What do you adjust on a bad day ?

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  1. fastdunn

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    I don't know what made yesterday as one of my bad days.
    I felt my string bed was very unstable, felt balls very heavy
    sometimes and flying on me sometimes. I could not find
    my grooves on ground strokes and had an off-serving day.

    I was not that tired and thought I had better than average
    conditions. But I had a bad day. Maybe I was a bit feeling
    a bit uncomfortable(or nervous) because I was introduced
    to a new club/group of people.

    Anyway, for some reasons, I seem to have this pattern of
    feeling the string bed insecure or balls heavy whenever
    I'm having a bad day. Good players never seem to have
    bad days. I tend to have more of ups and downs.
    What do you guys adjust on bad days ?
    I don't want to go too safe just because of having a bad days.
    For example, I was able to getting more consistency
    via putting a lot of spins than usual although it was
    not fun at all.....
     
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  2. Hawaii 5.0

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    You have to go back to the basics that your game is built upon.Maybe move to more of a neutral grip(less extreme),take shorter backswings and just simplify your game.Yes even good players have bad days.Whether this means slicing,hitting in the middle of the court(high volleying overheads), and in the case of serves take off pace and add spin.Good players can adjust faster to bad days and can rebuild confidence in their games.It's a matter of confidence and what was going on wasn't working so you must change and not just add more pace,spin or try harder.The instability is probably just a tracking problem in which focus is needed.Sometimes winning isnt' fun when your having a bad day, but it would be worse to your game if you lost and had a bad day.
     
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  3. dozu

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    Give yourself more margin for error like Hawaii suggested. However if your opponent is having a good day and you are having a bad, chances are you are gonna lose on that day, so just relax and tell yourself just enjoy the tennis, without worrying too much about win/loss.
     
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  4. Cigo

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    Sometimes it feels like the bad day extends into the next, it can even continue for a week(not often though). Are there any easy hitting drills you guys use to get the groove back? Hitting cross groundies in the service boxes usually helps me. Is there anything else that works?
     
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  5. Bungalo Bill

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    Margin of error is big on the list, and hit higher over the net - more loopy balls. Playing percentage tennis.

    But a bad day is a bad day. Every player has bad days - including the pros. Some have bad years - just ask Agassi!
     
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  6. cantaloupe

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    Feet!!!! Move your feet!! When I'm not playing well it
    s usually because of 2 things, I'm lazy with my feet and /or I don't look at the ball. For the former problem I try to move around on my toes, and to prepare early with my feet and racket. For the latter I reall concentrate on seeing the ball before I hit it, and to hold my head still during and after the shot.
     
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  7. ProStaffTour90

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    I've got it into my head that i will play bad then good on alternate days, if i played well in my last match i'll find myself trying to work out if i'll play good today but then i'll slap myself cos thats just stupid, i think alot of good days bad days is in the mind, and sometimes when an opponent is outclassing you think of it as a bad day, not that he was just better than you were!
     
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  8. Phil

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    Not true. Even the best of the pros have off days.
     
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  9. fastdunn

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    Thanks everyone for valuable tips...

    Looking back, I seem to rush to the matches too soon
    without enough warming up/tuning my strokes...

    By the way, Hawaii. I thought more extreme grips have
    less versatility but more consistencies.. I have eastern FH
    grip and continental BH grips and thought about semi-western
    FH and far eastern BH grips.....
     
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  10. ucd_ace

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    You play!!! and don't get frustrated. All of us has our bad days... and our worse than bad days where we can't get anything in; it's just a part of tennis. You have to remember that you're not on centre court at Wimbledon and stay reasonable. Just keep hitting balls, take your strokes back to the very fundamental basics. Whenever I'm having a horrible day I emphasise the main characteristics of a stroke and that'll help you out no matter what you're doing. Sometimes our bodies forget what we've taught them how to do and we can still show them even if we don't know what we're doing wrong. Sometimes it's good to mix up your playing style too. If you can't get a ground stroke in try to just get up to net; if you keep looking, you'll find some things that are working and try to make the best of that. Rushing yourself can definately be a problem. If I'm playing an important match and see everything going wrong I try to control the pace of the match, if anything it can also help upset your opponents timing.
     
