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Headshotterer
01-09-2009, 02:36 PM
:shock::shock::shock::shock:
Right Now I'm very nervous because it sounds like theres gonna be alot of competition for varsity this year

We have to play a ladder-style tournament where the top rungs make the team

I have powerful reliable groundstrokes(my best shots), a so-so serve and a so-so netgame

My strategy is hit heavy topspin shots crosscourt and thats about it

SystemicAnomaly
01-09-2009, 02:48 PM
Still willing to work with you on your serve & net play. (Send me an email if interested).

LeeD
01-09-2009, 02:51 PM
Try to find your opponent's weaker side during warmups. Don't feed him too many balls there during warmups.
When you play, note his weaker side, and hit there on important points.
You can pound an opponents strong side, if you're better. If they're even, you have to find his weakness.
Weaker side can be either less consistent or he doesn't/can't pressure you off that side. So when you're running and retrieving, hit to his weaker side.
When you're dictating the point, hit his weaker side to stay dominant, but once in a while hit to his stronger side to keep him off balanced.
With little serve, you start your service points even, so good luck.
If you start to miss some shots, back off the pace, instead just go for some depth.

Ballinbob
01-09-2009, 03:07 PM
My strategy is hit heavy topspin shots crosscourt and thats about it

Believe me, from experience at the highschool level, this is all you will need. Just don't miss those easy shots, let your opponent make them. So many highschoolers just hit the shet out of the ball, dont be one of those. I've told you this before with your serve, but don't go for much with it. If you can just get it in deep with some descent spin that should do fine at the highschool level. As for your net play, just dont S&V or come in. I highly doubt anyone on your team is going to hit consistent drop shots to draw you in, so dont even worry about it.

I really like this strategy though, very simple and you can keep focused on it the whole match. Just think cross court,deep,good spin for all your shots. Nothing else. This is what i did when I tried out for varsity (I made it too:)). My best shot is my serve, so my strategy was to hold serve every time and dont double fault. That was it, that simple. Once I got my serve working everything else fell into place. Once your best stroke is working (your groundies for you), everything else just seems easy. BE SMART, we've all been trying to help you improve for your tryouts starting like 5 months ago. You took my advice on developing the heavy topspin game and Im sure it will pay off.

You can do this bro, just stick with that strategy.

Mada
01-09-2009, 03:10 PM
Believe me, from experience at the highschool level, this is all you will need. Just don't miss those easy shots, let your opponent make them. So many highschoolers just hit the shet out of the ball, dont be one of those. I've told you this before with your serve, but don't go for much with it. If you can just get it in deep with some descent spin that should do fine at the highschool level. As for your net play, just dont S&V or come in. I highly doubt anyone on your team is going to hit consistent drop shots to draw you in, so dont even worry about it.

I really like this strategy though, very simple and you can keep focused on it the whole match. Just think cross court,deep,good spin for all your shots. Nothing else. This is what i did when I tried out for varsity (I made it too:)). My best shot is my serve, so my strategy was to hold serve every time and dont double fault. That was it, that simple. Once I got my serve working everything else fell into place. Once your best stroke is working (your groundies for you), everything else just seems easy. BE SMART, we've all been trying to help you improve for your tryouts starting like 5 months ago. You took my advice on developing the heavy topspin game and Im sure it will pay off.

You can do this bro, just stick with that strategy.

He won't make it high on varsity (if he makes varsity), just by using that strategy. Maybe it will work if his school has weak tennis though.

Ballinbob
01-09-2009, 03:16 PM
He won't make it high on varsity (if he makes varsity), just by using that strategy. Maybe it will work if his school has weak tennis though.

Oh I beg to differ. This guy has been working for months on his groundies, he has good groundies. Consistent, deep, heavy topspin shots cross court to both corners will take him far at the highschool level. Even with a strong team this will take him far. You dont need to hit winners everywhere to win at highschool like many think.

RoddickAce
01-09-2009, 03:18 PM
My strategy is hit heavy topspin shots crosscourt and thats about it

That is actually a good strategy to build on; my current favourite and overused strategy is to hit short angle cross court forehands to drag the opponent wide, then either hit behind them with another short angle forehand (and if necessary, finish the point at net), or dragging them to the other side of the court. On my backhand, I'm not consistent enough on my short angle shots >_>, so my main tactic is a short slice crosscourt, then hit backhand down the line. Try those tactics, it works very well especially if your opponent is a bit slow. Good luck in your tryouts!

Mada
01-09-2009, 03:20 PM
Oh I beg to differ. This guy has been working for months on his groundies, he has good groundies. Consistent, deep, heavy topspin shots cross court to both corners will take him far at the highschool level. Even with a strong team this will take him far. You dont need to hit winners everywhere to win at highschool like many think.

Well I suppose I can't talk, since I have not seen his groundies. I also am only speaking with limited knowledge on highschool tennis. All I know is that he wouldn't get top 3 on my schools varsity with just having good groundies.

Ballinbob
01-09-2009, 03:27 PM
Well I suppose I can't talk, since I have not seen his groundies. I also am only speaking with limited knowledge on highschool tennis. All I know is that he wouldn't get top 3 on my schools varsity with just having good groundies.

Of course he wouldn't get on a really good team with just good groundies. I'm not saying that. I'm saying that this strategy for highschool tennis works wonders. If someone has good groundies he wants to take advantage of them, which is what this strategy will allow him. He wants to win most of the exchanges at the baseline, and this strategy will work good with his strengths.

See what I mean?

Headshotterer
01-09-2009, 04:13 PM
Still willing to work with you on your serve & net play. (Send me an email if interested).

Sorry, I appreciate the offer but I am currently working with someone

GeorgeLucas
01-09-2009, 04:53 PM
Now you can recite Shakespeare to them as you bagel them :)

Headshotterer
01-09-2009, 04:53 PM
maybe as a way to humiliate them