Good videos

But I don't have any new footage of good serves, all I have is 3 practice serves few months ago, and my serve is constantly evolving.
Also I was warming up still where I didn't have good feel yet (just wanted too see my form and technique) so 2 of them were hit too deep, not very good footage to really see, but I guess I can post, I was never afraid to post my videos on this forum unlike some so its interesting how im getting called out for something like that now.

That's a high quality vid, is that just from a phone?
 
@FiReFTW The guy doesn’t seem to be in the best of shape and not quick enough or bending low enough for some first volleys. Plus it is singles which is different from doubles in that a S&V has to cover and defend much more ground near the net . However when he has time his volleys are solid. I bet this guy is really good in doubles. Overall this is a very rare rec level video where the player was totally committed to S&V. Was fun watching.
 
And take another look at the OP in this thread. Not only are you wrong about superfluous words in the title, I think you pointed the finger at the wrong person. One more strike and you're out!
 
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Insane level.

Cant believe how aggressive and hard they can bash CONSISTENTLY and AIM near the lines, and the most funny thing is those shots would be winners or unforced errors 4 times out of 5 for most posters here, and yet they can consistently defend those shots and get them back in play over and over.
 
Insane level.

Cant believe how aggressive and hard they can bash CONSISTENTLY and AIM near the lines, and the most funny thing is those shots would be winners or unforced errors 4 times out of 5 for most posters here, and yet they can consistently defend those shots and get them back in play over and over.
...and so many people on here think 4.5's can compete against WTA players...
One of the nicest court level views. The amount of spin they produce to keep the ball in play and still remain attacking is very impressive.
 
...and so many people on here think 4.5's can compete against WTA players...
Really? Who said that? Thats hilarious lol..

But I guess it depends against which WTA players? Theres a big difference in a top 50 player or a top 800 player.

The top WTA players are around UTR 13, while those around top 700-800 are around UTR 11.

The best 4.5 players are around UTR 9-9.5 so they have no chance against either, but they could probably squeze a game or two in a set if they redline against those top 800+ WTA players

Good 5.0 players could play some decent competitive tennis against those top 800+ WTA players, but good WTA players would destroy them.

Good 5.5 players could probably play against the best WTA players and win a few games each set.
 

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Really? Who said that? Thats hilarious lol..

But I guess it depends against which WTA players? Theres a big difference in a top 50 player or a top 800 player.

The top WTA players are around UTR 13, while those around top 700-800 are around UTR 11.

The best 4.5 players are around UTR 9-9.5 so they have no chance against either, but they could probably squeze a game or two in a set if they redline against those top 800+ WTA players

Good 5.0 players could play some decent competitive tennis against those top 800+ WTA players, but good WTA players would destroy them.

Good 5.5 players could probably play against the best WTA players and win a few games each set.
I think you are right, of course.

How would you fare against your coach? She played WTA right?

I mean based on your friendly hits, during lessons?

My main coach in Canada only had 11 WTA singles matches and no ranking but she would destroy not only me but my friend (around 4.5, intermediate club champion and better then me). I think that she only hit full top spin (a la Rafa) against me once.
She seems stronger than the coach I met in Romania this summer, who is rated around 1100 WTA in doubles and with whom I still can't really compete.
 

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It wouldn’t be fair not to post this video here as I filmed it myself.
Something caught my attention: yes it’s a warm up but he swings here much slower than I do and still gets loads of spin that’s more than enough for my level rallies in a match. I got my take home message. No more silly arm hurting swings!
And I gotta add: with his very smooth controlled swings he hits the sweet spot on every single ball.

 

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It wouldn’t be fair not to post this video here as I filmed it myself.
Something caught my attention: yes it’s a warm up but he swings here much slower than I do and still gets loads of spin that’s more than enough for my level rallies in a match. I got my take home message. No more silly arm hurting swings!
And I gotta add: with his very smooth controlled swings he hits the sweet spot on every single ball.

@Curious - all you need is ~20 years of private tennis lessons with a world-class coach, and ~20,000 hours of court time and you too can have silky-smooth, spinny strokes which hit the sweet spot each time :)
 
I think you are right, of course.

How would you fare against your coach? She played WTA right?

I mean based on your friendly hits, during lessons?

My main coach in Canada only had 11 WTA singles matches and no ranking but she would destroy not only me but my friend (around 4.5, intermediate club champion and better then me). I think that she only hit full top spin (a la Rafa) against me once.
She seems stronger than the coach I met in Romania this summer, who is rated around 1100 WTA in doubles and with whom I still can't really compete.
She doesnt play 100% against me because theres no point, only as good as needed, and slowly increasing her level as I progress.

I did ask her to play 100% a few times and she did and its a different game, its extremely hard to deal with because the shots are not only fast and hard to deal with, but they are like that consistently and the most ridicilous thing is that they are consistently hit very precisely near the lines so ur thrown off the court and she can do that over and over, just like in the video above, not only can they bash hard they can aim near lines like that consistently, thats the worst part of it all.

