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How To Keep Your Eye On The Ball In Tennis


you hi Thomas from field tennis how can you keep your head still when you’re making a shot and not look up surely you’ve seen the pros do that they keep a very steel head and only look up after they’ve completed their follow-through and surely if your coach has told you to keep a still head or watch the ball don’t move your head and yet you find it very difficult to do so what is stopping us from keeping our head down and how can we learn to do that now why is keeping your head still when you’re making contact so important why why do we have to do it the main reason is that if we are approaching the ball with the racket and we’ve lined up for the ball our brain has calculated a very exact path into the ball with our sweet spot and as soon as we move our head away we’re also going to pull the shoulders away and our shoulders are going to move the arm and the arm is going to move the racket a bit and we’re not going to hit the ball in the middle anymore so the sweet spot on the racket is actually very small it’s about this big and so if you’re hitting the ball somewhere in the sweet spot then the racket is very powerful it’s very bouncy but as soon as you hit the ball off the sweet spot for if by a few centimeters you will hit with much less power because the racket is not so bouncy the string bed is not so bouncy and this power drops off very quickly just by a few centimeters off the center you hit with 30 or 40 percent less power and so the main reason is that if we’re pulling away the head we are miss hitting the ball slightly and therefore we were not hitting a good ball the racket doesn’t give the ball good power the second reason is that if we are moving the head away at the moment of contact we disturb our balance a little bit because the balance is in our inner ear the main center and so if we jerkily move the head at the moment of contact we disturb our balance a little bit and again that affects our ability to hit a good shot so those are the main reasons why we should watch the ball now I know that when you’re playing you probably never miss the ball and that’s why you don’t feel that it’s so important to watch the ball you never completely miss the ball you always hit the ball on the racket even if you don’t watch it very carefully and even if you don’t keep a very steel head so that’s why it doesn’t feel that it’s so important to watch the ball but when you come to a bit higher level of tennis you will start to feel a very big difference between hitting the ball in the sweet spot and hitting the ball off the sweet spot and hitting the ball off the sweet spot immediately makes a short ball and you will be in trouble someone can attack you and so that’s why you want to hit good shots most of the time as much as you can and the only way to do that is to really really pay attention to the ball and not move your head when you’re making a shot before we go on to learning how to keep your head still at the point of contact we have to address the reasons why you can’t keep your head down I know of three mental reasons in one physical one the first mental reason is that as you’re about to hit the ball you look up to see where your opponent is going so you want to see if your opponent’s going to the right then you’re going to play to the left now I have to tell you that an experienced tennis player is not looking where their opponent is going there are two reasons the first one is that your opponent if there have any skill in tennis they’re going to go back to the middle of the angles that you can hit and they’re going to split step so what your opponent is doing is that they are recovering they are waiting for your move so they are recovering they’ve just hit a shot they are recovering back to the middle of the angles and they’re going to split step why are they going to split step so that you can’t wrong-foot them an experienced player split steps and they’re waiting for their move so there’s nothing to see there always recovering on every shot that you play after they’ve hit their shot they are recovering what are you going to see they’re always coming back to the middle and they split step here’s an example of why there’s no need to look at your opponent because we’re always recovering as you can see I’ve stretched with my previous shot my opponent and I’m playing down the line as you can see I’m watching the ball not him that’s because my opponent is recovering so the same goes for him you can see that his head is towards the ball because I’ve recovered so I’m coming back to the middle and I’m covering the court so you can see that in all instances when we’re hitting the ball were not looking at more opponent because there’s nothing to see and you can especially see this on the last shot you see my opponent he’s looking at the ball because he knows I’ve recovered so he’s just looking to make clean contact and even here he knows that I’m not running blindly to the open court that I will split step so he’s again paying attention to the ball and then he can have an easy put away there is one situation though where your opponent is actually running they don’t split step and that’s when you stretch them really wide and now they’re too far from their ideal recovery position and now they have to gamble they just have to run to the open court or perhaps they’re going to wait in case you try to run food them so that’s another situation where you might say well I want to see what my opponent is doing but I will tell you that I prefer to hit in the open court even if they have to gamble here’s an example of opponent gambling in recovery as you can see I’ve stretched my opponent wide with my previous shot and now he’s near to the double sidelines and now when I’m making contact with the ball I have a choice of trying to rock with him or going to the open court and I’m not looking at him because I know that he’s so far from the open court that he will have to run a lot so that’s why I’m not looking at him because I already made my decision to go cross court and as you can see can only play a defensive shot and again