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Curious

Legend
Post any tip that you think helps/is important. Anything... Let’s make it nice and short though like one or two lines. More like personal experience/anecdotal rather than ‘I heard/read somewhere or this makes sense ‘ stuff. But stuff that you really think helps/helped you.
 

Gyswandir

Semi-Pro
On the kick serve,
- keep your toss arm high and vertical
- stay sideways for more spin
- visualize you’re hitting the ball at 11 o’clock, with pronation making the racquet move towards 2 o’clock
- for more power, bend your forward hip into the court, as if you’re falling into it, while keeping your upper body back to counter balance (the bow)
 

Curious

Legend
On the serve think and do as if you’re gonna throw the racket on edge all the way until the last moment when you add the pronation to square racket face at contact. Fixes waiters tray serve.
 

5263

G.O.A.T.
On the serve think and do as if you’re gonna throw the racket on edge all the way until the last moment when you add the pronation to square racket face at contact. Fixes waiters tray serve.
and with this one, don't feel that the pronation has to be complete or fully square by initial contact .....the racket is turning fast when you wait till late in the motion as he says, while the contact goes on for a couple of inches.
 

5263

G.O.A.T.
Find someone better than you to practice with
Along with someone not quite as good. That way you can get a better idea what you are capable of and need to learn to do against that "better" guy Dan correctly suggested.
 

TennisCJC

Legend
Groundstrokes: prep with 2 hands on racket and with racket head up, swing should be compact continuous loop from there.
 

TnsGuru

Professional
Prepare your groundstrokes with a unit turn (upper body coil) and not just your arm. Your arm will much appreciate you in the future.
 

StringSnapper

Hall of Fame
Copy pasta from another thread where i ranted, in terms of training priorities:

"Serve is probably like 35% of your shots, and the return of serve is probably 35% of your shots, the other 30%... well forehands a probably 15%, backhands maybe 10%, and volleys / overheads maybe 5% (depending if you S and V a lot)
Only a small subset, maybe 20% of that 15% of forehands are forehands down the line. Thats 3% of overall shots during a competitive match.
More bang for your buck serving, serve returning, or hitting groundies crosscourt"
 

StringSnapper

Hall of Fame
Pick a pro you like who has a similar game style / strokes... look very closely at everything they do, their body size, their racquet specs, their rally ball, their tactics.
 

StringSnapper

Hall of Fame
The only easy / neutral ball your opponent should ever get from you is off a serve return, everything else needs to be very awkward (low or high or fast or a combination of the above) and placed away from them.
 

FiReFTW

Legend
1.Ace your opponent with your 1st serve
2.Don't miss the 2nd serve
3.Don't get drunk before playing
4.Hit winners from short balls
5.Never miss your overhead
6.Don't wear lame brands like puma or uniqlo
7.Have a spare racquet in case you break strings
8.Make sure you don't buy a lame racquet, has to be Wilson, pro staff preferably.
9.If you see @J011yroger on the court, turn around and walk away, you are most likely not ready to face the beast yet, go train some more
10.If you see @Shroud go say hi and ask to play, chances are better already, if he ends up dominating you in the opening points, pretend you hurt your back and can't continue
11.If you see a hot girl keep eye contact, wink, and go practice some serves and hit the feck out of the ball, throw your shoulder out just hit the crap out of the ball and pretend your big to impress her, she wont really pay attention that the serves are going way out, then go ask her out and that ur staying here for a couple more days then ur traveling to the US open or whatever is on schedule at the atp tour.

There are more but im getting tired of writing
 

StringSnapper

Hall of Fame
1. Develop new blistering speed shots
2. Claim they are better than current ATP level shots
3. Beat up on grannies in social doubles with said strokes
4. Complain theres no one around on your level to compete with
5. Quit tennis
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
  • Don't post video and claim at least a few levels up in your actual rating.
  • Post a video and get told you are at least a few levels down from your actual rating.
  • Know as a 3.5 you can keep up with most pros hitting and sustain 100 ball rallies without breaking a sweat.
  • Derail teniis discussions with sky diving cat gifs
 

ByeByePoly

G.O.A.T.
  • Don't post video and claim at least a few levels up in your actual rating.
  • Post a video and get told you are at least a few levels down from your actual rating.
  • Know as a 3.5 you can keep up with most pros hitting and sustain 100 ball rallies without breaking a sweat.
  • Derail teniis discussions with sky diving cat gifs
[derail]That cat now has a max of 8 lives left ... but no doubt it landed on it's feet[/derail]
 

TennisProdigy

Professional
Hit aggressively (full swing) and “through the ball” (pretend there are 4-6 balls lined in a row when hitting)

Racquet doesn’t matter — swingweight and string type/tension do
 
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