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POGforEver
10-13-2005, 06:29 PM
I've been out of playing high level tennis for more than a year. I took off all of later winter indoor season and only hit with basically one person durring this past summer season. I'm just wondering what are some good tips on how you guys get back to it when you've taken a leave of absence from the great sport of tennis. I really want to get back to where I was, I'm still in excellent physical condition but my tennis just isn't there. Thanks!

VGP
10-13-2005, 08:16 PM
All I can say is practice. Sounds simple, I know.

Start from the ground up if need be. Get moving to warm up your muscles then stretch BEFORE you play. Start up at net to get your eyes and hands working together. Be mindful of your footwork as you move back and hit groundstrokes. Work on getting your feel back. Pay attention and read the balls coming at you. I'd suggest hitting with more than one person so that you get different shots coming at you. Don't forget your overheads and serves. DO NOT go for anything big. Don't push yourself too hard thinking "I used to be able to hit that shot....etc." The last thing you need to to injure yourself as you're getting back into playing. Cool down and stretch after each practice session.

As your feel comes back (hopefully this isn't long) start setting up matches and play as often as you can.

Since you took a year off, check out the other thread about "your game going down the toilet" when you've had a kid. A year is nothing.

nickybol
10-13-2005, 11:01 PM
The person before me says some good thinks but stretch AFTER practise or a match. Stretching can decrease your muscle performance by 30% for at least an hour, some researchers even say 24 hours.

shindemac
10-14-2005, 12:04 AM
There's really no shortcut except to practice.