2024 GOALS

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
In continuation of the yearly goals thread, I will start with a review of last year's goals of mine and what I plan for this year.

Here is the link to the 2022 GOALS thread.
Here is the link to the 2023 GOALS thread.

2023 GOALS were:
#1 Maybe finally get down to 175lbs, but need to stay under 190lbs at least.
  • Trying to go 50/50 in 4.0 league this next seasons, matches already start this next Wednesday!
  • Play a few USTA league singles matches again (been dubs for this last year)
  • increase training and conditioning
  • Get my 5 mile run back down under 50 minutes, last attempt was over an hour.
  • Move one year closer to retirement

As mentioned in the 2023 wrap-up, I had more than my fair share of personal challenges that kept me from being able to accomplish much this last year, but as of now, December, things are easing up a bit, so let's just call '23 a bust and look positively on '24

2024 GOALS
  • Drop about 20 lbs by end of February.
  • Play some UTR or other local tournaments, singles and dubs.
  • Flexibility - get back to doing 1 minute hangs twice a day, building to 2 minute hangs. More yoga!
  • Prep better for retirement, depending on economic factors.
  • More overlanding trips with the wife to explore the west.
  • Continue to help others, but start getting more of my own life back.

So what about YOU!
 

alexio

G.O.A.T.
i hope at euro24 final.. the match wont be boring and at least one of those goals will be really great and beautiful
 

nyta2

Hall of Fame
1. maintain my shiny new ntrp5.0 bump, by getting my *singles* utr up to ~9+ (might be a couple year goal presuming my body holds up.. just in time for 55's!)
2. continue to attack all 4 pillars of fitness (strength, agility/balance, cardio, flexibility).. but be more regimented about it... reach goals:
--strength: muscle up, pistol squats, planche
--balance/agility: giboard drills? single leg plyos? handstand? stardrill? etc...
--cardio: 6m mile?
--flex: split? chest2knees-pike?
3. side hustle and/or career pivot
 

Vox Rationis

Professional
1. Get below 175lbs and maintain it
2. Win a 5.0 match
3. Play in sectionals: 4.5mens, 8.0 mixed, or 9.0 mixed.
4. Continue to improve. Next step of my game mostly involves footwork, fitness, and focus. But also improving my timing could take me right up to the top of 4.5.
That was from 2022 because I didn't do a 2023 one, but I achieved pretty much all of those in the last two years. I got below 175 and haven't been back over that since. We went to mixed sectionals. And I've dramatically improved those 3 Fs. I technically even beat a 5.0 rated player in singles this year although he is certainly more of a good 4.5 and will probably be rated as such soon.

2024 goals:
1. Get to UTR 8
2. Win 4.5 districts
3. Win sectionals: 9.0 mixed or Tri-level... 4.5 men's would be extremely unlikely even if we made it there
4. Be a contributing player at sectionals: I wasn't much help in 2022
5. Play at nationals: shoot for the moon, right?
6. Apply for new job opportunities to progress in my career
7. Get under 15% body fat. After the work I've put in since 2022 I'm probably not too far off. But I'm at a point where I have to set a health goal other than weight loss.
8. Add and maintain stretching to my lifestyle.
 

Moon Shooter

Hall of Fame
Ok I can just copy and paste from the 2022. (See below) The only goals I actually achieved were getting a rating and videoing myself so I can see how bad I play.

I pretty much have the same goals this year except add improve a backhand and try to learn how to hit a drop shot.


Main tennis goals would be serve and serve receive! My whole game needs work but I think these are the worst part of my game now and will give me the most bang for the buck - especially in doubles.

I also want to work on my reaction time both at the net and baseline. I am not getting younger so I better train the muscle memory now or never.

I am also working on getting a better control racquet that I can swing fully with and get a good groove going. I think I found it with the head extreme tour. Its not exactly a control racquet but it is compared to the heavily weighted head ti s6 I was using until last week.

I also want to get some rated matches so I can get a sense of how good I am and then can see if I can improve my rating/tennis ability.

I don't care if I win or lose matches because I just want to learn/improve and I learn/improve just as much from lost matches as from matches I win. I will try my best and not worry about things I can't control.

I want to continue to have fun playing tennis.

I want to video more matches so I can see what I need to work on.

I also want to pay my bills and hopefully have some left over to put in retirement so I don't have to work until I drop dead.
 

