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Strategy
12-24-2012, 06:51 PM
If you could go back in time when you were just learning and tell yourself ONE tennis tip that would make your life so much easier and really improve your game much faster, what would it be?


Also, please don't post things like "practice more" lol. I'm more looking for technical skills, like rotating shoulders when hitting a forehand, etc

v-verb
12-24-2012, 07:00 PM
relaxed wrist - lay the wrist back on the forehand and backhand, swing fast - not hard - on the serve

Cheetah
12-24-2012, 07:18 PM
footwork.
watch the ball.
relax.

The Meat
12-24-2012, 07:21 PM
Listen to your coach more attentively when you were a junior.

Head Pegger
12-24-2012, 07:25 PM
Spin for the win.

firepanda
12-24-2012, 07:26 PM
I'd switch me to double-handed backhand and left-handed straight away. I'm very much sinistrous, but I started out righthanded with 1HBH, which... didn't end well. When I was 8, I stopped taking group lessons and my Dad took the opportunity to make me southpaw, 2HBH, continental serve, western forehand.

sureshs
12-24-2012, 07:28 PM
If you could go back in time when you were just learning and tell yourself ONE tennis tip that would make your life so much easier and really improve your game much faster, what would it be?


Also, please don't post things like "practice more" lol. I'm more looking for technical skills, like rotating shoulders when hitting a forehand, etc

It is one tip at a time at a certain stage, but no single tip for everything.

boramiNYC
12-24-2012, 07:39 PM
learn how the mind and body work. that's the foundation.

floridatennisdude
12-24-2012, 08:27 PM
Self: lose some weight

Self: go f yourself

I need a new coach. This didn't pan out.

corbind
12-24-2012, 08:32 PM
Self: lose some weight

Self: go f yourself

I need a new coach. This didn't pan out.

You need a new coach now?

Headshotterer
12-24-2012, 10:27 PM
keep the eye on the ball until it crosses the net

SystemicAnomaly
12-24-2012, 11:18 PM
keep the eye on the ball until it crosses the net

Don't understand this. Are you talking about an incoming ball or an outgoing ball? A better mantra would be, "keep your head still and eyes fixed on the contact zone for (nearly) all of the forward/upward swing" for an incoming ball.

Mick
12-24-2012, 11:24 PM
don't try to copy exactly a pro's stroke. Implement what's good about that stroke into your own stroke.

CCH4TENNIS
12-25-2012, 01:30 AM
If you could go back in time when you were just learning and tell yourself ONE tennis tip that would make your life so much easier and really improve your game much faster, what would it be?


Also, please don't post things like "practice more" lol. I'm more looking for technical skills, like rotating shoulders when hitting a forehand, etc

Find the ball by stalking it moved my tennis to another level :-)

ShoeShiner
12-25-2012, 03:30 AM
don't try to copy exactly a pro's stroke. Implement what's good about that stroke into your own stroke.

Same as Mick's. :-?

Logic Dude
12-25-2012, 05:21 AM
Either switch to lefty or get excellent footwork from the start.

mikeler
12-25-2012, 08:37 AM
I'm fairly close to ambidextrous, so I wish I had started out left handed.

My current tennis tip to myself today would be "Stop hitting so many drop shots!"

slowfox
12-25-2012, 09:51 AM
Footwork comes first; the stroke is last.

Muppet
12-25-2012, 09:54 AM
I used to tell myself this in the 90s, and now you've reminded me.

"Be the ball."

ATP100
12-25-2012, 10:06 AM
If you could go back in time when you were just learning and tell yourself ONE tennis tip that would make your life so much easier and really improve your game much faster, what would it be?


Also, please don't post things like "practice more" lol. I'm more looking for technical skills, like rotating shoulders when hitting a forehand, etc

Take more time off.

HappyMilk
12-25-2012, 10:29 AM
Timing my Split Steps is the biggest one for me.

goran_ace
12-25-2012, 12:44 PM
"Don't be in such a hurry to end the point." I was a very impatient player as a junior. I was overeager try to rip one for a winner. I tried to hit my way out of trouble when on defense. Going for a lot of all-or-nothing shots is not a winning strategy.

sundaypunch
12-25-2012, 06:59 PM
"Don't be in such a hurry to end the point." I was a very impatient player as a junior. I was overeager try to rip one for a winner. I tried to hit my way out of trouble when on defense. Going for a lot of all-or-nothing shots is not a winning strategy.

This is a good point and a difficult one for many juniors to learn. Some players will hit a couple of really good shots in a point and then you see them get impatient. It is as if they feel they should have already won the point so they get more reckless trying to finish it.

