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Strategy 12-24-2012 05:51 PM

If you could go back in time and give yourself ONE tennis tip...
 
If you could go back in time when you were just learning and tell yourself ONE tennis tip that would make your life so much easier and really improve your game much faster, what would it be?


Also, please don't post things like "practice more" lol. I'm more looking for technical skills, like rotating shoulders when hitting a forehand, etc

v-verb 12-24-2012 06:00 PM

relaxed wrist - lay the wrist back on the forehand and backhand, swing fast - not hard - on the serve

Cheetah 12-24-2012 06:18 PM

footwork.
watch the ball.
relax.

The Meat 12-24-2012 06:21 PM

Listen to your coach more attentively when you were a junior.

Head Pegger 12-24-2012 06:25 PM

Spin for the win.

firepanda 12-24-2012 06:26 PM

I'd switch me to double-handed backhand and left-handed straight away. I'm very much sinistrous, but I started out righthanded with 1HBH, which... didn't end well. When I was 8, I stopped taking group lessons and my Dad took the opportunity to make me southpaw, 2HBH, continental serve, western forehand.

sureshs 12-24-2012 06:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Strategy (Post 7077995)
If you could go back in time when you were just learning and tell yourself ONE tennis tip that would make your life so much easier and really improve your game much faster, what would it be?


Also, please don't post things like "practice more" lol. I'm more looking for technical skills, like rotating shoulders when hitting a forehand, etc

It is one tip at a time at a certain stage, but no single tip for everything.

boramiNYC 12-24-2012 06:39 PM

learn how the mind and body work. that's the foundation.

floridatennisdude 12-24-2012 07:27 PM

Self: lose some weight

Self: go f yourself

I need a new coach. This didn't pan out.

corbind 12-24-2012 07:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by floridatennisdude (Post 7078120)
Self: lose some weight

Self: go f yourself

I need a new coach. This didn't pan out.

You need a new coach now?

Headshotterer 12-24-2012 09:27 PM

keep the eye on the ball until it crosses the net

SystemicAnomaly 12-24-2012 10:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Headshotterer (Post 7078200)
keep the eye on the ball until it crosses the net

Don't understand this. Are you talking about an incoming ball or an outgoing ball? A better mantra would be, "keep your head still and eyes fixed on the contact zone for (nearly) all of the forward/upward swing" for an incoming ball.

Mick 12-24-2012 10:24 PM

don't try to copy exactly a pro's stroke. Implement what's good about that stroke into your own stroke.

CCH4TENNIS 12-25-2012 12:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Strategy (Post 7077995)
If you could go back in time when you were just learning and tell yourself ONE tennis tip that would make your life so much easier and really improve your game much faster, what would it be?


Also, please don't post things like "practice more" lol. I'm more looking for technical skills, like rotating shoulders when hitting a forehand, etc

Find the ball by stalking it moved my tennis to another level :-)

ShoeShiner 12-25-2012 02:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Mick (Post 7078227)
don't try to copy exactly a pro's stroke. Implement what's good about that stroke into your own stroke.

Same as Mick's. :-?

Logic Dude 12-25-2012 04:21 AM

Either switch to lefty or get excellent footwork from the start.

mikeler 12-25-2012 07:37 AM

I'm fairly close to ambidextrous, so I wish I had started out left handed.

My current tennis tip to myself today would be "Stop hitting so many drop shots!"

slowfox 12-25-2012 08:51 AM

Footwork comes first; the stroke is last.

Muppet 12-25-2012 08:54 AM

I used to tell myself this in the 90s, and now you've reminded me.

"Be the ball."

ATP100 12-25-2012 09:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Strategy (Post 7077995)
If you could go back in time when you were just learning and tell yourself ONE tennis tip that would make your life so much easier and really improve your game much faster, what would it be?


Also, please don't post things like "practice more" lol. I'm more looking for technical skills, like rotating shoulders when hitting a forehand, etc

Take more time off.


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