Is it better to hit a great shot and miss, or miss and hit a great shot?

Which is better?

  • Miss and hit a great shot

    Votes: 2 28.6%
  • Hit a great shot and miss

    Votes: 5 71.4%

  • Total voters
    7

xFullCourtTenniSx

Hall of Fame
Would you rather aim for a mediocre shot, mess up, and hit a great shot (relative to your level), or aim for a great shot and miss a few more times? Or does TTW not miss when they got for 90 mph 3k RPM forehands down the line 1 inch over the tape onto the lines? How do I get good?
 

FiReFTW

Legend
Hit a great shot and miss. Because you will start hitting more and more of those in as time goes by, and in the end its going to be a better quality shot.
 

FiReFTW

Legend
What about hitting decent shot to big target, and if it drifts (misses) a bit longer/wider it becomes great shot?
Trying to paint the lines and miss is meh
It also depends on the shot, on a short ball you want to hit hard, hitting softly won't do much damage, but hitting hard (specially those high ones u flatten out) will do massive damage, just don't aim for the lines like you say and give urself margin, aim at an angle but far short of the sideline and its a brutal shot to get too because it has alot of pace and hit at an angle.
 

navigator

Hall of Fame
My understanding of tennis is that the ball has to go into the court in order to win the point. Therefore whichever shot resulted in the ball landing inside the court was the better shot - intentional or not. So, it's better when the ball lands inside the court.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
As much as I know making the shot is the most important thing...internally I want to feel I am hitting well/properly, even if it is a miss. Probably why I will never get passed where I am.
 

Doan

New User
Oxymoron. If you miss - either long/wide or into the net - its by definition not a great shot. It might have been a "good" shot but obviously there was something wrong with it for you to miss. Could be not enough TS...too flat etc
 

r2473

G.O.A.T.
My understanding of tennis is that the ball has to go into the court in order to win the point. Therefore whichever shot resulted in the ball landing inside the court was the better shot - intentional or not. So, it's better when the ball lands inside the court.
Your understanding is not correct.

Where the ball lands is unimportant. All that matters is what your opponent says. A ball that lands outside the lines that your opponent plays is “in”, and vice versa.
 
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pencilcheck

Semi-Pro
If you hit a shot and miss that is not a great shot but an unforced error.

So are you saying to hit unforced error or hit a shot?

Isn’t that obvious what the answer would be?
 

xFullCourtTenniSx

Hall of Fame
Hit a great shot and miss. Because you will start hitting more and more of those in as time goes by, and in the end its going to be a better quality shot.
Yes, you'll hit more in as time goes by. But the success rate stays roughly the same. If you find there's a day you hit a ton more in, you'll also find a day where you missed all of them.

If you hit a shot and miss that is not a great shot but an unforced error.

So are you saying to hit unforced error or hit a shot?

Isn’t that obvious what the answer would be?
Not obvious enough. This is something I wish was taught to me much earlier. Learning to hit a tennis ball well is easy. I learned that on my own. Learning to play tennis well, that takes a brain and some discipline, two things I was severely lacking in.
 

pencilcheck

Semi-Pro
Yes, you'll hit more in as time goes by. But the success rate stays roughly the same. If you find there's a day you hit a ton more in, you'll also find a day where you missed all of them.



Not obvious enough. This is something I wish was taught to me much earlier. Learning to hit a tennis ball well is easy. I learned that on my own. Learning to play tennis well, that takes a brain and some discipline, two things I was severely lacking in.
In my opinion, a great shot is a shot that your opponent will produce short ball, which you can finish it right away. That means a well done sidespin chip volley, a backspin drop shot, or a high kicking rally shot at extreme angle, or a faster angled shot to the baseline. There are a variety of different shots that are great, you shouldn't be fixing great shot to only be fast shots, those fast shots usually are the easiest to counter to be honest.

If you hit a "great" shot that has some form of spin and depth but cannot make your opponent produce short balls or floaters, then that is not a great shot.

If a shot is out, by definition, it will never be a great shot.

This is not a hard question. All you need to do is to open your mind, try different things, height, spin, angles, and maybe you will find out that there are certain combination of kick, spin, pace, angle shots that will give you that sweet win consistently.


So I would say the right question is: What are great shots that I can make? What great shots are useful under X circumstances?
 

xFullCourtTenniSx

Hall of Fame
In my opinion, a great shot is a shot that your opponent will produce short ball, which you can finish it right away. That means a well done sidespin chip volley, a backspin drop shot, or a high kicking rally shot at extreme angle, or a faster angled shot to the baseline. There are a variety of different shots that are great, you shouldn't be fixing great shot to only be fast shots, those fast shots usually are the easiest to counter to be honest.

If you hit a "great" shot that has some form of spin and depth but cannot make your opponent produce short balls or floaters, then that is not a great shot.

If a shot is out, by definition, it will never be a great shot.

This is not a hard question. All you need to do is to open your mind, try different things, height, spin, angles, and maybe you will find out that there are certain combination of kick, spin, pace, angle shots that will give you that sweet win consistently.


So I would say the right question is: What are great shots that I can make? What great shots are useful under X circumstances?
I mean, according to the poll, 5/6 TTW posters would rather lose points trying to look like their favorite pro while only 1/6 is willing to play within themselves and play tennis. Though some may have misunderstood the meaning.

I'd rather go for a mediocre shot away from the lines and accidentally hit it onto the sideline than aim for a winner and miss. I miss all the time though, so I'm still hitting the sideline, but I'm also cutting out a LOT of unnecessary errors.
 

xFullCourtTenniSx

Hall of Fame
Depends. Missing a great shot is more a repeatable skill but if it is MP in a big match I take the crappy shot:).
I take the crappy shot all day. If I could consistently hit great shots (relative to my level) all day, every day, then I wouldn't be at that level. I'd keep getting bumped up until I'm complete the 2020 fct calendar golden slam by beating Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic in the finals of the majors and Murray in the Olympic gold match.

Aiming for the great shot once in a while is fine, but most great shots come from happy accidents where you miss your target that was a few feet inside the lines and end up hitting the line instead.

If I'm not missing balls, then they have to go through the entire checklist to beat me - move me around, earn the short ball, hit the approach, and finish with a volley. And they have to do all that while not giving me a chance to hit an approach shot or clean pass, which is where I'm at my best.
 
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