Do you play tennis or are you a non-playing fan?

As a tennis fan I:


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But I think after a certain point one needs the spins to put some balls in play and also to hit harder with more margin.
I am capable of playing with spin if needed (especially on clay). I can't outperform spin kiddies with my spin game so I prefer a different tactic. But you got a point there: I tend to play spinnier against other dying breed-flat hitters ^^
 
Sweden used to have great players. Today, they are not bad either, but in the past they had 2 generations that were on the top of the world. Waldner is the best European TT player ever.
ah yes, the Mozart of TT. one of the most entertaining things you can watch on youtube are clips of his amazing play.
 
Typical profile of TW TT end user.

Tennis: 3.0 level actual tennis player.

Posting: 6.0 / 7.0 self-rated posting level who coaches hundreds of other 3.0 level players from their basement apartment, providing expert level knowledge in raquet technology, Fedalovic rivalry expertise, spending more than 8 hours a day here, spraying gravy colored stories in every thread, looking for a love connection with Zara or other documented female poster, drenched in lonesome layers of Basalt flavored tears, bearing forth excruciating echos of insufficiency in sexual and athletic prowess. Zero future observed in either of the above endeavors, but find epic fulfillment through subtle trollios and gif pic poast immortality.
 
Really or are you kidding him?
а я то думал как ты догадался и спросил про slavic вчера , оказывается что по смайлику ) хаха, отличительный получается знак для определения в нашем обществе соц.сетей _) ну все, а то щас будут ругаться что не на англ. пишу)
 
I played local club level tennis, tendinitis in the right rotator cuff did me in. Having that issue and using a one hander was like pouring gasoline on a fire of pain but being the stubborn idiot I am I played on and it got worse. Could I have made a career out of tennis? No but I loved to compete.
 
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Exactly.

If you are the big expert in GDDP, but never post in Tips, Equipment, Pros etc it tells a whole story.

:cool:
On the other hand we get the types who post on those sections and endlessly obsess over every minutiae imaginable, like calculating what is the torsional moment of inertia of the racquet if you put 13.67g of lead tape at the 6 o'clock position, or how the internal rotation of the quadratus femoris is an essential component of the postmodern ATP forehand... All while being unable to hit her the most basic fundamentals right in their shots
 
On the other hand we get the types who post on those sections and endlessly obsess over every minutiae imaginable, like calculating what is the torsional moment of inertia of the racquet if you put 13.67g of lead tape at the 6 o'clock position, or how the internal rotation of the quadratus femoris is an essential component of the postmodern ATP forehand... All while being unable to hit her the most basic fundamentals right in their shots
I like reading their posts lol
 
Old man, I don’t think you could deal with me even if I played lefty lmao.

I can be as cocky as I want to. I know I’m good lol. Please, carry on with your elitist idiotic posts

I read your pseudo intellectual posts with words you obviously searched up on the internet at laugh
So, we have established one of the parameters of the challenge: you are playing lefty.

:love:
 
Started to learn just two months before. Now I can actually hit good FHs even against those who have played city level but my single hander is a pure liability can't do anything with it. It takes 15 shot opportunities to get 1 shot in like I want to
 
Have played since 8 yo or so, have gone through years of not playing followed by a few years of furious dedication lol. I'm in one of those 'dedication' periods right now. I'm 38.
 
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Typical profile of TW TT end user.

Tennis: 3.0 level actual tennis player.

Posting: 6.0 / 7.0 self-rated posting level who coaches hundreds of other 3.0 level players from their basement apartment, providing expert level knowledge in raquet technology, Fedalovic rivalry expertise, spending more than 8 hours a day here, spraying gravy colored stories in every thread, looking for a love connection with Zara or other documented female poster, drenched in lonesome layers of Basalt flavored tears, bearing forth excruciating echos of insufficiency in sexual and athletic prowess. Zero future observed in either of the above endeavors, but find epic fulfillment through subtle trollios and gif pic poast immortality.
Showing interest in racquets, strings... mean he/she actually Does play the game. A guy who plays tennis may not be interested in Gears, but a guy who is interested in gears can hardly be a non-playing fan. It answers OP's question.