Once we played to 11 and I was particularly in the zone that day and really played incredible she was shocked too, my best performance ever probably to date, and went up 8:2, then she said shes gonna play for real now and that shes not gonna let me win, and I ended up winning 11:8, and im extremely proud of that how I held on even as her level jumped extremely up and she really played insane, and it was 6:3 for her in that stretch but I did play amazing and really won 2 amazing points and once I got a bit lucky when it was almost her winner but just wide.

My serve is good enough to ace her if I hit near the lines, its unreadable she says and it has enough pace, or to force her into caughing up short balls, so my serve certainly causes her trouble at times but if in her strikezone of course she can hit it back well.
As I hit more and more serves my timing and all will get better and il get even more pop, I just need to improve my consistency, on a good day I get most 1st serves in but on a bad day I might be at 30-40% which is just not good enough.
Also need to work on placement which is fine but has room for improvement.
And most importantly work on my kick serve to be unattackable and consistent, both which needs work, she can really crush my 2nd serves.

Biggest difference is groundstrokes, there if she plays 100% its just too much for me, i cant hold on for too long, the shots are fast and strong but that wouldnt be such a problem if they were not hit near lines and consistently getting me off court and then finishing to the open court, its extremely hard to play against, im nowhere near capable of it yet.

But after 2 years im honestly playing better than I could hope for, specially since I focused alot on technique and training and not so much matchplay, because I was thinking about long term, so im excited to see hoe it keeps improving.
 

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WTA ranking?

And good for you.

She doesnt play 100% against me because theres no point, only as good as needed, and slowly increasing her level as I progress.

I did ask her to play 100% a few times and she did and its a different game, its extremely hard to deal with because the shots are not only fast and hard to deal with, but they are like that consistently and the most ridicilous thing is that they are consistently hit very precisely near the lines so ur thrown off the court and she can do that over and over, just like in the video above, not only can they bash hard they can aim near lines like that consistently, thats the worst part of it all.

Once we played to 11 and I was particularly in the zone that day and really played incredible she was shocked too, my best performance ever probably to date, and went up 8:2, then she said shes gonna play for real now and that shes not gonna let me win, and I ended up winning 11:8, and im extremely proud of that how I held on even as her level jumped extremely up and she really played insane, and it was 6:3 for her in that stretch but I did play amazing and really won 2 amazing points and once I got a bit lucky when it was almost her winner but just wide.

My serve is good enough to ace her if I hit near the lines, its unreadable she says and it has enough pace, or to force her into caughing up short balls, so my serve certainly causes her trouble at times but if in her strikezone of course she can hit it back well.
As I hit more and more serves my timing and all will get better and il get even more pop, I just need to improve my consistency, on a good day I get most 1st serves in but on a bad day I might be at 30-40% which is just not good enough.
Also need to work on placement which is fine but has room for improvement.
And most importantly work on my kick serve to be unattackable and consistent, both which needs work, she can really crush my 2nd serves.

Biggest difference is groundstrokes, there if she plays 100% its just too much for me, i cant hold on for too long, the shots are fast and strong but that wouldnt be such a problem if they were not hit near lines and consistently getting me off court and then finishing to the open court, its extremely hard to play against, im nowhere near capable of it yet.

But after 2 years im honestly playing better than I could hope for, specially since I focused alot on technique and training and not so much matchplay, because I was thinking about long term, so im excited to see hoe it keeps improving.
 
WTA ranking?

And good for you.
She never had a ranking, not sure why, no clue how these things work with rankings, because her playsheet shows she won some matches against rank 800 WTA players and some losses against rank 400 WTA players, I would assume that should give you some rating but I guess some tournaments don't offer ratings, no clue how it works.

I just know she said that she got seriously injured back then and was away for a while and then contemplated things and considering its hard to make alot of money unless ur on the top of the WTA decided to focus on finishing her academics instead and then focus on coaching, so she never really pursued a career in tennis.
 

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I love serve and volley. Reasons: It's exciting, it's a challenge and not many do it.


I especially like the idea ( video below) of practicing S&V nice and slow, serving from the middle of the no man's land. Actually the best drill I have ever come across.

 
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Got the wild card tournament going on at Surprise today and tomorrow before the $25k in a few weeks. I have one friend who is competing and will see if I can get some video. Such solid tennis!
 
Well, unfortuately we got a boatload of rain so the last matches didn't get played until late afternoon and I wasn't able to watch. I tried to get on court and play, but the back half of my side was in the sahde and didn't dry, so was a funny and interesting challennge with footwork and ball timing. Anyway, qualifiers are still coming then the $25k in Feb, so should have some video I can share on those. Cheers.
 
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