Added a new video analysis about a common weight transfer misconception. Here are a few video articles that can help expand on this topic: https://www.feeltennis.net/fundamental-rally-conditions/ and https://www.feeltennis.net/open-before-neutral-forehand/
Mike in the UK
It’s great that you are adding these occasional case studies to the course website.
They are a great complement to the main modules, thank you!
Thank you Tomas for the additional case studies. I think they serve to fine tune and emphasize the content of the technique modules. I’ll have to go back to my two serve courses to check on additional content. Is there any way to alert members to new course content? I purchased your two serve courses, the forehand and the backhand many years ago.
Thanks for the feedback, George!
The only “alert” possible with this current software is the “latest posts” sidebar section on the homepage of each course where you may see my comment whenever I post something new.
I am actually testing a different membership software that I may transition to in the next year and that one might even have email notifications whenever there is a new post…
Hi Tomas. This was an excellent case study for me on weight transfer. The idea of remaining calm – not jumping into the ball but accurately assessing how it will come to you and preparing to make contact in a stable stance was helpful. I do often feel as if I am supposed to take balls early instead of being calm and making contact, knowing the ball will come to me. I also appreciated knowing that it is good to have a calm left foot that remains flush to the ground and that one can still get good rotation from the shoulder without pivoting the foot. Thank you.
Thanks for the feedback, Journeygirl!
Yes, this weight transfer misconception comes up often in my lessons so I wanted to make sure it’s included.
Here’s a nice video of Djokovic practicing and you can observe the front foot when he steps into neutral stance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iqzhhMe1l4
Hi Tomaz. Thanks for the great analysis. My coach has always been asking me to hit the ball at the apex of its trajectory. Otherwise I would be hitting “too low”. So often time I cannot hit the ball at below weight level. Do you recommend always trying to make contact when the ball is bouncing to the apex? If you have videos that are talking about this topic, please let me know. Thank you!
I do not advise any player to try and hit the ball on top of its bounce. The timing is difficult and there is no effect if you are behind the baseline, the ball simply flies too long and loses too much speed by the time it reaches the other side for the risk to be worth it.
You need to learn to handle all types of balls. There is no such thing as “always try to hit” at certain point.
You need to “always” adjust to the ball and pick the most reliable and comfortable option if possible. And if not possible, meaning opponent hit the ball too good, then you need to handle it however it arrives.
This video article best describes this logic: https://www.feeltennis.net/baseline-movement/
Here are a few more with fundamentals in mind: https://www.feeltennis.net/fundamental-rally-conditions/
Thank you very much, Tomaz! These videos are super helpful.
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