Things to focus on when coming back to tennis?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by firstblud, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. firstblud

    firstblud Professional

    Jul 18, 2007
    had a severe bout of flu and allergy symptoms that i'm just getting over with now, so i've stopped playing now for the past 3 to 4 months. i started to do a bit of jogging/jump roping today to get some conditioning in today.

    are there a few key things i should focus on when i come back, or should i keep my mind clear and just play? so far, i'm thinking of just focusing on my split step and footwork and hopefully my hitting falls into place somehow.
  2. SystemicAnomaly

    SystemicAnomaly G.O.A.T.

    Feb 25, 2006
    Stuck in the Matrix somewhere in Santa Clara CA
    I'd focus on the ball and on the contact zone (keeping the head still). No, not meant to a joke. If focusing on your split-step and footwork seems to work for you then, by all means, do this as well.
  3. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

    Oct 1, 2005
    Keep your eye on the ball
  4. Blake0

    Blake0 Hall of Fame

    Feb 17, 2009
    technique, footwork, clean contact, meet ball in front of you, hit through the ball, and consistency. Don't think about technique if you already have it ingrained in your mind or it isn't feeling awkward. Really just make sure you aren't developing bad habits and focus on fundamentals.
  5. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    Doncha gotta hit some balls on the court first, then decide what you need to do? 3-4 months off is nothing. I've taken 10 years off a few times.
    Go to the courts, watch some tennis, and get the stoke back.
  6. tennis24

    tennis24 Rookie

    Jan 2, 2010
    clean strokes..don't kill the crap out of it yet just go for topspin
  7. masterxfob

    masterxfob Semi-Pro

    Mar 4, 2009
    91364 CA, USA
    ditto. just keep your eye on the ball as long as possible. it seems that most times i start shanking balls is due to that reason alone.
  8. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Feb 13, 2009
    If you can't find a hitting partner, hit against the wall. Tennis is a hand/eye coordination game. Although the wall won't help you with controlling hitting depth, it can be great to groove your contact point on both groundstrokes and volleys. And be creative. Don't be afraid to run yourself alternating backhands and forehands. Finish up with practicing first your second, then your first serves.

    Tennis is a start and stop game. Jogging and jumping rope are indeed great way to start rebuilding your cardiovascular reserve. But consider adding in more alternating short sprints with periods of short rest (High Intensity Interval Training) and agility drills to get your body ready for the quick starts and stops and changes in direction:

    And to avoid incurring a shoulder, elbow or wrist overuse injury, consider the following exercises:
  9. Ripper014

    Ripper014 Hall of Fame

    Sep 2, 2009
    3-4 months is nothing I have done that many times... a few times on the court and your timing will come back. I just came back after 15 years and always thought I could maintain a certain level of tennis... I was wrong... My strokes were pretty much intact... but my timing was horrible. It has taken me months to get back to a decent game of tennis and I know it will never be what it was... and being 15 years older has not helped the situation either.

    But I am back and enjoying the game as much as when I left.

    For tips I would echo what others have said... work on form and seeing the ball.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2010

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