I'm not satisfied where I am in my tennis game. I started playing tennis about 15 months ago (as a freshman in HS). I participate in a doubles mixer on fridays. It's a 3.5 level. We play a set, and then switch the people up. Last time, I won two sets with different people 6-0, 6-0. Still, I don't feel like i'm a 4.0- someplace that I hoped to be coming into the HS season. I'm looking to play #4 singles, and I think I have the spot down. Still, I'm not satisfied where I am. My game's got a wedge in it. I'm improving on my strokes, but for a time, they break down completely— nuisance when playing competitively. I'm hitting my forehand at maybe 40-50% effort. When I hit it at 80%, it goes in just as much. I don't know why I can't put more effort into it. My backhand has been always been weak and inconsistent. I swtiched racquets, and now it's working better, but I feel like I moonball it too much. And it goes sailing long too often. My serve is my weakest point. Sometimes, it's brilliant, and I can hit all of my spots (and even ace opponents) but in general it's a struggle to place the serve into the box, without being destroyed by the return. I've found a new service motion that is a lot better, but I misinterpreted my pro's example, and I ended up arching my back too much. I'm taking almost a week off because it's too sore. Grr. It's interesting, though, that the confidence that i'm missing in my game is similar to the confidence that i'm lacking in person. I've worked really hard for the last 8 months on my tennis game and my fitness and such. I've taken appropriate breaks from training. I've taken classes, 3x per week for 2 hours, plus a doubles mixer (and singles afterwards, if I can) for 2.5 hours. In addition, i've been hitting against the wall when I can. I feel like i've improved, but also that I really haven't. My strokes are better, my confidence is better, but my bad days are a lot more common than my ok or good days. When that happens, I shank almost every serve, and have on occasion hit one first serve in during a whole game- and double-faulting twice. Grr. I've gotten better, but I can't win- I can't put it all together. I guess i'm trying to be perfect in tennis. I can't get the 'perfect' in anything, really—i've been satisfied with "good enough" but no more. Actually, I don't think i'm trying to be perfect- i'm trying to be good. I think my coach sees this in me, and one day after a frustrating practice, he has a chat with me: his HS career wasn't good, but it didn't stop him, and now he's a teaching pro. He also had moments like me, and his words of advice are, "stop being so da.mn hard on yourself." I mean, I guess i'm unrealistic in my goal of being a 4.0 so early. I've only been playing tennis for a year (as a teen. I took a few classes in first grade). But I feel like I could do it- I work really hard when I'm dedicated to something (physics, par example). I feel like I can. And when I see that I can't, it makes me dissapointed in myself- something that definitely doesn't help. My expectations may have been high, but I typically achieve them. Failing in something like this is really frustrating. Anyways, I'd love to be like Tony here. I'd love to play tennis as a career. But if that doesn't happen, I'm not too worried because I haven't left my academics behind. Anyways, I think i've finished my rant. Here's a short clip of me warming up with a friend. I'm on the far side http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08zK-KY90Hs A few more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xOpbQcQg7s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3CepR-lTbE Anyways, we were hoping that the people here could give us some advice/criticism and say what they think that our ranking would be. The two of us played hlaf a practice set. I won 4-2. Unfortunately, the battery ran out during warmup. Anyways, I doubt that the previous paragraphs are going to make much sense. I just wrote them out as I thought them up. Just ask if you need any clarification. Anyways, enjoy the clips, criticize my strokes, my game, everything. Just be sure to add some inspiring words after the beatdown.