Post an honest self-assesment of your game

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by HughJars, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. rabidranger

    rabidranger Rookie

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    It's always good for an honest self-assessment:

    Strengths:

    * Huge forehand
    * Good overall movement

    Weaknesses:

    * Inconsistent serve
    * Mental toughness (tend to play up or down depending on the opponent)
    * Average backhand

    I play at the 3.5 level.

    The good news is I'm taking lessons to straighten out some of the weaknesses. Need to practice a bit more though.
     
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  2. Avles

    Avles Hall of Fame

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    Strengths:
    Court coverage (biggest strength)
    Consistency
    BH slice
    Defensive ROS

    Weaknesses:
    Everything else, but especially
    Serves
    Overheads
    Dealing with high bounces and heavy topspin
    Attacking midcourt slow balls

    Never played USTA but probably around 3.5
     
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  3. grolson1993

    grolson1993 Rookie

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    Strengths:
    Heavy first serve (not necessarily fast, but heavy...being 6' 7" helps :) )
    Solid OHBH, although too often reverting to slice in matches
    Good footwork (again, for my size)
    Weaknesses:
    Hard to adapt in matchplay
    Too many double faults
    Miss lots of overheads

    Btw, i am a high 4.0, looking to move towards 4.5, just need to get in better shape!
     
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  4. psv255

    psv255 Professional

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    Strengths:
    Serve (forced errors, putaways galore, couple aces)
    Forehand (half the time)

    Weaknesses:
    Forehand (half the time)
    Shot reception (prep, footwork, etc.)
    Shot selection/tactics
    Mental game

    Rating: No actual idea, somewhere in the 3.75 area
     
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  5. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Added to iPhone notes for our next match. Our battles are David vs. Ferrer. :)
     
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  6. PhrygianDominant

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    You are right on with the serve and volley. I serve quite a bit better when I play s&v points. I now need to be able to get the same result without following it in to the net. Baby steps
     
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  7. HughJars

    HughJars Professional

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    What I (try) to do is keep the same mentality regardless if Im playing at the baseline. So I come in on serve and then crab back to the baseline - still I get passed sometimes, but most the time its ok. I was playing the other night and did this, only to watch a deep return lob go by me...it happended in slow motion.

    I also have found simply focussing on hitting up through the ball (like a throwing motion) has helped my consistency, particulary when going through times when Im netting a lot.

    Watch as my serve falls to pieces now....
     
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  8. Mikeplaystenniss

    Mikeplaystenniss Rookie

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    Ahah, great thread. I actually keep a self updated version in the notes of my iPhone. Here is my last assessment, this past week.

    Strengths:
    Serves, particularly kicker.
    Big spinny forehand. Sitting near western.
    Backhand slice. Recently got it to start biting real hard and low. A fun weapon.
    Competitiveness
    Doubles player (i.e. good hands, big spin serve, solid volleys)
    infamous disguised dropshot
    ROS. Wicked, if it's not kicked up to my BH.

    Weaknesses:
    Backhand could be a lot better. It isn't necessarily a weakness....but it's not kept up to the rest of my game.
    Shot selection
    Finishing the point
    Energy level
    my energy level dwindles in and out my entire match and I am not playing in a "straight line" but rather tree-ing a few shots, then relaxing and making a few UE's. This is my biggest problem. I think it is because I am playing a variety of levels and don't often take some serious, which is a huge problem...
     
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  9. Mikeplaystenniss

    Mikeplaystenniss Rookie

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    What state do you play in?
    I am a 3 star recruit out of texas! I'd self rate myself to a 5.0 also, so no doubt you're probably above me. However, I just graduated and signed an NLI to a DII school.
     
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  10. PhrygianDominant

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    So I was out practicing serves today, and I tried my old nalbandian/tipsarevic style pinpoint. My first serves, both flat and slice, were on the whole much better, but my top and kick serves were crap. I think if I could do a platform and still get my right hip to rotate farther forward ala Tursunov/Roddick I would be in business.
     
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  11. lightthestorm

    lightthestorm Rookie

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    I play in South Carolina.... it's literally a middle of the pack state. It's not strong like FL or CA... but it's not too bad either.
     
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  12. RogueFLIP

    RogueFLIP Semi-Pro

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    Oh, good time to think about this as I've got some down time before the fall league stuff starts:

    Strengths:

    Deceptive athletic ability - I'm quicker than I look.
    Forehand
    Backhand slice - RPM Blast gives me a nasty slice.
    Overheads
    Won't give up - may be down 0-5, my game may have fallen apart, but you'll still have to earn that last game.

    Neutral:

    First serve (not much pace, lots of spin - took some MPH's off to increase the first serve %)
    2 HBH - consistent, breaks down less than my FH, but won't hurt you.
    Volleys - I'm very comfortable at net, but working on being more offensive with my volleys.

    Weakness:

    Second serve - very spinny, but once you figure it out, it's attackable.
    Transition game - I'm fine at the baseline, comfy at net - just those damn NML and half volleys....:oops:
    Shot selection
    Mental - very nervous, can't play to potential during matches. Sometimes my focus just goes out for ice cream in the middle of a point.
    Overthink things as well.
    Footwork - improving but I can jam myself a lot.
     
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  13. dizzlmcwizzl

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    Oh good ... a chance to talk about my favorite person:

    I am a 1st year 4.5 ... I believe I will be a 4.5 again next year.

    Strengths relative to my level:

    Serve ... Spin, placement, velocity, variety and consistency are all fine as far as I am concerned.


    Weaknesses relative to my level:

    I am fat, slow, old, out of shape and bald
    My serve return is inconsistent at best

    .......

    Everything else .... FH, BH, Volley, Court Coverage, Overhead, Strategy are simply ehhh. Neither a strength nor a weakness.
     
