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kiteboard 11-20-2012 04:47 PM

How to improve quickly.
 
Decide to.

make an agreement with yourself to work on serve and return, first strike.

Find good practice partners and treat them well.

make an agreement to get the reps you need to improve: consistency weapons sequences serving returning attacking net on short balls second serve speed and rpms

Lose weight if you need to.

Start split stepping.

Unit turn/coil early, before any ball bounces.

Use the non dominant hand/arm to point to the side fence after unit turning. It will solve a lot of problems, such as: coiling more, earlier preparation, more kinetic pathway.

Play down to get confidence.

Use practice to add and match play to subtract.

Uncoil faster.

Defend your contact point.

Master lull-jam-finish modes.

Learn to recognize quickly weaknesses of opponents.

Learn to protect your own.

Video tape your self to check on form. Buy a gohero pro camera at about $279. HIgh quality fps and easily edited.

Shadow swing.

Use a flex bar to increase endurance and speed/coiling and to prevent tennis elbow injuries.

Practice to improve.

Play for it, instead of the victory only.

Feel no fear.

Feel the ball, and realize in pressure, it's all about feel without fear.

Change your string and frame to match your style.

Realize that in match play, it will always come down to: who holds more, wins more second serve points, and who breaks more, and wins more second serve points.

Decide to become faster on unit turns and preparation/coil/uncoils.

Let low balls come closer and attack high balls farther out.

When returning, gauge your contact point off the sidelines in front.

One lunge step only.

Decide where to hit returns ahead of serve.

Decide where to serve ahead of time.

Use all types of spin and pace against opponents to see what they don't like.

FrisbeeFool 11-20-2012 10:07 PM

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Originally Posted by kiteboard (Post 7026946)
Decide to.


Let low balls come closer and attack high balls farther out.

When returning, gauge your contact point off the sidelines in front.

Decide where to hit returns ahead of serve.

What?? Decide where to hit your return before your opponent serves? Are you kidding me? I understand maybe trying to target your opponents weaknesses if you have the opportunity, but on your returns a lot of it is just reacting to the shot you're returning. Being so doctrinaire and mechanical about everything is a recipe for unforced errors.

Why would you let low balls come in closer? Move in and take it out in front of you before it gets too low.

boramiNYC 11-20-2012 10:12 PM

lots of good info. now how to do that quickly pls..

kiteboard 11-20-2012 10:13 PM

And net it. Your arm will force you to be on top of the ball on a low ball too far out front. YOu have to be able to decide where you are going to return to, and be able to hit either dtl or cc off both sides no matter what serve is coming in.

Say Chi Sin Lo 11-20-2012 10:14 PM

What the hell is this, a poem for the sport of tennis?

kiteboard 11-20-2012 10:15 PM

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Originally Posted by boramiNYC (Post 7027230)
lots of good info. now how to do that quickly pls..

Lots of reps, only clear ones. Most are not quick enough to play this game well. Or learn well. Or change. Or add. Or subtract.

The key is finding good partners to work with who are willing to cooperate.

The key is knowing what to work on.

The key is knowing what tension you like, what frame, what string.

The key is being able to decide something during a match and then making it come true.

It's like blowing out a birthday cake candle. Simple, mindless, unconscious, only a breath. Just imagine beautiful mindless smile you will have on your face when you win. Use visualization and creativity.

kiteboard 11-20-2012 10:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Say Chi Sin Lo (Post 7027234)
What the hell is this, a poem for the sport of tennis?

It's only a poem if you do it. Then it's poetry in motion. The zone. A thoughtless beauty, whose only purpose is to serve you and make you happy.

That's what this list is.

A thoughtless beauty.

5263 11-20-2012 10:21 PM

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Originally Posted by FrisbeeFool (Post 7027228)
What?? Decide where to hit your return before your opponent serves? Are you kidding me?

A lot of coaches advocate this and many players seem to thrive with it.

I never liked it or did well with it in my game though. I like to be more instinctive
with it.

kiteboard 11-20-2012 10:23 PM

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Originally Posted by 5263 (Post 7027250)
A lot of coaches advocate this and many players seem to thrive with it.

I never liked it or did well with it in my game though. I like to be more instinctive
with it.

I can do it if I have enough reps in practice. And the server is not a strong one. Then I can put the ball anywhere. I've had people say, "I've never seen returns like that." It's like hitting a return ace. Why is that not a statistic? Very satisfying to be able to control returns so well that they hold only half the time.

frenzy 11-21-2012 07:10 AM

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Originally Posted by 5263 (Post 7027250)
A lot of coaches advocate this and many players seem to thrive with it.

I never liked it or did well with it in my game though. I like to be more instinctive
with it.

It's a mental technique, imaginary. I learned this technique from the book Smart Tennis and putting it into practice on serves. It's just part of the preparation of your shot.

