Tennis – Crushing Forehands at 69 Years Old (Del Potro Style)

By | August 3, 2022

It’s been 15 months since i’ve seen you i think so yeah but probably like february march of last year yeah that’s right and what did you change well i mean i because of you i’ve just totally totally revamped my forehand you remember your forehand and it’s just it’s good it’s good my best shot what did you change like what exactly i had the old-fashioned forehand i was i didn’t have a good loop i was waiting well i remember but we already changed that when we worked together like if we did you change things we changed to waiting we changed to waiting the timing with the racket on the left hand out yep the loop with the gravity going through and the absolute biggest thing was i’m sure you remember this i was stopping my swing that’s right that’s right that’s right most of the time now now you finish okay good that and that’s that’s a huge but you you’re saying you change you changed even more after we took that little break no no no i’m through i mean maybe maybe little maybe a little details but the vast majority of changes was happened when we worked together that’s been good let me take a look here hit a couple of forehands nice good another thing that’s improved where you used to make contact like much further behind oh absolutely and now you’re you’re more in front you’re starting the rotation much sooner which is really good you’re sequencing the rotation much better here do a couple more there it is the one thing that i would advise you to to to still pay attention to is how far back your left hand goes see what you’re doing is like you’re doing the djokovic style where you’re taking the racket back and the left hand goes really far back on this side so what happens a lot of times is like because the hand is so far back here you can’t get out of the rotation properly and the rotation sequencing is more difficult so it’s not wrong to go here if you can get out of it but if you feel like you catch yourself being a little bit late what you can do to adjust that is not allow the left hand to go past the middle point right here so this is the middle point of your body don’t allow the left hand to stay past the middle point of the body but just go here and just let go like this okay that’s going to allow you to rotate faster because your your left hand is closer to here only go to there yep try that see actually coiling too much is a problem you still went too far back and go a little bit less a little bit less right here here’s the middle part of your body go right here don’t go so go ahead and turn all the way turn all the way turn your shoulders okay but now here let go right here of your left hand let’s go right here in this spot okay and you hit it from here you’re staying too long with the left hand your left hand is yes yeah you’re allowing the left hand to go too far back there you go there you go there it is what you will find is a lot more power this way yes you get a lot more power because what happens is with a lot of recreational players is that they have the right intention of of coiling this happens on the serve too they the thought process is correct but they want to coil a lot they want to turn a lot and load up the shot but what if you can’t come out of the coil what if your body what if you’re what if your body movements are not fast enough to get out of the coil now you’re making contact late and you’re not actually getting a lot less power so at the rec level a tip that i give to pretty much everyone because most people aren’t able to get out of coil that’s too large i tell them don’t go past the middle point of your body with your left hand now the distance to the ball is shorter you understand so the uncoiling phase is a little bit shorter and it’s easier to rotate into the ball because the most important thing on the forehead is making contact at the right place right so because you’re not you’re not coiling extra like the pros do you’re stopping right here your distance to the contact is shorter and you’re able to rotate a lot easier and you’ll make contact more quickly well listen on the return of serve you don’t really want to coil at all if you’re returning a first serve so that not only does the take back um get reduced on the return serve but also the amount of turn that you make okay because on the return of serve if the first serve comes fast and you coil all the way you won’t be able to come out of this you’re guaranteed to make contact too far back so on the return you minimize your take back but you also minimize the amount of turn you make you make a half a turn or sometimes even a quarter turn depending on the pace of the serve nice nice one again that’s a killer forehand you always remind me a little bit of delpo on your forehand it’s the delpo forehand there it is here one more and i’m gonna rally with you a little bit are you looking good man you got better oh again there’s a slice come good go again finish it off all the way good backhand nice go again you’re a beast man you’re a beast one more man blast it you’re looking good you still play volleyball every day twice a week beach volleyball yeah that’s amazing and tennis uh two to three times a week how how how young are you now i would be uh 69 in a few weeks 69.

