Forgot how to play!

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by will3689, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. will3689

    will3689 New User

    Aug 31, 2011
    A couple of months back I felt I were playing better tennis than ever before. my ground strokes were really consistant and landed deep in the court every time. I very rarely gave away points and forced my opponents to hit winners. I have been playing almost every day but this last few weeks my game has gone gradually down hill. I'm missing really easy shots and struggling especially with fast balls approaching me. I feel I've become stiff while playing and when I let my shots go they go flying out so I've been hitting much softer. I can't get my confidence back. Has this ever happens to anyone else? How do I snap out of this? Thanks
  2. Rozroz

    Rozroz G.O.A.T.

    Nov 12, 2011
    time to change strings? ;)
  3. SocalTennis

    SocalTennis Rookie

    Sep 3, 2004
    My advice is slow down, watch your footwork and timing. During practice, use a couple of old balls and start hitting softly to work on feel and consistency. It should come back to you.
  4. OrangePower

    OrangePower Legend

    Sep 7, 2007
    NorCal Bay Area
    Everyone goes through bad patches - that's normal.

    Other thing is, if you've been playing a lot, maybe you are fatigued? If your arm/shoulder is tired, it causes you to make adjustments to your swing that could be causing issues, likewise if your feet are tired, your footwork suffers and leads to more errors.

    Best thing might be to give it a rest for a week and recharge both physically and mentally...
  5. h2os

    h2os New User

    Nov 19, 2012
    I'm having the same issue. I was confident my game was getting better. All of a sudden I feel unsure of every part of my game. It's amazing how mental this game is. I am starting to read the book keeping the ball in. I hope I get out of this funk soon.
  6. IA-SteveB

    IA-SteveB Hall of Fame

    Jun 6, 2012
    I think you are playing too much. Back off your schedule and let your body get back into tune.
  7. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    I suffered the same fate today.
    After playing one set a day, twice a week to slowly build up my legs, today played 2 really slow, lower level push sets, then 2 fast moving 4.0-4.5 doubles sets. By the time the first point started in the better level set, my third, the legs were totally gone. Just watched as low balls whizzed by, late for every volley and poach, and late for most service returns, as well as out of time for my own serves and weak volleys. Twas nice to play really bad, and not blame my racket in any way, any shots.
  8. Oski10s

    Oski10s New User

    Sep 28, 2012
    Westport, CT
    Good advice so far above. I've had this happen before, and it's the tennis equivalent of yips in golf, where I was getting so tight and uncertain that I couldn't even get the ball off across the court for the rally effectively as my strokes deteriorated rapidly. After I was done and my hitting partner (a stranger) left frustrated, an old man on the next court invited me to hit with him. He told me to stop thinking, and instead of trying to further control the strokes and hitting it softer, he told me to do the exact opposite and hit it as hard as I can. Within 5 minutes, my game was back (having sprayed the ball all over the place at first). This worked because over-thinking and adjusting by hitting softer (impromptu on-court adjustment) were resulting in strokes that aren't my typical way of hitting, which created a bad cycle of further doubt and worst mechanics. By simply letting go and hitting hard, it forced my mind and body to let loose and revert back to more instinctive strokes.
  9. corbind

    corbind Professional

    Oct 18, 2010
    Chicago, IL
    Illogical as it seems, taking a week off helps
  10. Gonzalito17

    Gonzalito17 Banned

    Nov 26, 2011
    Bradenton, FL
    play some mini tennis for about 30 minutes, it's great for footwork, anticipation, quickness, controlling the ball.

    BTW mini tennis is just using two two service boxes. You can also play using one service box as your court. It's fun!
  11. Rjtennis

    Rjtennis Hall of Fame

    Aug 16, 2009
    He's right everyone goes through bad patches. For me the bad patches result from lack of confidence and take me away from how I should be playing. The good thing is that it will usually go away after a good win or practice.

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