Hard time getting into groove

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by TheBigToasty, Jul 15, 2004.

  1. TheBigToasty

    TheBigToasty New User

    Jun 28, 2004
    In real matches I have a tough time getting into the speed of the game until a couple games in (though my warm-up is great). Can I fix this using the bounce-hit-bounce technique to keep me concentrated and would it make ANY sense to choose to RETURN serve? My thought process is even if I lose the first game (which I have a good chance of since I'm not into it yet), we're still on serve and I can just "sacrifice" this game (which he logically should win) in order to get used to returning serves and the speed of rallies. As opposed to losing my serve and then not being ready for his service game.
  2. kevhen

    kevhen Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Yes, I usually only give up my serve when it's very windy but sometimes I start slow too, which isn't bad as long as you finish strong. Unless your serve or your opponent's serve is huge, it's not a big deal to let them serve first. Then you can just focus on getting balls back and getting into a good rhythm and putting the pressue back on them if you do break them right away.
  3. Camilio Pascual

    Camilio Pascual Hall of Fame

    Feb 11, 2004
    You shouldn't talk yourself into expecting to lose your first return game. Even if you lose, don't make it easy for your opponent. Make him work as hard as you can to win the game so he feels lucky and not confident that he won the game.
  4. jlei

    jlei Guest

    I think its a great idea at a club level to return serve first if you have the choice. Brad Gilbert recommends this as well in his book "Winning Ugly".

    Returning first gives you an opportunity to:

    1. get in the groove (as you said)
    2. take some chances and apply some early pressure

    If you win, you have gotten an early break and immediately increased the pressure on your opponent. If you lose, don't worry about it because your still on serve. I see it as a win/win myself.

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