what should i do to become a better tennis player?

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hı .. what can i do for a better tennis player. i have a green t-shirt on my video. thanks for your helps.
I like how, even though you have to move backwards to get a deep shot, you quickly move back to the baseline.

Look on the internet [like YouTube] for some basic instructional tips. A lot of material to cover.

I suggest, in addition to techique, concentrating on the 3Fs [footwork, focus, fitness, and spacing [the distance between your body and the ball; most rec players get too close]].

Here are some great videos on footwork, for example:


At 1:19 you volleyed nicely and should have continued on to the net. Instead you backed off and released the pressure off of your opponents. My doubles philosophy is the team that takes the net first has the advantage.

Your English is fine and way better than if I had to write a foreign language without a lot of study and practice.
 
#7
I like how, even though you have to move backwards to get a deep shot, you quickly move back to the baseline.

Look on the internet [like YouTube] for some basic instructional tips. A lot of material to cover.

I suggest, in addition to techique, concentrating on the 3Fs [footwork, focus, fitness, and spacing [the distance between your body and the ball; most rec players get too close]].

Here are some great videos on footwork, for example:


At 1:19 you volleyed nicely and should have continued on to the net. Instead you backed off and released the pressure off of your opponents. My doubles philosophy is the team that takes the net first has the advantage.

Your English is fine and way better than if I had to write a foreign language without a lot of study and practice.
Now how do we translate all this correctly ?:p
 
#8
I like how, even though you have to move backwards to get a deep shot, you quickly move back to the baseline.

Look on the internet [like YouTube] for some basic instructional tips. A lot of material to cover.

I suggest, in addition to techique, concentrating on the 3Fs [footwork, focus, fitness, and spacing [the distance between your body and the ball; most rec players get too close]].

Here are some great videos on footwork, for example:


At 1:19 you volleyed nicely and should have continued on to the net. Instead you backed off and released the pressure off of your opponents. My doubles philosophy is the team that takes the net first has the advantage.

Your English is fine and way better than if I had to write a foreign language without a lot of study and practice.
thank you for your ask. thank you for YouTube links. i am watching them now. i will upload new my video in next week.maybe i will be improve :)))
 
#18
Look for info on core rotation on forehand. There's a lot of info on the web and it can take a lot to make it work. Lessons with a good coach is the easiest way to get better quickely. But if you go the route of teaching yourself it will be up and down but you can have some success. Welcome
 
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#19
hı .. what can i do for a better tennis player. i have a green t-shirt on my video. thanks for your helps.

since you move, and track the ball ok, for your level,
imo my #1 priority is to fix your follow through on the fh... elim that exaggerated windshield wiper, and get you to hit through the ball more (ie. "swing out")...
 
#21
That’s about it really. And they’re famous for making narrow shorts so that the butt stands out! They started it with Djokovic now continuing to do the same to Federer!
LOL they have a uniqlo store in Perth now, actually the stuff is pretty cheap. $40 for a shirt or shorts, nike etc is usually $60+ ... lacoste is $150!!!
 
#25
i have upgrade my video. sorry for problem . my English is bad . please short sentences...
Don't worry mate. Your English is better than @thomas daniels. I'll give you two pieces of advice:

1. Don't listen to anything @sureshs ever says.
2. Get lessons. Tennis might look easy but it is so difficult to learn without lessons unless you're a natural athlete. I wish I got lessons much earlier than I did. It is so difficult to unlearn your bad technique.
 
#26
hı .. what can i do for a better tennis player. i have a green t-shirt on my video. thanks for your helps.


Hey, thanks for posting. Looks like you can get strokes in and move decent, so I think really getting to understand some basics of strokes would be helpful. Since all that was shown was forehands, my biggest suggestion would be to learn about spacing and keeping the elbow out from the body. This covers a bit of it.

 
#28
OP

We rec players are in a unique situation when it comes to progress. It's like this:

<--very good at match playing .................................................... good looking, correct individual strokes-->
<----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->

(Of course, there's points in between. Ie average at both!)
The two ends are virtually mutually exclusive. Meaning, one can only exist without the other. Never both. We're not Djokovic. Not even on par with his feeding partners.



So, how would you want to approach your tennis?

As far as rec tennis goes, there's really no rule to define "a good player". You can play and win a lot of matches or you can post on TT a lot or hit against a wall. All of which can be considered "good players"!!!!!!
 
#29
i think my problem is off -hand arm.
i noticed that if i extented my off-hand arm parallel to the baseline , my forehand is very powerfull.
but i dont want to that . because i can not see the ball clearly and either my off-hand arm touch the ball. . i am afraid :)))
how can i solution this problem . i dont know.

chaelAZ, strecthy MAN ,user92626 thanks your posts.
 
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i think my problem is off -hand arm.
i noticed that if i extented my off-hand arm parallel to the baseline , my forehand is very powerfull.
but i dont want to that . because i can not see the ball clearly and either my off-hand arm touch the ball. . i am afraid :)))
how can i solution this problem . i dont know.

chaelAZ, strecthy MAN ,user92626 thanks your posts.
Frankly, for your level you're doing fine with your offhand. It's the consistent footwork/stance and shot rhythm that you need to improve, IMO.

I have seen older men do worse arm swinging than you but are extremely consistent and good in games.

Believe me, when you got those items I mention above down cold, you'll see shots are very easy to do. Then, you'll feel relaxed, having ample time, and you can alter your form or incorporate anything.

Speed matters a lot in sports. Hit with good older, weaker men, women, or a ball machine. With their slow shots you'll be able to ingrain correct techniques better.
 
