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Don’t fake it….unless you’re Michael Chang.
The best players I play against (strong 4.0 to 4.5) usually are focused on
the ball and not looking away or giving a head fake. When your opponent is
locked onto the ball, it’s much harder to read which way they’re going to
hit it. I’ve also noticed that when I try a little fake here and there, I
don’t hit a clean shot because I’ve taken my eyes off the ball…so I then
have to rely on luck, which typically doesn’t work out that well.
I definitely agree with you Ian. I think Nadal is a good example of how a
player doesn’t need to be tricky to win. Simple strategy yet mastered to
the point where all the top level players struggle against him.
You’re explanation is really realistic!!!Very impressive..
Thanks Ian, I think that I get what you mean so I will try to work on that
and improve my basics like you told me. You are awesome And just to let
you know my name Mazen is pronounced Mayzen (like in Mason)
i agree with you ian. focus on fundamentals. a fake/trick shot i see
often done by pros is the drop shot. so you might wanna learn to master
the drop shot if you wanna fake it.
This is really out there Ian but I was wondering if one could work with or
for you at Essential Tennis and make it bigger. Please make a video over
via “Ask Ian” reply. Thank you.
The context of the actual question is that Mazen’s opponents can always
anticipate his next shot. I agree that improving one’s fundamentals makes a
difference (e.g. it’s easy to predict what Nadal will do but it’s tough to
do anything about it). On the flip side, I’ve found that if I improve my
anticipation it’s harder for my opponent to “fake” me out, and I force them
to hit better shots.
This whole fake thing instantly reminded me of when Roger faked where he
was going to hit the ball by looking in that direction but directed the
other way haha
Absolutely correct, concentrate on your basics and fundamentals.
Hi Ian! Congrats on your videos, I love them and they help me a lot. Could
you explain the types of hitting stances and when to use them? Thanks &
Good advice. But they are probably asking about short opportunity balls
inside the court. People used to tell me “I knew where you were going to
hit it a mile away!” So now I always line my body up like I’m going to
drill it into the backhand corner, but about half the time I whip it the
other way at the last moment. As long as I execute well, I don’t lose
points from inside the court any more.
These video just too good, sometime we just need to use our head to win the
game tennis is such a mental game after all
Hello Ian, a while ago I heard about the Buggy Whip Shot, it is the shot,
which Nadal uses and is mostly known and feared for. Can you please explain
how we can use it in a video? :)
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Some excellent points...liked the birds in background. Hope you do a kick
Thank you for your thoroughness. Making tennis fun again.
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