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Whipping the drive

Gaultier preparing for a powerful shot

Gaultier preparing for a powerful shot

Published: 08 Feb 2008 - 08:01 by rippa rit

Updated: 08 Feb 2008 - 09:45

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Here is a backhand shot of Gaultier.

It is very confusing when we as coaches are trying to reinforce having the open racket face as the racket comes down into the hitting zone, and then we see a picture like this one of Gaultier.  What do we see:

  • wrist tilted forward (racket face a  little closed as he tilts the wrist)
  • balanced
  • watching the ball
  • preparing for a power shot (hence the whipping type wrist preparation)
In fact looking at the height of the ball which appears to be bouncing higher than his waist, he will probably be swinging down going for a winner.

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From rippa rit - 08 Feb 2008 - 09:31   -   Updated: 08 Feb 2008 - 09:45

Mike - if it is a downwards kill (though he is not standing over the ball as much as I would have thought for a nick shot).

Gold members can compare this video of Craig demonstrating a Kill Shot into the nick

I am of two minds about this shot of Gaultiers and at first glance it looked like a whipping low hard drive (as his backswing is further behind the ball, and the wrist definitely ready for a whip).

For sure, his opponent will be right behind him and it better be darn good.

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From mike - 08 Feb 2008 - 08:51

If Gaultier is going for a downward kill shot (the ball is higher than his front wall target) then I would have thought that getting on top of the ball would be acceptable. If he were trying to lift the ball to length it'd be a different story.

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