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http://www.essentialtennis.com So how do you hit a forehand or backhand “inside out”? The most simple way by far is to adjust your swing timing so that your …
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Hi Ian , I think your dedication to our game of tennis , more than makes up
for those occasional disturbing comments on your take on the actual videos
What I would do if I was in your situation is ascertain possibly to what
level of player IE: 2.5 or 4.0 you are addressing the comments in order to
sustain your explanations , then those contrary comments are neutralized &
everyone will be happy .
Fio Marin -PTR -Professional level coach
I understand how I am supposed to hit the ball, but how should I run to it?
Ian..could you do a short vid on racket angling for rising, peak height and
descending balls..???…Thx! Jack
After many, many, many years on the hard courts, I’ve developed a right hip
issue. This is no doubt do the the modern forehand. Lots of torsion there
in the rotation with the open stance. Break stepping, crossover stepping,
egsaserbate the problem. Short of calling it a career, how can I relearn my
game, and remain competitive. ? (I’m lining up alot of forehands now with a
hopping step to take my right hip out of the process- which is
I’m no expert but the way I was taught was to first simply try to hit the
ball inside out i.e. set up a target and do what it takes to get the ball
their. After that, I learned that wherever the strings are pointed, that’s
where the ball will go. While Ian is absolutely correct that timing on the
swing causes the direction of the shot, I feel that this overcomplicates
what should be a relatively simple shot. However, I completely defer to
Ian. He’s got much more talent than I, and has played much longer.
Cool remote controlled ball machine
But, Slimane, wouldn’t rotating your body be a dead giveaway to your
opponent on where you are aiming? I find the inside out so tricky to defend
against because it goes in a direction I am not expecting.
Any other reasons people use an inside-out shot? I’d love to hear them.
Thanks for tips, Ian. Another factor coming into play is your body
position. If you rotate counter-clockwise (to the left), you can hit the
ball in front of your body and hit an inside out.
In the end, It depends on how much time you have to hit the ball.
For example, if you get a floater or a very soft ball coming at you with
little pace, you have time to rotate your body to face it cross-court and
hit the inside out without having to do any uncomfortable contorsion with
your arm. On the other hand, if the ball has a lot of pace you can time
your stroke to determine the path the ball will take without rotating your
body, as you have just demonstrated.
That view may bridge the two contradicting approaches you mentioned.
Thanks Ian, I found this very helpful since I attempt a lot of inside out
forehands, I definitely need pay attention to my position on the court so I
can angle my racquet the correct way
This is a joke !!!! Every player have to adjust the position to play a good
if u dont transfer your weight fully to the front foot, you’ll be able to
hit inside out shots very successfully. my left knee is not the best so i
heavily rely on my right leg which ends up me hitting a lot of inside
out/in forehands. i cant hit crosscourts well (still working on it).
very good lesson
I love your videos Ian they are helping me a ton. Keep up the great work!
Great video Ian. Keep up the good work.
Hi Ian, I understand the method you demonstrated but you didn’t mention the
other option of changing the feet alignment to hit inside out or crosscourt
without varying the contact point.
Of course there is less disguise when doing this, but do you agree that is
also an acceptable option?
Another great vid ! In the video, you mentioned posting a link on a lesson
to prevent getting “jammed”. This is a problem for me.
Did I miss it somehow ?
*** I found it on your site***
Hey, Ian, if you’re saying that the inside out forehand needs to be hit
earlier in the swing, doesn’t that mean that the shot won’t be as powerful
because the racket didn’t have as much time to accelerate, (since you hit
it earlier in the swing)?
If you want to hit inside out, can’t you turn your feet so that your stance
is totally closed off – then you can meet the ball late in your swing (with
full racket acceleration) and your shot will still go inside out? I guess
the shot will be more powerful, but you can’t disguise it, as your stance
would be so closed off it would be literally impossible to hit inside in
without smacking yourself in the shoulder.
Thanks for that, I keep this in mind on my next hit out.
I really don’t think you’ve thought this through. At about where the
contact point is, good players keep the racket on the same path until after
the ball is hit. They don’t swipe across the ball as you describe. It would
be impossible to control your direction that way.
can you comment on the left elbow pulling the shoulders down from the
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Clear explanation !
Man, this is so good. I am a very beginner. When I watched lot other videos
Some excellent points...liked the birds in background. Hope you do a kick
Thank you for your thoroughness. Making tennis fun again.
I wanna see your serve
GREAT SET OF TIPS AND NICE GOING THROUGH EACH STEP WITH DETAILS
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