Many people come here to look for the info they really need, for example what racquet, which string may help easing wrist/elbow pain... and many other people share their actual experiences. Is that the "providing expert level knowledge in racquet technology" part?

))
 
26 years old.. started at 14... played 4.0 League for a Nationals qualifying team in Spring 2016 (El Paso) after 4 years in the Navy... currently play NAIA (American ******* Conference) at FHU in Henderson, TN.
 
I enjoy playing all the major racket sports but with tennis it vacillates between A and B. The only constant is badminton (which I don't watch much of). Though table tennis is the most convenient and available around my digs.
For me, tennis is the one I play seriously, have taken coaching for etc. I play TT wherever I find TT tables. I am interested in badminton but don't play it very much at all.
 
Same story here. Last year in University though. Hopefully I can find a tennis court in the city they will call me to for the job. It is perhaps going to be Pune or Bangalore. Given a choice I will choose Pune for sure. I will find a court and then play my ass off for the rest of my life lol.

Is it the other way around too? Like if I play TT will it affect my tennis?
I play TT a lot and funnily enough I play it a lot like tennis. I would go full on Murray and start retrieving the ball from a meter and a half behind the table. Or I would hit Federer like flat inside out FHs and end up hitting the ball out more often than not.
It took me some time to realise that this can't be played like tennis and it needs a certain discipline. After that I learned fairly quickly. But I am willing to leave the "sport" if it affects my tennis in the future.
Aha, another Indian TT-er. Where do you live? I am in Mumbai.

Coming to TT, I basically can't hit a backhand in TT because it's more of a flick rather than a smooth drive like tennis. Correct me if I am wrong but I see good TT players hit backhands and they flick it like tossing a frisbee. In tennis, I don't actively flex the wrist once into the contact zone. OK this is becoming like Tips section, lol. I don't think playing TT affects tennis for me at all but then I don't try to correct my technique for TT beyond a point. I am a thirty something guy so for me it's all just for fun anyway. Only that playing tennis with bad technique becomes really excruciating because of the amount of coordination involved so I took /take coaching.
 
Aha, another Indian TT-er. Where do you live? I am in Mumbai.

Coming to TT, I basically can't hit a backhand in TT because it's more of a flick rather than a smooth drive like tennis. Correct me if I am wrong but I see good TT players hit backhands and they flick it like tossing a frisbee. In tennis, I don't actively flex the wrist once into the contact zone. OK this is becoming like Tips section, lol. I don't think playing TT affects tennis for me at all but then I don't try to correct my technique for TT beyond a point. I am a thirty something guy so for me it's all just for fun anyway. Only that playing tennis with bad technique becomes really excruciating because of the amount of coordination involved so I took /take coaching.
I am from a small town called Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh.
Yup you are correct about the wrist use in the BH flick. Since the shot doesn't have a big swing we have to use the wrists to generate the topspin and even the side spin.
From what I have observed players without a coach in table tennis have far better FHs compared to BHs. Most of them learn to use the BH later than the FH.
For instance in the beginning I would "run over" the BH like Roger and would hit an inside out high risk FH. But then I learned the "slice" BH shot. It was effective against my noob opponents but as we learned to play it got easily readable and vulnerable. Then more of running over the BH continued. Until I saw a friend hit topspin BHs. Now my FH is still more explosive but my BH is definitely less error prone and more technically sound.
Now I am learning the backspin drives on the BH side. The major problem is no more the BH. It is my court positioning.
Intially I had the Murrovicdal philosophy of putting everything back in play and because I didn't have the ability to do it standing closer to the table I started standing back. It worked coz my friends didn't know how to play either. I would just moonball the ball and after sometime they would miss an easy ball and I would win the point. But as we learned the retrieval strategy started hurting me. So breaking the habit of falling back is the top priority now.
 
