Windshield Wiper Tennis
by Dillon McNamara on October 23, 2019 at 1:59 PM
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The advanced version of how the wrist moves. Notice how much wrist the pros use when they hit the ball. A couple key things to note: -Generally the wrist will start before you make contact with the ball. -Move the wrist over the top of the ball (make a roof over the ball) -Use as much wrist as you possibly can (we recommend the wrist move about 270 degrees or about a 3/4ths turn.
On the run movemnet
by Dillon McNamara on October 5, 2016 at 1:34 PM
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Here is a video on the steps to perfect movement.
1. Start in ready position on your toes
2. Turn your hips 90 degrees and immediately take of running to the ball. Although Roger doesn't do it here, I believe the racket should get back as soon as possible. Try and get your racket back with the turn of your hips.
3. Plant your back foot.
4. Step in on the front foot.
5. Swing through the shot.
6. Get back to ready position.
7. Make your first step a crossover step.
8. Side step back to the middle.
*A key step to note is that when you are moving back to the middle you should be perfectly strait. Make sure your hips and your feet stay facing forward.
by Dillon McNamara on August 6, 2016 at 9:29 PM
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Hi everyone, I have been showing a lot of you this video lately. If there is one guy in tennis my students want to hit like, it would be this guy. Thhis is what smooth looks like in your stroke. Let's begin with his turn.
-Notice instantly how David turns his body a full 90 degrees to the ball. (Hitting in a closed stance position).
-As he turns his hip his racket also comes all the way back. Take note how the blade of the racket is the furthest part of his body back towards the camera.
-After that notice the C motion he makes in the back before getting to his flashlight position.
-From there he accelerates his hand all the way forward with complete follow through to his shoulder.
-Take note of how closely he watches the ball as well.
Break down of serving technique
by Dillon McNamara on July 30, 2016 at 4:48 PM
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-Let's start at 0 seconds. Notice that both hands are close to each other around the waist area.
-From 0-10 seconds. 3 things start and stop all at once. Both hands and the front leg.
-At 10 seconds his right elbow and his right hand are above his shoulder with his left hand still all the way up. Notice his head is up as well looking at the ball.
-From 10-14 seconds the racket head falls down and the left hand also begins to drop.
-At 14 seconds the racket is all the way down with the elbow high.
-From 14-15 seconds the hand swings strait up and the shoulders begin to rotate.
-At 15 seconds his arm is locked vertically as high as it can possibly go. Also the racket head is on top of the ball, not under it.
-From 15-16 seconds the wrist snaps down on the ball
-From 16-20 seconds the hands comes all the way down and to the left side of his body.
by Dillon McNamara on July 3, 2016 at 4:15 PM
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Ok, lets keep this simple for my students.
1. Both hands come back together (notice the left on the throat of the racquet).
2. He steps into the ball on the front foot and begins his motion.
3. Notice as he swings that his hand stays pretty level. He doesn't lift it or let it drop dramatically)
4. He hits the outside part of the ball (the ball of the racket is in front of the handle at his contact point)
Hitting around the ball
by Dillon McNamara on June 8, 2016 at 11:49 AM
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In this video notice how Fernando Verdasco is always hitting out and around the ball. When getting to the outside part of the ball it is important to first note the path of the hand. Try and avoid swinging near your stomach. Instead swing out to the side. As you can see, there is a gap between his hand and stomach area at contact point. This allows him to also use his wrist to get more spin on the ball.
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