What I have learned here

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by AutoXer, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. AutoXer

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    After just hanging out on here and reading, this is what I have learned:

    1. If someone beats me, they are obviously a sandbagging cheating bastage who self rated low on purpose and should be DQ'd.

    2. I am obviously the better player although I keep losing. How do I beat this this no talent hack who doesn't belong on the same court with me? This lousy pusher returns every shot I hit. How can this scumbag keep winning?

    3. I have perfect form, can hit monster topspin, slices, drops, lobs and 12 other shots that haven't even been named yet with both fh and bh and can hit 2hfh and 2hbh even better. I have 42 different serves that I can place and hit with varying speeds. I play on 89 teams a year, I practice all the time, and take Professional lessons. I have been playing for many years, so I also have plenty of match experience. BTW, I am a 3.5 player.

    4. All rules that I don't like should be changed or should not be a rule in the first place. How dare the USTA have rules that I don't like? I just cannot understand the arrogance of the USTA to have not consulted me on every rule of tennis to find out if I may not like the rule.

    LOL

    Cheers,

    Joey
     
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  2. lostinamerica

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    It is about time someone understood me.
     
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  3. gameboy

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    I think it is more like this...

    BTW, I am a self-rated 4.5, but really, I would be lucky to be rated 3.5...
     
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  4. zapvor

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    haha. i do have to kind of agree about the attitude lots of people take about losing here. if it was me, i would love to get bageled by someone sandbagging instead of complaining about losing. its much more fun to play someone better than you.
     
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  5. burosky

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    Obviously, the OP has been reading the more interesting characters here. :)
     
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  6. raiden031

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    No actually it goes something like this.

    I am a 4.5 player who can serve 115mph and hit all the shots. However for some reason I can't beat these 3.5 guys who just push every ball back and never make a mistake.
     
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  7. LetFirstServe

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    If I fail to chase down the next hard FH its ok. My life wont change whether I watch it go by or chase it down and win the point.
     
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  8. nkbond

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    The OP expresses some of what I've felt reading these boards for years. I've been playing USTA 4.5 for the last 3-4 years (though, thank god I just got back to 4.0)...I have a strong forehand, passable backhand, thrilled if I can get my racket on most volleys, and a below-average serve. No multiple shots, serves, drop, slice nothing...really just topspin groundies and a huge desire to win. If I had half the shots most people describe here, I'd be dangerous...
     
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  9. RoddickAce

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    You forgot how everyone serves over 100 mph consistently, and how someone can be a 4.5/5.0 and can hit every shot well but is just starting to learn the volley.
     
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  10. slice bh compliment

    slice bh compliment G.O.A.T.

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    If you use a players' frame, then you are a player and you officially know what you're talking about. You can spout off endlessly. After all, you own a computer, right? The internet is your oyster.
     
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  11. ChipNCharge

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    What I've learned on this forum is that when people post videos of themselves, it's usually accompanied with one or more of the following comments:

    -- this was shot a long time ago. I'm actually much better now.
    -- this was shot after we had played for about 18 consecutive hours, so I was really tired.
    -- this was shot on a 125 degree day with winds gusting over 80 mph, so I wasn't playing very well.
    -- this was shot right after I suffered a serious injury.
    -- a video recording is deceptive. I'm actually much better than this.

    LOL!
     
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  12. AutoXer

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    HAHAHAH.....I forgot all about the video comments
     
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  13. buckfastlover

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    I'm about to pee my pants laughing at this!

    What about "Why do these pushers (tappers sometimes in Ireland) only hit serves like they're throwing the ball over the net and I STILL can't hit the return within the boundaries of the tennis facility?!"
     
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  14. JHBKLYN

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    In the Parallel universe, people who post videos would say:

    -- this was shot about an hour ago. I can't get better than this.
    -- this was shot before we played for about 18 consecutive hours, so I was very fresh in this vid.
    -- this was shot on a perfect 70 degree day with no wind, so I was playing very well.
    -- this was shot right after I completely healed from a serious injury.
    -- the video recording is great. It's exactly how I play.

    :)
     
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  15. jc4.0

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    My three cents

    I would just add:
    • I have thoroughly read and adhere to the Tennis Code at all times, but nobody I play with seems to understand the rules.
    • I have never ever made a bad line call, even though my opponents make rotten calls all the time because that's the only way they can win points off me.
    • My attitude and sportsmanship on court is always exemplary. I never lose my temper or entertain evil thoughts about other players, no matter how awful they behave.
    • My pants are absolutely NOT on fire!
     
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  16. darrinbaker00

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    Actually, you'd either be playing at New Haven or practicing at Flushing Meadows right now. ;)
     
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  17. goober

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    If you are from FL, TX, Socal or other tennis hotbeds, your 4.0s are better than 4.0s from everywhere else...

    until they are put on vid. Then they just look like everybody elses 4.0s on vid- bad.:razz:

    Socal 4.0 USTA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWrcDvtC47M
     
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  18. smoothtennis

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    Oh and Goober - don't forget the infamous.....if those guys on that vid are 4.0, I am definately 5.0+!!! :mrgreen:
     
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  19. Klaus

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    What I have learned.

