Your greatest asset?

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  1. Mike2228

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    What part of your game is the strongest? What gives you the biggest edge against your opponent?

    For me it would have to be my return of serve, followed by my serve and then my forehand.
     
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  2. Larrysümmers

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    angles. I seem to be able to hit really sharp angle that drop in at the last second. And nothing says in your face more than a sharp CC shot then a backhand to the open court, and if they do get it back, a nice volley to end it.
     
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  3. bholloway

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    I'm really good at calling balls out, when they're actually in. I normally use this on crucial points and it helps me to win a lot of matches.
     
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  4. rich s

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    LOL..... I've played you a couple times.....I think you might have been on my team one season..... :)
     
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  5. rich s

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    Cross court forehand..... low and fast with a lot of top....
     
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  6. arche3

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    I am good at blocking my opponents view of lobs over my head when I am scrambling back to the baseline to get to the ball. I found if you stand right in front of it when it bounces there is no way the guy on the other side of net can see it. SO you can call it out whenever you want to... :)
     
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  7. tennis tom

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    My vision.
     
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  8. tennis tom

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    I also have x-ray vision so I can see through your protoplasm and know when you're cheating me on those baseline calls.
     
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  9. polski

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    I think I am mentally tougher than most people I play. Sure, I have a decent serve & pretty solid forehand. However, I like to play to win & I do that more often than not. I have accepted the fact that I make mistakes & I respect my physical limitations. I work as hard as I can to put myself in situations that I am comfortable with so that winning points, games, & matches isn't pressure filled.
     
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  10. Sherlock

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    My mental toughness and the spin on my shots, my forehand usually has my opponents hitting the ball above their shoulders, and yet I am still able to hit through the shot.
     
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  11. TnTBigman

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    My serve. I can go big flat or spin (straight and wide). I can also target a weekside (FH,BH, center choke) all match long. My return of serve is aggressive as well. In addition, in doubles, I can place very well, and come up with angles off of soft touches.
     
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  12. Polaris

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    I'd say my asset would be my flexibility on the backhand - topspin, slice and volleys are all in functioning order, and more stable than their forehand counterparts.

    BTW, these may be assets at the 4.0 level but a good 4.5 would basically kill me in spite of them.:)
     
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  13. r2473

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    Let me get this straight......you hit a penetrating shot (hit through the shot) that bounces above your opponents shoulders......but you are only a 4.0 player?

    I have to assume you are either not very consistent or your backhand is non-existent, because if you hit shots like that (at least as I envision these shots) you would have to be higher rated.
     
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    My serve (both 1st and second serve) and my speed on court.
     
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  15. anantak2k

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    one word : footwork
     
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    Initially: My size. Or lack thereof.

    I'm skinny as a rail. Opponents just don't expect Lil Ole Me to cover the net and court the way I do...or hit the serve as hard as I can, much less move it around like I like to.

    But more long-term: It's a mental thing. On court, I'm an optimist, never think I'm out of it until it's GSM...and deeply enjoy the strategy involved. I love frustrating my opponents both tactically and technically.

    The strokes? Eh, they could use some improvement but they're fairly reliable even if they're not necessarily impressive.
     
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  17. Annika

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    My best asset is my "third wind."
     
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    Sorry, my normal shot has a lot of spin. When I have time to set up I can hit a penetrating shot (which still has a good amount of spin but not as much). I'm working on that shot and still miss it sometimes, but it's coming.
     
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    My consistency, I can usually just win the first set by getting everything back deep with pace and spin and moving them a little.
    Then in the second set, when my strokes are more grooved, I go for a lot more.
     
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  20. tennis tom

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    Watch your language, there may be children present! Get back in your box and quit talking like a 5.0. If your not careful, before long, you'll be blurting out things like : "constructing points" and that could result in a ban.
     
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  21. 10sfreak

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    My biggest assets on court (hell, to be honest, my ONLY assets on the tennis court) are my speed and endurance. I don't have much of a serve, forehand is weak, and the backhand is non-existant. But, I can get to a lot of balls, and can do so for hours at a time...
     
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    LOL, yeah I guess it came out not how I was intending. I guess I meant it's not "just" a spinny shot but also goes through the court. It's not a heater by any means.