I currently play in college and I played in high school
I’m a UTR 9 not sure what that would be on the NTRP scale
Picked it up as a lad because my sister played and I thought it looked fun and here I am :)
 
I love the game, I played last week for the first time in months (used to play weekly , want to get back playing regular again).
Played a French lad last week, really good player (maybe we are both around 4.5)
Great to get back in, needed it like a crack head needed a hit.
4-6 0-6 ... 5-2 up in third and serving for it, he breaks back ... 5-4 and 30-15 serving for it ... bam lights go out !!!

GRRRRRRR

Love + Hate the game.
 
Also a suggestion while we're on this topic: To anyone here who has never played, if you can, try it. :giggle:

There are public courts in most places, but even just get a racquet and a ball and hit against a wall. And tell us how it goes. You can easily get racquets cheaply too second-hand if you don't want to fork out for a brand new pro one just to have a hit
 
Almost every time I play I am reminded of how much I love tennis. It can be a special rally, an incredible shot, a big mistake...

I will be in deep mourning if/ when I can't continue with tennis.

Gentlemen never run, unless they're playing tennis. It's our only chance.
I couldn’t have said it better, especially your first two paragraphs. I could lose a set 6-0 but as long as I made a good shot, I’d be totally content. I’m quite oblivious to what others think of my tennis skills. Granted, I’m very lucky to have a group of lovely tennis friends who are of all skill levels and who are happy to play with each other every week.
 
I am from a small town called Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh.
Yup you are correct about the wrist use in the BH flick. Since the shot doesn't have a big swing we have to use the wrists to generate the topspin and even the side spin.
From what I have observed players without a coach in table tennis have far better FHs compared to BHs. Most of them learn to use the BH later than the FH.
For instance in the beginning I would "run over" the BH like Roger and would hit an inside out high risk FH. But then I learned the "slice" BH shot. It was effective against my noob opponents but as we learned to play it got easily readable and vulnerable. Then more of running over the BH continued. Until I saw a friend hit topspin BHs. Now my FH is still more explosive but my BH is definitely less error prone and more technically sound.
Now I am learning the backspin drives on the BH side. The major problem is no more the BH. It is my court positioning.
Intially I had the Murrovicdal philosophy of putting everything back in play and because I didn't have the ability to do it standing closer to the table I started standing back. It worked coz my friends didn't know how to play either. I would just moonball the ball and after sometime they would miss an easy ball and I would win the point. But as we learned the retrieval strategy started hurting me. So breaking the habit of falling back is the top priority now.
Yeah, I still hit inside out forehands a lot in TT. I do in tennis as well, lol, but at least if I get time to position myself, I will go for the TS backhand. Yeah, I have learnt to use a slice in TT when I have no time to run around and hit a forehand. This must sound amusing to seasoned TT players, I have seen them keep up long half volley backhand exchanges and the first to concede a forehand to the other usually loses the point.

Edit : Is Hoshangabad near Indore or near Jabalpur? I have heard the name but have no idea where to find it on a map. Barely travelled up North, sadly. Only Delhi a couple of times.
 
I recently fell out of a career and started to take up tennis again. I've been playing on and off since middle school (so like 15ish years?). I bought my first racket at a flea market and fell in love through Prince of Tennis. Grew up a weeb and have been playing semi competitively since. I've played 4.0 before, but apparently that's a 4.0ntrp in norcal is a 2.5 just about everywhere else. So I'll take the hit and say I'm a 3.0 with a decent FH and serve.

Many injuries to my left knee and 2 decades of being overweight later, I'm playing for my friend's 3.5 team this year and hope to get back my competitive edge while building up health again. I haven't played tennis in about 3-5ish years competitively, but that's why I'm back on these forums. For inspiration and to keep tennis on my mind for my health.

