View Full Version : What part of your game do you need to improve?

05-22-2006, 11:31 AM
What part of your game are you not satisfied with?

05-22-2006, 11:35 AM
*groan* my service game...*groan*. its terrible. im really slow too, that's why i prefer clay courts...

05-22-2006, 11:36 AM
backhand vollies, topspin forehand....

05-22-2006, 12:08 PM
mental toughness

05-22-2006, 12:16 PM
concentrating on the ball

05-22-2006, 12:16 PM
Reacting to the ball. I generally wait too long to react to a ball, and end up hitting the ball poorly. This is not just against a crushing winner hit by my opponent into an open court, I fail to react even to balls returned within a couple of feet to my left or right, with little pace. I just stand and watch the ball until it is often too late.

I routinely forget to turn sideways to prepare for my backhand (one handed), and quite often hit it with an open stance.

I do better recovering to and away from the net more than from side to side.

05-22-2006, 12:19 PM

Taking topspin off forehand and hitting flatter on shorter balls
Improveing placement and general consistancy of 2h backand topspin shots
Hitting more aces to forhand sides on 1st serve so more placement and power
Staying calm in tough parts of match- not going mad i want to be a coach

05-22-2006, 02:21 PM
2nd serve/ serve consistency
approaching after my serve on doubles.

Joe Average
05-22-2006, 02:29 PM
Short balls. I will hit a good shot, get a weak return and will be standing stupidly at the baseline. I guess this is really about anticipating the next ball. Better footwork wouldn't hurt, I suppose.

05-22-2006, 02:48 PM
Underhand serve.

Seriously, my 1st serve probably averages about 25mph and my 2nd serve, 20mph.

05-22-2006, 03:00 PM
mental game
serve consistency
down-the-line/inside out backhand

05-22-2006, 03:55 PM
mental, one handed backhand, power, and serve ;) (especially kick serve =_=)

05-22-2006, 04:04 PM
I have a few:

- Mid court game: mainly better directing half volleys from mid court and placing it deep, finishing points at the net

- service return: need to do more than just returning deep, taking opportunities with a short serve.

- converting defensive backhand and turn it into offensive points: i think i defend too much with my backhand, need to be either 1) more aggressive, or 2) find opportunities to play a forehand shot.

- serve and volley: this ties in with the mid court game

there's a lot of other details; like shot selections, body positioning, etc, but those are the bullet points right now.

Ken B.
05-22-2006, 04:05 PM
Second Serve. I push the thing so much. I either spin it too much to where it is too weak (but rides up really high on players), or I try to do my first serve again and just hope it goes in.

My first serve is a bullet that either stays low and has no movement or it will kick out. That's all it does. But I hit it so hard it doesn't matter. It's the second serve that can get me into trouble.

05-22-2006, 04:06 PM
4 characters - 1HBH.

05-22-2006, 04:11 PM
Getting some pace on my serve would be nice.

05-22-2006, 04:17 PM
What part of your game are you not satisfied with?
What else? The infamous backhand. Kick serves need some help too, but the strengths are forehands, volleys from both sides, and first serves if I can keep the percentage up.

05-22-2006, 04:42 PM
mental and S-E-R-V-E. serves f'in tick me off dammet :mad: (my serves anyways...)

05-22-2006, 05:27 PM

definitely my volleys, i set my self up with good aproach shots and serves that i can come in on but i shank my volleys, if im lucky. I have very bad reaction time and hand eye coordination.

05-22-2006, 05:43 PM
Fitness, footwork, fitness and footwork. And fitness

05-22-2006, 05:45 PM
I would have to say my backhand.

05-22-2006, 05:49 PM
better anticipation on balls landing on my side, faster footwork to chase down short short balls and better footwork to keep my legs alert...

05-22-2006, 07:02 PM
I need to imporve almost everything... my forehand, backhand, volleys, and my first serve...

05-22-2006, 07:31 PM
Second serve. I keep reverting to old ways under pressure.

05-22-2006, 07:35 PM
My game works 60% of the time everytime.

05-22-2006, 09:55 PM
I don't think I have a stroke to improve specifically. They all seem to be about the same consistency.
If I can pick, I prefer to improve myself as a player overall. I want ALL my strokes to improve a bit, it's not like it's my backhand, or my overhead, or what.

I won't stop until I'm the best freaking player my body, talent or skills allow me to.

05-22-2006, 10:09 PM
i forgot to add:

between the legs shot

05-22-2006, 10:28 PM
geez~ i forgot to add in stamina mate'...

05-22-2006, 10:59 PM
I also need to work on my after game celebration, thinking after the game I have someone bring out an old school boom box, and a 4 by 4 foot piece of cardboard. Nothing like pop n locking after a straight set win.

05-23-2006, 06:57 AM
Coming over my backhand returns.

And everything else. Don't know what you mean by "need," but I never want to stop improving.

05-23-2006, 09:18 AM
I think for most of us here, the question should be, "What part of your game you don't think you need to improve? "

05-25-2006, 11:12 PM
There's many areas to improves.

I need to learn how to do the kick serve with ease. Trying to be consistant in matches or in practice. Play smart (I play brainless tennis) LOL, I must improve the footwork and being less lazy. (Easier said than done).

Return of serve, especially the kick serve. I play a lefty today and his kick serve is killing me. When the ball kicked high above to your backhand. It's miserable! I think we have to cut the rebound but it's not easy!

I guess I have to find a coach this summer. I just hope I'll will reach my full potential before my legs say goodbye.

05-26-2006, 01:11 AM
Well, there are too many things. But I realize the 2 things that will improve my game the most are my serve and return of serve. So I've been working on my serve for the last 2 summers. After a lot of trial and error, I think I'm getting a nice topspin serve. After this summer, I hope to have it down pat, so I can move on to another part of my game.

05-26-2006, 01:54 AM
all of it.

just out
05-26-2006, 05:50 AM
Man, you guys are lucky, at this point, I'm just trying to slow the rate of decline:). It still feels good to hit that shot from the past every once in a while, I guess that's what keeps me coming back.