Practice vs Play?

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  1. Squidward

    Squidward Rookie

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    New here, But a question for all...

    How do you get to practice???

    OK, here's what I mean...I have just joined a new club and have a few differant players I hit with. I don't always want to play a game/set/match. I like to work on my game (strokes and serves). Problem is, when you're paying for indoor fees, most everyone else wants to "Play" and seem to get miffed if I bring up the idea of "practice".

    I have hit with the "Pro" and alway get a good workout. But if I suggest to my partner the I'd like to work on "strokes"... it's like, "Lets play a couple sets instead"...

    Don't really want to play the fees of a lesson, Just work on what I have. How do you handle practice vs play in these situations?
     
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  2. Consolation

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    Keep looking for someone like minded.

    Suggest adding competition to 'practice'. Some examples: play crosscourt points where half court is in. Play grounstroke points where one player has to approach net within 3 shots, alternate. Play groundstroke points where any ball that lands shorter than the service line is 'out'. Play points where after bouncing, ball has to cross side line before service line.

    There are tons of drills that translate pretty easily into fun competitive games that may be more appealing to people that only want to 'play'.
     
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  3. jack crack

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    I am kind of like you. Not long ago I had trouble getting a game set up. I finally took a basket of balls to the court and worked on strokes and drills just by myself. Sounds unbearably boring, but it was actually great, and the simple focus and breakdown of shot elements really helped me. I had some lessons just before this and I found the solo practice really helped me "lock in" what Ii had learned through patient focused repetition. I noticed a significant improvement when I played a match again. Now I try to get in solo practice on a regular basis. I really enjoy it, and it really helps me. There have to be others out there that are like minded. If you can't find one, maybe just go solo?
     
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  4. LeeD

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    In every tennis enviorment, there are practice hitters and there are playing hitters. You might even find someone who's balanced and like BOTH.
    AND, you can practice your hitting by playing a set!
    Mindless hitting does nobody any good, so keeping score is not the worse thing in a match where you practice AND keep score.
     
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  5. tonygao

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    I am definitely a practice hitter and i can find many people with same attitude here. so lucky me, haha.

    if you really want to improve you game, no matter what level you are at, practice should have much higher percentage of your playing time than matches.

    so you just need to find the people who also want to improve and find practice is the same interesting, if not more, as playing matches.
     
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  6. Zachol82

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    If you cannot find someone like-minded, then simply play a match with the intention of working on a specific stroke or a specific strategy. Say your backhand is horrendous, just play a set where you prioritize using your backhand instead of your forehand; if a ball comes straight at you, just move to one side and hit with a backhand. If you want to practice your first serve, then make ALL your serves first serves and etc.
     
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  7. LeeD

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    I've mostly used match play for practice, and in lieu of pure hitting practice.
    I needed the mental training, not so much the physical repetitions. I still can hit almost any shot in the game, but it comes sparingly and only at given moments. The rest of the time, the intent is there, and the opponent knows what I tried, but a miss is a miss.
    Some would say that repetition practice would take care of it. Not for me, I get borred doing the same thing over and over again.
    Life is too fun for repetitive practice, almost like work.
     
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  8. tonygao

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    I can understand. I think after so many years in tennis, few can still possess the passion to do the most basic drills. only for people like me, into this sports less than 2 years and on the rapidly rising part of the learning curve.
     
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  9. shindemac

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    Practice 3 times a week, and play a match every week or two. Practicing with a partner is pretty mind-numbing for me these days. You still need to have goals and not just bash the ball around for a couple hours. Nowadays, I like to work on my serve.
     
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  10. larry10s

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    this was going to be my suggestion
     
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  11. fuzz nation

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    I've found that it takes a whole lot more networking to track down hitting partners who want to work out on the courts instead of primarily wanting to play sets. One tricky aspect can also be finding people you can actually work with. Even if you find a player who's also up for practicing, you may not get much done if he (or she) isn't at a similar level with you.

    It's a great thing when you hook up with the right people though. Keep looking and expect a little trial and error along the way.
     
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  12. Larrysümmers

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    Playing stuff like king of the court but only forehands. Or cross court shots. Backhands. Etc... Or play tiebreakers that way
     
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