Best way to get better fast

WilPro

Rookie
It is simple, get a high rate of repeat-ability.

For example, have all racquets identical, string always with the same wire, same tension and string as often as you can.

Worst thing is to have many different racquets in your bag, even if the difference is just the string or weight. If they are different all together all the worst.
I tried different strings to get to my one and only setup and have to say that having identical racquets with different things was the most stupid thing I ever done.

Now, when I want to try a string, I string all my 8 racquets with that string. After runing 8 sets of string I know for sure how that string feels.

And the most important thing is to be aware of your technique and try to repeat exactly the same moves.
It's maybe the hardest thing to do ever.

But anyway, the secret is repeat-ability. As long as you can do the things the same way as identical as possible you will get to the best version of you as a tennis player.
 
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While I agree with the general sentiment of your post (minimising variables), I think you may be taking things a bit too far for the recreational player.

Given what you're espousing here, I have to assume possessing 8 identical racquets with such a precise setup, combined with a strong focus on technique, makes you an exceptionally strong player (I'm going to guess 5.0+). I'm curious as to the details of said setup (racquet model, weight, balance, string and tension, grip size etc) and would like to see footage of you hitting with it if that's possible.
 

golden chicken

Professional
I always felt that beginners need to learn to hit consistently against beginners who hit inconsistently. They mostly win by not beating themselves.
Intermediates need to learn to hit most consistently against intermediates who hit consistently. They mostly win because their opponent beats themselves trying to win.
Advanced players learn to hit consistently inconsistent to intentionally disrupt their opponent. They win because they beat their opponent.
 
While I agree with the general sentiment of your post (minimising variables), I think you may be taking things a bit too far for the recreational player.

Given what you're espousing here, I have to assume possessing 8 identical racquets with such a precise setup, combined with a strong focus on technique, makes you an exceptionally strong player (I'm going to guess 5.0+). I'm curious as to the details of said setup (racquet model, weight, balance, string and tension, grip size etc) and would like to see footage of you hitting with it if that's possible.
Yeah, that was my sentiment also. Of all of the variables to concentrate on, racquet identicality would be way down on my list.

I do agree with the basic premise that repeatability is important.
 

ptuanminh

Hall of Fame
While I agree with the general sentiment of your post (minimising variables), I think you may be taking things a bit too far for the recreational player.

Given what you're espousing here, I have to assume possessing 8 identical racquets with such a precise setup, combined with a strong focus on technique, makes you an exceptionally strong player (I'm going to guess 5.0+). I'm curious as to the details of said setup (racquet model, weight, balance, string and tension, grip size etc) and would like to see footage of you hitting with it if that's possible.
I don't really see any sense in associating the number of identical racquets with a player level. It is something nice to have, some people want to have it that way, be it.
I agree that repeatability is important.
 

tennisbike

Semi-Pro
I agree that having "consistent" equipment remove a variable, i.e. obstacle to become "effective and consistent".

But I also think that player in general also need to learn to adopt. Unless a player is already so good and consistent from day to day, a player need to work with varying condition both external and within his/her varying playing level. I mean things like warming up. That is a process to tune and dial in your shots, to connect with the body, timing and the stick. How many of us started banging serves with the first first serve you make in a day? What else does these player do with the second serve other than hitting softly? Few players have a system or process of adopting or dialing in shots. They need to learn the progressions.. everything is about progressions.
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
Based on the thread title, I thought this was going to turn out to be sort of tennis MLM scheme.

TennisVentures: buy your activated charcoal strings and racquets now!
 

esm

Hall of Fame
I'm curious as to the details of said setup (racquet model, weight, balance, string and tension, grip size etc) and would like to see footage of you hitting with it if that's possible.
oh yes - that will teach all of us what a high rate of repeat-ability is. preferable from the 1st minute on court to the 180th minute.... just so we can learn properly. 8-B


It is simple, get a high rate of repeat-ability.
(on the other hand - i agree with the playing variance - it is another form to be able to play with different variances/conditions - therefore one particuylar setup only isn't going to be able to cut it.....) :laughing:
 

E46luver

Professional
the worse the player, the more focus on equipment. Best way to gte better fast is to realzei that yoru equipmetn has nohting to do wtih yuor skill. Mots people nveer get good bc they deelvop the wrong hacky self-taguht strokes and make them permanent. Bset way to get bettre fast is to take lessons and develop the correct strokes from the start before bad habits
 
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heninfan99

Talk Tennis Guru
Never practice with any focus or grit
Keep using the forehand grip for all serves and all volleys
If feeling pain just continue with the same technique that's hurting you
 

ubercat

Semi-Pro
That's a great observation. It's true the guys I play can rally all day. I think one of the things I need to work on is shot combos. Hitting hard at them does nothing you ll get a big ol' topspinny moonball or nasty slice back.
 

2-Step-Q

New User
Having a consistent set up is good once you have a general idea of what youre playing style is like. I use a Prestige MP now but before I used a Babolat Evoke (cheap little tweener racquet). Had I stuck with it I never would've learned how to generate my own power nor would I have had the intensive focus on my technique (A Prestige with a full bed of Solinco Hyper G @56lbs is a VERY unforgiving stick and it forced me to fix my swing path and make sure I had quality contact with that tiny sweetspot). Once I did pick my racquet I got a back up and strung it exactly the same. Now whatever I grab out of my bag (only 2 racquets in my bag lol) will play the same and I can focus on improving my technique, footwork patterns, swing paths, etc. Solid advice OP
 
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