I am 13 years old and I started playing tennis when I was about 8. I went to a few clinics 2-3 years ago, but never was a serious player (or a very good one). Yesterday I went and played tennis for the first time in almost a year. Obviously, I did not play very well. I framed a lot of my shots, hit a lot into the net, and hit some 2 courts away. When I finished playing I was quite angry because I was so bad. I was even more determined, however. Determined to improve my game. I started searching for tips online, and found this forum. I read it for about an hour last night, and read it for another hour or two today. Earlier tonight I went and played using some techinques I read here, and I must say my game has improved greatly. The biggest things I changed were to use a looping backswing and get my upper body into the swing more. Even when I first arrived, I was better, although not terribly too much. I hit against a wall for 20 minutes, and then played against my parents (who weren't much of a competition). By the time I left, I could hit 60% of my forehands in play with decent accuracy and a fairly good amount of power and spin. Of course I still hit some into other courts, sailed some way over, and hit quite a few into the net, I improved much more than I could have ever imagined (I'm just talking about my forehand. My backhand is still weak and my serve is AWFUL.) I know most people won't believe what I say (this thread comes to mind), and I really don't care. I am a quick learner in everything from academics to sports. Whether you believe it or not, I'd like to thank all the great members of this forum for posting such great advice. The biggest thing I learned, however, I did not learn by reading this forum. I noticed that if I swing easier, I can hit the ball with much more control AND power than if I try to kill the ball. So once again, thank you to all you great members.