when you suck

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by eman resu, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. eman resu

    eman resu Semi-Pro

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    You know, there are days you just suck. No matter how good you are. Serves go out, and when they do go in, you miss an easy second ball. You can't hit one backhand in the sweetspot, one forehand down the line.

    Is there anything you do to get over a really bad day before it's too late? Or do you simply give up, accept that you should have stayed home, and laugh about that 6/0 6/0 socre? :)
     
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  2. jdubbs

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    I usually try to figure out why I'm playing so poorly. Is it fitness, tired, not enough practice, technique?

    You try to make adjustments on the fly when playing a match. A tourney I had a couple of weeks ago, I got crushed 6-3 in the first set, then relied more on getting the ball in, spinning in to the baseline, coming into net, and not just slugging it out on the baseline. Won the next 2 sets.
     
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  3. Fuji

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    After the beatdown of 6-0 6-0, go and practice a bit if you have time! Whenever I loose in general, I go and practice what I was doing wrong, until I get it right again. If it's a serve lets say, I'll stick around for about 30-60 minutes and just practice getting EASY serves in, like 40MPH slices. Just the confidence back in your shots. Anything else, just go to the wall and hit until you feel comfortable again.

    Also, just laugh about it. Let it go, there is no point in being worried about a loss. It's a part of the game! :p

    -Fuji
     
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  4. dozu

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    tennis is quite forgiving in this regard.... plan A doesn't work, go plan B, or plan C... there are ways you can squeeze out a win, even when you are playing at 30%... that of course if the opponent is not that good.

    imagine you planned your entire year on a golf vacation at myrtle beach, and when you get there your swing is in the crapper.... there is no escape.. you can't use your putter from the T box.
     
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  5. GuyClinch

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    Sometimes I play pretty badly but 6-0, 6-0 is rare if its an opponent that I have beat before. i find its pretty easy to adapt your style to hang in there a bit..

    If you are getting pounded you might go for less on your shots - or go for more and try to cheap out a weak sauce point. If I am really getting dominated I can usually go all out on one service game to win a point. But that's because my serve is big for my level (its probably horribly flawed but I am very tall - even for tennis players).

    If you feel the skill level gap isn't that big (and that you could normally hang with this guy) I think the right approach is to play safer. Get into longer rallies and such.. I hit like all spin serves and try to add topspin to all my ground strokes. This will help you recover from getting pounded if you aren't so overmatched.
     
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  6. yellowoctopus

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    I think if you are really serious about your tennis game or make a living off it, reviewing what went wrong and finding ways to prevent it from happening should help one move on. It is probably not the healthiest approach to simply forget, but it is essential to turn the failure into an opportunity.

    If you are a rec player, a few shots of whiskey (or glass of wine) with a nice meal should do it :)

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  7. mightyrick

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    To a 2.5, I am a tennis god. To a 4.5, I am complete and utter suckage. In order to keep a balance of humility to confidence, I just have to make sure I spend equivalent time with both. :)
     
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  8. Djokolate

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    ... Should'a looked at my thread! ;)
     
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  9. eman resu

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    I'm a recreational player, and the match today wasn't 60 60 - we didn't play that much :)

    I'm a very good player when it comes to practice, but a 2.0 with a big serve on actual match. And when the serve isn't working...
    anyway, the good thing about being an amateur is that I can still have fun remembering the couple of points I did play well - or even great. Always makes me feel better :)
     
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  10. eman resu

    eman resu Semi-Pro

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    exactly!

    which one, djokolate?
     
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  11. thug the bunny

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    I also started a thread about off days. There were some good replies.

    Sounds like this is a common experience with this silly stupid wonderful game!
     
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  12. Giannis

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    That reminds me of myself a lot. Sometimes on matches i play
    with 30% of my powers. The only shot that i can hit almost like when practicing is serve. I think it probably has to do with the fact that i dont play actual matches often and its mostly practice.
     
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  13. Maui19

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    GREAT photo YellowOcto
     
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  14. Blake0

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    You go out and play the best you can, especially in a tournament. Shorten the court, hit higher % shots, go for less. If I'm shanking all over the place I'll try to get it back, and if even that isn't possible I'll serve and volley or something.
     
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