Ps: The more you do it , the more options you can create and the faster you decide and visualize (even just a few milliseconds before the shot). I am now in the phase neutralize the server when it's big, attack on the opposite corner on server where I have more time. Try to practice, you'll it pays off :).

gmatheis 11-21-2012 07:25 AM

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Originally Posted by FrisbeeFool (Post 7027228)
What?? Decide where to hit your return before your opponent serves? Are you kidding me? I understand maybe trying to target your opponents weaknesses if you have the opportunity, but on your returns a lot of it is just reacting to the shot you're returning. Being so doctrinaire and mechanical about everything is a recipe for unforced errors.

Why would you let low balls come in closer? Move in and take it out in front of you before it gets too low.

I was playing some pickup doubles and my partner kept telling me when he was going to go down the line with his service return. I almost told him not to predetermine his return shot ... but then just kep quiet as it was more of a fun game than a competitive one.

5263 11-21-2012 07:43 AM

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Originally Posted by frenzy (Post 7027602)
It's a mental technique, imaginary. I learned this technique from the book Smart Tennis and putting it into practice on serves. It's just part of the preparation of your shot.

Ps: The more you do it , the more options you can create and the faster you decide and visualize (even just a few milliseconds before the shot). I am now in the phase neutralize the server when it's big, attack on the opposite corner on server where I have more time. Try to practice, you'll it pays off :).

I use it time for training, but would not use it in a match. No way I'm going to
try to force a ball to a spot if that is not where it needs to go. When I predetermine,
it tends to narrow my options, which may be good for some, but not in my best
interest. When the ball comes, I see things and it is clear for me where the ball
should go.

I don't agree in principle, so I wouldn't want to go in that direction. Maybe it helps
someone if they are not seeing the right options in real time?

bhallic24 11-21-2012 07:52 AM

get a serve like raonic. that'll take u up a few levels stat. like from a 3.0 to a 5.0.

kiteboard 11-21-2012 07:55 AM

If you happen to be 6'5" AND A GENETIC FREAK. He used a stock kblade strung with m2pro at 43/44 or 45/47 at IW.

Roforot 11-21-2012 07:56 AM

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Originally Posted by kiteboard (Post 7026946)
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Master lull-jam-finish modes.

When returning, gauge your contact point off the sidelines in front.

One lunge step only.
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Editted to the aphorisms I didn't fully understand? How does one use the sidelines to guage contact point of serve?

sunof tennis 11-21-2012 08:40 AM

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Originally Posted by kiteboard (Post 7027251)
I can do it if I have enough reps in practice. And the server is not a strong one. Then I can put the ball anywhere. I've had people say, "I've never seen returns like that." It's like hitting a return ace. Why is that not a statistic? Very satisfying to be able to control returns so well that they hold only half the time.

I usally do it hypothetically. If I get a forehand, I am going to do X, or I think if comes to my backhand, I will do y.

akamc 11-21-2012 10:49 AM

What the heck is a lull-jam-finish mode?

LeeD 11-21-2012 11:07 AM

"decide where to hit returns ahead of serve"...
Definitely something any good player should do.
Sure, you cannot possibly hit every return to the area you want.
BUT, you will now have a preconcieved target, with some room for error in either direction.
Some of you would be to day...hit up the middle. Well, that's basic 3.0-3.5 level returns, isn't it?
Why do you try to return serves? Most people, to neutralized the server's advantage. So hit to his weaker side, or the side you can handle his shots from.

kiteboard 11-22-2012 08:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Roforot (Post 7027669)
Editted to the aphorisms I didn't fully understand? How does one use the sidelines to guage contact point of serve?

