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I've sent a couple of questions in now - thanks for answering them all. You can probably track my progress from the questions, I'm now in to my fifth week of play!
I played another competitive game tonight, against some pretty reasonable players, and got fairly well battered. I don't mind, it's useful to see where I'm going wrong. Would be nice to win a couple though ;)
I think I have a basic idea - my backhand is weak and easily attacked; I struggle against medium+ backspin pushes and any form of medium+ backspin that comes long to my forehand.
It's mostly a technique issue - I can generally read the shots well enough, but on the pushes I can't get enough backspin OR control on them and against the longer backspin shots I appear to be entirely unable to loop (though I can do it against topspin).
So.. apologies for the excessive context.. my question is this: at my level of play, would a robot be a worthwhile acquisition?
If so, would you recommend trying to buy one brand new, or looking second hand?
The quality of my practice at the moment isn't the best - age old scenario of players wanting matchplay, or clubs being too busy to get a reasonable density of practice.
Thanks in advance.
I think robots are good in particular circumstances. Your may be one. They are good to just improve the feeling and technique of a stroke when you can't get a regular hitting partner to practice with.
I don't know enough about them to comment too much but you don't need the best on the market to do the things that you are wanting. Just something that is reliable and will feed you the balls consistently.
Other readers may be able to help with the specifics of robots.
Overall though it sounds like you are tracking well. Shots like the forehand push are awkward at first. Focus on keeping your shoulder relaxed and mainly using your forearm, wrist and fingers to make the forehand push. Getting into position to make the shot is also important. The topspin against backspin again is a good one to practice. It will become one of the main shots in your game. Think about the 3 things we emphasise in the lesson on this stroke. Start lower, brush the ball on contact and finish higher to get a more vertical stroke happening.
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