So here's the deal. Saturday marked my one month anniversary of playing tennis. As my username suggests, I'd been a baseball player for the past 12 years (I'm 17). When I tried out for my high school team and was immediately cut, I turned to tennis because I wanted to stay active and I knew I'd have a place on the team. I showed up for tryouts and could not for the life of me keep a rally going. Long story short, I got sick of it and started practicing my tail off, and now I think I can sorta kinda maybe a little bit play tennis. I just have a couple of questions. I find that my biggest problem is consistency. Sometimes, I will completely groove a forehand that is just a fantastic, unreachable winner that makes me feel like I could really do well in this sport. Then the very next point, I drill one into the net. This isn't so much true for my volleys or serves, as I volley pretty well and I get about 85% of my first serves in. By far the worst part of my game is my backhand. As it turns out, my username is kind of a double entendre because while I may have let the game of baseball behind, I have not left my affinity for putting balls over the fence behind with it. I believe today was the first time I didn't hit at least one ball over the fence, and I just missed one by the skin of my teeth. Of course, sometimes, my backhands are fantastic. I know its not a lack of practice, because I usually spend about an hour and a half or more after team practice every day on my own trying to work out the kinks in my game, and to little success. I'm just at a loss. How do I improve the consistency of my groundstrokes? Thursday at practice I challenge a very inconsistent player, but when he gets it over, it comes over hard. I NEED this challenge, because my goal for the season is to be on the 3rd doubles (at least) team, and this challenge is for a chance to challenge for a chance to challenge the last player on the third doubles team *pant*. The baseballer in me tells me all I need to do is turn his hard strokes around and I'll have the same power he had, but I also don't trust myself to get a racket on some of his harder strokes. Is there anything I can do to make my swing more compact and efficient? Thanks so much guys, I really appreciate it. P.S- Congratulate me, because I won my first match ever today, as well as recording my first ace. ...Yeah, feelin' good, just sayin'.