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Video Playlist # 1
Fluid Ambidextrous Tennis practice, Play-tests and Research from 2003 to 2011(12 Videos)

1. Ambidextrous Fluid Tennis, Ocean Beach, 09-21-10; 2-hand "crosshand" ret serve, 08-2009. 
My younger brother (former # 5 USTA Open Wisconsin) flew in on a business trip for a few days, so  we got in some tennis practice in Ocean Beach ... unfortunately I was not able to use my left arm very much that day since I was recovering from a rollerblading injury  to my left shoulder a few months earlier (09-21-10). 
Also shown are a few clips of my two-handed strokes and a cross-handed forehand (08-2009).
 
2. Ambidextrous tennis practice, lefty slice approach, volleys, vs "Power Player", 05-06-11
 Light volley practice session...researching...using a relaxed minimalist form.
 
3. Discussing serve form, relaxed prep, elbow position up “chicken wing effect” , 05-06-11
Researching ways to improve your potential energy and efficient power for serves:
  • Tennis racquet and elbow positioning up and back the instant before forward motion.
  • Punch / Swing upward, chain reaction effect - like a karate punch aimed up into sky above head. 
  • Relaxed, fluid shoulder, elbow and wrist whip.
  • Natural pronation finish.
 
4. Tennis serve using "elbow whip" effect, 29 inch Gamma c2.0 rkt 137 sq inch, 12-30-03, 1-07-03
Researching -- using more of an elbow whip effect on my serves (12-30-03).   Am play-testing a 29 inch, 137 square inch Gamma c2.0 racquet (largest sized racquet legally allowed).
 
5. Ambidextrous FluidTennis training, wall 2006, shadow strokes, right & left serves, 05-2009
Doing shadow-stroke exercises fairly often seems to be good for obtaining and maintaining fluid feel and rhythm in your strokes... they are good as a warmup exercise for shoulder, arm, wrist, hand and finger muscle actions.

The ability to keep these muscles fluid and relaxed when doing fast accelerations of the racquet head will improve the power and consistency of your strokes.  Be sure to do all variations of shadow strokes (including backhands for both arms) to improve overall body positioning, strength, balance and fluidity.  Testing your strokes on a wall or on court immediately after doing the shadow strokes will indicate if your form and rhythm were good during the shadow stroke exercise.
 
6. Tennis serve training using a 10 lb. weight vest, on...then off, 05-13-11
Using a weight vest or "heavy gravity system" when playing tennis seems to help improve strength and power in legs and torso... resulting in more powerful serves and quicker mobility when the weight is removed.
 
7. Tennis practice, right-hand serves, rear view, 05-13-11
 
8. Ambidextrous tennis practice at backboard, using Babolat Pure Drive racquet, front view, 10-01-06
This video documents what my early form looked like when I started learning and practicing using more left handed forehands.  Previous years I usually used a one or two-handed backhand on the left side.
 
9. Ambidextrous tennis, researching straight arm strokes & elbow whip serves, 137sq in rkt, 12-16-03
Play-testing a customized extra long 29 inch, 137 square inch head,  Gamma C 2.0 (largest legal length and head sized racquet available). 
Also researching the use of full straight arm stroke techniques. Later, I found that preparing forehands with a floating weightless bent arm (like the beginning of a forward karate punch), then accelerating and extending out the arm with a fluid whippy wrist (during the acceleration phase) works very well...this type of action turns out to be the "straight-arm full extension forehand" type stroke that Federer and Nadal use). This same skill set (of full extension far out-front impacts) can also be used for volley and chip strokes.
Also was experimenting on my serves using more of an elbow whip action method (similar to what Sampras used for his serves).
 
10. Pictures:  Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer & Brian Battistone with 2-handled Racquet
Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, Brian Battistone with 2-handled racquet at 2010 US Open.
Pictures of various options and models for 2-handled racquets.  Wilson six-one, junior racquets, beach tennis paddle, squash racquet conversions.
 
11. Pictures:  Two-handled racquet models, customized and factory made ,  06-23-12
(You may order a  2-handled conversion of almost any type of racquet - see FluidTennis.com - Products and Services page.)
 
12. Pictures:  Customized 2-handled tennis racquet pics, new 2012 model Battistone Freestyle.
Customized 2 handled tennis racquet  for the Head i.S6 oversize  racquet. Also shown is a 20 degree angled single grip racquet.
For one model I had one handle that was 28 inches the other was 29 inches in length. This was a heavy weight model of about 13.3 ounces.  Middle weight models are usually around 11 ounces.
The heavy models seem to work well against power players.  The light models seem to work best against slow ball, grinder opponents.

