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  • Australian Open TV 4 years ago

    Don’t fake it….unless you’re Michael Chang.

  • DistortedVision 4 years ago

    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.

  • Theodore Nguyen 4 years ago

    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.

  • daperamids24 4 years ago

    You’re explanation is really realistic!!!Very impressive..

  • mazen meziad 4 years ago

    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)

  • lokustic 4 years ago

    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.

  • Nathan Rarangol 4 years ago

    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.

  • Alan Wong 4 years ago

    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.

  • Simple Modern Tennis 4 years ago

    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

  • Ravi Rawat 4 years ago

    Absolutely correct, concentrate on your basics and fundamentals.

  • Robert Samarra Collins 4 years ago

    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 &
    Regards.

  • dodododa 4 years ago

    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.

  • Minh Do 4 years ago

    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

  • mazen meziad 4 years ago

    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? :)

  • Essential Tennis - Lessons and Instruction for Passionate Players 4 years ago

    Should you work on faking your shots during points? Find out my answer!