now this shot won’t be a good one so when I’m approaching this ball and I’m about to hit it I will not look at him because I know that he’s very far from the center of the court and even if he reaches my next shot which again I’ve already decided to play to the open court it can only be a defensive shot so I’m giving an example of why I’m not looking at my opponent even if he has to gamble and he’s already running towards the open court and that’s because if I hit a good shot to the open court he can only play defensive shots and that’s good enough for me because long term I’m going to win most of these points and that’s what tennis is all about it’s playing high percentage tennis does that mean you should not play wrong shooting shots no it just means that the foundation of high percentage tennis that wins a lot of matches is mostly playing to the open court regardless if your opponent is already going there and that’s because they have to cover a lot of ground and will likely pay a defensive shot from which you can then dictate the rally here’s an example of me playing a good run footing shot but not how quickly I recover to the middle of the court just in case my opponent wasn’t wrong footed and here’s an example of how wrong footing shot is a double-edged sword as my opponent stretched me wide and as you can see the whole Court is open but instead of going for the obvious shot he tries to romp with me I perhaps read his intentions and decided not to run blindly to the open court but to see what he is up to and he played right back towards me he shot was not as accurate as he wanted and now I can hit a good shot since I didn’t have to move at all and so I’ve turned defense into offense because he’s wrong footing shot didn’t work out the next reason why you pull up from the contact point why your head goes away is because maybe you want to look at the target maybe you want to see where you want to play the ball maybe you don’t want to watch your opponent maybe you’re fine with that you’ve stretched your opponent and now you’ve said okay now I want to hit that target so I place my basket of balls there as a target and so just as you’re about to hit the ball as you’re lining up you want to see okay where’s my target so that I can hit my target again we don’t look at the target in tennis because first of all we don’t have small targets maybe professionals have a little bit smaller target and yet even they don’t look up but we as recreational tennis players or competitive juniors we should have bigger targets and so because we don’t aim close to the line and why not because we can’t hit it we have a bigger spread we spreader the balls around our target that’s why we have quite big targets and when I teach adult recreational tennis players or juniors how to play I have done have a target right here in the middle of this second half of the court or this quarter so if you imagine here this quarter I say this is where you need to aim most of your shots and so this target is very big you can miss a lot your target and the ball will still be in and because your target is very big you don’t have to look at it that’s how you need to play tennis and how are you going to hit a good shot you’re going to miss your target a bit sometimes your shot is going to go a bit wide that’s your good shot sometimes it’s going to go a bit long from your target that’s a really good shot sometimes it’s going to go a bit down the middle and deep that’s still a good shot your opponent can’t attack you and only sometimes you’re going to miss a bit short and your opponent can take advantage of that but still you have three out of four really good shots and that’s how you manage to hit a lot of good shots in the match without aiming for the lines it’s just probabilities just statistics that creates a lot of good shots based on your target that you’ve set in your mind so because the target is big again and because you are free to miss your target you don’t have to hit your target in fact you want to miss your target a bit that’s why you don’t have to look at the target you’re not looking aiming at small targets in tennis we aim at big targets and hitting big targets it’s not so difficult so this brings me to the third mental reason which is you don’t trust your ability to hit a target without looking and this is what practicing keeping your head down is all about it’s all about trusting your ability that you can hit your target without looking when you improve your ability in hitting the targets big targets without looking then you’re going to trust yourself and then you’re not going to look up to see where the target is or where your opponent is now there’s one more reason why it’s difficult to keep your head still when you’re making a shot and this one is more of a physical reason when you’re hitting your forehand or two-handed back end what happens is that your body is rotating so your shoulders are rotating like this and it’s not very natural to rotate your shoulders but not rotate your head because your head wants to go together with your body that’s very natural and so when you play tennis you need to rotate your shoulders and rotate your body but not rotate your head don’t move your head so that’s physically not very comfortable that is not how our body likes to work it it wants to work together so shoulders and head they want to work together so when you rotate your shoulders you actually have to train yourself to keep your head still because that’s not very natural so the same goes for a two-handed back end when our body rotates when we’re hitting the ball and so our head wants to rotate to it’s very comfortable now keeping your head down is a bit uncomfortable and it will get comfortable only when you make a lot of repetitions and you can in fact do shadow strokes you don’t have to hit the ball just to train your body into that position into that feel where the shoulders are rotating and the head is not rotating so that’s why it’s a bit tricky to keep your head down because your head naturally doesn’t want to stay down it’s of course easier when you play a one-handed back end or a slice back end because the body is not rotating