Have you been served Humble Pie?

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by dizzlmcwizzl, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. PimpMyGame

    PimpMyGame Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2006
    Messages:
    2,432
    In addition I have been served humble pie in doubles many times by retired gentlemen. Too many to count, but fortunately it doesn't happen too much now.

    The world seems to be full of these guys who just know how to play you at doubles.
     
    #51
  2. purge

    purge Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2011
    Messages:
    2,446
    well what could be more humbling for a young man or woman than getting their asses handed to them at sports by someone who could be one of their grandparents?
     
    #52
  3. saguar0

    saguar0 Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2006
    Messages:
    127
    Location:
    AZ
    TBH, I think this is awesome.
    When this happens to me, I just keep thinking that I hopefully play like them when I am the same age :)
     
    #53
  4. jdubbs

    jdubbs Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2010
    Messages:
    2,276
    This is a good post. First, having the guts to post a losing match. Second, for showing, in practice, a classic pusher who can't move well.

    I used to have problems with these types of players doing the same thing you did, hitting the ball right up the middle to their sweet spot, and letting them dictate play. They'd kill me with drop shots, lobs, off-speed slices.

    I took some lessons and really started learning how to hit with power and dictate play by not letting the ball drop too low when returning a drop shot, improving my fitness to grind when necessary, and really learn how to put hard topspin that they couldn't handle. And improving my overhead immensely.
     
    #54
  5. corbind

    corbind Professional

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2010
    Messages:
    1,308
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    I've watched this video maybe four times now. Every time I turn on my computer it plays. I'm very impressed with the old man. To me he seems to have a strange baseline strokes. Is it because he's swinging slow and the motions are in slow motion?

    Nevertheless, that old man ruled the court using what he knows and the shots he's comfortable with. Imagine if that guy had the body of a 30-year-old. I think he'd cause some people quit tennis after being served humble pie.... :oops:
     
    #55
  6. rjw

    rjw Professional

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2011
    Messages:
    987
    Location:
    Miami
    classic video....thee's hope for me...lol
     
    #56
  7. Timbo's hopeless slice

    Timbo's hopeless slice Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2011
    Messages:
    4,097
    It's a brilliant video! There is an older guy who looks and plays EXACTLY like that at our club, Leon is his name. He even has the beard! I love how these guys just effortlessly pick up the deep shots to the BH on the half volley, no problem at all and it lands neatly a foot inside the baseline...
     
    #57
  8. rjw

    rjw Professional

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2011
    Messages:
    987
    Location:
    Miami
    I'm no spring chicken, but I play with a guy who's 3 or 4 years my senior (63) and it's tough to get anything past him.

    I've changed my strokes, more compact swing , hit late, etc. So, if I execute correctly, I can catch him flat footed and take away a few precious fractions of a second that he needs to anticipate and execute.

    It's a BIG if...at times.....:)
     
    #58
  9. jdubbs

    jdubbs Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2010
    Messages:
    2,276
    I was served some humble pie this weekend in a league doubles match. The 2 guys we played were decent 4.0's, but I'm "almost" a 4.5 in singles and figured with me any my weaker 4.0, we could take them.

    We won the first set 6-3. I wasn't serving particularly well, and lost games on my serve, but was very good at net and my partner was solid.

    We then lost the next 2 sets without winning a single game. I was so embarrassed by the end. And didn't win a single game on my serve.
    So frustrating. I took it out in a singles match the next day where I played great and served well, so at least I had that going for me.

    But I really gotta improve my volleying!

    I'm definitely a 4.0 doubles player and not improving much. "maybe" 4.5 in singles but we'll find out for sure in a few weeks at my first 4.5 tourney.
     
    #59
  10. Backhand DTL

    Backhand DTL New User

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2011
    Messages:
    17
    We've all been there! The guy knows where to hit the ball and just won't give you anything for free.
     
    #60
  11. snark

    snark Rookie

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2004
    Messages:
    241
    Amazing! I play a guy who plays and looks just like that. I have not lost to him recently, he relies on his drop shot too much (actually, it is outstanding, but becomes predictable), and can be overpowered, but if you relax just a little bit, he would kill you.

    Beats many young players here. It's fun, when they come in confident, thinking it would be an easy game against the old guy :)
     
    #61
  12. 86golf

    86golf Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2009
    Messages:
    607
    Location:
    Carolinas
    You keep watching, thinking that I'm going to win some more points, but it keeps playing out the same way!:)

    More folks should post videos of their humble pie. A long drawn out text story of how you played your A game but some 94 year old guy with a wooden racquet kept sending your deep ww topspin groundies back and won 56-54 in the third set tiebreaker; just doesn't have the same impact of seeing it live.

     
    #62
  13. dizzlmcwizzl

    dizzlmcwizzl Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2010
    Messages:
    2,178
    Location:
    DE
    Unfortunately, few folks video tape and even fewer would take the time to set up a camera when you think you are going to demolish the opposition. By the time you realize you should be recording this for further humiliation you have already eaten your pie.
     
