Federer, Wawrinka and more top spin BH part II: The Stroke phase

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  • By xstf, March 31, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    Thanks for your comments. I do have on my topic list to do a video on the point of contact and that happens around it. As far as the grip pressure you should hang on to the racquet a little tighter than a forehand since their is more wrist release at contact during the forehand. But having said that you should not hanging on to the racquet with a death grip either. Too tight of a grip will not allow you to create the desired racquet head speed. I hope that helped. Play well. Christophe.

  • By sin19062, March 31, 2013 @ 10:10 am

    Thank you for taking the time to create such a detailed video. Do you think you could add a video or additional comments describing the brushing action of the stroke? Instead of the bouncing action that many players get off the strings. Any advisement on grip pressure?

  • By kingslave021, March 31, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    I don’t really think a long vid is useless because for me every detail counts. I hope to see a federer forehand analysis in your next vid. Thanks

  • By xstf, March 31, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    Yes you are correct it is a little long. It was one of my first video i posted on Youtube. I am getting better at keep things a little shorter but it’s difficult to do when in order to prove my point I must show how all the pros use the same technique. Thanks for your comments and positive feedback. Christophe.

  • By kingslave021, March 31, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    Its a bit long but watching it was worth it. My follow through became better because of this vid. Would recommend to people who are seriously wanna learn the correct stroke.

  • By xstf, March 31, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    Hello Basil, Thank you for calling my video boring and meaningless…. Your comments make no sense whatsoever and actually prove my point. All the pros repeat the same Common Threads (what you call moves) and yes they all have different styles . The Common Threads are the basic fundamentals of each stroke. I am merely pointing how all pros use the same fundamentals over and over to prove my point which is the gist of all my videos… So what is your point? . Christophe.

  • By Basil Xanthis, March 31, 2013 @ 1:28 pm


  • By xstf, March 31, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    You are correct, my analysis is just a breakdown of each stroke. Every time I ask my good friend Ivan Lendl technical questions about an upcoming stroke analysis video he just looks at me and says. ” I don’t know I just do it”. Thanks for watching. Play well. Christophe.

  • By TomTrix99, March 31, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    Great vid, but the funny thing is that the pro´s that you showcase, probably never was aware of these details that you point out, when they developed their technique. That´s because it comes naturally when moving and rotating the body. It is important to learn proper basics, but probably more important to not over think what you are doing imo

  • By Mik Miranda, March 31, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    Thanks! and if possible, if you could make a common thread about any serve that the best servers in the world do? Thanks again and God bless!

  • By xstf, March 31, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

    Glad I was able to help and that is exactly why I do those videos to help players just like you. Keep watching. Play well. Christophe.

  • By Mik Miranda, March 31, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    Its better, Christophe keep that kind of video going like that cause i can remember most of the threads very well while i’m practicing tennis. I also have improved heappss, my family friend who’s coaching me, told me that i was the most improved player! hehe

  • By xstf, March 31, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

    You are very welcome. I am glad this helped you out. Play well. Christophe.

  • By relinquis, March 31, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

    great tip on having the non-dominant arm guide the racquet through the drop. i used to let go to early.

    love this. thank you.

  • By xstf, March 31, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    Yes you are correct this was some of my earlier work I am working on keeping my videos shorter and to the point. Thanks for watching Play well. Christophe.

  • By ckarea55, March 31, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

    good point, but you talk too much at the same thing over and over and over

  • By xstf, March 31, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

    You are welcome. Good luck at school this year, let me know if you have any questions about your game. Thank you for watching. Play well. Christophe.

  • By Nico Franco, March 31, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    awesome video, I feel like this has an will help me learn the right mechanics of my backhand and make a HUGE difference as I train for my second college tennis season

  • By xstf, March 31, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

    I don’t really agree with Vic Branden on many levels Actually the racquet only stays on the ball for a split second therefor focusing on extending to the target can be counter productive and create deceleration at contact. It looks like their swing path are going thru the ball but not as much as one thinks. Yes it is more extended than a reverse follow thru but not by much at all. I hope we are talking about the same thing. Christophe

  • By Torsade101, March 31, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

    Opts, posted before I finished..have you noticed in your slow mo reviews of the top players, that they extend the shot out towards the target when they hit. The idea being that it gives you a Wider safety margin to hit a shot if your timing is out (called translation by Vic Braden).

  • By Torsade101, March 31, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

    Thank for that. Not sure we are talking about the same thing.

  • By xstf, March 31, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

    Yes Roger DelPo & not the only two to have a straight arm forehand Rafa & Verdasco Dimitrov use the same technique only to name a few. So there is a big debate at the moment if the straight arm forehand should be taught vs the traditional double bend. I personally teach the Double bent. Roger uses both where as DelPo Rafa & Verdasco use the straight arm all the time.Is the straight arm forehand the evolution of the modern forehand? Not sure time will tell.Hope I answered your question.Christophe

  • By Torsade101, March 31, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

    A question for you Christophe-

    Vic Braden videotaped Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro and found that when you watch in slow motion, Roger’s strike zone for a clean hit is several feet and Del Potro’s even longer. Their swing speed is so fast we never notice.

    I haven’t actually picked seen this -have you? (called Translation or extending out to the target)

  • By xstf, March 31, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

    You are welcome thank you for watching.

  • By Torsade101, April 1, 2013 @ 12:07 am

    Great stuff. Thanks Christophe.

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