Major Slump

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

  1. Blee1613

    Blee1613 Semi-Pro

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    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.
     
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  2. Funbun

    Funbun Professional

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    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.
     
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  3. Bud

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    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.
     
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  4. Blake0

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    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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