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Comment by Tim Prapong on November 21, 2011 at 4:22pm

If a student can hit an inside out backhand return on the deuce court, I am pretty happy with that. I like to send slice serves jammers through to see if they can do it.

Comment by Bill Patton on November 21, 2011 at 9:18am

I try to feed for every possible situation they may face, except when we are making a relatively fundamental shift in stroking.    

Comment by Tim Prapong on November 20, 2011 at 10:48pm

Interesting! A court tilt. I actually prefer to feed away from the person's backhand so they are forced to seek the ball. lol

Comment by Bill Patton on November 20, 2011 at 10:44pm

Tim,

 

That's very detailed.  

Thanks for the comment, I will take a closer look at it.  

When I am working with a player at this level I take  a more organic approach and might tweak only one aspect of the shot.  One thing that comes into play on this court is that it has a nice tilt to the side, so the backhands are going away from him, and the forehands are coming into him.    

 

He comes every three weeks for a lesson, or sometimes once per month, so I always have time to prepare good things for him.

 

B

Comment by Tim Prapong on November 20, 2011 at 10:38pm

So I saw both videos and see the difference in flow. I'll list the changes I saw, if you don't mind.

Well, I see his front shoulder on his backhand does not float around and does dip slightly while he's going through the slot. For a more fully rotated backhand, with the racquet high, he could get his chest around closed more. Maybe he could go heel to toe on the front foot, or at least be on the toe.

On his forehand,  his front lead arm brace holds the racquet throat better, with the racquet face down. He drops that front non hitting arm arm down, then raises the hand back up to catch the racquet on the side. I would rather see him keep that non hitting arm up and rotate to the side. This would increase the flow even more, like Agassi or Djokovic forehands.

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