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  11. Bhagi Katbamna

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    I had one of those days yesterday. Remember, your "bad day" might be bad because your opponent is playing much better than usual. Yesterday, I succumed to the other player having "new racket syndrom". Every shot that I hit seemed to come back at me and the times I went for it, he would barely reach the ball and lob it over my head to within 1 foot of the baseline. Just understand that it happens and forget about it.
     
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  12. Bungalo Bill

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    As I said before, I am moving away from teaching and want to have some fun again with tennis. My strokes have suffered from the constant feeding of balls. So I made an effort to start playing tennis again. I played against a very good junior the other day who hits very well and has very consistent strokes, nothing over powering but he has speed of foot and very good placement. I did better then I thought but not near as good as I know I can play. Had a terrible day keeping my first serve in, but by the time I started to sync my serve with my motion, it was really tooo late to win the match. So I had a bad day with certain shots but there is always next time and practice will help work out the timing issues etc!

    Everyone has a bad day. Everyone.
     
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  13. VTL

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    One of the things I like to do is to attempt to achieve something that doesn't always seem achievable at the beginning, that is just trying to improve so much that a bad day at your improved state is still better than your opponents good day.

    I know this isn't realistic in many situations but what's important is your state of mind, that you don't really feel like you're going to lose despite not having a good day.
     
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  14. kevhen

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    When I am having a bad day, I will keep saying "Come on" to myself until I am having a good day. Sometimes I have to say "Come on" a dozen times. It's mostly about really focusing on the ball and staying focused throughout each and every point. Once you start doing that, things usually work themselves out and you can start playing good tennis again.

    Bad days can possible be linked to your diet. Caffeine and alcohol can have lingering affects on your timing subsequent days and you might also be de-hydrated without knowing it on those bad days. Plus half the time you are just going to play worse than the other half of the time!
     
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  15. Robert Jones

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    If nothing is going right for me I just switch gears. If I am playing baseline I switch to serve and volley. If my ground strokes are off the less I hit the ball the better.

    Last night I played 3 sets and really felt like crap. I was down 7-5, 3-1. Nothing was going my way. My strings broke which forced my to go to my more powerfull back up stick. Damn it was a blessing, it made enough difference on my serve that he started making errors and let me back into it. Pulled out the last 2 sets barely. I won ugly, felt like I lost.

    I usually don't change racquets when I'm playing badly but now I might.
     
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  16. Robert Jones

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    I think your correct there. I have allergies and have to take medication, some days I just feel tired even when I have had enough sleep. Those days I usually play worse, can't pump myself up, play lazy low intensity.

    Lack of sleep or screwed up sleep schedual hurts my game too.

    I remember a few months ago I stayed up really late working in the basement trying to get a room ready for a party. I think I only got 2-3 hours sleep. I had a league match the next day. I played a good player who beat me easily. I was not sure if it was me or him as I had never played him before but I felt I was off my game.

    The next time I played him I made sure I got 8 hours sleep, did not skip breakfast or lunch. My legs felt better, I felt like running for the ball, I was in sync and won easily.

    The older I get the more off days I have, maybe new diet etc would
    give me more on days.



     
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  17. AndyC

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    Get back to basics as some have said.

    For me that's the serve and the return first of all. Get the first serves in even if it means taking a little off the serve as players are more defensive minded on the first serve return. Try and get the returns back by standing a little deeper than moving my feet as my opponent serves and trying to get into a good position to return the serve.

    Go back to slice backhands and heavy topspin forehands. Avoid touch volleys. And if all that fails just resign myself to having a poor day. It happens and I'm there too enjoy myself and not get too worked up about having a bad day :).
     
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