Thursday, August 14, 2014

Second Video Analysis

Okay, so I know this is my 2nd video analysis, but it's actually the same video link just the 2nd person I'll be it is if you want to have a look again 

Last time I only did an analysis for the player in red and after he told his opponent about his feedback, well he too wanted some tips. So here we go. This critique is for the player in the grey shirt. And remember I still have an offer out there for 1 more free video analysis. If you want to get some feedback about your game heading into the new season and you don't mind a bit of attention submit a link to one of your games.

So I'd like to start off the same way and compliment you on a few areas of your game.

You have solid mechanics to your swing. Your footwork is pretty solid as well and I like your forehand racquet preparation.

So yes, your footwork is pretty solid and your racquet preparation is good, but these are actually two of the areas you can improve the most. While on the T your racquet usually hangs by your ankles so you don't volley (or look to volley) nearly as much as you could. There is one rally that starts at 3:59 where you volleyed 4 or 5 times in the rally and it was the most pressure you created all game. At 4:12 you actually seemed the volley and if you did this more you would dramatically improve your game. In the same rally at 4:15, 4:18 and 4:20 you waited to hit these balls and were in position to hit them early before your opponent recovered to the T. I know this is the summer and this was the 4th game between you two, so maybe you were a little fatigued.

My first impression after the first couple of shots was that you walked to the T and were very casual with your movement. I'd like to see you get back to the T faster and be on your toes looking to pounce and cut off loose length.

The last thing that I would like you to try and work on is getting lower when you hit. You don't need t get low all the time. When you're volleying or hitting a ball around your midsection you can be (fairly) upright. As the ball is lower you should get lower, to the height of the ball. I like to get my grip to the height of the ball. Don't just drop your racquet head and hit up on the ball unless you absolutely have no other option. Bend your knees, get your butt down and get your hand to the height of the ball and you can be more assertive on your shot.

Okay, so in summary. You have nice swing mechanics, good forehand racquet preparation and your footwork is pretty good. I would focus on getting lower to hit when the ball is below your waist. I would also concentrate on getting to the T faster, with your racquet around your waist height so you can volley more. When you seek the volley you take time away from your opponent. Make your opponent hit a good length to get you off the T, don't give it up so easily! And lastly, yes you're getting a lot of advice here (maybe too much), you hit a lot of loose crosscourt from the back backhand to your opponents forehand. Keep it straight unless you think he's cheating or you know for sure you can get it by him and into the back right corner.

So I'd like to once again praise this brave person for asking for my opinion and sharing it with all of you. Check out the link if you want to see what I see and if you agree with me or not. Maybe some of these areas are things you also need to work on...and remember I'm only going to do 1 more free video analysis, so if you want me to break down one of your games send me the link asap. I only get about one to two hundred views per day, so chances are none of your opponents will even see my diagnosis!! And even if they do, well you'll have improved these areas I suggested by the next time you play them. So your opponents should be the worried ones :-)

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