Is Anyone Going To Try Anything They Saw At Wimbledon?

Cindysphinx

G.O.A.T.
I always watch the majors, of course, and after enough hours I start to envision that I could play like that if I just tweaked a few things. :)

Humor me, 'kay?

Having been properly inspired, I am going to start trying to do the following things differently:

1. I am going to change my serving position for singles and do what Roger does. I usually stand close to the hash mark on ad and deuce (like Rafa) because I am terrified my opponent will return up the line. I think shifting to the left for ad and deuce might be worth trying.

2. I am going to Toss The Stupid Ball Up Where It Belongs Already. No more pitifully low, tight tosses for me.

3. I am going to use my LH in my 2HBH. It seems to work for Nadal. I was hitting off the wall today, and really using that LH increased the power substantially.

OK, you league and tournament players. Anyone else have anything they might tinker with?
 

goober

Legend
I am going to start wearing cardigans and belted shorts.:)


I mostly watch pros for footwork, positioning and strategy. Trying emulate their strokes usually doesn't work out too well for me. I have seen both those guys play a lot so I don't think I will change my game that much.
 

smoothtennis

Hall of Fame
In all seriousness - being a huge Fed fan, and have been before he started winning majors----

Fed showed me once again, to continue to NOT slice most backhand returns!!!! I do not understand this from Roger. I really don't. For one thing, consider how many times Roger DID NOT break Rafa's serve in the entire match. Roger HAS to come over that backhand return and get it into a groove by say...the second set. That slice is allowing Rafa to set up and start getting the chance to dictate.

Let's see...5 sets, 1 break. Is it really that much of a risk to start using a topspin backhand return? Would that not ultimately factor into a few more breaks over the match?
 
In all seriousness - being a huge Fed fan, and have been before he started winning majors----

Fed showed me once again, to continue to NOT slice most backhand returns!!!! I do not understand this from Roger. I really don't. For one thing, consider how many times Roger DID NOT break Rafa's serve in the entire match. Roger HAS to come over that backhand return and get it into a groove by say...the second set. That slice is allowing Rafa to set up and start getting the chance to dictate.

Let's see...5 sets, 1 break. Is it really that much of a risk to start using a topspin backhand return? Would that not ultimately factor into a few more breaks over the match?
The problem isn't the slice. It's the way he hits it. The slice can be a very effective and penetrating low bouncing shot that could give Nadal problems if hit right.
 

tbini87

Hall of Fame
i am a lefty with a 2hbh, and watching nadal hit those amazing angles really woke me up to it. i actually first noticed it probably a year ago. the thought never crossed my mind to try such amazing short angles. the best part is that you don't even have to hit the ball hard. hitting a really short angle is one of my favorite shots to hit now...
 

WBF

Hall of Fame
Yes!

When playing someone who can make incredible gets with a very strong lefty forehand, I will attempt to run very far around what should have been a backhand, and approach off an inside out forehand from nearly off court. I will do this several times during a match.
 

Fedace

Banned
YES, i am going to take 1-2 minutes between serves whenever it is a important point,,just like rafa.
 

Xisbum

Semi-Pro
Me, I'm planning to go to TW's vast storehouse and order me some muscles like Rafa's. Now where is that muscle section? ;-)
 

jgn1013

Semi-Pro
i am a lefty with a 2hbh, and watching nadal hit those amazing angles really woke me up to it. i actually first noticed it probably a year ago. the thought never crossed my mind to try such amazing short angles. the best part is that you don't even have to hit the ball hard. hitting a really short angle is one of my favorite shots to hit now...
Actually Rafa's a righty, only plays tennis lefty. So I'm going to start playing lefty.
 
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Gugafan_Redux

Guest
I will pound more moster aces up the T in doubles like Zimonic.

No, seriously, I noticed in dubs, the non-serving player of the serving team (is there a name for him/her?) standing closer to the center service line than the alley. I may try it and see if it puts more pressure on the returner. Of course, gotta be ready to cover the line.

Also I learned to crush return winners on the second point of a match and every return point thereafter. Thanks for that tip, Venus! You rule!
 

MomentumGT

Semi-Pro
I will try to get my foot work as close to Rafa's on the back hand side while hitting. . . especially the running 2 hander.

-Jon
 

Cindysphinx

G.O.A.T.
I am hoping to learn to hit a one handed backhand slice. Yeah sher! :oops:
I *am* going to learn a 1HBH slice. Starting Thursday morning. I had asked my pro to teach me to slice a long time ago, and he talked me out of it. Said I needed to learn to hit with topspin first, and that trying to learn slice at that point would just mess up my strokes. Also said that I would only hit 10% of my shots with slice anyway, so first things first.

Well, I think my topspin strokes are sufficiently ingrained that learning slice wouldn't mess them up. So I will petition him to teach me 1HBH slice now. I really feel I need it to hit drop shots off of both sides.

Hey, here's a question. I was practicing serving, and I was using the position Fed uses (close to the hash in deuce court, midway between sideline and hash for ad court). Why is this a good service position? How will it affect my serve? I have to say, I was missing my targets pretty routinely, so I'm not sure I'll ever see a benefit but I'd at least like to know what he chooses to serve from those spots.
 

Xisbum

Semi-Pro
I *am* going to learn a 1HBH slice. Starting Thursday morning. I had asked my pro to teach me to slice a long time ago, and he talked me out of it. Said I needed to learn to hit with topspin first, and that trying to learn slice at that point would just mess up my strokes. Also said that I would only hit 10% of my shots with slice anyway, so first things first.

Well, I think my topspin strokes are sufficiently ingrained that learning slice wouldn't mess them up. So I will petition him to teach me 1HBH slice now. I really feel I need it to hit drop shots off of both sides.

Hey, here's a question. I was practicing serving, and I was using the position Fed uses (close to the hash in deuce court, midway between sideline and hash for ad court). Why is this a good service position? How will it affect my serve? I have to say, I was missing my targets pretty routinely, so I'm not sure I'll ever see a benefit but I'd at least like to know what he chooses to serve from those spots.
Slice backhands are easy; just open your racquet face a bit as you swing through the ball. Once you get the timing down, it's a piece of cake. :)

On serving positions, I've always thought the different spots were to give you more room and time to cover your backhand, the traditional wisdom being that running down the forehand is easier because your racquet is already on that side. But I could be wrong. I frequently am. :)

How's your foot?
 

Cindysphinx

G.O.A.T.
Slice backhands are easy; just open your racquet face a bit as you swing through the ball. Once you get the timing down, it's a piece of cake. :)

On serving positions, I've always thought the different spots were to give you more room and time to cover your backhand, the traditional wisdom being that running down the forehand is easier because your racquet is already on that side. But I could be wrong. I frequently am. :)

How's your foot?
Foot is good, thanks for asking. I can only run for about 10 minutes, so I have a ways to go still. Doc says I should wait another three weeks or so before I play any matches or take lessons.

So being an unbelievably hard-headed person, I blew off that medical advice and promptly set up a lesson for this week. :) I think so long as we keep the running to a minimum, it will be OK. Hence the desire to work on 1HBH.
 

GuyClinch

Legend
Back hand slice is a pretty easy shot - of course it's not so easy to hit those penetrating just barely over the net ones with good pace.. But a regular one is easy and it's physically an easy shot for whatever reason. Topspin one handers seem to take alot of time to set up and are more work to hit..

Pete
 
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