I started receiving tennis lessons about three months ago and had the first game of my life with a friend yesterday. Although it was fun, a real game (albeit between two novices) was a lot different from hitting balls fed by my coach. The most stark difference was that, unlike during lessons, balls from my opponent almost always landed midcourt. I think it was because the opponent was afraid of overhitting the ball and didn't give it a full swing (actually I had the same problem). Since I had to strike back from mid court, I couldn't give a full stroke either, because my full stroke from the mid court would have sent the ball out of bounds. However, a half-swing from the midcourt, which was what I did, resulted in very weak strokes, unlike the strong strokes that I was beginning to get the hang of during lessons. What would have been the proper way to strike from mid court? Do you have to resort to heavier top spin to give the stroke the same strength while remainnig within the bounds?