Lull energy: It is felt internally as a “no miss” energy, a slower speed, low risk, lower speed of racquet and shot. It’s the, “put your opponent to sleep” shots with 2-5’ high net clearance and medium spin and your version of a medium mental attack. It feels as if you are projecting your thumb across the net onto the forehead of your opponent and managing him with that thumb. Is putting your opponent to sleep and moving him around just enough to allow him to beat himself without much pressure on your part. The French players are expert at this, Simon and Monfils, while Gasquet and Chardy are expert at finishing modes. The lull master keeps his shots out of the middle of the court, yet near the sidelines without taking risk.
Jam energy: It’s energy that jams your opponent’s timing. Heavy top spin, heavy pace, heavy slice, great drop shots, great kick serves, great flat shots that skid, any shot that changes the height, or depth, or pace radcially after the ball bounces, is jam energy. Even no pace slow balls are jammers. It’s a transition energy, that is higher risk and faster in nature. It is felt inside your body as a higher speed, higher risk application of spin and speed/depth/height change. Even drop shots have to be disguised quickly. This energy changes the speed of the ball radically or the direction or the height just after the ball bounces, and it’s this “radical change” which jams internal opponent rhythm. It’s as if you are jamming a spike into his body and causing his energy to jam. Psyches are also used to jam.
Finish energy: The riskiest type of energy. It’s low net clearance, high speed or high touch. It’s simply higher risk, put the ball away. Some of those bursts are finish based: they are clean winners. This applies to drop shots as well as flat or angled winners. This is lower net clearance, higher risk, higher stick speed shot. There are psychological components of each of these energies as well as the physical incoming shot.
Mastering the energies requires the ability to master both psych and body energy.
DEFEND THE BODY CLOCK INTERNAL SPEED Blazing fast Cheetah feet, and drunken monkey upper torso.
There are two internal body clock/engines running us at all times, an upper body engine and a lower body engine which are fueled by our energy types at all times. Our mental unit turn tells us to kill a shot, or push a shot, or jam a shot, or lull a shot, and the feet are on board if moving quickly in a martial arts, choppy way, and the upper body is on board if moving fluidly in a whip snapping relaxed way.
When the feet slow down, your clock/engine jams up. When the engine running your torso slows down and there is no fluid coil and no load to your shots.... If the incoming shot upsets your timing, it has succeeded. Most of the time when we make errors it’s due to a bad coil, or failure to maintain contact point. Both of these are caused by energy flow into our bodies.
The body clock is jammed when one or both of the bodies’ engines slows down . They have to be running at the same speed, a fast one, no matter what incoming shot! You have to defend your body clock speed just as you defend your contact point, regardless of incoming shots.
DEFEND THE CONTACT POINT, THE ARC YOUR ARM MAKES IN FRONT OF YOU.
Keep the engine speeds high and defend the contact point in front of you. Most errors are either coil errors, or contact point errors. Both are more commonly made in a transition from one mode to the next mode, lull to jam to finish. Most transition errors are made due to slow reactions and jammed engines. We are trained to hit the ball the same distance in front of us, no matter what the incoming shot. That causes a huge amount of mistakes. The correct contact point is not straight wall up/down in front of you. It varies according to the incoming shot’s height. It is shaped like an arced curve. This arc is determined by your own length of arm. Higher incoming shots have to be struck more out front, and lower shots are allowed into the body more before striking your own outgoing shot, due to the length of your own arm. If you place your arm straight out, eye level high, and let it drop, that is the arc you are defending on contact, both at net and on ground. If you use the same contact point on a low ball that you use on a medium high ball, you will net it. If you use the same contact point on a high ball that you use on a medium ball, you will hit it late and go out long. Our best contact point is when our arm is barred out front so the wrist can be locked at contact for maximum consistency, and that point is determined by the incoming shot’s height. Another facet of contact point is the spot in the string bed. It has to be in the right place in the bed. If too low, or too high, the strings are too short, their frequency level of rebound is too high, and there is not enough control. Some like to strike the ball high up, such as 3rd cross down from top. Some like it in the middle, 10th cross down. Most are inbetween.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE UNIT TURN AND THE SPLIT STEP
Edberg came into net almost sitting down in his split. That gave him quicker lateral movement. Murray will go 6”-9" up in the air on his split. So did Chang and Hewitt. Players with the biggest or widest most extreme splits, often have the best defense/better foot work/quicker feet, ie, Chang, Hewitt, Sanchez vicario, Nadal, Murray, etc.. The split step affects the unit turn so profoundly. Ever notice how wide Djokovic stands while returning serve? It’s a full shoulder width and a half. So do all top returners, wider than anyone else. The advanced split step will point one foot to the side fence (the same side the ball is heading towards) and plant the other foot pointing towards the net, perpendicular to each other. This advanced split step causes a faster unit turn, because the turned foot pivots the upper body when that pivoted foot lands. When the pointed foot lands, it forces a faster unit turn, a faster decision on which shot you are going to hit. Turning sideways faster is a strategy is all about removing time from the unit turn, deciding ahead of time which shots to hit, so you don’t have to waste time thinking about it during the point, and to at the same time to force your opponent to spend more time reacting and thinking! Your mental unit turn has to be just as practiced and polished as the physical, and your decision on which energy type to use has to be automatic: lull-jam-finish. That is the decision of which energy to use, lull, jam, or finish, and how deep and hard and high the shot will be.

PRACTICE SEQUENCES
Typical combinations are: two lull shots, two jam shots, and two finish shots.
The physical unit turn is the only thing all top pros have in common. It’s the mental unit turn and their mastery over the three energy types that separates the very top from the next tier down.

When returning, spot a sideline or the lines in the service box. Use those to time your contact point, ie, if going cc in ad, use doubles alley line to be just behind your contact pt. for a cc bh return.
One lunge step refers to the one step you should take during returns if forced to reach.

Power Player 11-22-2012 08:15 AM

I plan my serve returns as well. I faced a lot of serve and volley players in my day though. I don't find it odd to do this. I have broken serves by returning the ball to the same spot against certain players.


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