then so then it just rotates a bit before and now when I’m hitting the ball I want to stay sideways so that’s why my head is can stay sideways much easier because it’s not being pulled by the body forward so the same goes for a one-handed slice the body stays sideways through the shot and that’s why it’s easier to watch the ball we can start working on keeping our head down when hitting the ball only now when we’ve addressed the main reasons why you can’t keep your head down so if you don’t worry about your opponent anymore if you don’t look at your opponent if you don’t worry about hitting small targets but you’re okay with big targets and you’ve become a bit more comfortable rotating your body on the forehand side or on two-handed backhand side when you become a bit more comfortable rotating your body but not rotating your head only now we can start working on the actual skill of keeping your head down and trying to hit the target now I intentionally use the word skill because it is a skill and when we work on skills we isolate them and we work on them for example it’s a similar skill like trying to hit your forehand in an open stance or learning how to hit the topspin because these skills improve that’s what a skill is so the skill is actually being able to hit a big target without looking that’s the skill and when you improve this skill of not looking at the target hitting the ball and hitting very close to the target only then you will trust yourself that you can do it and only then you can keep your head down otherwise your head will not stay down if you want to look at your opponent if you’re aiming for a small target if you’re not comfortable physically and if you don’t trust yourself that you can hit the target a big target without looking then you will not keep your head down and you will always look up so hopefully we’ve addressed all the reasons why you’re being pulled up and now we have to address the last one namely you have to work on the skill of hitting the target without looking at it and it’s not very difficult to do you can just do it with drop feeding to yourself so what you want to do is just drop the ball pick a target so I’ll pick my basket of balls first so I try and visualize where it is then I look away and I try to remember in my head what is the direction to my target so I try and feel the direction I feel okay somewhere there so I look at the ball and only then I look up when the ball is gone I see the ball disappear I then look up and I see how good I am and I say well I’m quite good actually was hitting very close to the target and I say okay I will try to feel so what I need to feel is I need to feel this direction this is a down the line and this is cross-court I need to feel this direction because this is what I can see this is what I have in control I don’t have in control that target but I must try and feel what is the line which line which direction takes me to a cross-court target so when I feel this line I drop the ball and I hit down this line and then I look and I see how good I am now if I’m not very good let’s say I go a bit too much cross I say okay now I will hit a bit less to the left I’ll hit a bit more right so again I look at the ball and then I look up and I see where I am and as you do that you’re going to be surprised maybe because you will see wait a minute I can hit very close to the targets without looking and that’s actually what you need you need to practice this so that you velop develop trust in your ability to hit quite close to the target without looking at it that is what this is all about in summary why is it important to keep your head still when you’re hitting the ball and how can you learn that you want to keep your head still because when you keep your head still as you’re making your contact you’re going to very likely hit the sweet spot of the racket and that gives you a lot of power it gives you a very clean shot and you have a very good control of the ball now the reason why it’s difficult to do that this because you have all these urges something is pulling you up from the contact point you want to see where your opponent is maybe you want to aim in a small target maybe you don’t trust yourself which is very likely – if you haven’t practiced and also it’s physically a bit uncomfortable to rotate your body and not rotate your head so when you clear all this in your mind that you don’t worry about your opponent or the target then you become a bit more comfortable rotating your body on four hands and two-handed back ends and not rotating your head then you need to work on your skill of hitting the ball in the target without looking at the target and this skill can be improved if you work on it and when you work on it you will become much better and you will start to trust yourself and then you’ll be able to keep your head down and you will have now both the best of both worlds you’ll be able to hit the ball right in the middle you will get a lot of power and very good ball control and also you will be quite accurate because you’ll be able to hit the ball where you want and you won’t be distracted now just to tell you that when you’re working on this skill this is quite a difficult skill so this is not something that you’re going to improve in one afternoon on in one week this is what I call a summer project at least it was for me some years ago when I was working on that it took me about one summer and I played a lot just working on this skill clearing my mind I don’t worry about my opponent I’m not trying to hit a small target I’m becoming more comfortable at looking at the ball and realizing that yes I can hit my big targets pretty well and in fact I can miss my target and still hit a good shot so keep in mind this is a summer project it’s not one week project but if you stick to it you will gain a lot of benefit from that because you’re going to hit most of your shots in the sweet spot and you’ll be very accurate now if you have still some questions about why I don’t have to look at my opponent or why there’s no need to look at the target just let me know in the comments below or on my website feel chinese net thanks for watching

