Worst tennis advice you ever got?

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  1. JennyS

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    Nothing can top this:

    My friend, who knew nothing about tennis, wanted to watch me play a little bit. When I missed a couple of serves, she told me to stand closer to the net. When I told her how that's not the correct way to serve, she scolded me saying "but you're not a professional." She also said the best way to practice groundstokes was to hit the ball against the fence. LOL!

    Top that!
     
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  2. Kenny022593

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    swing your racquet slower on second serves
     
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  3. Falloutjr

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    I remember when I first started my coach told me 2hbh was better than 1hbh. What a noob!
     
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  4. Wes_Loves_Dunlop

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    the worst advice i ever got was to swing slower on second serves
     
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  5. XLes paulO

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    I herd Someone once said hit your volly like your forehand
     
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  6. GuyClinch

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    Meh. Swinging slower on second serves works if your a dinker - and hitting it long. So that's why you hear that advice.
     
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  7. USERNAME

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    Get the ball over the net... My friends little sis told me that, cute yet annoying lol!
     
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    I hit 90-95% forehands one day in a practice match. A little kid watching us asked me if I could hit a backhand. I told him i could and he wanted me to prove it. I proceeded to launch a ball over the fence and into a playground with a backhand on purpose. He just shrugged and said I would never hit a backhand either if mine was that bad. Sometimes little kids make you laugh.


    as for worst advice ever that would be from my dad. When I was in early juniors he told me to just hit for the lines as hard as I could because the other player wouldnt be able to get it back.:)
     
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  9. Vyse

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    to hit with more pace (coming from someone who consistently hit the ball long trying to destroy it everytime)
     
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  10. papa

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    Well, I wouldn't consider that bad advice because, depending on age and so forth, its easier to hit a 2HBH for most people. Many females and kids, for example, struggle trying to hit a one hander because strength becomes an issue also.
     
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    When I get unsolicited advise from lower level players I tell em off immedieatly in a polite, respectful way. "Man, I've been playing better tennis much longer than you have." Consultation sessions stops right there.
     
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  12. BullDogTennis

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    thats not bad advice....swinging slower on a second serve when you first start is a good idea....no beginner can swing harder on a second serve and control it...

    the advice i got on this was "its better to swing harder on a second serve, but at this point in time its better to just work on mechanics and getting it in with a slower swing."
     
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  13. LeeD

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    At 5'11" and 135lbs., some really bad players told me to lift weights and get stronger.
     
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  14. Djokovicfan4life

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    Maybe weights weren't right for you, but 135 is very low for your height.
     
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  15. LeeD

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    Well, I played 3 years of high school football, was starting OLB and tight end, for our AAA SanFrancisco Championship team my junior and senior years....at about 20 lbs under that. And I was shorter.
    3 springs of varsity basketball also, but I wasn't the regular starter..:cry:
    I lost to a 6'3" about 155lbs., RussellSimpson in '78. He was skinny too.
    Nowadaze, I think the ability to retreive equals the ability to hit hard big shots in tennis. Wasn't Federer earlier this year like 6' and 150lbs.??
     
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  16. Rambler124

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    http://www.fiveguys.com/home.aspx

    You eat this stuff it makes your drop shots have some real substance to em.

    Eat a meal, brah.
     
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  17. LeeD

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    :):)
    Too bad I live in the SanFranciscoBayArea, none of thems around.
    However, I managed to spend about $6 each time, easily over 800 meals at McDonalds since the boot in '06, and still weigh a fat 148 at 60 years old.
    Too skinny? Maybe. But till I was 35, never weighed over 135.
    Nice to see the opposition stand 4' behind the baseline when my first serve is going in.
     
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  18. USERNAME

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    It was mostly funny but still annoying cause she told me it after I lost in the qtrs of a national. She shoulda said it b4, I might have done better!
     
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  19. Mick

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    there's this guy that i used to play doubles with. he would always criticize me whenever i missed a volley. he would say, "you need to hit it like this" but the crazy thing is he made a lot more volley errors than i do :shock:

    i guess he doesn't practice what he preaches.
     
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  20. Ripper014

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    I just smile and say "you might be right"...
     
