|04-19-2011, 05:24 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: The Base Line
Hey guys it's about my 2nd year of tennis now and I'm still getting use to everything.
I'm currently playing Varsity singles #2 and I got there by just staying at the
baseline and bashing the ball with topspin... The season started not to long
ago and I've been playing some decent players with mediocre form but they
know how to set up points and just destroy me. The only times I win are
during my serves and when they get an unforced error. I almost always hit
deep and try to drag the person around the court. I approach the net only
when I hit to there backhands and well my volleys are really consistent but
I'm not placing them in the right places because they usually get to every
single one of them and end the point. Oh and it may sound like I'm just
dinking the balls but I'm actually hitting with fairly good pace and I think
majority of the people use my pace to an advantage if that makes sense?
Well I just want to understand point constructing and learn how to start
winning more points by setting up the opponent instead of waiting for an
unforced error. Thanks in advance guys!!
|04-19-2011, 05:35 PM||#4|
Join Date: Dec 2008
They hit to a weak spot, position themselves to hit a stronger forcing shot, and work the opponent.
When they rally on defense, they hit slightly CC to allow themselves smallest baseline to cover.
When they approach net, the smart ones go DTL deep. The dummies go CC short.
They get their first serves IN on important points.
They get their returns IN on important points.
And once in a while, against rabbit retrievers, they go BEHIND their opponents.
|04-19-2011, 05:58 PM||#5|
Join Date: Feb 2011
Also know your opponent. Try various shots and see his ability to return low slice balls, high topspin balls, net play against a drop shot, footwork and court coverage. It's classic strategies to attack the backhand and work the corners.
|04-19-2011, 08:44 PM||#6|
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Join Date: Sep 2010
It sounds like you need to start coming up with some strategies for constructing points. However it's really hard for anyone to give you advice because it really depends what your weapons are and where you want to take your chances.
Do you have a forehand that you feel confident in and a decent backhand? Then there are some strategies for using those. A good basic play is to pound cross court backhands to your opponent's backhand. When you get a short ball run around your backhand and go for the big forehand up the line for the winner. However if your backhand isn't so strong or consistent, or you don't feel comfortable going for the big forehand, then this play is probably not for you.
You mentioned about coming in. Waiting for a short ball and coming is a classic aggressive play, but you need to be able to put away the volley to make this work and it sounds like that is an area where you need to do some work (keep that racquet out in front of you, volleys are about angles and the angles are better the further out front you take the ball). Also you'll want to figure out how aggressive you want to be with the approach. There's the "steriod approach" a la Agassi where you're trying to do a lot of damage on the approach and expecting no return or at best a very weak return. Or there's the more classic approach shot where you're trying to keep the ball deep and low and using it to set-up a volley that will be a winner.
Can you tell us more about your game and your preferences?
|04-20-2011, 06:20 AM||#7|
Join Date: Oct 2006
For the relatively brief amount of time you've been playing, I'm impressed with how much awareness you've gathered in terms of what's going on in your matches. Keep up the good work, amigo. You're doing many things right so far.
Umm... okay, let's talk about your return of serve. You've got to practice that shot. You can simply have hitting partners at practice or whatever hit serves to you from up at their service line. That lets them send you lots of balls without wearing out and you get to work on one of the most important shots in the game. If you want to break an opponent's serve, you absolutely have to build a decent return.
Keep in mind that your return doesn't need to be a rock star blast, at least right away. It must be consistent, but it can completely neutralize a server if you can just place it nice and deep within several feet of the baseline. Then, if you use your tactic of dragging the other guy around the court once you've taken control like that, you may give servers more trouble.
I'm psyched to hear that you're going to the net here and there. Keep honing those skills and you'll have more weapons at your disposal than if you simply cling to the baseline. From what I'm hearing, your volley technique might benefit from some instruction so that you can effectively punch the ball through open space and really take charge up front.
It's great that you know enough to approach behind a shot to an opponent's weaker side. The keys to getting to the net in good shape include moving in behind an opponent's short ball and placing your approach shot nice and deep, no matter where you hit it.
If you can't hit to an opponent's weaker side, you can also effectively approach the net behind a shot that gets the other guy scrambling out of position. Want to learn to energize your volleys with better footwork? Practice hitting some balls at the net while holding your racquet up on the throat. That can help you to make a more deliberate move through the ball with your feet - that's where a volley's energy lives.