    But a lot of my opponents say how difficult it is to always be hitting shots from their shoulders when I play them, so I'd say that is one of my biggest assets.
     
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  23. Doubles

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    My serve is a good weapon, and I can win free points off of it, but the shot that really wins matches for me is my backhand. It's the most consistent shot in my arsenal...
     
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    Chicks dig me because I rarely wear underwear. And when I do it's usually something pretty imaginative.

    Serve, touch, disguise, turning defense into offense.

    I'm basically a cross between Bill Murray and Andy Murray.
     
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  25. dafox

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    to get a better assessment of your asset ask your coach or regular hitting partner
     
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  26. polski

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    I also have a great fist pump. Looks just like Tiger with a little less leg kick.
     
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  27. slice bh compliment

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    I'm pretty strong in the upper body (not just the legs), so I'm really good at climbing the stands to hug my entourage. It's usually a 10 foot chain link fence at the park nearby. I could just use one of two gates, but, man, I was inspired by Yannick Noah in 1983 and Pat Cash in 1987. I really think I've stepped it up. It's especially creepy now that I'm over 40.

    Oh, and I've gotten really good at air guitar after I make a trick shot (tweener, pirhouette high BH volley/oh). I go from a calm, intricate Edge vibe to more of a Pete Townshend, depending on the shot.

    Both of these have really been key elements in my game.
     
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  28. dizzlmcwizzl

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    I own the overhead which bounces over the fence on my opponents short lobs. I like go to that shot when I am in trouble.
     
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  29. thejuice

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    My serve. I'm a lefty that can place the ball really well and I have a nice, hard flat serve and a nice topspin second serve. I always get compliments on my serve and my service motion whether I win or lose.
     
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  30. Limpinhitter

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    Serve, first and second. For some, their serve is little more than a point starter. For me, it's a weapon. IMHO, the most important shots in tennis are (1) serve, and (2) return of serve. I spend significant time just practicing my serve. And, I get free points and weak returns in virtually every service game.
     
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  31. SlapShot

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    My serve.

    It's all I could really do during summers, because I didn't know many other people who played, so I learned how to hit big, and hit spots.

    Second to that would be my forehand right now - I'm able to hit with pace and spin coupled with confidence. It's not always the case, but it's feeling really good right now.
     
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  32. MNPlayer

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    Having hit with you recently, I agree with your assessment. :)
    Obviously all these skills are relative to our level, I think you have a pretty heavy forehand now for a 4.0, with above average consistency as well.
     
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  33. mtr1

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    My speed and determination, and my tweener/hotdog. Tennis should be fun, that's what I tell my hitting partner when he gets passed by one of my trickshots...... :)
     
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    I have a great "fist pump" as well. It rivals that of the cast of Jersey Shore.

    -Jon
     
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  35. GRANITECHIEF

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  36. nickarnold2000

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    That's some serious elevation! Are you guys using regular or pressure less balls?
     
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  37. Totai

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    I have no assets. Just a jack of all trades
     
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    Point construction; consistency; willingness and ability to chase down balls, retrieve and switch from defense to offense; topspin forehand and down the line 2-hander
     
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  39. GRANITECHIEF

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    We are using high altitude balls, which are slightly lower pressure. They are still very lively though!!

    Can anyone help me determine my greatest asset?
     
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  40. lonux

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    Everything involved with my backhand - especially consistency, down the line, and short angles.
     
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    In other words you are a pusher.
     
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  43. Pioneer

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    Ummmm, some of you may be confused but my greatest asset is having strokes that really resemble Safin's strokes even though I didn't copy his strokes when I was learning the game. Scares my opponent and gives a "pro" feel to my game. I'm really good at mental breakdowns too.
     
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  44. Spokewench

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    This is really sad - I'm not sure I have a greatest asset! Perhaps my backhand volley.
     
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    How is your racket smashing technique?
     
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    How is your vodka drinking?
     
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    My temperament!
     
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    My best asset is being able to get to [almost] every ball. Now what I do with it when I'm there is a different story.
     
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  49. nickarnold2000

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    I'd say your serve is a weapon and your willingness to attack short balls and take the net.
     
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    The fact that I honestly think I can beat anyone THIS GAME no matter how much better (younger, trimer, faster) they are than I. I'd call it an NFL cornerbacks mentality being able to forget the last point and play the current one.
     
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