Technique or results?

sansaephanh

Professional
Long story short: I work all the time. Near zero Tennis. 3.0 self rated. No kicks or spin with me using a close to proper form, but when I went back to serving ugly (short toss and throwing my arm up there) I was hitting my angles pulling my opponent off court or kicking to the backhand well and started winning. Similar to Nadal's for pre-2009 i suppose. Just i'm not as.. "flaily" lol.

I would love to get better, but I don't have the time to really work on form anymore. Just warm up and start playing games. Should I really worry about form if i'm doing well against basic 3.0-4.0 public court players?
 
if you don't have time to practice: yes just worry about results and try to win. you will not be able to improve in games technically.

but if you really want to improve and beat better players find the time to at least practice once a week, better twice.
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
When you play, try to incorporate one new technique/strategy into your 'matches.' Do this until the 'new stuff' becomes ingrained. Next time out after this, incorporate a different new technique.
 

LuckyR

Legend
Long story short: I work all the time. Near zero Tennis. 3.0 self rated. No kicks or spin with me using a close to proper form, but when I went back to serving ugly (short toss and throwing my arm up there) I was hitting my angles pulling my opponent off court or kicking to the backhand well and started winning. Similar to Nadal's for pre-2009 i suppose. Just i'm not as.. "flaily" lol.

I would love to get better, but I don't have the time to really work on form anymore. Just warm up and start playing games. Should I really worry about form if i'm doing well against basic 3.0-4.0 public court players?
You are at a crossroads. You need to decide if learning to play with sound stroke mechanics is worth it to you. Before you decide, be aware that tennis is a lifelong sport, that is you are likely to be playing many years from now when you have a lot more free time. If you stick to unsound strokes to win now, you will just be grooving incorrect strokes which will make it that much more difficult (if not impossible, practically) to redo them later.

Your choice...
 

Swissv2

Hall of Fame
It's hard to break bad habits. I find that enjoyment of tennis comes from the ability to do what you want and do it well.
 

user92626

G.O.A.T.
I occasionally encourage my partners by telling them that what we're playing is really ...practice session if they wanna practice & apply anything. It really is since we just play over and over again, week in, weeks out.

Unfortunately, over half of my regular hitting buddies seem always nervous, anxious about changes, or they don't know how to change for that matter. I don't really know anymore. We've been playing for almost 5 years already. By now you figure everyone would know how to do every basic things competently, but no...
 
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