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    Yeah it is, almost like emaciated. I think it's like 20+ pounds below weight for that height.
     
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  22. Falloutjr

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    It was a joke! But seriously I'm glad I didn't listen to my coach and stuck with 1h its very good for my playstyle plus it's so pretty! :D I was 15 and 5'10" 170 at the time, learning complex things and strength weren't an issue for me at that point in my life. Plus, he's a dinker. His opinions don't count :roll:
     
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  23. ebrainsoft

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    The Teaching Pro at the Club I belong to insist the Open Stance Forehand is improper form and that the Close Stance Forehand is the proper way to hit a forehand. I would agree with him if this was the 1970s!
     
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  24. Slazenger07

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    hahaha indeed 1hbh rules!
     
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  25. Camilio Pascual

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    Same here.
     
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  26. Slazenger07

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    Why is that bad advice? Guarantee when you do your game will improve alot.
     
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  27. Slazenger07

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    One of the pros at a Country Club where I used to take lessons told me that hitting with too much topspin was a bad idea. He couldnt have been more wrong, now my forehand rules!
     
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  28. Cindysphinx

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    All advice on stroke mechanics offered by a doubles partner when they are at net and you are at baseline, unless they have eyes in the back of their head.
     
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  29. Mick

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    5'11" and 135 lbs,

    that's like the height and weight of some of the top wta players :shock:

    leed must have absolutely no fat in his body, 135 lbs of pure muscles.
     
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  30. cghipp

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    I had a pro at a clinic try to tell us that we should eliminate the split step during net approach.
     
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  31. LeeD

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    Can't say I have no fat.
    Playing as a junior in high school, starting OLB and tight end for AAA (SanFrancisco) winning varsity football team, and in spring varsity basketball 2 guard, I was about 5'7" and 120 arounds. Plenty big enough to knock around our All-City halfback and fullback, who weighed 190 and 225lbs. on one on one tackling drills, them with a guard or tackle, them starting 5 yards behind the line. You KNOW, if they gained 5 yards, I wouldn't be a starter.
    But carrying anything extra that doesn't allow you to move quicker, change directions instantly, and start that first 10 yards is counterproductive.
    You guys saw how skinny Federer was for a while early this year. His oft arm was like emaniciated, his right arm barely normal, and he must have weighed below 150.
     
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  32. ebrainsoft

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    I hope this isn't bad advice but Legs and Abs strength will improve your game. Federer has skinny arms but check out his quads.
     
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  33. LeeD

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    Tennis is all about torso and thigh strength. You can be lightweight, but movement makes up for lots, as does quick footwork and movement. Eyes and anticipation help equally, so it's not always the big slugs that play winning tennis.
     
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    .............
     
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  35. Slazenger07

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    I know I dont, packin 35 lbs of lean muscle mass. I only weigh 145lbs, but you probably wouldnt guess that looking at me, my body fat has got to be 3-4%.

    More ripped than Rafa son! :)
     
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    When I was playing juniors, I was doing an overhead drill and I was hitting the overhead and bouncing the ball over the fence. The coach told me to stop, that is it better to hit them deep, that it is harder to return.

    I was like and bouncing it over the fence is easier to reach?
     
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  37. benasp

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    that not that bad of an advice, in a game you won't always be able to hit it over the fence and it will give a returnable lob for the opponent. Think of it twice befora calling advice "worse ever"
     
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  38. BajeDuane

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    yeah I agree that is not worse ever, but that is all I could think of right now.
     
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  39. Mick

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    sounds like your coach did not want to lose his tennis balls :)
     
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  40. LeeD

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    That's exactly what I thought. Coach starts with a limited # of balls. You hit a few over the fence, and little kids steal them, coach has less balls!
    Same thing happenned to me 8th grade baseball. Left field fence was like 660' from home plate, right field fence (thos 50 odd feet high) was only about 220' from home plate. I decided to bat left handed and rocked several over the fence into the sand dunes. Coach decided NOT to invite me back the next day. You'd think a guy who could hit over 300' left handed, and I was a rightie batter, would get an invite. Nope, next day I joined the track team.
    Turns out the team practiced with about 20 baseballs, according to our SS.
     
