Thursday, November 1, 2012

Solo Practice Diary : 1st Nov 2012

Started warm up with the Prepping like a Pro videos Part I & II and discovered that it alleviated my left heel problem... particularly the side-way stretch in Part II

Practiced with my customised Biomimetic 200 Lite stick this morning with the following specs :-
a) Strung Wt=351.5g
b) Balance=30.47mm (12pts HL)
c) Swing Wt= 313.3 g/cm2
d) 1.5g lead tape at 3 N 9
e) 6g stuck underneath the butt cap
f) 12g stuff inside the butt trapdoor
g) Solinco overgrip (5g)
h) Babolat damper (1g)

Drop hit 65 balls laterally with both semi-open and open-stance forehands. Was hitting long.

Remedy: removed (d) 1.5g lead tape at 3 N 9

Result : No more long balls :-)

BTW, in the drop hit, I was also practising lagging the racquet head as recommended by Christopher from Tennis Oxygen in this video 

 Moved to the other side of the net and picked up the balls where they landed earlier and with a hammer-grip, bounced the ball high and smashed... all when it and I like the feel of the smash.
Also toss the ball behind me to simulate lobs and smashed.  All OK but discovered that about 1 foot from the baseline, most of these smashes went to the net.  Recalling a tip from the '300 tips by a Sebian Coach', I allowed the ball to bounce first before smashing... yes that worked :-) Also learnt to smash low by bending knees.

Practiced 130 serves... flat, slices to the T, topspin. Also tried speeding up topspin serves. Found the serves to the T from the Ad court effective. Also decide to learn to serve deceptively all 3 types of serves by tossing the ball in the same direction ie in line with the net post... Able to execute with the customised Bio200Lite stick :-)

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