    As a new player, just finishing my first year of lessons, clinics and tournaments, I have learned, here and on the court:

    -cheating is de riguer, just deal with it
    -everyone sandbags and plays in divisions below their level
    -3.0 players are all lousy
    -you might get headbutted in the face for no reason at all
    -there are large discussions and interpretations of mundane rules
    -people hate the rating system
    -you are allowed to vomit between games
    -blood must be cleaned up with some sort of chemical cleaner
    -people are contanstly seeking validation of their skills
    -it's a good idea to think yourself a crappy player, to improve
    -pushers are not the lousy hacks they appear to be
    -your opponent must not sit on a bench and eat a banana between games during a tournament (which happened to me and my partner)
    -"ball on court" is not valid if the point has been played (which happened to me and my partner)
    -message boards like this seem to be a place to vent, so tennis players aren't all really unhappy, cynical and tragic in general, like they often appear here
    -screaming "come on" does not often help (my observation)
    -guys love to hit the ball really hard, even if they dump it into the net over and over again
    -warm up should be done with new balls

    thank you for reading, Klaus
     
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  20. timeisonmyside

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    I learned that some 3.5 men can beat top WTA players.
     
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  21. Puma

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    Thanks for making my day..........................Great post
     
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  22. eagle

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    To add to the list of observations about threads here:

    - Endless GOAT threads each with a different variation to validate being a separate thread
    - Endless who-is-better threads on past vs. modern era players
    - Prolific threads from player-**** fans
    - Preoccupation with player gear and belief that if they use the pro players' gear, their game will exponentially improve
    - Wearing identical outfits of their fave player adds .5 to their skill level. :)
    - Asking for tennis stroke help without posting a video produces a barrage of corrective suggestions that may not necessary apply
    - It's the equipment's fault and not my poor skills or lack thereof
    - Nothing to learn from pushers or hackers
    - Getting an impressive 110mph serve in the box once out of 20 tries is better than hitting a slightly slower serve with variety.
    - Golf is a sport. :)
    - Old school equipment being better than newer more technologically advanced equipment
    - Vibe dampeners help reduce the shock from radiating to the arm/elbow :)
    - Same goes for power pads adding power
    - Search function is under utilized, overlooked, or just plain ignored. Lots of questions and topics are regurgitated as a result.
    - Same goes for the Info pages, reviews, and tools TW spent money to research and put together

    r,
    eagle
     
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  23. goober

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    More things I have learned from this forum.

    If you care about rules and fair play, you really want to win a pen badly.

    4.5 league players can beat WTA players.

    Great players from the past cannot handle the massive topspin and poly strings of today.

    The average serve speed of forum members 110 mph and has massive kick.
     
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  24. aceX

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    • I lost because the other guy kept foot faulting but nobody said anything
    • Lousy pusher was lucky - he managed to return my forehand bombs
    • I upped the pace of my forehand bombs and I lost because some of them were going out
    • The guy's serves were so slow, I couldn't return them properly because I had no pace to work with
    • That lousy hack pusher thought he played proper tennis
    • I'm not making excuses but I had like a 200 degree fever. I still could have beat him even though I had the fever but he was lucky getting those balls back in play
    • I asked for helpful comments on my videos, but if you don't have anything positive to say I'll just leave the forum
    • My basics are obviously fine, there must be a more advanced reason why my shots are not going in
    • That lousy pusher was returning my 110mph serves. I think my racquet doesn't suit my style of play, I've been thinking of getting a new one anyway...
     
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  25. burosky

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    Okay. Since AceX revived this post, how about those who hate USTA and league tennis with a passion but somehow continue to participate year in and year out?
     
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  26. Dave M

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    Hadn't seen this thread before but it is brilliant.
    I think we all have been at the side of the court watching a match knowing that we have lost to the people playing and they are awful, but wondering how come they play so well when they play you?
     
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  27. mlktennis

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    'Inner game of tennis' is the bible

    I have been playing 8 months and now a 4.5. I hope to be 5.0 by the summer. I'm 17 now and want to go pro. I'm really motivated. Any suggestions?
     
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  28. mlktennis

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    I want to learn how to hit a kick serve for my big match next week.

    The coach has it out for me. He won't let me play even though I'm the best on the team. i have great form and really consistent with the biggest serve on the team.
     
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  29. Rorsach

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    - Slapping a couple of grams of lead on my frame elevates me from a weekend hack to a pro player.
    - I can feel a 2 gram difference between my frames (even though i'm a 3.0 player)
    - Everyone on this board is at least a 4.5 and everybody else sucks.
    - Watch my video and see how good my strokes are (when someone is feeding me balls in my comfort zone)
    - I know this is just a vid of me rallying with a friend, but my style is exactly the same in a match.
     
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  30. MayDay

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    Golf IS a sport. It is brutal to play against old man par and try to drive the ball accurately 280-300 yards down the fairway. I guess you never tried it?
     
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  31. Cindysphinx

    Cindysphinx G.O.A.T.

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    Here's my favorite:

    I am a great player, but I can't handle opponents who don't hit with pace. I need to play up so I can start winning!
     
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  32. West Coast Ace

    West Coast Ace G.O.A.T.

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    Sorry, golf is 'competitive recreation' - the ball doesn't move; there is no running (very little walking these days - everyone's in a cart). And really, really fat (aka morbidly obese people) can make millions playing it; unlike chunky girls like Bartoli... :)

    I guarantee you none of those guys play 4.0 singles tournaments in So Cal.
     
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  33. WBF

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    hehe, this one captures my essence pretty well :)

    Also, all these fools with good match results against 4.5 and 5.0's are clearly 3.0's, based on their videos. They look like spazs compared to me!
     
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