What shot are you missing?

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  1. Jim A

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    If you could have any one shot/weapon that you are lacking at the moment what would it be?

    For me, it would have to be a powerful 1hbh. Something is missing in the stroke for me and while its serviceable I'd love to be able to really drive the ball at times during a match.
     
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  2. kevoT

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    aggressive forehand volley.
     
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  3. jonnyjack

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    A flat forehand.

    I hit with a upper cut swing on the forehand side using a western grip that I can't trust to hit a lot. I can't seem to hit a flat penetrating shot so I normally rely on hitting a forehand slice as I don't trust my topspin forehand.
     
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  4. Cindysphinx

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    Biting BH slice.
     
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  5. AutoXer

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    137mph serve. I hope as my post count goes up, my mph goes up. Seems to be the case around here. :D
     
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  6. dlk

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    Quick backhand volley.
     
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  7. tennytive

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    the tweener
     
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  8. penpal

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    LOL :D

    For me, I'd like one of those ridiculous kick serves - the kind that looks like it's curving in, then out, when it's in the air, then bounces high with more spin once it lands.
     
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  9. larry10s

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    ^^^^me too
     
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  10. Xisbum

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    What you said. Actually, I would be happy with an accurate down-the-line backhand, powerful or not. Seems I just can't practice that shot enough to feel comfortable trying it in a game situation. :?

    BTW, I have a nice 1hbh slice/backspin/drop shot, but seldom hit flat or topspin form that side.
     
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  11. NoSkillzAndy

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    Jumping two-handed backhand... like Rios used to do so well :)
     
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  12. li0scc0

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    I would like the ability to hit a high ball with my 1hbh. Low balls are fine, but high...sigh.
     
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  13. Larrysümmers

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    a fearhand and sampras' serve
     
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  14. jc4.0

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    HUGE SERVE, with power, placement and kick - both first and second.
     
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  15. AtomicForehand

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    Disguised sidespin dropper off both wings.
     
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  16. Angle Queen

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    Kick serve.

    And golly-dang-it, I'm gonna ask Santa for it too.

    Seriously, it's the "thing" I've decided to work on most this off-season.
     
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  17. michael_1265

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    A big, spinning, semi-western forehand.
     
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  18. OrangePower

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    Killer overhead.

    Not that mine is all that bad for my level, but I can only imagine what my game would be like with the addition of a 'pro' overhead - the kind that will consistently win any point where my opponent tries to lob, except for the rare perfect offensive topspin lob.
     
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  19. CrispyFritters

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    Super slice serve. The kind that you can actually ace someone with.
     
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  20. CrispyFritters

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    Just doing my part on this as well...Can't be a rookie forever.
     
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  21. RogerRacket111

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    Powerful wide serve on the deuce side, Put away volleys,

    As long as we are wishing, Lose 10lbs so I can move like I used to ...
     
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  22. dizzlmcwizzl

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    On the serve return, backhand hard down the line .. either side
     
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  23. mctennis

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    A shot of Wild Turkey.
     
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  24. gameboy

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    I have all the shots i need for club play, what i really need is consistency.
     
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  25. tennis tom

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    FH slice approach.
     
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  26. hrstrat57

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    Consistent cleanly struck overhead.....hit midair......allowing ball to bounce improves pace and placement.

    I used to have it back in the day often even with a bit of hang time.....so it is largely a fitness/ aging issue unfortunately.

    I hope to address the weakness/inconsistency next season by buckling down and hitting several thousand of them.

    The lose 10 lbs comment above would also prove helpful......
     
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  27. SELFMADESOUL

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    Down the line backhand for sure-
     
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  28. tennis tom

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    I practice my serve a lot. A tip that's been helping me a lot is practicing the OH with the balls that don't go over the net. When I finish the hopper of serves, I clean up the serves that didn't make it over the net with an OH from wherever they are lying.

    I was struck by the ease with which I could hit a very good OH. It told be OH issues are mostly in the head and not technique. It's like when you can make a perfect return on a ball that's not in play and doesn't count. It's because there is no pressure and the biceps and triceps stop fighting each other.

    Sure you have to move a few steps to get into the proper hitting platform for an OH but usually they need to be very small steps. Many folks get too close to the ball or right under it and have to correct at the last instant. The legs turn to concrete. I just hit a practice OH with the same motion I've been practicing my serve with and it feels so natural. It showed me how much the head and pressure has to do with miss-hitting .

    Under recent match play I was pleased that I got my last four OH's in for winners, but what I sensed the most was the pressure of the shot.
     