I love watching good pro tennis with no real fandoms for any particular player. Whoever's playing good I'll spend hours watching. I've been in a Nishikori phase for the past month or so because he's basically my spirit animal. 5ft11 asian "small guy" with a dream. I'm wondering if I could ever get my amateur serve in the triple digits and have that kind of dynamic shot making.
 
I couldn’t have said it better, especially your first two paragraphs. I could lose a set 6-0 but as long as I made a good shot, I’d be totally content. I’m quite oblivious to what others think of my tennis skills. Granted, I’m very lucky to have a group of lovely tennis friends who are of all skill levels and who are happy to play with each other every week.
Well put, my friend. I too am blessed with at least a handful of hitting partners on my level. We share a lot of fine moments together :)

The last sentence was just a goof; I really dislike running, but strangely, on the tennis court I give everything.
 
Also a suggestion while we're on this topic: To anyone here who has never played, if you can, try it. :giggle:

There are public courts in most places, but even just get a racquet and a ball and hit against a wall. And tell us how it goes. You can easily get racquets cheaply too second-hand if you don't want to fork out for a brand new pro one just to have a hit
Absolutely. I am always taking nee folks on court and proud to say a lot continue and take it up as a regular sport. Love seeing them get the bug.


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I play very poorly. I struggle with arthritis, and injuries to my feet, ankles, and knees. I get out and play most Saturdays for a couple of hours (doubles only) and then it takes most of the week to recover. When I was in the Marines I played a fairly high level of racquetball.
 
I played a lot when i was younger and i would still like to play but it's not really that i can't and more than i don't have the friends to play with anymore. A lot of people i grew up playing with and went to clubs with don't share the same passion for sport that i have anymore or are too busy with work and family lives. I did once try joining a club but i felt like the "old one" of the group despite only being in my 30s and sometimes you just wanna play casually with friends and not go super serious like the clubs do.
 
I am from a small town called Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh.
Yup you are correct about the wrist use in the BH flick. Since the shot doesn't have a big swing we have to use the wrists to generate the topspin and even the side spin.
From what I have observed players without a coach in table tennis have far better FHs compared to BHs. Most of them learn to use the BH later than the FH.
For instance in the beginning I would "run over" the BH like Roger and would hit an inside out high risk FH. But then I learned the "slice" BH shot. It was effective against my noob opponents but as we learned to play it got easily readable and vulnerable. Then more of running over the BH continued. Until I saw a friend hit topspin BHs. Now my FH is still more explosive but my BH is definitely less error prone and more technically sound.
Now I am learning the backspin drives on the BH side. The major problem is no more the BH. It is my court positioning.
Intially I had the Murrovicdal philosophy of putting everything back in play and because I didn't have the ability to do it standing closer to the table I started standing back. It worked coz my friends didn't know how to play either. I would just moonball the ball and after sometime they would miss an easy ball and I would win the point. But as we learned the retrieval strategy started hurting me. So breaking the habit of falling back is the top priority now.
How are you @ak24alive ? Are you talking about TT or tennis ?

Did you finish supernatural ?
 
Weather and ageing body willing I'll play two to three times a week - almost always doubles, though. I compete in local area summer leagues but not in the top division... at my last club I'd play the very occasional bit of singles with 1st division level guys and could make them work to beat me but the result wouldn't ever be in doubt and I needed my first serve to be on reasonable form to keep it social. The Sisyphean struggle with producing a consistent ball toss makes it impossible for me to rely on the ability to hit 'proper' second serves and a better level of player tends to marmalise the slow balled junk I'm stuck with if I want to not double fault 30% of the time :cautious:
 
I played a lot when i was younger and i would still like to play but it's not really that i can't and more than i don't have the friends to play with anymore. A lot of people i grew up playing with and went to clubs with don't share the same passion for sport that i have anymore or are too busy with work and family lives. I did once try joining a club but i felt like the "old one" of the group despite only being in my 30s and sometimes you just wanna play casually with friends and not go super serious like the clubs do.
No tennis groups nearby? I found a few in my area for both casual and more serious play
 
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