What Shot Breaks Down in a Match For You?

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  1. lordmanji

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    forehand, bar none.
     
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  2. Duzza

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    You mean turn wrong and inconsistent? None....
     
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  3. plarazza

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    If I do start to play badly and hav a small colapse it is my 1-h backhand. Don't really kno y I think I just kinda forget how to hit them.. If it's going real bad I switch to a 2H backhand
     
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  4. equinox

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    Backhand and 2nd serve.
     
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  5. str33t

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    2nd serve for me.
     
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  6. Kabob190

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    mental game, both 1st and 2nd serve, forehand, backhand, i would say volleys and overheads but there isnt anything there to break down. in that order
     
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  7. aznspongehead

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    Sounds just like me.
     
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  8. Sagittar

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    nothing in particular, maybe my overheads but that's stamina lack i guess
     
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  9. westside

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    Mental game
     
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  10. Jack Romeo

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    first serve
     
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  11. ubel

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    My 1st serve, especially when I feel confident about it pregame. Also, I tend to lose my touch for volleying and end up framing/netting a lot of easy volley putaways :( I don't have much match toughness.. I'm like the pillsbury doughboy ingame, sigh.
     
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  12. federer_nadal

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    easily MENTAL GAME, it just fcuks me up something rotten
     
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  13. ceejay

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    If anything, my backhand.
     
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  14. Cindysphinx

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    Forehand.

    There are times when I think I'd be more successful if I would catch the ball and throw it back rather than try to hit it.

    On the positive side, the shot that gets stronger throughout the match is the volley. Which causes me to make reckless forays to net to avoid hitting another groundstroke error.
     
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  15. [ GTR ]

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    I don't really have a shot that breaks down in matches but the shots that produce most errors would be careless volleys, smashes, it's when i get lazy on my footwork. Sometimes backhands, slices or topspin.
     
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  16. Dunlopkid

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    Definitely volleys for me. Serves and groundstrokes are usually steady.
     
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  17. Supernatural_Serve

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    most people play the way they practice, so my backhand on the run breaks down in matches the same way it does in practice. The rest are fairly stable unless I play massive top spin hitters (because I don't practice enough against these kind of hitters), so it shows in matches.
     
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  18. Ljubicic for number1

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    Well it all does its just a matter of in what order, first thing is the overhead then the volley then the backhand and forehand and then the temper "**** its a frustrating game" The serve usually works ok.:D
     
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  19. PrinceO3UserInOz

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    my temper temper temper!!!!!!!!! then my game goes totally to ****!!!
     
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  20. FH2FH

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    Overheads, volleys, anything that doesn't require 3/4 to full strokes. Strange I know... I tend to hit my volleys too far back instead of out in front and my overhead is just, well... sad. I also have problems with mixed sidespins on clay. I would be a 4.0 if I had any net game. :(
     
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  21. bad_call

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    mental...my concentration wanes at times...
     
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  22. ferocious4hand

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    My 4hand is my best shot yet it does tend to break down at times. Still trying to figure out why...nerves?
     
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  23. AngeloDS

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    My one handed backhand, it breaks down when it comes to serve returns near the end of the match. Also, my feet aren't moving their best at the end of the match either and my backhand depends on my movement.
     
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  24. Swinging Simian

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    Mental Game never fails to let me down. Whether I'm winning or losing I will get distracted. Perhaps I just need more real match experience. Then forehand, footwork and the rest will follow if I don't manage to recompose myself.
     
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  25. FuriousYellow

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    Serve. It's not that good to begin with, but as the games get tighter, I start getting tighter and have difficulty relaxing enough to serve freely. Towards the end of the match, I hit a lot of weak topspin serves.
     
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  26. FH2FH

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    Most of what everyone's posting is mental game. The more I play, the less this is a problem. When I first started playing competitively, I hated losing and got very emotional. Now, I actually relish the challenge that I have to figure out what's happening and try to play to my strengths and take away their advantages. Some days that doesn't work and you just have to grind it out. The better player on that day will be the winner.

    There's an old saying: "Some days you are the bug. Some days you are the windshield." Hehe. That's life. Everyone has bad days. The key is to focus on minimizing them. It will make you much stronger!!
     
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  27. maverick1

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    It is not any one thing for me.
    I get tense in a close match and all my shots become more conservative. I don't know if I should call this a mental breakdown. Is it even a breakdown?... because I am usually affected less than the opponent in tight situations.
     
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  28. tennisboi

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    my mental game. i'll start of hitting shots really well, but then start loosing my concentration later on in the match.
     
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  29. Owen0501

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    Concentration which leads to backhand breaking down. I keep finding that I'm not watching the ball onto the racquet. Between points I tell myself to concentrate but as soon as the serve......
     
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  30. bribeiro

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    2nd serve.
     
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  31. Jamaz

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    Second serve, volleys =/
     
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  32. Borat

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    yaaaah right duzza, thats kinda bs if you ask me
     
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  33. fastdunn

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    All or nothing. When my game doesn't work, all the wheels are falling off.
    Nothing works. Disgusting. Whole system breaks down.
    (But I fire from all cylinders on a good day...)

    But if I have to pick one, it would be my forehand.
    It sucks all the time anyway. I think I ever hit satisfying forehand
    maybe only a few times in last 15 years...
     
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  34. Hot Sauce

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    1st and 2nd serve.
     
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  35. donnyz89

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    serve definitly. all about the confidence too for me, I serve great at practice but match comes, I break down horribly at times. that and overhead because I dont hit enough during match situations... but then you think about it, I hit serve every other point in a match and I still crumble at times. wierd.
     
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  36. lordmanji

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    surprisingly my kick serve which ive been learning only in the past four months doesnt really break down in a match. sure i'll sometimes overreach cuz of a bad toss or whatever or hit it a couple of feet long but thats acceptable.

    on the otherhand, my forehand just completely breaks down on me. hit it really long or into the ground. i think most people take their forehands for granted and dont work hard on it as much as they can since its supposed to be their most powerful shot. especially men because women are supposed to have better backhands and its understandable if their forehands break down but not men.

    anyway, i went out and hit my forehand just by throwing myself the ball for about two hours today. i will keep doing that twice a week like ive been workin on my kick serve.

    these are the things i learned:

    hit the ball to the right of your right foot. for some reason i naturally line it up with my hand but of course the racket is 27 inches longer...

    also, bring the racket down on the backswing.
     
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  37. spadesss

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    Its always the serve. Serving too many double faluts or having weak serves. Once serve goes south, my mind and concentration is out of sync. I have good groundstrokes and can hit with club level players but my serve always failed me. Even with a great return, its tough to win a match if I can hold serve.
     
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  38. mucat

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    What shots NOT breaks down in a match...<sigh>

    1st serve, 2nd serve, even underhand serve hate me...
     
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  39. Voltron

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    None really, I get better as the match progresses,
     
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  40. PimpMyGame

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    1st serve. Because I get too confident too quick. Then I spend half the match trying to unravel the problem. Just a nighmare. Saw a post earlier about Lendl's 90% 1st serves in. I'd give something for that!
     
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  41. fishuuuuu

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    My backhand.
     
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  42. baros

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    down the line forehand.
     
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  43. raiden031

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    My ability to play against a person who is at the net. My lobs get eaten up and my passing shots don't pass!

    Although when I am losing badly due to UEs, usually during the last half of the 2nd set or 3rd set if applicable, my forehand will start sailing long very often.
     
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