your stroke doesn't look too bad. my only advice is on your backswing, instead of taking it straight down, do like a little loop and set your racquet higher before you swing. It gives you more momentum. Serena's forehand or Lindsay's forehand are some pretty good examples of what I mean.
Jan 6th, 2007, 12:40 AM
That's one of the shortest backswings I've seen in a while. Refreshing! :D
Jan 6th, 2007, 01:09 AM
Yes your backswing is pretty short, you might wanna take your raquet back a little further for more power. Apart from that it looks good.
Jan 6th, 2007, 01:13 AM
I made additional comments on the stroke in the tennis4you forum. I do not mind the backswing so much. The footwork and the weight transfer could use some work. I have seen people with similar backswings smack the hell out of the ball. But I agree, it couldn't hurt to take the racquet back a little further. I bet you do great at returning fast serves or fast hit shots to you though with that short of a backswing.
Jan 6th, 2007, 02:42 AM
I agree about the footwork, you could probably get more power if you turn more and thus get more power from the transfer of weight. To me, the footwork and mobility looked like a larger issue than the forehand though. You might find some Chinese footwork (which I learned when I played badminton) to be useful http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Footwork_(martial_arts)http://trinity.psnw.com/~dlmurray/footdrills.html and develop what Mary Carillo calls "happy feet," which she often stresses is the most important sign of a player's potential.