even though it's a fine shot in the right hands.

For those who will never hit a forehand slice, it's still worth learning because doing so -- not being half-assedly instructed to "punch" or "guide" the ball -- is the best way to understand the FH volley's mechanics. Just as the BH slice is for the BH volley.

But for them, it's the only good reason.
 
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S&V-not_dead_yet

Talk Tennis Guru
For those who will never hit a forehand slice, it's still worth learning because doing so -- not being half-assedly instructed to "punch" or "guide" the ball -- is the best way to understand the FH volley's mechanics. Just as the BH slice is for the BH volley.
I don't think being told to "guide" the ball is half-assed instruction. The way Westerman explains it at essentialtennis seems very appropriate for beginners/intermediates.
 
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AllCourtHeathen

Guest

there's no psychological or mental aspect to tennis at all, it's all snake oil.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
This vid is a cavalcade of faulty logic, ignoring physics, conflating possible and optimal, and terrible results. Cant get any worse than this

 

LocNetMonster

Professional
Point the butt cap is pretty bad
May be for rec players, but I think this one depends on level of play. I watched the men's team at our local college practice this weekend. On the three courts I paid attention to all six players had the butt cap pointed toward the ball during their swings while hitting routine groundies.
 

NuBas

Legend
May be for rec players, but I think this one depends on level of play. I watched the men's team at our local college practice this weekend. On the three courts I paid attention to all six players had the butt cap pointed toward the ball during their swings while hitting routine groundies.
Nahhh
 
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