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  • Fiorenzo Marin 5 years ago

    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

  • Aidan Clopp 5 years ago

    I understand how I am supposed to hit the ball, but how should I run to it?

  • FairwayJack 5 years ago

    Ian..could you do a short vid on racket angling for rising, peak height and
    descending balls..???…Thx! Jack

  • uncle Karl 5 years ago

    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

  • TJ Wing 5 years ago

    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.

  • Usman Gul 5 years ago

    Cool remote controlled ball machine

  • Beverly Patt 5 years ago

    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.

  • Slimane Hallali 5 years ago

    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.


  • Tennis God 5 years ago

    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

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  • lasbrisas25mio 5 years ago

    This is a joke !!!! Every player have to adjust the position to play a good

  • dev karastha 5 years ago

    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).

  • José Reyes Cristaldo 5 years ago

    very good lesson

  • Dan Hermanson 5 years ago

    I love your videos Ian they are helping me a ton. Keep up the great work!

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  • lavaman233 5 years ago

    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?

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  • phalope 5 years ago

    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***

  • Cussy Richards 5 years ago

    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.

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  • Gill V 5 years ago

    Thanks for that, I keep this in mind on my next hit out.

  • dodododa 5 years ago

    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.