Best use of pre-warm up time before Match?

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  1. Govnor

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    I say Pre-warm up, because I mean the time before your "warm up" with the opponent.

    I have my first match in 8 months tonight and will have a little time to do whatever I want (no hitting partner though).

    Any suggestions on best use of time?
     
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  2. 3fees

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    Practice your serve.
     
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  3. millardus

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    +1 to practise your serve, and maybe a little shadow swinging on forehand to loosen those shoulders and follow through.

    From personal experience these past 2 weeks, I have gone into social yet competitive doubles twice now with only a handful of serves, and promptly lost opening games with doubles or crap placement!

    Practise the serve sir!
     
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  4. Govnor

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    Thanks. I usually like to save my shoulder a bit and limit numbers of serves, but I think on this occasion, this is probably a good call. Considering I haven't hit one in a match for so long.
     
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  6. Cheetah

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    dynamic stretching
     
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  7. 10s4ne1

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    If there is a wall, you can hit against the wall. If not, try to find someone to hit against. If neither, then dynamic stretching, and visualization of each part of your game.
     
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  8. BMC9670

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    I would never practice serves until your fully warmed up, which is what you're asking in the first place. Assuming you don't have a court and partner, and especially if you are over 30, focus on dynamically warming up your body for at least 15 minutes:

    1. light jog (heart rate up and break light sweat)
    2. side shuffles and karaoke (not sure if that's the spelling)
    3. lunges
    4. shoulder rolls, shrugs, swings, and circles
    5. core rotations
    6. another light jog
    7. shadow swings

    This will go a long ways towards being ready and court and preventing injury. Use the on court warm up for strokes and serving.
     
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  9. rdis10093

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    for me the serve is the most important part of the warm up. I feel like ground strokes are almost muscle memory for me at my point in my game.

    but I still spend equal time on both when warming up.
     
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  10. In D Zone

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    What works for me on Pre-Game warm up.
    - Stretching, very important to loosen up joints and muscles
    - Light jogging
    - 5 mins of Serving just to loosen up the shoulder muscles

    I wanted to reserve my strength just in case the match goes the distance.
     
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  11. Velvet Ga el

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    The only correct answers. It's amazing how much different I feel both during and after a match when I have the chance to warm up dynamically versus simply showing up and starting cold. You can somewhat get away with it if you're under 30, but once you hit that age, it's a must.
     
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  12. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Facebook and update everyone that you're about to play a match.
     
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