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Don't worry mate. Your English is better than @thomas daniels. I'll give you two pieces of advice:

1. Don't listen to anything @sureshs ever says.
2. Get lessons. Tennis might look easy but it is so difficult to learn without lessons unless you're a natural athlete. I wish I got lessons much earlier than I did. It is so difficult to unlearn your bad technique.
hehe i’m still unlearning mine.
good news is that I have a good library of what not to do.


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#32
i think my problem is off -hand arm.
i noticed that if i extented my off-hand arm parallel to the baseline , my forehand is very powerfull.
but i dont want to that . because i can not see the ball clearly and either my off-hand arm touch the ball. . i am afraid :)))
how can i solution this problem . i dont know.

chaelAZ, strecthy MAN ,user92626 thanks your posts.
Your off-hand should not be blocking your view of the ball.

If you're worried about touching the ball, you're way too close! Think about where your off-hand is relative to the contact point of your racquet: the latter should be several feet further away from your body.
 
#33
You have the concept that the arm at the shoulder joint provides most racket head speed. But you are missing the concept that the entire upper body, as is seen in high speed videos, also turns back and then forward for much racket head speed. Watch videos of high level players and look only at the two shoulders turning back and then forward. Djokovic is especially good at this upper body turn back and then forward.

This motion divides players into better and lesser players for ground strokes. (But not for the one hand backhand slice where the line between the shoulders moves less.)

But turning the upper body rapidly can be too stressful for some player's backs.

I have posted on "separation" many times with links. Search here or on Google.

Watch the line between Djokovic's shoulders turn back and then forward in this high level forehand. Watch WTA and ATP players, they all have this turn. Compare to the motion of the line between your two shoulders. Djokovic has exceptional flexibility and his range of motion is not good to copy.
 
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#34
You have the concept that the arm at the shoulder provides most racket head speed. But you are missing the concept that the entire upper body, as is seen in high speed videos, also turns back and then forward for much racket head speed.
I notice that it's particularly more challenging to incorporate the entire upper body when you swing with a light racket or against a light shot. I think the reason being you really don't need a lot of power with such equipment or shot, thus the body intuitively uses just enough, ie the arm only.

Look at fellow like Del Potro. He's bigger and stronger than the best players. So, most of the time, his swing looks "all arm" because that's enough.

 
#35
I notice that it's particularly more challenging to incorporate the entire upper body when you swing with a light racket or against a light shot. I think the reason being you really don't need a lot of power with such equipment or shot, thus the body intuitively uses just enough, ie the arm only.

Look at fellow like Del Potro. He's bigger and stronger than the best players. So, most of the time, his swing looks "all arm" because that's enough.

You are missing my point. How much would you say that the line between his two shoulders turns before impact? Roughly in degrees?

Stop action single frame on Youtube use the "," and "." keys.
 

TagUrIt

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#37
Your forehand isn’t bad. You are following through on your shots. Maybe split step before you take a shot. With your forehand get your guide arm (left arm) up and out in front of your body. Also if you hit an approach shot (attacking the ball) keep going towards the net. Don’t start forward and then go backwards. Your opponent will hit the ball at you (or your feet) and you will be out of position. It’s not bad tennis, just need to clean up the technique a bit.

We only saw one side of your shots also.
 
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#40
A not uncommon problem is: Waiting to turn your shoulders until the ball bounces in front of you. Instead, turn your shoulders as soon as you know which shot you will be hitting. You’ll find you have much more time to execute your stroke.
 
#41
A not uncommon problem is: Waiting to turn your shoulders until the ball bounces in front of you. Instead, turn your shoulders as soon as you know which shot you will be hitting. You’ll find you have much more time to execute your stroke.
Agree. Recently found great tip: let the non dominant arm do that job! That is, for a righty, left arm pulls the racket back on a one handed backhand and pushes the racket back on the forehand in such a way that you feel the stretch in your torso. You will see, the shoulders follow nicely. So don’t focus on the shoulder turn, focus on the off arm pulling and pushing.
 

TnsGuru

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#42
Not bad for a person that has played a year. Are you self taught? Backhand seems nonexistent except a weak slice but you are steady off the forehand which is a good start. Footwork could be better because the oncoming balls aren't very fast you wouldn't be able to position yourself when the players and hitting gets faster.

Take a lesson fom a pro who will help you on the backhand. Decide if you want a 1 or 2 handed BH stroke and stick with what feels right to you. Being self taught watching tennis videos helps but keep taking videos of yourself to see improvement from time to time.

Can you serve? If not get a good coach to teach the continental grip and learn to pronate and use spin. Even if the FH grip might feel better to serve don't do it, good players only use continental or eastern backhand grip as a service grip.
 
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#43
A not uncommon problem is: Waiting to turn your shoulders until the ball bounces in front of you. Instead, turn your shoulders as soon as you know which shot you will be hitting. You’ll find you have much more time to execute your stroke.


thanks rui.
it can be a great tips.
i will try at my mix match on friday.
 
#44
Agree. Recently found great tip: let the non dominant arm do that job! That is, for a righty, left arm pulls the racket back on a one handed backhand and pushes the racket back on the forehand in such a way that you feel the stretch in your torso. You will see, the shoulders follow nicely. So don’t focus on the shoulder turn, focus on the off arm pulling and pushing.
thanks bro .
but i can not understand that .
i need to more explain about this tip.( maybe a video)
 

TagUrIt

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#50
Focus on the left hand holding the throat of the racket and pulling on the backhand and pushing on the forehand to stretch/coil the upper body to create the torque needed to generate power for strokes.

It may seem dated, but that was a VERY good instructional video. I hope the OP can learn a few things from it. Nice find @Curious (y)
 
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