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oneguy21
01-09-2009, 12:24 PM
If your just hitting groundstrokes as in a match warmup, how long can you go? I mean with deep balls with full swings.

If I have a good partner I can usually rally 20+ balls.

What about you?

Mada
01-09-2009, 12:27 PM
Depends on my partner. He just has to hit it to my backhand a lot and it'll end soon enough ;)

GPB
01-09-2009, 12:32 PM
My friends and I usually warm up by hitting 20 in a row. It takes us a while to get there (usually ending on about 8). But if we get it going, it'll go up to 50+.

smoothtennis
01-09-2009, 12:32 PM
If your just hitting groundstrokes as in a match warmup, how long can you go? I mean with deep balls with full swings.

If I have a good partner I can usually rally 20+ balls.

What about you?

Is that 40 total shots between you and your partner or 20 total shots?

raiden031
01-09-2009, 12:33 PM
I think anybody can rally for a long time if they have a steady partner. I can rally as long as my partner sends back balls into my strike zone.

Noaler
01-09-2009, 01:40 PM
Idk, it almost never ends if i just aim to him and not hit deep balls. Deep balls would be around 30 balls

Knightmace
01-09-2009, 02:10 PM
About 15, but if I have a better partner 30+

bad_call
01-10-2009, 07:15 AM
not long enough...need to work on hitting just 1 more ball than the opponent...maybe 2. :)

futuratennis
01-10-2009, 05:06 PM
quite a long time.. probably 30-40.. but not every rally, prob 2 out of 3 are just 10-20 shots and theres the occasional one which goes for ages, also depends on my partner.. with a good partner the rallies can go for a long, long time

BU-Tennis
01-10-2009, 05:11 PM
One of our coaches favorite drills is too have everyone pair up and see who can race to hitting 100 balls. This doesn't mean consecutively but in order to win you usually have to do it with 3 or 4 balls and sometimes 2. Once me and a partner got to about 70 until we messed up. I love this drill and it significantly increases your ability to rally, and being a game format it puts you under pressure. I would say start every practice by warming up and then hit until you can get to 25+ balls in a row. If you can't do this then you really have no chance in winning tough matches, especially the ones where you can't seem to be able to rip the ball.

halalula1234
01-11-2009, 02:33 AM
not so long

itisgregory
01-11-2009, 08:24 AM
Post a poll like I did for NTRP rating then you can visually and accurately see everyone's responses. The poll even automatically calculate percentages. You are given up to 10 multiple choice options but you can make less. Maybe start with 5 balls and go up in increments of 3 or ??Check it out!

EikelBeiter
01-11-2009, 11:57 AM
Sometimes we have to do a crosscourt rally of 50, it usually takes a couple of tries, but we get it done almost all the time, without wasting an hour on it

BullDogTennis
01-11-2009, 06:31 PM
usually as long as my partner and i stay patient and dont go for winners. if we're just hitting we can go all day.

morten
01-12-2009, 01:00 AM
I can`t rally, only hit where my opponent is`nt ;)

jasoncho92
01-12-2009, 06:25 AM
Ive only gotten up to like 30, EVER. This is only because i always take cuts at the ball and actually hit it instead of going for long rallies. It doesnt help that my partners usually cant hit the ball back to me either.

game set match 46 TIMES!!
01-12-2009, 09:12 AM
about 30...

NamRanger
01-12-2009, 09:23 AM
20+ or so. I could go higher, but I'm out of shape and fat.

skiracer55
01-12-2009, 11:46 AM
...if you're objective is to hit a bunch of balls and get warmed up and get your strokes tuned in, start with Mini Tennis (groundstrokes using the service boxes only), then move to full court after 5 or 10 minutes.

If you're asking me how long can skiracer55 rally in a match situation, the answer is "Not long enough...which is why I play a lot of S&V and do other things to try to end the point (in my favor, of course...), in 4 shots maximum (serve..first volley...angled volley...overhead, if necessary, for a winner).

But...even if you're a quick strike kind of guy, you have to be able to grind it out, especially on days when your weapons have deserted you. One of my former coaches was Dave Hodge, an Aussie who played on the ATP tour for a couple of years after playing #2 at Baylor during his college career. He coached me when he was Men's Assistant at CU Boulder, then went on to be Men's Assistant at Stanford, and is now one of the National Team coaches in Tennis Australia. Dave is one of the best S&vers I ever saw, but I saw him grind his way through a semi-final match in the Denver Open one year on a day when his first serve and forehand totally went south for a set and a half. He won based on the strength of his slice backhand, second serve...and patience.

