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    Demand to serve properly

    This came up in a doubles match, two players were big 6 footers with huge serves and even the other guy gave it a decent wallop, all struggled to hold serve. Endless deuces and many breaks. I held easily by just bowling the serve in a half arsed manner. It was slow even by my standards and they...
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    Toss problems, no dominate arm

    I am one of those people who struggle with their toss. I have been practising it and still couldn't get it. Left with aching, so I tried with the right. Ten tosses all in the right place, I am wondering if i don't have the control in my non-dominant arm. Maybe i should learn to serve left handed?
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    How to play a double first server?

    I was stuck playing one of these, my least favourite opponent. Basically he hits two first serves, his ground shots are massive flat winner aimed at the line or super aggressive net play with very tight angles. It all or nothing. I have seen this guy lose a set 0-6 in a blizzard of double faults...
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    Beat a junkballer

    OK it was 6-4, 6-4, so hardly a crushing win but the guy has given me trouble in the past and I'm only a 3.5 level player at best. Anyway I thought I would share how I actually managed to win, when this sort of player troubled me in the past. By junkballer, I mean the sort of player who loves...
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    the rule on nonchalance

    I know this is bizarre but it came up a doubles match. I will admit I have quite a causal playing style especially at the net. This is mainly because I am not a great volleyer, so I will causally prod the ball at our opponents and hope they will miss. Plus I am a natural introvert, so I am not...
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    Dealing with left handed slice on the forehand side

    I was finding this incredibly frustrating to deal with when facing a left handed server. He put allot of slice on the ball when serving to the side I was playing on, the deuce side. It was coming in fast and low. I couldn't read which side it was arriving from and it kept jamming me up on the...
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    Hitting two second serves

    I basically hit two spin serves, sometimes with a bit of slice to make it turn but always with topspin. I basically did this to cut out double faulting, my first service just being a flatter topspin serve. One surprising result of this is number of free points I am getting on serve, most people...
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    inconsistant level of play

    I was feeling quite smug because I managed to beat one of the better players at the club 6-4 and then a pusher 6-0. Basically it was one set and change opponents. The first guy was not happy to lose. However I have done this before and then the next time I have played I have been my normal...
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    Stronger backhand than forehand

    I have been working on my double hander and I think I have got to the point were it is the more dangerous side. My forehand has more spin and shot tolerance, but my backhand is flatter and I can find angles with it I just can't with the forehand. What is weird is my opponents continue to attack...
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    Respect your opponents

    This thread came from playing on the next court to a couple of players I know at my club. One of them is a deceptive player who looks worse than he actually is. He hits flat low bouncing shots, combined with short slices, great foot speed and a low bouncing serve. Having played him I know he is...
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    Deep returning position

    I have started returning from a really deep position, 6 feet behind the baseline, sometimes even further back. It gives me more time to react and allows me to take a swing at the ball. Basically I aim to get it nice and deep; resetting the point. So far I have been fast enough to run down...
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    How to deal with bad manners on court

    Basically I am talking about the following: 1)Using warmups to hit winners 2)Quick serving, giving no time to clear ball, get set for return, move into position for shorter second serve 3)Returning serves that are obviously out 4)Late service calls, opponent calling serve after they have seen...
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    Generating own pace, lighter racket

    i have switched to 100 square inch pure drive. Cold damp day, ball really not moving and getting increasingly frustrated about inability to generate any pace. So I switched to an old cheap oversized light racket. it was like being given a rocket launcher compared to the heavier bat, I could...
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    Less stiff but similar to babolat aero

    I bought a cheap old Babaolat Aero tour on ****, alas it is so stiff it knackering my arm, but I can't go back to my ancient Head tritech. When I did I marveled that I had ever got a ball back with it, it just flies off in comparison. I love the spin the Aero generates, the ability it gives me...
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    Can I play without a first serve?