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  14. ShoeShiner

    ShoeShiner Rookie

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    Strengths :
    • Forehand
    • Serve
    • Return
    • Footwork speed
    • Counter shots - passing shot, lob, running wide angle shot

    Weaknesses :
    • Stamina
    • Overhead smash
    • Hot weather endurance
    • Windy condition

    Have no time to join local competitive tournaments, just practicing with pros.
    Won some training matches over local competitive pros(local ranking 200±).
     
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  15. MesQueUnClub

    MesQueUnClub Rookie

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    Strengths:

    • Serves
      Volleys
      Returns
      Slice
      Down the line backhand
      Short angles on both sides

    Weakness:

    • Horrible Footwork after serve or return
      Impatience
      Stamina
      Going for the spectacular way too often and missing
     
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  16. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

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    1st flats, well above 4.5 average, and lefty, but I never practice, haven't for 8+ years, and placement can be lacking.
    2nd spins, better, placements are easier, can kick it consistently up around chin heights, only some good twists go higher.
    Volleys, well into solid 5.0 levels, but lazy at times, since the volleys are strong and solid, the footwork is not there.
    ROS, bad usually sliced, inconsistent topspins.
    Forehand, strong when confident, inconsistent when tentative.
    Backhand, slice solid, topspin erratic but really strong.
    Movement, nil, two torn tendons in left ankle has kept me from running for 5 years now.
    Quickness, all there, but more than 2 steps, I'm toast.
    Mental, as weak as can be, erratic and often thinking of windsurfing or work while playing tennis, not to mention surfing, snowboarding, or lifes craziness. No abilty to concentrate or take tennis seriously.
    Luckly I'm lefty and close to 6'. Unlucky I don't train, exercise, or take tennis seriously.
    At best, a solid 5.0 doubles player.
    At worst, a solid 3.5 singles player.
     
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  17. Fuji

    Fuji Legend

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    I'll bite!

    Strengths:

    + Super strong first serve
    + Reliable second serve twist
    + Extremely strong backhand
    + Above average volleys
    + Ridiculous amounts of power off serve and backhand
    + High level of serve return

    Weaknesses:

    - Injury prone
    - Weak forehand
    - Lazy footwork
    - Lack of "next level" competitiveness
    - Not match tough

    Tennis Canada rating: Middle of the Road 4.0 (NTRP 4.5)

    Cheers,

    -Fuji
     
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  18. dknotty

    dknotty Semi-Pro

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    My turn:

    Strengths:
    Solid forehand with loads of topspin
    Good net play
    Good sideways movement
    Good serve (Slice first & kick second)
    Relatively fit / good stamina

    Weaknesses:
    If I get to a shot early I tend to mess it up
    Lousy forward backward movement
    Consistency
    Not match tough
    Don't come into the net often enough
    Placement skills need honing (serve & ground strokes)
    Poor transitional game (half volleys & pickups)
     
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  19. Wilander Fan

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    Its got to be competitive desire for me as well. I really enjoy just hitting the ball around and never feel bad about losing matches if I hit the ball well. OTOH, I feel like such a bad sportsman if I end up winning. Its such a psychological sport that I know if I have won a match, I really wanted to..show off or something. I realize there has to be a competitive aspect and its something I should try and work on.
     
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  20. Rock Strongo

    Rock Strongo Legend

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    I'll try!

    Strengths:
    BIG first serve
    Volleys
    Speed around the court
    Slice
    Lots of power (I'll place that as a strength)
    Overheads
    Inside-out forehand

    Weaknesses:
    Horrific first serve percentage (It fluctuates wildly from being extremely consistent to Dementieva-like)
    Impatient - I usually try to end the point at the wrong time by just ripping the ball, often resulting in spectacular winners but more often than not stupid errors
    Lacks consistency from the back court
    Returns
    Temper (I am the Safin of rec/club players, so many smashed racquets...)


    I am the kind of player who on a roll could've made it far, in fact I need to be on a roll and have the right mindset before a match to make it competitive. I was hugely talented as a junior until the money disappeared. The lack of play over a period of 2½ years caused havoc with my tennis game, and now I'm not nearly as good as I could have been. But oh well, potato potahto.
     
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  21. JoelDali

    JoelDali G.O.A.T.

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    When 3.5s watch me play they say 'that's what I want to be one day...'
     
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  22. maggmaster

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    Every time I think I am getting better I move up a level and start out with everything being bad. Truthfully I play an attacking game so my transitional shots are pretty good. Slice approach off the backhand and drive on the forehand. I serve well, mostly kicks but I mix in slices and flats from time to time. I volley fairly well though outdoors I tend to get a bit behind the ball, I play mostly indoors. I have a hard time with long baseline rallys I tend to get into an aggressive position early and try to get the point moving towards a put away. I struggle from time to time with serve consistency, again mostly outdoors. All of my strengths are strengths at the 4.0 level, at the 4.5 + level I am mostly just scrambling around trying to hit decent rally shots. My serve is still a strength but only if I am pretty on.
     
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  23. Carefree

    Carefree Rookie

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    Strengths:

    Serve
    Attacking short balls

    Weakness:

    Footwork
    Net Play
     
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  24. Dimcorner

    Dimcorner Professional

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    Strength:
    - Serves (I have decent directional control and spin variety)
    - Overheads (feels like a serve to me)
    - Quickness (badminton is way faster)
    - Fitness for my age (37 and I feel I can run all day)

    Weakness:
    - Reading spin (shuttles don't spin)
    - Positioning/footwork (court is way bigger than what I'm used to)
    - Game experience (started playing tennis July 2012, competing in badminton since 2000)
    - Indecision on 1 or 2 hander backhand (leaning towards 2 since coach says I have to mobility get to them and hit it)

    Rating: 3.0 for now
     
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