This is really helpful to watch his follow through and the process of getting low and finishing every shot..
Thanks again for your nice videos. BUT: does not Mikhails elbow raise too high at the follow trough of his forehand stroke, at cost of the racket head motion. Ok, every star has his personal style..
This is my third year as an active through the year rec player and the last 6 months I have studied and practised a lot of techniques, ( and strategies and mental things, too). From my point of wiev I think it is important at first to learn to do the things right, then it is time add my personal spices on that… What you say?
By nature I am an ugly winner (acc to Brad Gilbet) , but I am working hard to get power and spin into my strokes….
Now I am 63, and my aim is to start competing thoroughly at the age of 65 on national level, so I have still plenty of time to practice….insallah!
My twohanded backhand is close to good by nature, my forehand I have learned from Florian Meyer and serve from Feel tennis (both Youtube). What you say? Ok, naturally I have my local coach, too.
I play weekly a couple of matches and in the meantime I practise; on court, at home, at the office…Yesss, and play future matches in my bed… No no, dont worry about burn out, this only is enthusiasm of a youg man!
What the xxxx, I just wrote you my tennis life story… sorry to take your time!
Thanks again for the material you produce, I feel it very valuable and useful.
Wow Esa, I love your passion for the game… Good luck on the courts.
Jorge: Two things as an old HS coach I noticed right away–Mikhail’s use of his left hand (non-racquet hand) to help align his shoulders for a full body turn as well as helping him change grips in between shots. I see many inexperienced players and some us older ones who never let their non-racquet hand help in either back hand, forehand, or volley.
I thought Mikhail’s hop step was great, but after that his foot work seemed weak. Maybe because he was just concentrating on swings and grips. I thought his feet at times were too close together and he was off balance. If you have a ball that is really consistent, at the right height and distance away from your body you can get away with this. He was being fed balls that looked really good for him where he was on the court at the time, but their were times I felt he could have moved better to get the ball into his perfect zone and he chose not to. For us non-gifted players getting into this kind of mode is a recipe for disaster.
Nice observations Mike. I also think he was still in warm-up mode and not going at full speed at the time I shot this video
great shot – and good comments
This is great for my players to see. The preparation, shoulder turn, and fluidness in the strokes is easy to see in the slow mo. Thank you!
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