Connors was taught tennis by his Mom and Grandmom, Mom 1 and Mom 2. In that time men played serve and volley, and baselining was 'ladies tennis'. Being taught by women meant that Connors played ladies tennis. If he'd have been taught by a man, they would have recognized that his serve wasn't up to the rest of his game. But the ladies saw a 70 mph serve, and said, "That's plenty fast!" Connors was self-conscious about having been taught by women, and it left and imprint on his game.