    I have been working on my ball toss, which has been getting lower and lower. This has also altered my service action, if I hit a serve without thinking and just an easy action. I end up with something like a slice serve, but with a higher bounce. Whatever serve I hit has side spin and bends. I...
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    low level north south tennis rut

    The new trend in my part of the world is no longer classic pushers, for us poor souls trapped in low level tennis. It is for every ball to be sliced low into the service box by your opponent, forcing you forward. I use to think i hated this, because i lost, but i won one match 7-5, 6-0 and took...
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    String tension affect on power

    There was a cheap Babolat Aero on ****, since I only have 20 year old Head rackets, so I thought I would treat myself. It came strung with what look like lux big bangers at a very high tension. Higher than I have ever played at. I assumed that was the correct setup for the racket. I couldn't...
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    Service yips

    My serve has never been great, but now it is comically bad. Yips is the best word for it, like golfers get. I lose control of the toss, to a comic extent, much worse than I ever use to. Tossing way to the left, backwards, anywhere really. Of course the more I try to correct it, the more tense I...
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    Fixing things by swinging harder

    My game has been a bit of a mess recently, backhand failed, forehand a shadow of what it was. Lots of misses, caught flat footed balls going long and in the net. The serve just turned into a complete mess. I been trying to fixes things by being more careful, slow, deliberate, keep the ball in...
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    Players calling balls before they have landed.

    This is an issue I am finding with my second serve. I hit a topspin serve, which is a bit unusual at my level, at least at the club I play at. Most dolly it, hit a slice or a depowered first serve. It can clear the net by several feet, yet land in and I am finding some of my opponents are...
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    Why don't players get how to warmup/rally?

    This is one of my pet hates and came up again today. Agreed to hit a few practice rallies with someone who couldn't serve due to injury. So I feed the ball down the middle, what I get in return is balls nailed into the corner, drop shots, winners hit flat onto the baseline, lobs when I come in...
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    Forehand went walkabout, muscle memory

    I lost the ability to hit a forehand, I know that sounds bizarre, I was wondering if it has happened to anyone else. I spent an evening playing doubles, mainly on the backhand side. So all volleys, serves and backhands. All with a continental grip. Then I had to hit a few forehands with a...
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    How much of a disadvantage is it using an inferior racket?

    I have always been a been cynical about rackets, stick famous players face on label, add 100 quid to price. So I play with hand me down rackets and stuff from charity shops. Never bothered checking the quality level. Now I have been struggling against players I use to own who have top of the...
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    Calling serves based on the quality of return

    Basically I was playing a guy at singles who called out first serves in if he hit a good return. I know in theory this shouldn't be a problem, but I found it distracting, because I can see the serve was clearly long and it put me off the rest of the point. To be honest I wasn't sure if I was...
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    Playing double first servers

    By this I mean the sort of player who hits both serves as a massively hard first serve. There are two players like this at my club and I hate playing them. It isn't just the serve, they hit everything at maximum, take a huge swing on every ball. So there shots are flat baseline finding rockets...
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    Beating junkballers/pusher with steadiness

    Like most 3.0-3.5 level players my holy grail has been to actually beat junkballer/pushers consistently. Generally watching in horror as my best shots had about as much effect as a peashooter against a tank, before loosing. I have tried simply blasting them off the court, sometimes works, but...
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    How to return a good left handed serve

    Playing doubles with one of the opposite team a tall lefty. He can muscle a pacey flat serve, but the really tricky one is the slice. I have never seen a ball turn that much on a tennis court. I couldn't return one of his serve, because I ran out of space. The damn thing hit the wall before I...
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    Patterns to hit through pushers

    I have been pushing allot, but playing another pusher I was simply couldn't be bothered with 30 shots prodding rallies. So thought f**k it, hit everything hard and go home early. Much to my surprise I won 6-2 6-2, playing very aggressively. Looking back, I think what made the difference is I...
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    Top tip, stop trying to win the warmup

    This is my absolute biggest hate in tennis, idiots who treat the warmup as a match. Had one today, warming up down the lines in doubles. I give him a rally feed, he hits a big high kicking topspin shot onto the line. Oh he over hit it, so another feed, same result. Except this time he loses...
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    The temptation of pushing

    The big flaw in my game is my pitiful slow weak serve. It gets destroyed by virtually everyone I play. However as a result I have got quite good at digging out miracle defensive shots, as returns are blasted into the the corner or at my feet. Loosing a match I decided to take the next logical...
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