Video Playlist # 2

Ambidextrous Tennis practice sessions using a 20 degree angled & standard racquet handle -- practice on court and at backboard -- February 2012. 
  (16 videos)

1.
Tennis practice on backboard, started with a regular handle... later switched to a 20 degree angled racquet handle at about 5:30.  02-02-12.
The angled racquet (off-set handle) is a 2-handled model with one handle cut off -- this type of racquet seemed to work very well for power serves that have unusual spin.
My research seems to show that the full two handle model seems to work best all around when considering ambidextrous serve returns, volleys and ground-strokes.


2. Using 20-degree angled racquet, ambidextrous strokes wall practice, rear view, 02-02-12
Practice session using my customized 20-degree angled handle tennis racquet -- Head i.S6 oversize (the previous 3 months I was alternating between a standard single grip racquet for return of serves and a 20 degree angled single grip racquet for service games).


3. Ambidextrous tennis warmup on court using a standard handle racquet, part 1, 02-06-12

Light practice session using a standard handle Head i.6 racquet vs good "all court player".   I wanted to document what my basic form looked like before I switched to using a 2 handled racquet.  See my later videos for 2-handled tennis.


4. Ambidextrous tennis practice using 20-degree angled grip rkt, part 2, 02-06-12
Regarding the playtest with the 20 degree angled grip:
when the racquet was flipped over, using the forward facing angle,  the strokes felt like they had more power and could "hook" the ball easier,  but the timing was more difficult since the optimum hitting or "impact zone" was short and not out front very far.   When using the laid back angle it was very easy to hit consistent inside-out slider shots.


5.  Ambidextrous hitting session with a fast improving 11 year old tennis player,  02-01-12


6. Ambidextrous tennis practice at wall, standard grip / handle, then angled grip racquet, 02-02-12
Basic practice session at wall using a standard handle, then a customized angled grip Head i.6 racquet.   I wanted to document what my basic form looked like before I switched to using a 2 handled racquet.  See my later videos for 2-handled tennis.

7. Using 20-degree angled racquet grip, ambidextrous right & left hand serve practice,  02-02-12
Ambidextrous serving with a customized 20 degree angled grip racquet and extra high net (raised for training purposes).  The forward angled grip worked very well for serving,  seemed to have a natural pronation effect (for fast racquet head acceleration) built into the racquet... serves that normally would have been too deep with a conventional handle seemed to drop in with the angled-handle racquet.

8. Ambidextrous tennis, wall practice Head iS6, lefty serves, 02-02-12

This video was made to document my basic tennis form before switching over to using the two-handled tennis racquet.  See my later videos to observe how my form changes a bit to an improvement when using the two-handled racquet. (for example, the ball can be taken farther out front and you will want to drive through the ball more).

9. Ambidextrous tennis using 20 degree angled rkt, wall practice, 02-02-12

Using a modified handle racquet, 20 degree angle (half of a 2-handled grip).  Turned out to be very maneuverable and good on serves... but later I decided that a full 2-handled racquet was superior for all around play, due to easier ability to switch hands or for the stealth ability to play two handed strokes or one handed slices at any moment.

10. Ambidextrous strokes, standard racquet handle, wall, backhand, x-hand, =hand (parallel hand),  02-01-12
Basic practice session at wall using a standard handle, Head i.6 racquet.   I wanted to document what my basic form looked like before I switched to using a 2-handled racquet.  See my later videos for 2-handled tennis.

11. Ambidextrous tennis, using 20 degree angled rkt, wall practice, rear view, 02-02-12
Basic wall practice using a customized 20 degree angled racquet (Head i.S6).
I wanted to document what my form looked like before starting my training on the 2-handled racquet about a month later.  Several months later my research indicated that the 2-handled racquet was superior to the standard or angled grip in overall performance. (For 2-handled tennis see my later videos.) 

12. Ambidextrous Tennis practice at wall, std racquet, rear view, 02-0212
Basic practice session at wall using a standard handle, Head i.6 racquet.   I wanted to document what my basic form looked like before I switched to using a 2 handled racquet.  (See my later videos for 2-handled tennis.)

13. Ambidextrous strokes wall practice, standard racquet handle, rear view,  02-02-12
(Fuji camera)
Practice session using my Head i.S6 oversize racquet (the previous 3 months I was alternating between a standard single grip racquet and a 20 degree angled single grip racquet).
This video was made to document what my basic form looked like before  learning to use the two-handled tennis racquet about a month later.  

14, 15 & 16.  Shows pictures of customized 2-handled racquets and special events.

Video Playlist # 3
(11 Videos)

1. Ambidextrous Tennis, 2-handled racquet, first practice session, part 4 of 6 videos,  03-04-12
This was my first practice session using my customized two-handled tennis racquet -- Head i.S6 oversize (the previous 3 months I was alternating between a standard single grip racquet and a 20-degree-angled single grip racquet). One handle was 28 inches the other was 29 inches in length... this was a heavy weight model of about 13.3 ounces. Middle weight models are usually around 11 ounces. The heavy model works well against power players.  The light models seem to work best against slow ball, grinder opponents. In April 2012  I converted the racquet to 28 inches in length on both handles to make it a bit lighter and more maneuverable.

