I want to develop a secret weapon

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  1. Mystikal

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    Right now I'm still learning how to play, as most of you know I'm now getting my serves in with a sort of form. But now I want to start to develop sort of a secret weapon, something I won't tell or show my friends unless I feel the need too. So what kind of weapon should I do? I'm extremely fast like I can't get to every ball if I wanted to (Probably wont be able to always get it back but I can get to it) and can hit hard but Im always afraid to for the fear of it landing out.
     
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  2. Mystikal

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    Hmm maybe I'll start learning to hit and serve with my left hand lol
     
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  3. goober

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    You haven't been watching too much Prince of Tennis lately have you? :)

    Seriously you don't need a secret weapon at your level. You need consistent ground strokes and a serve.
     
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  4. bizzle

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    just get a consistent forehand with topspin, a consistent backhand with topspin and maybe a backhand or forehand slice. I dont think you should try getting a kick serve at your level. Not to sure what you mean by a "secret weapon", there arnt really secret weapons in tennis...
     
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  5. tennisace432

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    just another kid playing too many video games... lol secret weapon...

    ive got one for you. its called the nuclear forehand where it bounces left and right kind of like a reverse curveball. now that i've told you this you can amaze your little friends with your secret weapon..

    don't forget to invite me at your next barbie doll tea party alright?
     
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  6. Dink

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    Maybe a really good twist serve? You can practice it on your own and it will probably impress a lot of people.
     
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  7. The Dolphin

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    a net game
     
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  8. Mystikal

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    Not secret weapon like PoT -_- something like something you don't see everyday like hitting between the legs with a lob
     
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  9. bizzle

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    that wont improve your game at all...
     
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  10. Mystikal

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    But it can potentially win you a point lol
     
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  11. bizzle

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    why not just do a normal lob which would be 10x more effective?
     
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  12. Mystikal

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    I wasnt talking about a lob I was talking about having to run and catch a lob and hitting it backwards between your legs
     
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  13. bizzle

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    well you said "hitting between the legs with a lob". either way, you dont usually do a between the legs shot on a lob.... thats almost impossible...
     
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  14. bizzle

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    cant edit my post, but i misinterpreted your last reply. lob isnt the hardest to do that with, but its just impractical....
     
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  15. EricW

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    You make no sense bizzle. He's saying he wants to learn how to retrieve a good lob from his opponent via the under the legs shot. It's something to learn eventually. Make sure you spend most of your time working on more useful shots. I get the oppurtunity to hit this shot maybe once every few matches. Not much
     
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  16. ShcMad

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    A secret weapon?

    While doing the service ball toss, throw the racquet at your opponent across the net. He won't be expecting it because he'll be too focused on your ball toss.
     
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  17. bizzle

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    yea i know, thats why i made that reply there saying that i misinterpreted his post. I cant edit my own, or else i would. Either way, if hes a beginner i dont think its practical to learn that yet. Just learn a consistent forehand and backhand.
     
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  18. FatCat

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    Secret weapon (crossposted from another thread):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pom0yDsKqnk

    Get that down and you will win every serve until your wrist breaks, guaranteed. It's really hard to return a ball when you're crying from laughter.
     
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  19. Bodacious DVT

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    ahahahahaaaaa
     
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  20. MaximRecoil

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    Learn the monkey serve!
     
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  21. tbini87

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    you should not keep any weapons as secrets, because you should be using them consistently throughout a match. trick shots might make you look cool, but it won't help you win. so you could look really cool hitting balls behind your back and between your legs, but you will look really stupid after losing that set 6-0...
     
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  22. perfect example
     
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  23. J. Lee Tennis Baller

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    Secret Weapon?!?! haha
    Houdokyuu, Tsubame Gaeshi, Scud Serve hahahha
    Too much Prince of Tennis

    Anyways, just focus on technique and consistency for now...
     
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  24. Dink

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    Check out the Monkey Serve thread!
     
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  25. sapient007

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    drop your pants underhand back spin serve
     
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  26. RM05

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    a dropshot or a super underpowered slice serve. make your seconds serves flat and fast to catch em off guard. haha. man that would seriously be annoying
     
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  27. stevekim8

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    just learn how to do a twist serve
    make sure you get your shoe lace moving when you jump to hit the serve
     
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  28. Bungalo Bill

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    I really wouldn't recommend a twist serve just yet. Getting his serving form is much more important at this stage of the game. From there, and as he progresses, his "secret weapon" (which actuall won't be a secret) will develop out of his efforts.
     
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  29. cptobvious_619

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    if you want to develop a "secret weapon" and like prince of tennis so much, why don't you copy shiraishi kuronosuke and copy his "perfect tennis"

    spoiler alert:

    at the nationals, he beat fuji and his counters (normal and upgraded) and the final counter using "perfect tennis"

    with the right form/consistancy, he broke fuji's official high school record.

    so, play tennis the right way and that'll be yer secret weapon. :)
     
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  30. boojay

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    Hadoken!!!
     