David Frank

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100 COMMENTS

  1. Centballes Posted on January 31, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Keeping the eye on the ball is one of the most difficult thing to do in tennis, believe me ! You have to focus on each shot and to keep concentrated during all the match. But if you manage to do that, you will be surprise of your own ability to progress an hit good shots. Thank you so much for this video, and as other commentaries said, the most useful for beginners.

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  2. Warren Jagger Posted on February 2, 2018 at 2:47 am

    Serious instruction on a neglected topic, very good and useful

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  3. Reza Esfahani Posted on February 7, 2018 at 9:07 am

    wonderful teaching.I am looking forward to seeing more drills from you,well done.

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  4. John Smith Posted on February 10, 2018 at 4:47 am

    The most important words I've heard in this video is " balance is in our ear." How n where did you get this idea? Thank you for this lesson.

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  5. Sandro Marques Posted on February 10, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    This was an absolutely great explanation. Really awsome!!! I would just add two reasons for keeping the head still: Once we had prepared early, all positions are fixed and memorized in relation to ourself position, so there's no need to look at nothing from this moment on. Another thing, is our sight field wich is reduced on small targets, we can only focus one small thing a time. That's, when focusing a tennis ball, we can not see even big letters or number that's writen in another ball some inches from it. Cheers!!!

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  6. Away Holiday Accommodation Posted on February 16, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    Agree This is one of the most important videos a tennis player can watch

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  7. Nick Neras Posted on February 20, 2018 at 1:55 am

    Nice points thanks

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  8. skylaxx Posted on February 23, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Thank you for great tips! I'm having a bit of problem with the 2nd point – looking to aim at small targets. Sometimes, i'm more focused on target than the ball. Began working on it and your video helped very much. btw, you have beautiful technique. Cheers!

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  9. Nathan Barnes Posted on February 24, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Great tennis channel for a beginner.

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  10. Bill Ryan Posted on February 27, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    My coach tells me, 'The lines on the court don't move. You know where they are without looking.' Which is essentially what Tomaz is saying. Fantastic video. So helpful to me.

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  11. Manish Goswami Posted on March 4, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    This is awesome and clearly explained! Thanks a lot!

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  12. Patrick Hicks Posted on March 17, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    no. 2, looking at the target, is a weakness of mine.

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  13. Jimi Chan Posted on March 28, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Excellent as usual Tomaz, thank you!

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  14. Sylvia Swann Posted on April 8, 2018 at 6:13 am

    Thanks so much for this. It's helping me so much.

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  15. Nick Neras Posted on April 19, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Thank you , on point review

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  16. Julio Jaramillo Posted on April 23, 2018 at 7:35 am

    EXCELENTEEEEE GRACIAS MY BRO GOD BLESS YOU

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  17. Incorruptus Posted on May 6, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    What I see you do is walk way too much towards the bounce positions of the balls. which makes you come out each and every time too close to the ball. So you hit the returns always with a bend and almost needing the space where you body sits to make it back to the sweet spot. So you are actually only able to play it back without any form of offense at all. You are making it easier for the opponent that way. I think after three shots and watching it closely you will see what I mean. You got enough length to keep more distance and that way you have to walk less too…while handing yourself more time to reposition and watch your opponent while regripping after watching his return from the ball bouncing from his racket you can keep watching it where it bounces while positioning and knowing you always walk too far into the bouncing…you better keep it back a bit and hitting it with a near to stretched arm….watching it bounce of again….and keeping your head as much positions the same as possible….etc…

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  18. Incorruptus Posted on May 6, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Than you totally do not keep the eyes on the ball fro where it bounces until it bounces of your racket. That is a common error…and draws you into the need for defensive play lol. I advise keeping eye on the ball until it bounces off, while guiding your ball with your racket to the right angle you want to have it come from your racket…that way you can still steer it where your opponent isn't repositioning – like Federer – or to position it where he expects it for a nice rally :D. If you play like you trying to wear down your opponent, try Federer's technique so to say…and you will see it wears the opponents down even faster…since a failed run is less demanding that a need to fully undo a too hasty repositioning. 😀

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  19. Brad Holbrook Posted on May 17, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Required viewing for anyone who plays or teaches tennis. Well done, Tomaz.

