Anyone with singlesitis?

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  1. MasturB

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    First and foremost, I'm a self taught player that has spent the last 5 years hitting and playing singles. I play doubles occasionally and I MEAN occasionally.

    I started playing more pickup doubles recently, and I noticed my brain and muscle memory is wired to hit the ball in the singles court. At the net when I have the entire doubles lane open, my brain for some reason aims for the singles alley line. Returning balls are becoming an issue too, because I'm frequently hitting singles returns too close for a poacher to capitalize on, leaving a huge part of the court wide open.

    Any way to fix this (other than the obvious of playing more doubles)? I don't want to screw up my timing and conditioning with singles as I have a tourney coming up soon and last thing I need is brain wiring malfunctions.
     
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  2. TomT

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    Not sure what the problem is. I'm a very low level player and play singles almost exclusively, but when I play doubles (almost always with players much better than me at singles) it's a welcome change to be able to hit the ball a little wider.
     
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  3. 5263

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    I'm more the opposite. It's sort of tough for me not to hit into the alley a bit
    wide for singles :(
    My Smart Targets did help me a good bit with that though.
     
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    It's even worse playing nothing but doubles for 4 months straight, then trying to get back into singles.
     
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  6. Tmano

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    I'm a singles player only and when i play double which happens reraly I hate it and i play pretty bad because i don't care. i like to own the court and go to net and close the point when i want.
    however to fix your problem is easy, you have two options:

    stop playing doubles because you don't care either much
    or become really good at it so your timing can get only better and use it for singles too......however it might take some time
     
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  7. luvforty

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    doubles.... yawn.
     
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    How about if when you play doubles you only hit to the singles part of the court. Or not; just a suggestion.
     
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  9. tlm

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    The way I fixed that is to only play singles.
     
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  10. tlm

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    I agree 100%.
     
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  11. LeeD

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    The top pros don't play doubles...yawn.
    You make less money playing doubles...yawn.
    Girls don't watch you play doubles....yawn.
    You get 1/4 time to hit the ball...yawn.
    You don't get to run...yawn.
    You'd actually have to learn something new...yawn.
    You can't do it, so you might as well knock it...yawn.
     
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  12. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    meh, good practice for CC rally balls and volleys.

    The league I play is singles/dubs, so I get to play both.

    it's fun, one of the teams has a guy who won the Wimbledon dubs as a Junior back in the day, can volley a bit...
     
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  13. luvforty

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    only if all 4 guys can play... otherwise that 1 poor sucker becomes the ball magnet.

    yawn.
     
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    Singles snobs... [​IMG]

    You guys are undoubtedly doing it wrong... or playing with the wrong people.
     
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    ^ Singles is for people with mediocre reflexes, suspect volleying skills and an inability to master teamwork and complex strategy skills. :twisted:

    To the OP -- try some doubles drills with targets set up in the alley.
     
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  17. tlm

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    Doubles is for fat, out of shape, slow people that have no endurance and cannot take the pressure of singles. Because in dubs every time they lose they blame their partner.

    Doubles is more like volley ball than tennis, get to the net and hit a volley or the biggest thrill smash a floater with overhead standing 3 feet from the net, wow that is awesome. Of course that is a big thrill because most cannot hit anything forcing from the back court.

    I watch the top guys at my club playing dubs, the average point lasts 3 shots. The majority of the time is spent picking up the balls and getting ready to serve.
     
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    Big doubles hater here too! Just want to scream at my teammate to get out of the way when I'm serving.
     
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    I'd say on your returns take it earlier than your used to so you can get a little more Angle on the ball. I've found that in doubles topspin tends to work against you if the person at the net knows anything if you hit the ball a little flatter you'll stand a better chance. If you're worried about the alley it just takes practice. I will say doubles helps touch and working on finishing shots. It feels like doubles rewards risk more than singles so if you are a grinder you'll have a harder time getting adjusted. Just my opinion
     
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  20. 5263

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    Much truth here, but to each their own.
    Imo doubles is way more athletic/dynamic, &
    singles is more aerobic!
     
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    Tennis is tennis, you are not going to screw up your timing playing doubles. Maybe if you went out and played squash or racquetball it might mess you up, but not more tennis!

    IF anything playing some dubs will help your singles game in the long run because if improves your net game and forcing you to be precise on serve returns. It also helps with angles. I had a similar background to you where I only played singles for the first 5 years and pretty much self taught. First time I started playing dubs against decent players I was a fish out of water, but eventually I came to like it and it is mostly what I play now.
     
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    Most younger players prefer singles ove doubles..I was the same way but now love doubles..With the right foursome of equal players, doubles is a much more skilled, precision type of play..more pressure on every point...Older experienced 4.5 doubles guys almost always beat most younger guys who can play decent singles and run all day
     
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    Yes, that pretty much describes me.
     
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  24. Frank Silbermann

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    At least no one called it "dubs".
     
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    is it just me - seems i always get stuck with the weakest of the 4 and all the balls go to him... and only when i fall asleep that one ball comes catch me off guard.

    yawn.
     
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    I like to play singles before dubs.
     
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    Ya this must be why they hardly show any doubles matches on tv, they show the singles players with their mediocre reflexes and weak strategy skills. I mean it is obvious that the singles players are not near as good of athletes as the famous doubles players that nobody knows.
     
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