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  31. Taxvictim

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    A real secret weapon is the sidespin serve. Toss the ball up and swish your racquet across the back, from 9 o'clock to 3 o'clock. It only takes a little practice to make it go in. Do this when your opponent is really deep.
     
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  32. Verilious

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    I would recommend getting a transparent string, and tie it to your grip/wrist. Then, when your opponent is about to hit the ball at the net or is coming in on an approach, throw that motherf***er right at him/her! Once you make contact, yank it back quickly into your hand.

    Perfect.
     
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  33. Andres

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    A botulism shotgun, perhaps? ;)
    Works everytime!
     
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  34. Bagumbawalla

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    If you have ever watched absolute amateur players who come to the courts about once a year, they invaribally want to hit the ball as hard as they can (which they do), and they spend most of their time hunting balls that sail over the fence.

    Obviously, they will never enjoy the feeling of becoming an acomplished player, because they have no patience for learning control and form.

    Now, even though you are much better than that-- control, good form and consistancy should still be your main goals- not flashy, risky shots.

    In fact, those things, controlling the ball with spin and placement, good movement/footwork/strokes, and the ability to keep the ball in play can win you many a match.

    PRACTICE, drilling and the confidence they build are the main secret weapons of tennis. Practice placing your serve, returning serve cosistantly, placing your shots to a specific location for a specific purpous.

    As you strive for consistancy and form, you will notice that your entire game improves, becomes crisper, stronger, efficient.

    With practice, eventually, almost without realizing it, you will develop a powerful forehand, backhand, serve or volley.

    Good luck,

    B

    Practice your strengths as well as your weaknesses. Your goal should be to hit any shot of any kind from any player, and hit is with confidence.
     
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  35. Gantz

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    hold on to the head of your racket and shank the ball with the butt. totally unexpected.
     
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  36. PK4230

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    Do a tsubame gaeshi. It is a powerful backspin forehand move that bounces EXTREMELY LOW. To do this hold the racquet in a semi-western grip. Hold the racquet high but with your elbow still bent. The racquet has do be pointing at the sky. As a ball bouncing about chest height is coming to you (Topspin or flat not slice) bend your elbow and your wrist so that it looks like you're holding a dumbbell behind your head. When the ball is about 2-3 feet away. Swing downwards diagonally at a 45 degree angle. Your wrist will adjust on its own. When you hit the ball make sure that you swing fast. Follow through by swinging down then to the left. The ball path should not arc. The ball should be falling as soon as you hit it so a high ball is needed (about head to chest height). Practice making the ball path not arc but still go over the net. This shot will take a couple of tries to master but it will be worth it to see the look on people's faces after you hit it! Have fun!
     
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  37. Jay_The_Nomad

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    Learn the slice serve... and hit it to your opponents backhand.

    For intermediate players, they will always get jammed on the backhand; as they set up for the backhand prep, the ball curves into their body and they get jammed.

    Very useful if you need a cheap point.
     
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  38. Donny0627

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    Still laughing my *** off LOL:)
     
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  39. pyrokid

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    Can you please explain what you mean by a secret weapon? are you looking to try and win 1 pt. a match off of some ridiculous shot you never hit again?
    Or do you want some kind of projectile launcher built into the buttcap of you racket
    Or maybe an excellent serve (shown above.)
     
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  40. BullDogTennis

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    i think you need russian scientists to do that...
     
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  41. pyrokid

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    Heck no, techno.
    Just hire the weird kids in high school, they'll do it for pennies on the dollar.
     
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  42. shanked_it

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    netgame and good slice, or basically anything that isn't a consistens topspin forehand or backhand.... Assuming you want some lower percentage play that you can pull out when the right opportunity comes, or something a bit irregular.

    Or just a good old flat stroke, tight angle.. whatever feels most natural to you.

    While many people have been flaming this "secret weapon" thing, I think they are taking it out of context.... we are talking about tennis, the op is talking about tennis. In tennis you call a big stroke a weapon... exaggerated... secret... something the op will "own", doesn't have to be a nuclear forehand like someone said...

    What ever you think would help you contruct a point, attack/defence/neutral... I'm sure you can come up with something.
     
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  43. Mr_Shiver

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    Hmmm, secret weapon? Consistency. Hitting a flat, topspin and slice serve from the same toss is useful. A gimmick shot i usually use once or twice a match is a sidespin slice aimed at the sideline. It looks like it is going out until it curves back in. Usually good for a free point or two.
     
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  44. Ptrac

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    Super drop shot! make your groundstroke always clip the net and fall in...it will never fail
     
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  45. Cindysphinx

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    Learn to slice your serve. Drives receivers nuts. If they stand in, you can body serve them. If they stand back, you can slice so they can't catch up to it.
     
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  46. jswinf

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    How about charging the net behind your serve once in a while? You'll want to have a good volley, but sometimes your opponent might get freaked out and miss their shot.
     
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  47. aimr75

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    whats with digging up old threads, this was posted in 2007
     
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  48. djokovicgonzalez2010

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    Refering to a weapon shot as a "secret weapon"= :lol:
     
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