    Here’s a trick I learned from Oscar Wagner on developing this same skill. Practice hitting the ball while closing your eyes at the point of contact. It defeats a lot of the instinct about moving your head with the stroke. The head stays more still, and it surprises players how little they lose in stroke execution, and gain in making consistently clean contact.

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  20. Kevin Shaw Posted on June 1, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Does this apply for the serve as well?

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  21. Gerard Perlas Posted on June 3, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Great stuff! You've nailed it!

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  22. Daniel Corrales Posted on June 6, 2018 at 5:53 am

    Great advice – however, how about in doubles, where you have the added variable of the opposition net player(s)? I have more difficulty doing this in doubles than in singles due to wanting to keep tabs on the opposition net player and not giving them an easy volley 🙂

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  23. Denese Cavanaugh Posted on June 12, 2018 at 10:37 am

    This is amazing,!!!! Thank you for these realistic notes and I can’t wait to practice this

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  24. Peter Ralph Harley Posted on June 14, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    That was excellent instruction, complete with instruction on how long it might take to learn!

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  25. Gordon Petersen Posted on June 20, 2018 at 5:58 am

    it is good to see a coach that is good with young kids.

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  26. Samy E. Farahat Posted on June 28, 2018 at 1:28 am

    Great analysis.

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  27. Jim Hunter Posted on July 6, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Simple genius, thanks. I make the same mistake as I do when batting in cricket which is not keeping a still head when making contact with the ball and executing the shot properly. No need to look up as I know where the field gaps are (in tennis, where the big target is) and I need to hit the meat of the bat and not edge the ball (for a catch) for a controlled stroke (in tennis, hit the sweet spot and control the stroke.) Cheers

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  28. oooodaxteroooo Posted on July 9, 2018 at 11:43 am

    im not so sure about the last part. i remember from race driving, that its very important to look at the part of the track youre aiming at. but then again, turning the wheel is a lot easier and the track needs more precision, so…

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  29. Michal Zeidler Posted on July 26, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Hey Tomaz I'm watching you pretty often and have to say my play is coming up. I want to ask you this,I'm about to get a basket of training balls,which one would you recommend me to buy?? Thanks

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  30. E Venkatasubramanian Posted on July 27, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Excellent lessons and communication..true it is a project, never got one shot right when I take eye of the ball and seeing the opponent instead. Very practical and one of the best lessons ..

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  31. Ron Baker Jr Posted on August 2, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Every new tennis player should watch this 5 times.

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  32. Mukunthan Muthukumar Posted on August 5, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    How do you watch a high bouncing ball?

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  33. Herb Goodman, MD Posted on August 23, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Do you change your hand position for fore and back hands?

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  34. subash hablani Posted on September 1, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    sir hats off to u

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  35. Waynenergy Posted on September 7, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks for the tips. I am very tactical in doubles game but really poor in singles game. This really helps.

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  36. Ryan Zhu Posted on September 10, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    This is a good video though, only it's a bit of wordy.

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  37. Vince Duque Posted on September 19, 2018 at 11:08 am

    I have watched so many tennis videos here and this is the one I needed the most. Your teaching was clear and concise. No waste, no unnecessary words or joking. It was a perfect video. Thank you very very much.

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  38. Francine Nguyen Posted on September 25, 2018 at 4:36 am

    Thank you, I took tennis lesson at the moment and this was from my instructor ask me to practice on. Thank you for the hint that it took you all summer to master it therefore i m not looking to master this skill overnight. 🙏

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  39. Cooper Drums Posted on September 26, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    OMG this is SO helpful!! I have stopped doing this and now it seems so obvious TO do it! Great video. I will definitely start doing this every time i hit.

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  40. Rick Dorn Posted on October 8, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Good stuff, very informative.