Over the past 2 months (after this practice session), I found that using the two-handled racquet appears to have advantages over a one-handled racquet primarily due to:
  • Greater stability
  • Ability to impact ball farther out front (due to back angled grip).
  • Ability to serve more consistently with power (due to ergonomic advantage when using the front angled grip).
  • Ability to change racquet hands more quickly.
  • Longer reach when using both hands on racquet or when switching hands.
2. First on-court practice using 2-handled racquet, ambidextrous strokes, vs grinder, part 5 of 6, 03-04-12

3. Ambidextrous tennis, first games played using my custom 2-handled racquet, part 6 of 6, 03-04-12
Matchplay versus steady "grinder" opponent. (The background lighting glare made it difficult to see a lot of the balls, so it was difficult to play my usual aggressive volleys and return of serves.)

4. Ambidextrous Tennis wall practice with 2-handled racquet, front view, part 1 of 6 videos, 03-04-12
First backboard practice session using my customized 2 handled tennis racquet --Head i.S6 oversize.  The previous three months I was alternating between a standard single grip racquet and a 20 degree angled single grip racquet.

5. Customized 2-handled tennis racquet pictures, new 2012 model Battistone Freestyle.
Customized 2-handled tennis racquet -- Head i.S6 oversize racquet. Also shown is a 20 degree angled single grip racquet.  For one model I had one handle that was 28 inches the other was 29 inches in length. This was a heavy weight model of about 13.3 ounces.  Middle weight models are usually around 11 ounces.

6. Ambidextrous Tennis practice on wall with 2 handled racquet, front view, part 2 of 6, 03-04-12.

First backboard practice session using my customized 2 handled tennis racquet --Head i.S6 oversize.  The previous 3 months I was alternating between a standard single grip racquet and a 20 degree angled single grip racquet.

7. First practice session using 2-handled racquet, 2-hand strokes, on-court at 1:40, part 3 of 6 , 03-04-12.

8. Ambidextrous strokes, using one-handle racquet with form similar to 2-handled racquet strokes, 05-02-12

This video was made to document what my form looks like while I use a std racquet handle after having practiced with the two handled racquet for several days.
I have found it fairly easy to alternate between using a two-handled racquet or a standard handle racquet.

9. Two-handled racquet, practice at wall, learning better form, 05-02-12

This video documents what my form looks like after having used the 2-handled racquet several times during the previous month.  I estimate it took me about seven practice sessions to really feel comfortable with all the different types of shots that I could hit with the 2-handled racquet.  I now favor using the 2-handled racquet for my matches... even though I am still able to re-adapt to a single handled racquet very quickly.

10 & 11. Shows pictures of customized 2-handled racquets and special events.


Video Playlist # 4
(13 Videos)

1. Learning ambidextrous power strokes with 2-handled racquet, part 3 of 4, 03-08-12
This was my second on-court practice session using my customized 2-handled tennis racquet -- Head i.S6 oversize.  The previous 3 months I was alternating between a standard single grip racquet and a 20 degree angled single grip racquet.

2. Second on-court practice using 2-handled racquet and ambidextrous strokes, part 2 of 4, 03-08-12
This was my second on-court practice session using my customized 2-handled tennis racquet -- Head i.S6 oversize. This was a heavy weight model of about 13.3 ounces.  Middle weight models are usually around 11 ounces. The heavy model works well against power players.  The light models seem to work best against slow ball, grinder opponents.

3. Second on-court practice, using ambidextrous strokes with 2-handled racquet, part 1 of 4, 03-08-12

4. Practicing returns with 2-handled racquet, prep behind back return of serve, part 4 of 4, 03-08-12
If you are fully ambidextrous, I have found that sometimes preparing with both hands behind your back can be advantageous... especially when an opponent tries to wrong foot you and hit a volley behind you... this preparation technique seems to completely solve this problem.  
On return of serves it may be a risky prep position if the opponent hits a fast serve directly into your body...but it seems to work fine when the serves are hit wide.

5. Customized 2-handled tennis racquet pics, new 2012 model Battistone Freestyle.

6. Ambidextrous Tennis practice at backboard with 2-handled racquet, rear view, 004, 03-06-12
Contrasting use of back-angled handle and front-angled handle (front grip).

7. Tennis serve practice,  researching jump serves, rear view,  03-08-12

This was about my 2nd practice session for 2-handled racquet serving.  Was experimenting with different ways to do jump serves.  
The 2-handled racquet (using front-angled grip) seems to make serving much easier due to the natural hooking downward "pronation of racquet".  Previously I had problems with a tendency to hit  fast serves about 4 inches too deep.... now due to the built in extra pronation effect, my fast serves are consistently just inside the service line.

