View Full Version : First Day Back On Court..

01-30-2009, 03:42 PM
I finally got out onto court on the 30th of Jan. I recorded a bit of the practice session which proves once and for all that you should NEVER STOP TRAINING! However, the project I am working has had my full attention and I haven't hit a ball or even run for 7 weeks. Terrible.

I pretty much know how things are going to go once I step on the court. If the court feels big, it's not going to be pretty. If the court feels small, everything will be just fine. The court felt HUGE! Although it wasn't as bad as it could have been my footwork felt so slow, clumsy and heavy and my balance was way off on each shot. We hit for and hour and served for 20mins at the end. Serve felt okay considering the time off I'd had but the hand blistered up quickly and made changing grips between shots very difficult.

I will upload a few clips from this session because the quality and consistency of miss-hits was quite remarkable. In my defence, the forehand over the fence was due in part to not being able to change my grip position due to the blister. That's the story I am going with :D


A quick view from the practice courts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkuhfihNyrY)

1. 2nd Serve, behind the back volley, smash... over the back fence! & 1st serve, mid court jump FH... over the back fence and rising! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4g2p5hKv0M)

2. General hitting with interesting BH slice. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_mFBTLoctI)

3. Forehand down the line winner... into the back fence (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FeTPPJLRLs)

01-30-2009, 04:34 PM
Whaaaa.... no singles sticks ? :oops::oops:
Just kidding.
Welcome back to the courts !!
I wish I had your forehand.

01-30-2009, 04:36 PM
The behind the back volley was remarkable, but the mishits were something else. I guess one outrageously good shot deserves one outrageously bad one.

If nothing else, your video made me feel better about hitting put-aways long. When they go over the back fence, you know you're doing something wrong.:)

01-30-2009, 04:38 PM
Give props to the LawMan...
It was his first day hitting after almost two months.
And he should go for all his shots, to see where they land. That's what practice is all about, to find your shots.
In practice, if you don't hit a few into the back fence, you're practicing defensive tennis.

01-30-2009, 04:45 PM
The problem is they were clearing the back fence ;)

Cricket anyone?

01-30-2009, 04:50 PM
Most years since 1979, I don't touch a tennis racket from late April thru Nov.
Motocross till '83, then windsurfing takes precedence those spring/summer/fall months.
So I can empathize about the "rusty" feel the first time back. This winter, it was like Nov11th, my first day in 7 months.

01-31-2009, 11:47 AM
if you work hard, your game will eventually come back. You have great strokes and used to have even better strokes according to your older videos.

01-31-2009, 12:38 PM
Herniate a disc, gain 75 lb's, and don't exercise or pick up a racquet for 2+ years...

1st day back on court for me was 3 days ago... I'm still recovering. :)

Good looking strokes, keep playing....

01-31-2009, 01:10 PM
that was a wicked behind the back volley

01-31-2009, 01:18 PM
For 2 months off, i thought you did very well. :)

02-01-2009, 09:10 PM
wait wait wait, so it is you the guy that had a video on youtube of a forehand hitting in brasil! dude i saw that video like two years ago and got really impressed of how kick-*** your forehand was, keep it up i mean that forehand really looks better than even most of the pros

02-01-2009, 09:15 PM
That volley was just sick, man. Seriously.

I find that the movement is the first thing to go when I have a period of not playing for awhile, whatever the reason. It's tough to play well when I'm reaching for the stupid ball every time.