serena's reminder book; what's in yours?

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  1. lendl lives

    lendl lives Semi-Pro

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    My reminder book would start off with the serve:

    1. Stay loose, even 'numb' if you can. (opposite of nerves)

    2. Hold raquet as loosely as you can withouth it falling out before you start your motion.

    3. front foot more parallel to baseline.

    4. attack the ball (keep your eyes on the ball not where your hitting it) ............(this works wonders)

    5. rotate your shoulders

    (my level 4.5)
     
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  2. kevhen

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    Get everything back. (No UEs!)
    Keep the feet moving and on the toes.
    Have I figured out all my opponent's weaknesses yet?
    Don't try to change the direction on the ball unless it's well within my comfort zone.
    Don't try to force things but just let them happen more naturally.
    No DFs unless way ahead. Make my opponent beat me and not myself.
    Remember to have fun!

    (strong 4.0)
     
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  3. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

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    Serena Williams..."Remember to be lady like, and if I lose to be a good sport about it. Oh, and don't make excuses."
     
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  4. Tim Tiger Henman

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    Serena Williams book of excuses:

    1. I was only at 50%
    2. I was only at 40%
    3. I was only at 30%
    4. err ... what comes below 30?
    5. I was at 1%, and that was only 1% of the time. The rest of the time I wasn't even there
    6. The French people don't like me (to be used only in France)
    7. Whats for dinner dad?
    8. Have you seen this skirt I've designed?
    9. When I get to 25 I'm going to be a guzilionaire, I'll own hollywood, have stared in my own movie, have won all 4 grand slams. So that kinda puts this silly little match, and silly game into perspective!!
     
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  5. jayserinos99

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  6. Camilio Pascual

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    If I had one, mine should say:
    1. DO NOT attempt to hit a BH d-t-l winner, you hit one 3 weeks ago and have about 15 UE's trying to do it again.
    2. Think "UP" when hitting the serve.
    3. Visualize Coetzer and take tiny steps, tiny steps before hitting that overhead.
    4. NEVER do a c.o.d. in a crosscourt FH rally until you get the short ball.
    5. Violate #4 and hit a few FH slices right away against that 2H BH and see how he handles it.
    6. Hit a few apparently pointless FH TS lobs and see how he handles it.
    7. Feed opponent #5 and/or #6 all day long if he doesn't handle them.
    8. Rush the net behind EVERY good serve.
     
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  7. lendl lives

    lendl lives Semi-Pro

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    Kehven,

    great list!! i like the one where you ask your self if you've figured out your opponents weakness. i was watching the fed express against fish tape i have (pacific life) for about the 5th time last night and i noticed marty hit an easy short ball to the back hand long. low and behold fed hits another then another in the same spot. all these short bh's go long or wide. Fed wins the a first set that started out close. At the start of the second he returns a serve again short to marty's bh. Marty runs up and hits it into the net (in the back of his mind he was probalby thinking don't hit it long or wide again). He throws his raquet in disgust and the match is all down hill for him from there..... An awesome example of how fed will probe and attack a weakness...

    Camilio....!!!! LOL number one is hillarious...
     
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  8. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

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    1. I can beat any of the posters above.

    2. Dont get me angry as I am stonger than most guys

    3. I can say and do whatever I want as I have accomplished a lot in tennis in a short time. Which is way more than the posters on TW.

    4. I can be a model of focus, ambition, and perserverance. No matter where you come from and how life can be a challenge, you can rise up and win the world if you try.

    5. Everyone has their faults.
     
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  9. Defcon

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    That is so true its not even funny :)
     
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  10. kevhen

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    I remember seeing the Croats break Fish down in doubles Davis Cup play and just ripping every ball at him while Fish was at net and he just collapsed and started making error after error. Poor Fish, but he still has a lot of potential with his serve and all if he can keep his head into the match and not get down on himself.
     
