Warm up

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  1. crash1929

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    What goes through your mind during a warm up if the other guy is hitting the ball pretty well. (Say better than your average opponent).

    Just wondering.
     
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  2. Steady Eddy

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    I wonder if he'll be the same player once the match starts. I plan on out-steadying a player and only think of other tactics if I think that's not going to work. I try to see who's more consistent, not just who hits harder. I DON'T try to hit harder than he does. I don't like warm-ups where guys just blast balls and the rallies are short. I rarely feel cocky, but usually feel confident going into a match after the warm-up.
     
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  3. Larrysümmers

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    I know to well about people blasting the balls. A lot of people seem to try hitting the corners, and drop shots. I hate when people use warm up as practice hitting winners time.

    I just think about my gameplan and my shots. Think about what I have been working on, and hoping he double faults a lot
     
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  4. Ripper014

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    I don`t worry about my opponent during warmup, I concentrate on making solid contact with the ball. I concern myself about getting comfortable with my surroundings and not to get too hyped up, to stay focused with the task at hand.

    What you need to understand is most players cannot bring the same tennis during warmup to a match. And tennis is a dynamic sport... things change over the course of a match. Personally I bring my game and challenge you to beat me. If you prove you can I will start making adjustments trying to go after what I perceive as your weaknesses... at which point you will adjust to the changes I have made... and so it goes back and forth.

    Like I said... tennis is dynamic... things will change throughout the match, those that adapt best win more often than not.
     
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  5. Cindysphinx

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    I decide this means I will have to hit the ball pretty well if I want to win.

    I think you can learn a lot about weaknesses. Last night's opponent took her volleys as close to the net as can be without touching it, and still she managed to miss. During the match, she made only two net approaches and bungled them both.
     
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    I am really bad whenever I try read anything from the warmup. Whenever I think to myself that this guy is going to be a tough match, it ends up being easier than I thought. And when I think it's a sure win for me... turns out being a battle. So I don't make any assumptions anymore. I just try to get into a rythm with my own strokes, start out the match playing my normal game, and then make adjustments only once the match is underway (if things are not going well for me).
     
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  7. Ajtat411

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    Usually I don't worry about my opponnet because warm-ups are not an indication of how they really play.

    They may warm-up really badly and play great and vice-versa. I will usually just try to observe their general weaknesses and strengths and work on those at the beginning of the match and adjust accordingly to how things progress.

    If they are hitting really well in the warm-ups I tend to overestimate their abilities and that can be good in a way but you also end up giving their skills more credit than they deserve and may end up playing more defensive when you really want to be offensive when the opportunities come up.
     
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  8. surfsb

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    Playing at 4.0 I try to look for where opponents comforts and weaknesses are during the warm up. Typically you can gauge what sort of shots the person usually practices and is most comfortable hitting. Like if all the want to do warming up is hit forehand baseline shots and take a few volleys, that usually indicates the player doesn't have confidence in a lot of their other shots and doesn't want to be warming up in front of people dumping backhands into the net or framing overheads.

    As others said, the game is dynamic. So it doesn't mean if I encounter a player like that I should expect to always win off their errors since they might make the shots in the game. But probability wise i'm better playing to whatever weaknesses they display, if any.
     
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  9. Ajtat411

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    ^I wonder if it would work to do a "reverse physchology" thing with this. I think in general people will "observe" you during warmups.

    If you're decent on both sides of forehand/backhand but prefer backhand, maybe shank a few backhands. Or if you are really comfortable at the net, shank a few.lol

    I think this would probably backfire and your opponnet would eventually figure it out.lol Just thinking aloud.
     
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  10. dizzlmcwizzl

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    I always figure that my success or failure has less to do with the opponent and more to do with me. If I actually took the time to notice how good an opponent looked during warmup I would not worry about it to much. I figure my game is based on agression and power. The smooth strokes I am seeing during warmup are not coming off my serve with me rapidly approaching the net.

    Now once the games begin and he is showing me the same game while I am trying to apply pressure ... then I may need to employ a change in tactics.
     
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  11. surfsb

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    I'm sure people would try that. So many want to implement mind games during the warm up. I've encountered a few who do similar in serving. In warm up they'll serve everything (flat, kick) to the backhand and they'll serve that way for a majority of the first set. But they'll also have a reliable and wicked slice serve to the forehand (especially serving wide on deuce side) that they'll play at every crucial point on serve. Those really mess with me because once you start expecting the backhand, you start to line up anticipating it. They might be once or twice that they occur but the result is that you might lose those games when they happen.
     
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  12. bodieq

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    I play 4.5. Truth is, I don't really think anything during the warm-up. Especially in USTA tournaments with only a 5-minute warm-up allowance (which is really not enough to do/tell anything).

    I don't care how hard they hit it. I don't care if they're ripping corners or angles. The only thing I'll somewhat pay attention to is how fluid their shots & stroke mechanic are....if they move & stroke really smoothly, I might be in for a tough battle. Also, I usually don't make any assumptions when my opponent is hitting warm-up serves (except, I've tend to realize that the really strong servers usually don't go for much in their warm-up serves, whereas the weak/poor servers will usually go for all they can in the warm-up. Go figure).
     
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  13. CrispyFritters

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    During warm-ups, I just observe the opponent's consistency. If they can sustain a 20 ball warm-up rally, I assume they have the rest of the game as well.

    - Best servers tend to hold back on their warm-up serves. They don't have anything to prove and are literally trying to "warm-up"

    - The players to watch out for are the ones with good footwork

    - Another tell-tale sign of an upcoming battle - when you are taking warmup overheads and the opponent is easily blocking them back into perfect position so you can hit another one.
     
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