Major Slump

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Blee1613, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. Blee1613

    Blee1613 Semi-Pro

    Feb 13, 2010
    I know tennis is a roller coaster of ups and downs. But for me its mostly been downs. I've been playing for a bit over a year now. 2 weeks ago, I got so excited, because I finally started playing really good. Hardly any net balls, tons of pace, and good control. Now today I go out and wow, what suprise.
    All I can say is I played like crap. Framing balls, hitting into the net, missing completely. Those are just a few problems I had today.

    Why is it this way for me? Just as I had some hope its been crushed.
  2. Funbun

    Funbun Professional

    Aug 6, 2009
    If you were merely rallying, it's time you reconsider your technique. You should develop a firm technical base that will allow you to reproduce good strokes everytime you head over to the court.

    You may frame balls/miss because you are simply not looking at the ball at the point of contact. You may be hitting the net due to several factors: bad footwork, weak preparation, or less likely, bad swingpath.

    Or was this a match?

    If you played matches consistently, you would understand the psychological demands of a match versus simple rallying. It might have been a off day.

    If you haven't played matches and merely drilled and rallied, then you need to play more matches. They are very different experiences.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2010
  3. Bud

    Bud Bionic Poster

    Jul 23, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    Welcome to tennis :-D

    As you improve, your lows won't be as significant. In other words, a 5.0 having a really bad tennis day would still beat a 4.0 pretty handily. It's all relative.

    You'll look back a few years from now and chuckle at such small setbacks.
  4. Blake0

    Blake0 Hall of Fame

    Feb 17, 2009
    I'm in the same situation right now. My movement feels terrible, my groundstrokes don't have the same feel, my volleys/net game is okay though. I keep ending up too close/away from the ball getting jammed/reaching out for balls.

    To get back, usually i just go back to the basics, simple loop and low to high swing, and if i have to, go back to following through over the shoulder.

    To fix my footwork for my forehand I try to step in and hit more neutral/closed stanced forehands, as it helps me get my weight into the ball and start feeling the ball again.

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