    #63
  14. Spin Doctor

    Spin Doctor Professional

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2007
    Messages:
    1,088
    Great video! Kudos to you for posting it and even editing it to show your losing points.

    Funny that some here consider the old man a pusher. To me, he is not a pusher at all. Dude is crafty and was hitting the right angles at the right time and going for shots when he saw an opportunity. T
     
    #64
  15. tennismonkey

    tennismonkey Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Messages:
    741
    the video posted by 86golf is a really nice example of the crafty older player. not a pusher though. he has some junky slices for sure but can hit winners and passing shots when needed. just really good command of the ball. also funny to see him not moving between shots AT ALL.
     
    #65
  16. Bhagi Katbamna

    Bhagi Katbamna Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Messages:
    3,079
    Amazing vid. That guy just knows where and how to hit the ball to cause the greatest chance of error from the opponent.
     
    #66
  17. Off The Wall

    Off The Wall Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2007
    Messages:
    492
    That old guy did one thing really well that 86golf didn't: split step. Old guy had a true split step at the correct time and always hustled to split step at the correct place.

    On the other hand, 86golf might do a little hop, but frequently brought one foot down and then the other (which commits you to only one direction),...and that only after old guy had made contact. At least once, 86golf didn't split step at all. (That was the 2nd to last point. Old guy lobbed while 86golf was closing on the net to put away an easy volley we was sure was going to happen.)

    Another instance of thinking he had ended the point prematurely was at 1:55. 86golf hit a short forehand CC. 86golf stood and watched old guy run after it. Only when he realized old guy was going to hit it back did 86golf move to cover old guy's DTL. Too late.

    So, take a tip from old guy. Study his hustling recovery back to the middle and his effective split step.
     
    #67
  18. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2008
    Messages:
    37,229
    Location:
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    Problem here is that I see "old guy" as a solid 4.0 while his younger opponent is a weaker 4.0 without strategy or a good game plan to make the old guy look old.
    Old guys usually have some tennis experience, but maybe not the legs or eyesight to compensate for short angles or weird spins.
    Younger guy here basically just hit the ball medium pace and expects old guy to miss, while old guy moves youngster around probing for weak points.
     
    #68
  19. GRANITECHIEF

    GRANITECHIEF Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2004
    Messages:
    3,757
    Location:
    Santa Barbara
    Great example of how to make a good tennis video. Excellent perspective to see how the point develops and also the vertical aspects.

    Hopefully I can be cool and school some young whippersnappers like that old guy in a few years!
     
    #69
  20. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2008
    Messages:
    37,229
    Location:
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    Not that I"m at your level, but last year, I was schooled by a 67 year old who was going to the finals of the local 65's. Too bad he's quicker than me, faster, and in better shape. He said he was a pretty solid 4.0, me a falling 4.0.
    No matter where you go, if you look hard enough, there's someone bigger, faster, and more skilled.
     
    #70
  21. chollyred

    chollyred Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2009
    Messages:
    258
    Location:
    Loganville, Ga.
    How about EVERYWHERE I go?! :oops:
     
    #71
  22. GRANITECHIEF

    GRANITECHIEF Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2004
    Messages:
    3,757
    Location:
    Santa Barbara
    I got served humble pie big time last nite by my own kid, who only allowed me 2 games. I guess all that effort, all those late nite practices, all that driving to tournaments, all that $$, etc.. makes a pretty good and bittersweet pie. I guess i shouldn't be too bummed, he is a bluechip.
     
    #72
  23. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2008
    Messages:
    37,229
    Location:
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    You shoulda took the lessons WITH him, rather than ferrying him to the courts so he can learn and prosper.
    Buncha old timers I play with have/had kids playing Div1 on both coasts, probably more than 4 guys. The old timers still play the old way, eastern flat strokes, turn sideways, and very inflexible strategy.
    Their kids play like they belong in the top 300, which 3 of them did at one time.
    Always fun when the kids show up at the RoseGarden, where they are king beyond dispute, and it's always great fun to try to take a point from them in doubles. No chance in singles, of course.
     
    #73
  24. GRANITECHIEF

    GRANITECHIEF Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2004
    Messages:
    3,757
    Location:
    Santa Barbara
    My boy just served all his opponents in a Mens Open Draw a large serving of Humble Pie, capturing his first Open division title, at the tender age of 15.

    I don't feel as bad about my pie now, HAHAHA!
     
    #74
  25. tennismonkey

    tennismonkey Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Messages:
    741
    that's not humble pie granite. that's a healthy heaping of pride pie. grats to you and your boy!
     
    #75
  26. anantak2k

    anantak2k Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    May 1, 2007
    Messages:
    587
    Location:
    Miami, FL

    My god... does that old guy miss a single shot the entire match? 0 errors it seems. :shock:
     
    #76

Share This Page