What's you're favourite play in tennis?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Down_the_line, Jun 21, 2004.


What's you're favourite play in tennis?

  1. Serve and volley

  2. Chip and Charge

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  3. Various baseline plays (cross-court then down the line etc.)

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  1. Down_the_line

    Down_the_line Legend

    Jun 11, 2004
    Cochrane, Canada
    I'm really curious to see the results of this poll so please vote or if you have a different answer, reply to this post.
  2. kevhen

    kevhen Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    There are many, many plays in tennis. I like hitting crosscourt passing shot winners. More often I hit up-the-line passing shot winners and those are fun too. Serving for aces can be fun too. Dropshots are awesome when they are well placed and end up as winners too.
  3. Camilio Pascual

    Camilio Pascual Hall of Fame

    Feb 11, 2004
    A crisp d-t-l 2H BH winner. I actually manage to do this about 2 or 3 times a year.
  4. finchy

    finchy Professional

    Apr 11, 2004
    i just discovered my fav shot yesterday. i was playing with my cousins, just recreationally. i feel im a bit better than them in just about every way. :p (if you know what i mean)

    i tried out my one handed backhand because the ball was headed that way. got in good position, hit a drive crosscourt into the opposite corner. they returned the ball right to the same position. then, i crushed another backhand into the crosscourt corner of the service box. instant winner. i feel alot more confident about my backhand now. it feels very nice when i hit it.
  5. perfmode

    perfmode Hall of Fame

    Apr 17, 2004
    My "signature" combo is...

    XC FH (deep in the pocket)
    XC FH (shorter w/ more angle)
    DTL FH
    IO DTL FH !winner!

    That play works really well for me. Sometimes it takes a few XC FH's before I can get the chance to hit the wide topspin FH that sets up my DTL shot. As long as I can set the point before my opponent and keep the ball deep, it's really tough for people to stop me. This doesn't work against people that are a lot better than me but it works against most of the people at my level.

    xc = crosscourt
    dtl = down the line
    io = inside-out
    fh = forehand


    If they figure me out and rush to their backhand side when I hit the wide XC shot, sometimes I'll just bang another one XC and watch em twist their ankles trying to change directions on ther fly.
  6. sanitarium

    sanitarium Rookie

    Mar 17, 2004
    hey perf, what level player are you?

    I don't just seems a bit odd that you can do that almost regularly without your opponent stopping it consistently.

    I'm sure you just mean you go for it now and then or whenever theres opportunity because many shots can through that off right..

    Like if you hit a DTL forehand to me (i'll assume im right handed and its my backhand) I would make sure its a wide cc shot to make sure you dont hit that IO forehand, and if its too fast for me to get that kind of shot off i'd hit a slice which would give me enough time to recover, oh well this just theory tennis anyway.

    Sounds like a good combo, I like BH CC (really wide) then either BH DTL or FH CC winner to opposite site.
  7. perfmode

    perfmode Hall of Fame

    Apr 17, 2004
    I'm a 5.0

    I'd say 60% of points that I win are off of that play. I mix it up but I can really overpower people with deep shots far back @ the baseline. Once I hit the DTL FH for a quasi-winner, my opponent has no choice but to do a crosscourt slice backhand or a floater. If he manages to neutralize the point then I simply go with it and change my plan. That play is my ideal rally and works a lot of the time.
  8. Emagdnim

    Emagdnim New User

    Feb 21, 2004
    Any play where my opponent is running more than me is my favorite play :)
  9. Phil

    Phil Hall of Fame

    Feb 11, 2004
    In a tent, along the Silk Road
    Any shot that wins me the point. But the sadistic side of me is saying the drop shot, topspin lob combo. This is FUN and it's hard for me to supress a big grin after getting away with this. And if my opponent manages to catch-up with the lob and tries to hit a groundstroke, I'm at the net and, if possible, will hit ANOTHER drop.
  10. The YoYo Freak

    The YoYo Freak New User

    Mar 24, 2004
    Two favorites. First would be the combination of a hard crosscourt forehand, driving my opponent back and to his forehand side, followed by a backhand slice.


    Ripping a crosscourt backhand when my opponent is rushing the net on the opposite side. :)

  11. TwistServe

    TwistServe Guest

    My favorite play would be a nice service winner or ace.. Quick and dirty, easy points.. It also gets the opponent talking to themselve..

    My second favorite play would be strong DTL forehand to the backhand. If I can get it with enough spin, pace, and depth, the return is either very weak, or is downright winner. Ahhh that one feels good. :lol:

    Oh and I also love it when my opponent rushes the net and makes a really good DTL volley.. but somehow I barely make it there and I spank it back for a crosscourt passingshot.. That one is really nice because I'm in deep trouble, and with one stroke the tides have turned!
  12. Cypo

    Cypo Rookie

    Feb 11, 2004
    Phil - you didn't post that you barely supress a grin did you ? tsk-tsk-tsk....Clearly you lob has never come up short ;-).

    I like the dtl backhand because it often catches people off guard and serving wide and then playing deep - either cc or dtl to set up a short ball (which I often mangle, but WTH, one day I'll get it right).
  13. iradical18

    iradical18 Professional

    Mar 16, 2004
    Lorton, VA
    I dont really have a favorite play, but i like to make my opponent run and tire them out to finish them off at the end, whether its hitting crosscourt from the baseline or well placed drop shots and slices that really make them hussle, in other words, i like to take their legs from them, it becomes a lot easer after that.
  14. living4tennis

    living4tennis New User

    Jul 9, 2004
    forcing cross-court slice backhands at their feet until they hit up and topspin forehand winner to the open court.
  15. andreh

    andreh Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    I also chip n charge. I baseline duals I often wait and opportunity to hit the backhand slice to opponents backhand and follow up at the net.
  16. Dropshots are great when your opponent is rushing to get a bit of the ball but comes up a step short.
    Aces (out wide in deuce and down the T in ad) and passing shots that clip the sidelines are my favorites though.
  17. max8176

    max8176 Rookie

    Jul 3, 2004
    Smacking weak second serve for winners after winners; then seeing your opponent choking on both their first and second serves!!
  18. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 Professional

    Apr 13, 2004
    When playing well i can break a serve way out wide in the duece court. I follow this with either a short angle slice backhand or a solid forehand to the open court, depending on what comes back.
  19. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

    May 3, 2004
    FT. Lauderdale, Florida
    Kick Serve out wide, charge the net and volley into open court.

    Second favorite is on the return on the ad side, hitting a flat forehand winner down the line.
  20. cantaloupe

    cantaloupe Rookie

    Feb 21, 2004
    I have got a fairly good serve, slice on the deuce side and kicker out wide on the ad side. My fav play is the one-two punch: slice or kick serve out wide, wait for the midcourt return, then hammer a forehand in the opposite direction.

    Once i get into a rally I use different spin to mess up my opponent. On backhand to backhand rallies I'll do high topspin followed by a biting slice, repeat as long as the ball comes back. Or I'll hit an acute dorehand cross court followed by a deep slice into the backhand corner and follow it into the net. This paly works well against people that like to hit forehands dtl.
  21. nyu

    nyu Rookie

    Feb 22, 2004
    Favorite play has to be a heavy topspin lob,sometimes on the run. I like to coax guys into the net with short and low slices. They're all pretty solid, so they'll usually slice it deep, giving me time to set up a loopy, heavy topspin lob to their backhand side. even when they know it's coming, It's a high percentage shot for me, and I can get it nice and high over the net so they can't attack it.

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