8. Ambidextrous Tennis practice at backboard with 2-handled racquet, rear view, using front grip, 03-06-12
Second backboard practice session using my customized 2 handled tennis racquet --Head i.S6 oversize.
Am using the front angled grip (front grip) in this video, for both forehands and backhands -- this tends to cause more of a hooking effect on shots.  
Normally, for 2-handled racquets, a player uses the back-angled grip for forehands which improves ability to take ball farther out front -- making it much easier to time your stroke when returning fast balls.

9. Learning two-handed strokes using a 2-handled racquet, rear view,  03-06-12
Second backboard practice session, slicing and then learning 2-handed strokes... using my customized 2-handled tennis racquet --Head i.S6 oversize. 
The previous 3 months I was alternating between a standard single grip racquet and a 20 degree angled single grip racquet.

10. Second backboard practice session, learning two-handed strokes using 2-handled racquet, 03-06-12
This was my second tennis practice session at backboard using my customized 2-handled tennis racquet --Head i.S6 oversize.

11. Ambidextrous practice using standard racquet but simulating form of a 2-handled racquet, 03-06-12

Tennis practice session at backboard immediately after using my customized 2 handled tennis racquet.  Simulating form used when swinging the 2-handled racquet.  It seems that it is fairly easy to alternate between a 2-handled racquet and a standard racquet if a player practices it a few times.
Near end of video I demonstrate the x-handed and  =handed backhands off left and right sides.

12 & 13.
Shows pictures of customized 2-handled racquets and special events.


Video Playlist # 5
(8 Videos)

1. RPTC 2011Tourn, Brian using 2-handled racquet, men's open singles, Part 3 of 5 videos, August 2011
Rancho Penasquitos Tennis Tournament --  Men's Open singles and doubles -- both events won by using 2-handled tennis racquets!

2. RPTC 2011Tourn match, Brian Battistone serves with 2-handled racquet, part 4 of 5

3. RPTC Tourn, Trent using 2-handled racquet, open singles match, part 1 of 5

4.Trent with 2-handled racquet, singles, 2011 RPTC Tennis Tournament, part 2 of 5

5. RPTC Tournament, Brian singles, doubles semis, Trent/Brian vs Chang/Simmons, part 5 of 5

6, 7 & 8. Shows pictures of customized 2-handled racquets and special events.


(5 Videos)

1. RPTC Tournament, Aaron / Battistone vs Fuller / Williams. Doubles finals, Part 1 of 2, August 2011
Rancho Penasquitos Tennis Tournament --  using two-handled tennis racquets, Trent and Brian won the doubles open.  Brian also won the singles open.

2. RPTC Tournament, Aaron / Battistone vs Fuller/Williams, finals, Part 2 of 2
 Men's Open doubles won by using 2-handled tennis racquets!

3, 4 & 5. Shows pictures of customized 2-handled racquets and special events.


(4 Videos)
(Playlist # 6a is an alternate of video playlist #6... it may have better video quality and more clips in it?)

1. RPTC Tournament 2011, singles, doubles Aaron/ Battistone vs Chang/Simmons, semis,part 1 of 2.
Rancho Penasquitos Tennis Tournament, August 2011.  Men's Open singles and doubles -- both events won by using 2-handled tennis racquets!

2. RPTC Tennis Tour 2011, Aaron/ Battistone, 2 handled racquets, semis, part 2 of 2.

3 & 4. Shows pictures of customized 2-handled racquets and special events.


Video Playlist # 7
(10 Videos)

1. Ambidextrous tennis warmup vs my younger brother, former # 5 USTA Open player, 9-21-10
Tennis practice and matchplay (using a one-handled racquet) versus my younger brother (former top 5 USTA Open Player) who flew in from Wisconsin for a few days on a business trip in September 2010. (Some ambidextrous play, but mainly used my right arm due to still recovering from a left shoulder rollerblading injury).

2. Ambidextrous tennis practice vs former #  5 - USTA open player, 9-21-10

3. Ambidextrous Tennis practice and games, vs former  #5 USTA open player, 09-21-10

4. Fluid ambidextrous tennis strokes, vs my younger brother (former top 5 USTA player), 09-21-10
(note: the court lighting was poor so it was difficult to play aggressive volleys and overheads)

5. Ambidextrous Tennis practice and games, vs former  #5 USTA open player, 09-21-10
(closer view)

6. Ambidextrous tennis games vs former top 5 - USTA open player, 09-21-10

7. Playing Tiebreaker - Ambidextrous Fluid Tennis vs former # 5 USTA open player, 9-21-10

8, 9 & 10. Shows pictures of customized 2-handled racquets and special events.


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