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  41. Obaid Farghani Posted on October 13, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    You are the best coach – such a great explanation

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  42. Antonio Montalto Posted on October 19, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Absolutely fantastic! So clear, so powerful! Many many congratulations Teacher!

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  43. Shanmuk Kuturi Posted on October 21, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Great video helped me a lot and I improved a lot Thank👏🎾

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  44. roger garrett Posted on October 25, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    get the not look up stuff (like golf?) but what about presion passing shots?tks

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  45. Kathy Camet Posted on October 26, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    A great video. Now I know why I need to keep my chin close to my shoulder when I hit the a ball. Thanks!

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  46. tombasse Posted on October 27, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Thanks for yours all videos !! You are such a great instructor !! Specially this one about this important topic.

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  47. jim Posted on November 2, 2018 at 12:27 am

    awesome videos tom!!!

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  48. Alex Springer Posted on November 5, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Awesome video, thank you so much!

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  49. paruchuri balaramaiah Posted on November 8, 2018 at 5:30 am

    Chintamaninatakam

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  50. ron charlton Posted on November 14, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    tks , good information

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  51. Ding Dong Posted on November 25, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Where exactly is the sweet spot?

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  52. Cezary Posted on December 17, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    OMG how simple explined and good ground. Great video. Thank you Very much. Dziękuje bardzo

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  53. dalz247 Posted on December 18, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    You really are such a great teacher, thank you for your videos..I've watched a few of them today and your tips re really useful. I've just started playing tennis and I'm more enthusiastic about playing after watching your videos..
    Thank you

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  54. Telespin Posted on January 4, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Just use a video camera to record the training. This helps to postpone the analysis of the shot to after the training and also helps to build up trust when seeing that the target is met without watching it.

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  55. Cecilia Sawicki Posted on February 27, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you for sharing this video , this is the first time I heard about not moving the head nobody had told me that before , even know I take private lessons my couch never told me that ? I wonder ? Is he good ?

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  56. Jeffrey Chuang Posted on March 18, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Very lucky butterfly at 10:47 … and good video. Thank you.

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  57. geepeeone Posted on March 22, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    I cursed at myself when I miss my target esp. on closeout balls.

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  58. Manolo Fernandez Posted on March 28, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Best tennis instructor on Youtube!

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  59. Peter Smyth Posted on March 29, 2019 at 2:56 am

    Great video! Very logical and well explained. I've actually heard of one more reason why recreational players look up before hitting the ball. A study found that rec players are worried that the ball will be coming back to them before they are ready for it if they keep their eye on the ball. It's illogical, but that's what was found by researchers.

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  60. Stephanie Bush-Brown Posted on April 1, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    very good video, this something that I am working on and what a difference it makes! I also play ice hockey, though, where you are not supposed to look at puck while stickhandling and skating, you use peripheral vision to control puck. So, when I look at tennis ball and keep head still, I am still seeing court / opponent with peripheral vision. But, boy it's screwed me up playing both sports 🙂 look at ball, don't look at puck!!

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  61. Simon Martin Posted on April 2, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Physics lost Hawking, but tennis still has St Thomas!

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  62. Steve 11 Posted on April 3, 2019 at 2:03 am

    This is brilliant, so well explained.

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  63. c fedyszyn Posted on April 7, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Very helpful video and the first I have seen addressing this skill. Thank you.

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  64. FeatherFiend Posted on April 9, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    If only I could give a 1000 likes…

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  65. Peg Broadwater Posted on April 10, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Just want to thank you for all your videos. I have learned so much from your smart tennis teachings. God bless you for sharing.

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  66. James Ragonese Posted on April 10, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Great thoughts to bring to the court. My question would be how this philosophy changes with doubles play where you need to be aware of two opponents

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  67. Brian Murphy Posted on April 11, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Brilliant, well done. So simple but so true. I wish I had your instruction ten years ago.
    But we’ll done

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  68. Charles Ellmaker Posted on April 12, 2019 at 2:23 am

    This is fantastically helpful. Thanks!

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  69. Lloyd Stuart Posted on April 19, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Thank you for your video. You're an excellent Tennis coach. I will look out and try to implement this lesson into my game.