Yeah you’re in an unbelievable shape thanks i’m believing you keep going for many many years this way yes i actually would like to be in the shape that you’re in because i recently got out of shape i need to follow your lead well anyway look we’re doing it for uh i just study sort of it was it was an experiment definitely yeah that i’ll never do again but look there’s one more thing on the forehand that i don’t like it’s the following thing you get a ball your first move is to go on the bottom here and then you go up in the loop so it’s kind of like a forehand from the 90s like i when i was a junior i actually hit my forehand that way when i grew up playing way back way back in the day late 80s early 90s that’s how my forehand used to be yeah it’s like the ivan lendl forehand going i’m going like this to the loop position yes instead of instead of straight yes absolutely yes so you’re going here here first first move and then you raise the racket up it’s not optimal because now listen the racket has to go up and then back down it’s not as fluid not not as continuous right as going like immediately from the top to the bottom so the first move you make is going top okay excellent you see what i mean the first move you make yeah when you make your your turn you you keep the racket up and then from there you will drop it in the back everything else is the same the only difference you’re making is like go in your ready position now forehand comes you go here and that’s it that’s the only change you need to make not for not first down and then up okay let me give you a couple of easy feeds well you already have a loop but it’s like the way you do it you’re doing like more the see there was a transitional phase on the modern forehand where it went from like going like this to going like this and then turn into this on the modern forehand so you gotta modernize it just a tad okay now you don’t have to exaggerate by the way like you don’t have to bring it way up over your head it’s unnecessary to just go like this all you got to do is look all you got to do is just here stay here with the with the top of your racket doesn’t even require you to raise your hand it’s just that the tip of the racket needs to be like up more here we go there it is very clean that is so clean and finish it off all the way nice this is del potro is in the house officially look at these forehands okay how does that feel is that okay yeah okay that’s an adjustment that you need all right okay but there’s one more thing on the forehand and you’re a little bit narrow with your stances you pointed that out keep the feet well remember i probably told you this before but you’re a little bit narrow sometimes and then when you when you finish as as if you’re losing balance a little bit okay so a little bit wider base wider base at least at least shoulder width maybe even more sometimes that’s going to allow you to finish much stronger to connect the contact to the core much stronger okay and maintain your balance throughout the stroke excellent come again and finish it off all the way i want that racket going backwards there you go racket’s going backwards at the end oh lala look at these look at these forehands they’re killer go again i jinxed you by the way the wide base works open stance and closed stance okay so into closed stance you can go a little bit further here so the open stance you go a little further here okay let’s talk real quick about open stance and closed stance here’s the thing about these two stances on the forehand is that they should never be forced but i find a lot with the recreational level they probably are hearing advice to do open stance because open sense is better and that’s wrong advice yes open stance is better however you need to play the forehand with both stances this is true at any level of the game even at the elite level now at the recreational level what do you think is going to be used more closed stance or open stance i guess closed stance okay that’s true and what about the elite level there’s more obviously open right so the difference there is that how you position yourself on the forehand depends on the penetration of the incoming ball mainly it also depends on your court positioning a little bit and some some situations on the court require you to be open stance but those are specialty circumstances on the vast majority of the time so you have to determine whether you do an open stance or closed stance it’s going to depend on one factor and that is the penetration of the incoming ball okay so what i’m seeing now as i’m doing these slow soft hand feeds is that you’re forcing open stance a little bit and you’re even catching yourself stepping forward with that back foot which is not a good thing to do okay so when the ball does not have penetration do your closed stance forehand when the ball is coming with plenty of penetration that’s when you can do open stance so the way you can call a closed sense forehand is a situation where you’re stepping up to a ball it all depends on the ball you’re going to step up when you step up on the forehand you’re going to have to step up with this side you can’t step up with this side because you won’t be able to turn your your your shoulders your hips are locked right so you never want to step up with this leg you step up with this leg so you can maintain your your setup position so step up is in relation to the incoming ball that doesn’t have a lot of penetration soft balls slices you know dink shots there you go that’s a step up situation so forget your feet start thinking about the ball oh no you did a hybrid you did open and you came through this way do it again come on step up step up there you go go again allow yourself to step up to the ball there you go come again step up much more natural right step up to it very clean and now you don’t have to step up because i’m going to feed it faster okay you don’t have to step up watch this do it again you don’t have to step up now you’re stepping up when you don’t have to you just wait for it the ball is coming through the court a little faster and longer here don’t step up wait for it okay go again wait for it okay and now step up okay you see the difference between the two oh let’s rally a little bit more okay good good nice nice step up and put it away robert come on put it away kill it on the run come come all right great rally nice work man here’s the thing that you got to remember three things don’t take the left hand too far back loop starts in the front not the back and then make sure that you determine open stance closed stance by the incoming ball and then continue to work on your finish the finish has gotten a lot better but i still see sometimes you don’t finish all the way yeah finish towards to finish towards the back fence exactly so that’s actually four things but three main things that you need to work on the fourth thing the finish has gotten a lot better but continue continue working on it of course when you do this stuff you focus on one thing at a time otherwise you get confused so i would pick one of those three things and work on it separately and uh i think that you can you can knock this out in a couple of weeks seriously i think you yeah your forehand is looking great man.

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