Help on getting all aspects of game to work

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by !<-_->!, Feb 21, 2004.

  1. !<-_->!

    !<-_->! Professional

    Feb 21, 2004
    Hi. My season is about to start soon and I need help getting everything to work. Every single time I play at school, either my strokes work and my serve doesn't or vice versa. Is there anything I can do to make both things work at once. This only happens when I play at school for some reason. If I play somewhere else, everything is fine and all my shots are nice and deep with decent power and spin. However at school, I frame shots constantly and all my shots land fairly short. Is there any advice that someone could give to improve my game. All help appreciated.

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  2. vin

    vin Professional

    Feb 18, 2004
    What works for me is not thinking too much. This of course assumes that you've done your practice and have reasonable expectations of yourself. I've learned to do this by reading the book 'The Inner Game of Tennis'.

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  3. tennisbody

    tennisbody New User

    Feb 19, 2004
    I just think you overstress yourself. When you concentrate 100% on your serve and serve goes well you tend to relax just after it. Why? Because you want it to go in so badly....Your brain reacts to overpressure....And opposite, when groundstrokes start to fell you concentrate 100% on strokes and tend to relax after wininng the point (thus on your serve...). My advice , try to relax yourself. Don't overdo, setup your mind to do everything 75% ( 3/4 pace on every shot: serve, groundstroke, volley...Tend to relax and enjoy the game, stop going 100% on every shot. Just get to the ball and play it back, under control. You don't have to hit winners every time , but stop making unforced errors. Let him play the ball , let him worry how to make an extra shot instead of beating yourself by unforced errors.
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  4. Vegito

    Vegito Hall of Fame

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  5. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    And if you hit like the presented video, you're guaranteed not to make your tennis team in any position except water boy.
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  6. Lance L

    Lance L Semi-Pro

    Nov 15, 2013
    Halifax, NS
    You are having quite a common problem. Your incentives are messed up.
    The worst thing you should do is worry about winning. You don't have direct control over winning.
    But, what you can control is how you play.
    Identify the things that are important for you to do to play as well as you can.
    When playing, all you think about are those things(and the score I suppose!).
    I'm not talking Try hard/go for it/play better. I'm talking Good unit turn, bent knees, identify weaknesses, hit through the ball, etc.
    Don't think about being watched, or winning, winning for your team, loosing to an inferior player.
    If you do your fundamentals well, you will play well, and that is success, win or loose.

    If you win and do not do your fundamentals well, that is not success.
    If you do your fundamentals well, play well and loose, that is success. You did everything you could and the other person was better. That is going to happen, a lot. Loosing and failing are not the same thing.
  7. Todd Hicks

    Todd Hicks Rookie

    Sep 1, 2015
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Simply do what you do away from school. You're probably letting the school setting get into your head. Don't let the competition overwhelm you or worry about what other students think. Believe in yourself and you will succeed.

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