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  11. Skinny Dip

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    OK I'm a 3.5 so my list is on the more basic side:

    1) If the guy's faster around the court, don't panic and try to end points too quickly
    2) Stop aiming for the lines and aim instead at an imaginary line three feet inside the lines
    3) Hey, dumbass allow the other guy to make some unforced errors too
    4) Test him at the net with short balls
    5) Test his lobs and passing shots by coming to the net
    6) Dont forget the penetrating shot up the middle
    7) Keep him running
    8.) Every shot isn't a passing opportunity (oops this should have been #1)
     
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  12. lendl lives

    lendl lives Semi-Pro

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    skinny, one problem i have is doing #5. even if i win 60 or 70 pecent of the points at net...for some reason i can't keep coming because that 30% (or whatever it is) bugs the hell out of me.

    also, on coming to the net..... do you guys think it takes more endurance to play a baseline game or serve and volley game. i tend to feel to lazy to keep comming in. i guess i'm out of shape.
     
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  13. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

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    It takes more effort to sprint forward than shuffle side to side. YOu need to practice your sprints!
     
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  14. Skinny Dip

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    lendl lives - I used to be the same way being a pure baseliner. Nothing could bring me to the net because I really felt feeble at it.

    Two things cured me though. First I started going to fast feeds drilling my overheads and volleys to the point where I was a least a little more comfortable at the net.

    The second thing was my new steady partner was a skilled pusher. He was (is) faster around the court and more consistant than I am. He was too fast and steady to win on passes alone. Since he kept getting back the majority of my usual passing shots, my only success was to run him from side to side with penetrating shots and then come to the net to finish the point.

    The combination of a little more confidence and absolute necessity is the only thing that finally made coming to the net an integral part of my game.

    And yes laziness does come into play. My pushing partner also relies heavily on drop shots to work me deep to shallow while I'm trying to work him side to side. But it gets darned exhausting.
     
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  15. lendl lives

    lendl lives Semi-Pro

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    tks bungalo. i have to get my legs movin.

    skinny, yes coming to the net can be a necessity. i'm getting much much better at it, once i understood some strategy (where to hit it and where to move). but my point is that it is more of a psychological thing. i don't like giving my opponent the glory of passing me. Even if I win 80% of the points. It bothers me that he can have satisfaction 20% of the time. Stupid i know.

    About playing consistant players: not all of them are pushers so i'll use the word consistent. You realize you MUST MUST take advantage of the short balls and semi shortballs; turn in on a shot and get your but to the net (again learn where to hit it and where to move to this is key)......watching the federer roddick match yesterday gave me some bad memories. I played this guy who was a semi pusher - consistent type player and lost a three set four hour match. I've learned a lot since then...but watching federer return every one of roddicks serve down the middle and deep made me sick to my stomach. Rodger became a pusher on return of serve and it worked. If andy stays calm at the net (do you realize as we basleliners get better up there we get over excited when we are actually in a position to hit a wining volley? we are so happy and excited with our accomploshment we forget how to finish it. I used to get over excited on overheads and fluff alot of them. now i stay overly calm and hit winners) Roddick will learn to calm down at the net and he will get better there...then he'll have a better chance against federer.......
     
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  16. Skinny Dip

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    Lendl - believe me, there's no glory in losing 80% of your passing shots. If your opponent thinks there is, that's even better since he's bound to repeat his low percentage shots.

    Unfortunately, the only glory in tennis is in winning - which you'll do if the odds are on your side. All you can do to get more confidence at the net is keep on drilling. It took me years before I started coming to the net - years that were all missed opportunity.
     
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  17. lendl lives

    lendl lives Semi-Pro

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    missed opportunity is a good way to put it. i beat a 5.0 baseliner 6-1 and 6-2 last night....because i'm coming to the net when the time is right. don't get me wrong; i've improved tons in just the last few weeks. i think now as i read this the glory thing was just an excuse because i didn't know what i was doing and felt confused. interestingly....knowing how to come in has helped my passing game too because i realize where a good player is going to hit it and am in better postition to pass. watching fed helps too. I think the more effect passing shot at times can be that slow dipper shot- to set you up for the next. (also a factor in this win is my serve is really booming and i'm going after my second serve more than ever; just using more of a bh grip)...
     
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