Recently I had my first lesson (ok I had one 20 years ago). Being entirely self taught, I was expecting some sort of "change this and change that" sort of experience. I thought it was high praise when he asked me where I took lessons before. In the past I have met players and one coach that always seem to want to tell me what to work on. Always its "great backhand, lets do that on the forehand" kind of stuff. This was interesting. We did some usta 6 ball deal where he fed 3 to the forehand and 3 to the backhand and with me on the baseline, he was a few feet away. This was the warm up. Said I had good ground strokes and a "great" backhand. Then we rallied. Then I served with him on the side watching. Then we played points with me serving, and then him serving and me returning. He said I had an "effective" serve and return and could play at the 4.0 level and 4.5 with some more consistency. This I buy if I was in any kind of shape. But not sure he was being honest about the good ground strokes. And he didnt say anything about me hitting slice approaches on the forehand when we did an approach/volley/ overhead drill. So do coaches give a rosier picture to keep a player coming back? Also after seeing my serve and me voicing my discomfort for baselining, he seemed to change his tune and wanted to have me work on my approach game. Would a coach tell me if it was better to baseline if I really didnt want too?? And now I am a bit confused. I am not sure what my goal should be. Should I really work on the baseline game and get good with the decent groundies I have, or just focus on what I like to do and serve and volley? One thing I learned was that when he was serving he threw me off like crazy at first. Most servers mess around bouncing the ball, picking their butt and smelling it, etc. and then serve. This guy would bounce the ball put the ball to the racket turn a bit and then pause. THEN serve. The pause would vary a bit. Normally on the return I jump around and then move forward and split step. But against him I was jumping forward and he was still paused! I had to start moving a lot later than usual. So now when I serve, I will definitely throw in some pauses.