View Full Version : what is the best way to improve..............
04-08-2004, 10:34 PM
rank them, drills, instruction, playing matches, joining league, joining tournaments?
04-08-2004, 10:55 PM
to improve what ?
to improve stroking, drills would help.
to improve competitive toughness, you should play matches.
It also depends on your current level..
So, specify your question, please.
04-09-2004, 09:48 AM
I have broken down improvement to 4 simple phases as far as technique is concerned. They can be applied to the game as a whole, or just individual areas if desired.
1. Knowledge of tennis. This includes reading, instruction, viewing professionals, strategy, and match experience. Basically, it includes anything that contributes to your understanding of tennis.
2. Practice. You must groove what you know, otherwise it will not matter
3. Feedback. You have to have a clear understanding of what you are actually doing with your technique on the court. A coach or a camcorder fulfills this need very well. If you have the money to use both a coach and cameras, then that would be the best option.
4. Then make the necessary adjustments through more practice.
Then keep repeating until you are satisfied. Also, there are no short cuts, only the effective implementation of the cycle above. You can't single out any link of a chain and claim that is more or less significant than the any other link, and your question suggests you would like to. If your question is really to ask what area of the game should receive more attention than others, then you should realize that the answer is completely reliant on individual circumstances. If that is the case, then you should post a more specific question so that you can get the answer you are looking for.
04-09-2004, 12:07 PM
I would recommend spending 1/2 your time playing matches against various opponents, 1/4 of your time doing specific drills for certain shots that you want to master, and the other 1/4 working on both long distance cardio, short distance footspeed, weight, and flexibility training as well as reading books, magazines, and the internet to pick up other tips and strategies to help train your brain on how to play, etc.
04-09-2004, 04:05 PM
like C_Urala said, it depends on what you're trying to improve.
practice practice practice will improve your strokes while playing matches will improve you mental toughness/competetiveness.
It is pretty general question.
Before anything, you have to be able to move around the court and get to the ball. Otherwise, tere really is no point of playing matches or doing drills.
Doing drills will make you a good "hitter" of the ball but it won't make you a good "player" of the ball.
I would say drill and practice with purpose, and playing matches with different people are two most important things. Dilling will improve your shots (fh,bh, volleys, overheads,serves, returns). And playing matches will teach you how to win, and how to adapt to different ball, and different style of playing
try to play as much as possible against players better than you.
you will lose a lot, but then you will find how easy it is to beat those who used to be at the same level
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