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Tired of hitting a loopy, inconsistent feed?

Here’s how you can stop frustrating your practice partner and deliver the perfect feed EVERY time!

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  1. King Kaleb May 31, 2016 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Would like to see a part II to this video about feeding for teaching purposes, one that demonstrates controlling depth, placement, and spin from all parts of the court..

  2. Scott March 29, 2016 at 1:13 am - Reply

    Nice job with the initial lesson…

    I might suggest similar techniques for warming up before a match…some of the guys I hit with take my nice feeds and peer them past resulting in me having to do a lot of retrieving or having to hit a lot of short hops..kind of frustrating when you are just warming up.

  3. Kenny G March 28, 2016 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Kirby rocks! Great effort and nice interaction.

  4. George March 28, 2016 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    I am a terrible feeder and will try this! Thanks

  5. George Stein March 28, 2016 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Kirby's fine, Ian, and so are you. The purpose is not winning an Oscar, it's getting across an important lesson. I have to wonder what people take away from this kind of instruction when they are focused on the delivery rather than the content, picking apart the finest details.

    How about a similar video on the etiquette of the mid-court warmup, the "mini-tennis" beginning to any warmup? I bet most people don't have the right idea about the proper way to stroke balls at close range like that, or even the purpose of the exercise for that matter. I get a lot of people who don't have a clue how to hit a soft ball, and that segment becomes a half-volley practice session for me. As frustrating as bad feeds, or having people try to smack winners off the feed!

    Keep up the great work, all of you, and thanks again!

  6. bill Monk March 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Finally some pretty talent on the court with you. A nice change!

  7. Albert March 28, 2016 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    listening is so painful. She should rehearse ONCE, at least before speaking. OR, she could watch her viseos afterwards and do a small critique of how she sounds, does her message get across, is what she is thinking match what she is saying. "Bring a towel, but what for Kirby?"

    • Ian Westermann March 28, 2016 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      We're all working hard to become the most effective and efficient presenters possible, Albert. Thanks for watching.

  8. George Stein March 28, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Great video!

    I'm going to make every practice partner I've ever had watch this video! This has been a pet peeve of mine for years, and I've dropped more than one tennis partner for this and other lacks of tennis etiquette.

    Especially when you tell them and they put absolutely no effort into the shot. There has to be a conscious effort, a purpose, behind every ball we strike! From the soles of our feet all the way up to our brains and back down to our fingers!

    Phew, glad I got that out. Thanks for letting me vent..,and thanks an awful lot for that great video, and thanks for Kirby!

    George Stein, Quebec Canada

    • Ian Westermann March 28, 2016 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      I love your emphasis on conscious effort, and a purpose behind ever shot. So important!

  9. Josh March 28, 2016 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Kirby and Ian,

    Thanks for this great lesson. I try to do this sometimes but not always. I will try to do this every time going forward. This will surely get the ball to precisely where you want the ball to go to. One more upside is my opponent may be fooled into thinking that I am a more advanced player than what I really am if I do this along with moving my feet between every hit as well.

    • Ian Westermann March 28, 2016 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      No fooling needed…you WILL be a better player if you do those things 🙂

  10. Mike Balady March 28, 2016 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    I know how to feed with a continental grip but I have too many who decide to hit winners off a courtesy feed tell them hitting winner off a feed is just as bad as a poor feed

  11. Michel March 28, 2016 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    May I ask you why no bounce before? Last year I had pain (wrist) and I discovered that If I let it bounce before there was less vibration and less pain. Since I'm a one handed backhand player I finally moved to feed from my backhand with a bounce. Effortless and precise. But when feeding my partner for a volley I start like you say. (continental forehand, no bounce) Also my choice for mini-tennis)

    Also, why are you feeding from inside the court? You move back after? Overall, a very good topic because it is so annoying toractice when your partner feeding is unreliable.

  12. Don McDonald March 28, 2016 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    I will be spreading this one around to a lot of people including me.

  13. Dino Tomelden March 28, 2016 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Is Ian holding a Wilson ProStaff Classic 6.1?!!! Awesome. I thought I was the only person still playing with these. Most perfect racquet ever. I have 4 of the Wilson Classics and 1 of the infamous Stars and Stripes. Thanks for the tip on feeding. I'll be sure to try it out.

  14. David Ryan March 28, 2016 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Great idea for a video lesson.
    I sometimes use the feed to regain feel for some aspect of the ground stroke that's gone awry, e.g. a bounce/hit feed keeping my eye on the contact point until ball has gone. It's a quick reset that is harder to do with live balls. I use a relaxed stroke to get back in the groove. It often helps the rallies go better. Can you comment on the advisability of that occasional feed? Thank you.

  15. amadou March 28, 2016 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Is that why when you see pros and college players start a feed from the baseline, the swing starts with the racket head pointing straight down to the ground? It's because they're hitting with a continental grip?

    • Ian Westermann March 28, 2016 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      Actually, most good feeds you will see start with the racquet head either slightly up or at least level with the court surface. From there usually there's a U shape to the swing. Down to contact and back up to the finish position. Take a look at how I hit mine again.

  16. Mike March 28, 2016 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Thank You thank you thank you….this has been a pet peeve of mine for a long time (both giving and receiving). After watching the video it occurred to me that when I return balls to the opponents between points, I always use a continental grip because it's easy to put a neutral ball right where it needs to go. Just never thought about it when starting a feed.

    • Ian Westermann March 28, 2016 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      Definitely a pete peeve of mine as well, Mike. Glad this was helpful!

  17. Scott March 28, 2016 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Very simple easy to understand – great description

  18. Rose Boutilier March 28, 2016 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Good to know! Thanks 🙂