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#1 Key for Groundstroke Accuracy

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Groundstroke accuracy is very often attributed to stance…

When in fact there’s two other deciding factors that need to be addressed.

Here is what you need to start reigning in those stray groundstrokes!

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  1. John Gunkler April 13, 2017 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Blatantly obvious, but seldom understood. Thanks, Ian.

  2. Juanito Dela Cruz April 10, 2017 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Nice information

  3. Robert April 4, 2017 at 12:37 am - Reply

    Ian, you're so earnest. It's always great to get a lesson from you in my mailbox.

  4. Mark Phillips April 3, 2017 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Hi Ian, I love your videos! Consistently some of the best out there. I agree that precise timing will produce precise accuracy. But I believe that there is a factor equallly or more important that will leads a player to be able to produce a perfectly timed stoke, which in turn leads to aligning your racquet face precisely. The principle is having a precise target. So it's not a physical characteristic at all, but a mental one. Hit 10 balls cross court without any thought in your mind, and have someone chart your precise shot location, and then put a tennis can down somewhere deep cross court and hit 10 shots at the target. No matter what your stance, or timing, I think you and your followers will be amazed at the result. Keep the videos coming! Thanks. Mark

  5. Rattler March 31, 2017 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Black shoes require black socks

  6. Noushin Kananian March 31, 2017 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Many thanks for sharing your experience!

  7. Karyn March 31, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Great video Ian! So glad you clarified your new "righty" status though. I know you work hard for your students but that would be above and beyond 😊

  8. Joseph Q December 15, 2016 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Hi, my name is Joseph. I wanted to know how can you be able to practice effective timing while practicing? I am on the off-season and would like to get better at it. Sometimes when I do not have a friend to go to the tennis court with, I go to the park and hit against the wall. Is there a specific practice that can help me out with this on the wall. Thanks.

  9. James Lewis June 30, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Great vedio Ian. All you vedios have been helpful for me. The most amazing thing about this one is you did all the strokes as a rightie😁.

  10. Howard November 19, 2015 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Ian – excellent tip and helps clear up some of the confusion for players. Will forward to our members at RRCTA and put the tip on our web site.. Thanks.

  11. monico figueroa September 27, 2015 at 3:22 am - Reply

    Ian, i have been watching your instructions on my e-mails and i have found them to be very useful in my practices and my desire to improve my tennis playing. many of those instructions are what was really what i needed to improve my game. i am an intermediate senior player here in the Philippines and have been playing the game since 1995. i really loved to play singles before but now concentrating more on doubles as my legs are not really the same, speed wise, as when i was younger. thank you for those great videos and hope you'll be giving more in the future.

  12. Craig September 22, 2015 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Ian, I thought you were left handed!!!

    • Chris September 23, 2015 at 4:51 am - Reply

      He is left-handed, but has swapped left and right on the video. Look at the Nike swoosh on his top! All for the benefit of the predominantly right-handed viewer.

  13. Brent September 22, 2015 at 12:10 am - Reply

    I agree with what you say, Ian. The racquet face is the major determinant of where the ball is going. Swing path and spin have lesser effects. However, there are plenty of people who do a great job of using their wrist to change the direction the racquet face is oriented in mid swing or immediately before swinging. All I can say to the folks who can do that reliably is "great shot."

  14. glowsmi September 21, 2015 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    Thanks for another great video. Another topic I'd like to hear your thoughts about is one near-and-dear to my game. Lately I've been getting on top, or over-pursuing the ball. The result is jamming myself up which hinders stroking the ball cleanly. Can you possibly suggest a fix or drill for those of us who may have the same issue?

  15. trev September 21, 2015 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Hope you can produce a similar video related to serve direction!

  16. Makhtar Diop September 21, 2015 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Thank you Ian!


  17. John September 21, 2015 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    I like how you magically became a righty 🙂
    Another good lesson to work on in practice.

  18. Bill September 21, 2015 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Strange how, many teaching Pro will get this one wrong! Quite simply put- the ball goes where the face of the racket points upon contacts with the the strings until the ball has left for its destination, this is what determines the general location that the ball will go. (true, the opponents spin can also effect that path, but if you are not just blocking, this will not cause a major variation in direction.). Open or Closed stance is not the primary cause of ball direction. Open or closed can however, contribute to the racket path turning inappropriately to send the ball to an undesired location due to a players biomechanics. (hitting at incorrect contact point, ie. too early or too late.)

    • Ian Westermann September 21, 2015 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      Good point about stance tending to lead to certain swing directions, Bill. Thanks for your comments.

  19. Paul C. September 21, 2015 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Great points on the facing the strings in the direction you want to go.

    I was thinking what happens when you want to change the direction of the ball. In that case, there would be a sideways reflection on the strings. I would like to know how to aim when changing ball direction.

    Useful video.

  20. STEVEN September 21, 2015 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Yes contact point and racquet face has a lot to do with it; but I still think Stance is very important. For example; how do you play a forehand inside out with an open stance?

    • Ian Westermann September 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Racquet face has the MOST to do with it. There's no doubt that stance is important, and it can make certain targets easier or more difficult to hit, but ultimately it doesn't tell the ball where to go.