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Published: 04 Nov 2006 - 20:57 by instrumal

Updated: 03 Jan 2007 - 09:36

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getting old and slowing down any ideas on how to stay competitive through routines  Im    a playing A3 and am 48old. Major concern is that I have lost the good drive technique where i used to get the ball passed the opponent.Now I get cut short all the time, any hints in stance/position ball placement on front wall?









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From raystrach - 03 Jan 2007 - 09:36

happy new year instrumal  

samwbc has definitely got the right idea with ideas on what you need to do. as you may or may not know i fit very neatly fit into the category that you are in. there are two issues that i find cause problems
  • Loss of Technique
    • As we get older it is very easy to start falling into bad habits - habits that become ingrained. if you go thru the library on technique and concentrate on smoothly flowing through your shots and swinging through to the target point on the front wall
  • Loss of Speed
    • This can cause two problems
      • You are slower to recover to the T so that shots which may have enabled you to get back and around your opponent once, now are not good enough because you cannot recover in time. when you find the solution to that one let me know!
      • Because you are slower, you are often not on good position to hit the ball, so your shots start to lose their accuracy - you need to look at your movement technique
This could be a starting point to rectify these problems, but they do take work.  remember what sam said - get the ball higher on the front wall

ps obviously, drills centred around these skills will help a lot because you can work on problems specifically

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From SamBWFC - 03 Jan 2007 - 03:17

I'd suggest some drives higher up the wall with less power. This would be with an open racket face and a swing underneath the ball. This will allow you more time to move around the court, and prevent your opponent from playing an attacking volley if you hit it high enough. I'd say the same for the serve as well.


If you do this, it can also frustrate the hell out of your opponent if the ball has no power and dies in the back corners. I play a lot of players that play like this, and I'm practicing it myself as variation.

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