Mongolmike
12-25-2012, 08:15 PM
Looking back, one tennis tip to give myself....

...have parents who own a tennis club, giving me full and free access to indoor courts and the professional instruction of the teaching staff.

That, or having parents who own a golf course with the same benefits.

That's all.

Hollandtennis
12-25-2012, 08:16 PM
Hit it over, stupid.

UCSF2012
12-25-2012, 09:16 PM
Before you can walk, you have to crawl. Before you can hit winners, you have to push. Pushing wins matches.

Hitting flat is more consistent. Shouldn't have learned topspin.

Should've stocked up on nCodes.

Relinquis
12-25-2012, 11:18 PM
keep your eye on the ball until you hit it, then stay focused on the contact point until you're pretty much done with the swing.

Headshotterer
12-25-2012, 11:45 PM
Don't understand this. Are you talking about an incoming ball or an outgoing ball? A better mantra would be, "keep your head still and eyes fixed on the contact zone for (nearly) all of the forward/upward swing" for an incoming ball.

this is for when i am going to swing and hit. and my brain tends to take the eyes off earlier, so trying to keep eyes on before it crosses the net guarantees a focused impact

cltennis21
12-26-2012, 01:03 PM
Practice...

5263
12-26-2012, 01:52 PM
Don't understand this. Are you talking about an incoming ball or an outgoing ball? A better mantra would be, "keep your head still and eyes fixed on the contact zone for (nearly) all of the forward/upward swing" for an incoming ball.

I'd like to second this one above as the most important basic fundamental that
should always stay intact in your game, then add one that is more for the next level.

Using the open stance on the Fh and even the Bh sometimes to make court
coverage more efficient, well as how the open stance helps with attacking
mid ct balls with better net clearance control.

WildVolley
12-26-2012, 01:55 PM
Use video to assess your form and play.

woodrow1029
12-26-2012, 01:56 PM
Re-learn how to hit a backhand!

chatt_town
12-26-2012, 02:06 PM
Bend knees and accelerate through the serve.


If you could go back in time when you were just learning and tell yourself ONE tennis tip that would make your life so much easier and really improve your game much faster, what would it be?


Also, please don't post things like "practice more" lol. I'm more looking for technical skills, like rotating shoulders when hitting a forehand, etc

TomT
12-26-2012, 10:31 PM
If you could go back in time when you were just learning and tell yourself ONE tennis tip that would make your life so much easier and really improve your game much faster, what would it be?


Also, please don't post things like "practice more" lol. I'm more looking for technical skills, like rotating shoulders when hitting a forehand, etcTo quiet my mind and not analyze or remember or regret or project. Just feel the moment. See, hear, react. Play in the now, the moment. Concentrate. Just watch examples of good play and imitate.

I think that playing/living with this orientation would have resulted in a much faster learning progression.

TennisA
12-26-2012, 10:35 PM
Don't try and kill every ball, RELAX.

user92626
12-27-2012, 04:21 PM
Use video to assess your form and play.

Use Youtube to look for tips and instructions. If it wasn't available 45 years ago, invent the Internet.

sphinx780
12-27-2012, 06:12 PM
practice with purpose

InspectorRacquet
12-28-2012, 11:36 AM
Don't try and kill every ball, RELAX.

Exactly. If I were to give myself one piece of advice, it would definitely be to not hit the ball so hard. The power comes naturally from a solid swing.

BCTennis
12-28-2012, 03:53 PM
Play SMART instead of playing WELL.
People might think these are the same things but they are very different. For instance, hitting your biggest weapons is called "playing well". But this is not how you win matches. Playing well only works when you feel confident and you are playing someone as good or worse than you. However, "playing smart" means you have strategies to win. "playing smart" works even when you are not playing your best tennis. I am a 4.0 player and I faced a 5.0 today. The skill difference between us is huge. But I played smart- I made a plan to moonball+grind+slice to throw him off guard. I still lost but the score was 7-6, 7-5 for him. Playing smart gets you better results.

Xizel
12-28-2012, 05:20 PM
You win by hitting one more shot than the other person.

Mongolmike
12-28-2012, 05:37 PM
You win by hitting one more shot than the other person.

...unless that last shot is an unforced error to lose the match. :oops:

NLBwell
12-28-2012, 06:15 PM
Keep you head balanced and still.

Rjtennis
12-28-2012, 09:46 PM
Keep my footwork intense and my upper body relaxed.

goran_ace
12-29-2012, 12:59 AM
Hit as hard as you need to; not as hard as you want to.