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  70. Gianfranco Platania Posted on May 2, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    hi Thomas, really useful explanation focused on what to me is one of most trouble during forehand strokes, not watch attentively the balls and focus our attention on the opponent. Thanks a lot..
    Gian

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  71. Ashram Persad Posted on May 5, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Hi great video , I will like to know how or what to focus on when one plays doubles tennis, should one focus on the position of their opponent or focus on the ball and how to do what is necessary?

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  72. Tahir Gülbay Posted on May 9, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Definitely, by far it is the most useful, concrete and convincing tennis instruction I have ever watched. For sure, it will be my summer project. I do not know if it solves all my ball control problem but I am sure it can make huge difference. Great job. Many thanks and congratulations. Pls keep up such good works.

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  73. Dai Kayll Posted on May 14, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    This discipline really is my stumbling block to being a contender. I get and move to the ball very well. Rugby/ soccer player skills but then I simply can't not look up !. Great advice but Wi need hypnosis maybe ! Does that work ?

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  74. Benoit Leclef Posted on May 26, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    We don't have to look at the ball

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  75. roberta singer Posted on June 2, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Please tell me where you teach!! I love your lessons!

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  76. Максим Исаев Posted on June 15, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    I am so sorry that I did not watch this amazing lesson in my childhood..

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  77. jim Posted on June 18, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Amazing teacher Tom!!

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  78. ATX30 ANALYTICS TENNIS COURSES Posted on July 1, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Very well said…clear instructions and realistic guide fundamentally inclined…

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  79. James Davis Posted on July 2, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    I always thought you meant you had to pick which mental obstacle you suffered from and that was it: you were either an A, B, C or D. I am starting to realize that you can be 30%A, 10%B, 0 C and 25% D to end up being only 65% hindered by these mental hurdles. And because I learned tennis as a youngster, I have to think about "me-then" as opposed to "me-now". What did I think back then? Anybody out there agree with any of my points? Anyone sharply DISAGREE with them – and if so, which one(s) and why?

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  80. gurbe v.d. schaaf Posted on July 2, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    THE most important lesson

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  81. Greg Grayson Posted on July 6, 2019 at 2:29 am

    My trick is to think of the ball as occupying a spherical "hole" in space and after I hit the ball I need to see that "hole" after the ball leaves, before I look up. I say to myself "look after the ball" which has a kind of dual meaning. I am looking after the ball has left and I am looking after the ball in the sense of taking care of it properly.

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  82. iera Posted on July 10, 2019 at 10:32 am

    instructions unclear, I have now a tennis ball stuck in my eye

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  83. matthew4506 Posted on July 18, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Yet another amazing video and explanation, thank you!

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  84. Rituparno Maity Posted on July 24, 2019 at 6:52 am

    Great…so helpful

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  85. Señor zeD Posted on August 4, 2019 at 7:44 am

    "You probably never miss the ball completely"

    Uhh, yes i do 😂

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  86. Anes Hasicic Posted on August 20, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    That butterfly top spin on 10:47 XD

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  87. Cary Bird Posted on August 30, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    this is excellent

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  88. Christian Milon Posted on September 1, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    In reality when the tennis ball comes our way we are looking frontward we see the ball, we see the court in front of us and we see our opponent, so in fact we are not really looking sideways. We should not look at the racket just before the contact point but looking at the ball and in this case we don’t look sideways and our head remains still frontward during the whole swing.

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  89. Belmiro Valente Posted on September 13, 2019 at 6:18 am

    You are a master coach. You have dissected the tennis game.
    Congratulations.

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  90. צביקה שחורי Posted on September 13, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    This is the best tennis lesson I saw on youtube. and I saw many lessons…

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  91. Gee purrs Posted on October 3, 2019 at 11:15 am

    OK, everyone. Just hit a one handed backhand for EVERY shot! lol

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  92. Kids BOLCC Posted on October 5, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    This is so helpful! Thanks for such clearing instructions!

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  93. Skywalker Posted on October 6, 2019 at 4:29 am

    He's such a good coach! He should be coaching the pros !

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  94. Bernard S Posted on October 6, 2019 at 6:00 am

    I agree. Great points, well made.

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  95. vikas Maan Posted on October 8, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    thank you! thanks for your effort at explaining the basics and reasons for doing certain things. it will help me a lot. I will work on it , I am sure you are an excellent coach .

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  96. Eduardo Salcedo Posted on October 10, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    great video

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