Kochua

New User
Goals are always good, here's a few for next year:

Technical:
  • Develop a more consistent takeback and contact point on groundstrokes. Prioritize net clearance and depth, eventually work more on directional control.
  • Be more aggressive on attackable balls.
  • Achieve a basic level of competence at putting away easy volleys and overheads.
  • Develop a slice first serve option to add to my flat one. Begin serving to targets (instead of just the box).
  • Add spin and pace to second serve (as of now mostly slice). Eventually, consider specifically developing a kick serve and/or aiming to a more specific target than the whole box.
  • Improve overall serve consistency by keeping motion as simple and functional as possible.
Other:
  • Meet good folks and enjoy getting to play tennis.
  • Be competitive at 4.0 and approach 4.5 level (and/or UTR 7) by end of year.
 

Jst21121

Rookie
Tennis Goals:

1) Kick Serve

Workout Goals:

1) Another Ironman

Personal goals;

1) Keep compounding money in the stock market. 2023 has been my best year in % gains.
 

ktx

Professional
My goal is as usual to work on fitness for tennis. I usually prefer to play instead of workout, but this winter I have been playing much less so I need to make up for it somehow. I also would like to improve my singles mental toughness and get better at shot selection.
 

Jono123

Semi-Pro
  • Commit my OHBH technique to muscle memory
  • Continue to develop my serve
  • Use more TS on my FH (less strain on the arm)
  • Stay injury free
  • Maintain strength & fitness and do yoga once a week.
  • Drink less ( got to have a stretch target)
 

PhxRacket

Hall of Fame
It looks like coaching responsibilities will increase three fold so my list is tempered by time;

I would like to mitigate injury by increasing mobility, strengthening problem areas on my body, and being more mindful of recovery. I would like to play in tournaments and such. League play is impossible as I often have coaching responsibilities stretching into the 8 pm hour.
 

cks

Hall of Fame
2024 Goals

Very similar to my 2023 goal list.

  1. Continue weekly lessons & play 3-4 times per week.
    • weekly lesson 1 hour
    • weekly match. Can be singles or doubles. stay on the local ladder.
    • 2+ per week practice/hitting sessions with folks who want to drill and groove shots
    • Play USTA league: Singles and doubles
  2. Stay injury free
  3. Improve to the top of my 3.5 team.
    • I'm currently in the middle of the 3.5 band of my team.
  4. Improve my first serve.
    • with spin, placement, and power in that order.
    • start to consistently hold serve for singles and doubles.
  5. Health and Fitness
    • Lose 20 lbs.
    • Start running/jogging again.
 

MacEnborg

New User
In continuation of the yearly goals thread, I will start with a review of last year's goals of mine and what I plan for this year.

Here is the link to the 2022 GOALS thread.
Here is the link to the 2023 GOALS thread.

2023 GOALS were:


As mentioned in the 2023 wrap-up, I had more than my fair share of personal challenges that kept me from being able to accomplish much this last year, but as of now, December, things are easing up a bit, so let's just call '23 a bust and look positively on '24

2024 GOALS
  • Drop about 20 lbs by end of February.
  • Play some UTR or other local tournaments, singles and dubs.
  • Flexibility - get back to doing 1 minute hangs twice a day, building to 2 minute hangs. More yoga!
  • Prep better for retirement, depending on economic factors.
  • More overlanding trips with the wife to explore the west.
  • Continue to help others, but start getting more of my own life back.

So what about YOU!
Same goals as always. Have fun and don’t hurt myself…again.
 

Roforot

Hall of Fame
wondering if I should resolve to stick w one racquet the whole year… I love my prestige tour but then I think of playing 2 or 3 matches in a day for a tournament and I wonder if I should use something that will swing easier at the end of the day.
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
wondering if I should resolve to stick w one racquet the whole year… I love my prestige tour but then I think of playing 2 or 3 matches in a day for a tournament and I wonder if I should use something that will swing easier at the end of the day.

I remember when some of our local college kids were first getting set up they chose the Wilson Pro Staff, but the RF version. Yeah, amazing plow through and stability with that weight, but most had arm issues within weeks of having to practice daily and play several matches as well. And when I was coaching, I got a TiS6 to feed balls cuz it was light and springy as heck, so little wear or effort. lol.
 

Roforot

Hall of Fame
I remember when some of our local college kids were first getting set up they chose the Wilson Pro Staff, but the RF version. Yeah, amazing plow through and stability with that weight, but most had arm issues within weeks of having to practice daily and play several matches as well. And when I was coaching, I got a TiS6 to feed balls cuz it was light and springy as heck, so little wear or effort. lol.
Fortunately no pain... but after a league match, I subbed for another doubles match, and I had trouble generating the same sort of pop on my serve or groundstrokes. My volleys though were fine as I'm not really swinging the frame. considering I'm still trying to lose 10# of COVID weight, how realistic is it that I build up my conditioning to swing this stick for 6-8 sets vs. getting an easier frame? Either way, I want to stick w/ one frame/string setup for a year.
 
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