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  29. Pioneer

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    Second serve and overhead. I only make about 50% of my overheads.
     
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  30. stoo

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    Help, I'm steppin' into the twilight zone....
    What shot are you missing?


    Pretty much all of them....., and far too often.:cry:
     
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  31. Pioneer

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    Oh yeah and drive volley.

    So it's drive volley, second serve and overhead for me.
     
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  32. Angle Queen

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    OHs indeed seem to be quite the nemesis. I used to struggle with them too until my favored hitting partner suggested a different regiment: we ended each hitting session...with a series of OHs...and I worked on, ahem, angling them off (rather than trying to pound them deep). Why at the end of a practice? Because we're tired and it's easier for the "feeder" to feed lobs...and because, for the OH hitter, the muscles are as warm as they'll be...and if you can do it tired, you can do it fresh. Also, he reminded me...that as a ~100lb pip-squeak, I'm not going to out-power any (male) opponent. So I'm aiming for the outside (wide) corner of the service box. Unless they're standing outside the alley, they're not gonna get it, esp if I add any pace to it.

    If you're alone, Tom's suggestion to hit the serving "misses" as OHs is a great one. And if you're with a cooperative partner, take just a few minutes at the end of every session. Ask them to hit you just a few OHs. Work on the placement first, then add the power. And then, they'll start to feel....gooooood.
     
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  33. Angle Queen

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    Man (major assumption) after my heart, although I'm more of a Maker's Mark kinda gal. Manhattans are my drink of choice, but straight brown is never a bad choice.
     
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  34. mctennis

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    Yep, man I am. Maker's mark is never a bad choice either. Let's have some of each!! \%/ \%/ \--/\--/ Cheers
     
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  35. Angle Queen

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    That was quick. No Wild Turkey in da House. MM will have to do. Bottoms up. War Eagle.
     
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  36. Sandwichman

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    Definitely a good kicker. My second serve is good pace wise, but doesn't trouble anyone due to its lack of jump after hitting the ground. If I had that, then I would just choose being able to hit sharp angles off of almost any rally ball like I used to :(
     
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  37. LuckyR

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    A lob that rivals my passing shots.
     
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  38. darrinbaker00

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    There's this Swiss dude who has the same problem. When you finally figure it out, you might want to give him a call. ;)
     
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  39. mctennis

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    Here's looking at ya. Never had a bad drink of either one.
    \_/ \_/ empty glasses make me sad. :(
     
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  40. SteveI

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    I want my back and knees from about 20 years ago. I have to get to the ball before I can worry about the shot. Maybe a few shots before I hit the courts might help.. I would still be in pain..but would not care or feel it..:)
     
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  41. zacinnc78

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    definately overhead is the most lacking shot i have and another thing that would help would be being able to crush those deep -high bouncing pattycake shots some of my opponents love to hit (specially when returning my serve)
     
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  42. dennis10is

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    I'm missing just one type of shot: those that goes over the net and inside the lines.

    All my shots are around the net posts and on the line.
     
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  43. polski

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    I'd love to be able to flatten out a 2HBH down the line while on the run. It makes it so hard to go to net against a player that can rip that shot.
     
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  45. stapletonj

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    doubles return of serve, especially backhand...cant seem to chip it far enough away from poaching net man
     
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  46. Mauvaise

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    If you're returning from deuce, don't even worry about trying to keep it away from the poacher - when the net guy moves in to poach your shot, just hit the BH down the line behind him. Works every time! Well, until they learn that they need to cover the alley, then you can hit the back hand deep cross court to the server and not worry about the poach.

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    I would love to have a back hand slice. The ball looks so pretty floating across the court and at my level (3.0), they're the devil to return. My attempts at a slice usually turn into a 'drop lob', which can be effective, isn't nearly as pretty and all to often goes long.

    I'd also like to learn an offensive lob and a drop shot. But I'm still young (in level, not in years), so I've got time.
     
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  47. jdubbs

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    Kick serve.
    Slice BH, though working on it.
     
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  48. Sintherius

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    My second serve kick, and my down the line forehand. :/
     
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  49. dlk

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    Running foward BH volley is what I'm working on. Last shot (no where close to mastering) that I worked on was the overhead from deep.
     
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  50. Cindysphinx

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    If you are talking about shots I cannot hit in any way right now, I would say a slice FH. I cannot remember the last time I even attempted that shot, but I can think of lots of times when I wish I had it . . .
     
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