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  41. JRstriker12

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    Any time the player you just beat says. Yeah good match. One thing I noticed though was [fill in the blank], you should start [fill in the blank] like this.
     
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  42. Frank Silbermann

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    What he said is true, it's just that with today's high bouncing surfaces, big lightweight rackets and limited length matches (due to use of tie-breakers), improper form is more effective.

    The worst tennis advice I ever received was, "The backhand is the more natural shot, and most good players are better on the backhand side." That can only be true if a half-speed slice can be considered a better shot than a 3/4 pace topspin shot.
     
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    When I was 10-11, in about 1979 or so, I was playing with a Jack Kramer autograph and playing junior tennis tournaments (12 and Under). By then, larger racquets, and some graphite frames started really making their mark, such as the Prince Graphite, etc, etc..

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    Well, my old-school GREAT tennis coach gave me lots of racquet advice and I always bought my racquets from his little pro shop/tennis store. He taught me all the basics just right and made me fall in love with the Game and was a HUGE influence on me.

    Yet, he did give me some really bad tennis advice. He said, "don't switch from your Jack Kramer", because "we don't play with these new racquets" and these "new racquets" aren't the "real deal" so to speak. He somewhat missed how much of an impact the new frames would have and how much harder you could hit with them, etc. especially at that young age. The sweet spot size change was the biggest difference that I felt instantly.

    I switched to the "Head Vector" (metal), with Africord Gut Strings shortly thereafter and played with those during 14 and Under tournaments and of course graphite frames as well in later years!

    The new wave of new frames became a tidal wave and started really changing the Game. Suddenly racquets made by Prince, Yamaha, Head, and Wilson, etc. were EVERYWHERE! Popular frames included the Prince Graphite, the Head Pro, and the Wilson Ultra were everywhere at tournaments, instead of wood racquets like the previously omnipresent Jack Kramer Autograph were everywhere.

    By then, I had moved away from Alabama, and to Texas, thereby leaving my first Coach and those first frames behind. Yet, I'm so lucky to have learned with those frames! It made a huge difference to be able to learn with them (weight/sweet spot/feel was sublime!), but then I started really enjoying the suddenly HUGE sweet spots especially, which made things a lot easier in so many ways in comparison. It was sort of like warming up by swinging your racquet with the cover on, and then taking it off and swinging with it. It was relatively easy for me all of a sudden.
     
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  44. CHOcobo

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    holly **** that's a really good advice for a 135lb at 5'11". thats unhealthy.
     
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  45. halalula1234

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    when someones not better than you and think they are and keep scoulding u for errors and telling u what to do when they're wrong and in a cocky tone... doesnt that just **** u off? I just smile and say " ok i didnt know that!!!" even thought i do..
     
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  46. BajeDuane

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    This is not advice someone told me, but I was giving a lady a lesson and she was hitting all her forehands short or in the net. So I realised she basically had no backswing, so I said take the racket back. She said her coach at home told her she does not need to take the racket back to hit forehand ground strokes.
     
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  47. JRstriker12

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    Wha?????

    How is an open stance groundstroke "improper form?" and what does that have to do with playing best of 3 or court surface? Longer matches plus fast surfaces does not equal, closed stance....

    Improper form is not more effective than proper form, no matter which way you put it. Proper techniques include open, semi-open, and closed stances for groundstrokes depending on the situation.
     
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    "you are going like this (makes fh gesture with arm and hand), and its like this (makes fh gesture with arm and hand"-

    This from a guy I later beat 6-1 6-0, who was watching me play a practice match from outside my court, and offered his "expertees" without me asking. Anything more annoying than this when youre playing like crap?
     
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  49. Mick

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    maybe this is one of the reasons why federer is playing without a coach. his techniques are better than those from all the coaches, why should he listen to them?
     
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  50. Rambler124

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    Gonna have to agree here. I read Frank's post and basically felt it was a joke almost? Posting bad advice in a thread called "Worst tennis advice you ever got". Not gonna lie I got a laught out of it.

    Not sure how closed stance relates to court surface and length of match? Closed stance is proper form, so is open stance, semi-open stance.....
     
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