He used to make me do a thing called the Grind Drill, which is really simple. Start with groundstrokes from the baseline, and you can go to the net, hit overheads, do anything you want...but you can't hit winners, you can only win points on your opponent's errors. So it becomes a baseline battle, because there ain't much advantage in going to the net. You can hit the ball as hard as you want...but you basically have to hit it right at the guy. Great drill, because what it focuses on is not something artificial ("Can you rally 20 strokes? Good...how about 30?) but on what really counts, which is "Can you hit the last ball in the court in the rally?" Try it, you'll like it...

TennisNinja
01-12-2009, 08:09 PM
I can get up to 50 really easy, but 25 is what I usually go for. Longest I've done is like 120?

RestockingTues
01-12-2009, 08:14 PM
I have trouble getting up to 15.

Miami83095
01-13-2009, 11:36 AM
My rally record is 400. I stopped because my coach was training to concentrate on my consistence. My friends is 2008 last year, he tries to get up to the year present everytime he goes for rally records.

Petekbladetour1
01-13-2009, 11:47 AM
I have trouble getting up to 15.

thats not to good...

Mick
01-13-2009, 11:53 AM
not too long (6 or 7 balls) because most of my hitting partners want to win on every point even when we rally, and because that is how it is, i have to do the same to them.

oneguy21
01-13-2009, 11:57 AM
My rally record is 400. I stopped because my coach was training to concentrate on my consistence. My friends is 2008 last year, he tries to get up to the year present everytime he goes for rally records.

Really....off of deep balls with full swings? That sounds insane! That means that rally took about 6.7 minutes..maybe more?

Steady Eddy
01-13-2009, 12:00 PM
When my wife and I rally, we often finish by doing a rally up to 20. Recently that rally went up to 168. And I was shocked when we went past 100.

BestLefty UK
01-13-2009, 12:01 PM
Average- Hitting full strokes= 25-30
Average- Spin with about 60% pace= 30-40

mozzer
01-13-2009, 12:10 PM
not too long (6 or 7 balls) because most of my hitting partners want to win on every point even when we rally, and because that is how it is, i have to do the same to them.
Yeah same. Gets really annoying at the start of a training session i try to have a decent hit while they just walk to the net to chat.

smoothtennis
01-13-2009, 12:13 PM
I did a 100 last year with my partner, hitting full strokes at 50% pace. Balls landing around the service line or maybe a foot deeper. Those quads started to burn like fire around 70 - because nobody wants to be the guy that screwed up the attempt for 100 when you get that high.

Funny thing was...I realized in that rally just how much footwork increased (and had to) as the rally went longer. When we get tired, the tendency is for the body to avoid pain, and then we realized even on 50% paced shots - because they had spin, positioning was by far the hardest part.

mtommer
01-13-2009, 01:08 PM
Really....off of deep balls with full swings? That sounds insane! That means that rally took about 6.7 minutes..maybe more?

Honestly, this isn't really hard to do if you have a decent partner. I've gone a couple of hundred before getting bored with counting. There really isn't all that much to hitting a tennis ball when you think about it. The trick really is to just relax and hit. A full swing doesn't mean a hard swing.

Petekbladetour1
01-13-2009, 01:13 PM
If your just hitting groundstrokes as in a match warmup, how long can you go? I mean with deep balls with full swings.

If I have a good partner I can usually rally 20+ balls.

What about you?

dont know but i can at least do around 50

GeorgeLucas
01-13-2009, 01:18 PM
I can rally 'till the end of days

tennisdad65
01-13-2009, 01:22 PM
wow.. you guys are good and patient. I'd fall asleep on the baseline by the 10th shot :) . In a match I am normally at the net by the 5th shot at worst.

Miami83095
01-13-2009, 01:50 PM
Really....off of deep balls with full swings? That sounds insane! That means that rally took about 6.7 minutes..maybe more?

Yeah, coach was testing my consistency. Basicly after 100 balls hit, I was so tired I was standing while waiting for the ball to return. And if your leg is itchy or something, your screwed! Ha ha