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Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Dan Huben, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. Dan Huben

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    I started out worse than everyone I know, and I quickly segregated to the bottom of the ladder. Work, lessons, playtime later, I’m now feel even with a lot of guys in my flight but not better. Matches are more competitive but not falling yet in my favor.

    Let me live vicariously through your experience. What’s it like finally beating people that you would previously lose to, was it more technique, or was it belief. Have you gone from being owned to owning


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  2. Steady Eddy

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    I guy I could never beat I played after not seeing him for two years. I'd played a lot in that time, and I bagled him. There was no second set, he didn't want to play one.

    It was from having played and practiced a lot.
     
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  3. S&V-not_dead_yet

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    I'll let you know if it ever happens.
     
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  4. Dartagnan64

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    Execution and anticipation, rather than technique and belief. I joined a tennis club 3 years ago, started playing regularly and after a couple years my old tennis crew (played 5-6 times a year) didn't want to play anymore because it was no longer competitive. But it was entirely based on me understanding the game and anticipating better as well as being way more consistent. I'm sure some of it was technique but not the biggest part.
     
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  5. heninfan99

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    It's very satisfying.Skills win matches in the park...I consider fitness a skill though :)
     
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  6. golden chicken

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    Execution and consistency is what I used to have when I played every day and I dearly miss the ability to rally at a higher level.
     
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  7. Voytek Bunia

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    After a 15 year hiatus from tennis. I started playing again in May. Started as a weak 3.5... now a few months later I’m beating 4.5s.
     
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  8. S&V-not_dead_yet

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    That's impressive progress! What level did you peak at prior to the hiatus?
     
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  9. Voytek Bunia

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    Used to be a 4.5 long time ago. But I feel I’m better now. More technical and more confident in my shots.
     
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  10. S&V-not_dead_yet

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    Good on ya, mate!
     
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  11. Voytek Bunia

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    Thanks man. I wish I stayed with the sport when I was younger but it was always just a rec activity. Tennis comes naturally to me but since I’m almost 40 now. I have all sorts of aches and pains I have never had before. Either way. Great sport, awesome workout.
     
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  12. Traffic

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    I started playing tennis regularly about 1.5yrs ago. I filled out the USTA survey and it said I should rate a 2.5. My sister said I had a spin serve and a BH so I couldn't enter as 2.5 and needed to rate a 3.0. But inconsistent was my middle name when I started playing in club flights. Some flashes of good shots mixed in between a bunch of shots into the net or out; lots of DFs. But I finally figured out how to hit a neutral shot instead of "going for it" every time and learned how to serve again. I finally made it out of the bottom court. But I had a hard time getting out of the lower courts. I kept losing to old guys that hit lobs and ugly shots.

    So I worked on hitting solid, repeatable shots. Don't worry about hitting winners and keep the rally going. Don't think I am better than they are since obviously I'm not. A bunch of ups and downs.

    Over the course of a year, finally settled on my equipment (racquet plus string combo) and was able to focus on my game. Went back to fundamentals in re-developing my stroke and learned a kick serve. Joined USTA team and played more pressure matches. Participated in drills class and just grooving my strokes on the court with my son.

    I took the summer off of flights due to family schedule and when I got back on the roster, they put me back on the lower courts again. Each week, I was able to move up as I played solidly. Any short lobs and I'd put them away. Played aggressively at net. And kept my baseline rallies going until my opponent made UE.

    I have a co-worker that hits pretty well. He was self rated as a 3.0 many years ago. He continued playing but didn't particpate in any USTA league play. He's improved a lot, but his rating hasn't changed. 2yrs ago, we played at a company picnic and I couldn't hold a rally with him. Last year, I could hit a few groundstrokes back but would kill the rally with UE. This year, we played during lunch and during our practice rallies and practice point plays, I was able to beat him 2/3 of the time. He made more UE than I did and I also forced a bunch errors. I don't take stock in our practice play as it's not a USTA match. But I could definitely see the relative improvement in my game.

    I don't really care if I get "bumped up" to 3.5 or not. It's actually quite fun being an under-rated 3.0 and being invited to different USTA teams.
     
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  13. ADS

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    I was always chosen last (sometimes next to last) in PE from elementary through high school. I played about two years of tennis in a very small east Texas high school. I started playing tennis again about 12 years ago. I got to mid 3.5 but then started losing ground (but was in my 60's - so expected). I fought it. I went to clinics, took lessons, practiced a lot etc. Still not much improved. Then I changed the way I practiced. I just started working on developing muscle memory. Now play regularly with 4.0 and some 4.5 guys (4.5 guys definitely better but I do well with the 4.0 group). See post "Quickest way to establish Muscle Memory per science"
     
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