i've been playing tennis for 7-8 months now. i play with my flatmate who is REALLY good imo. he's been playing since he was young, on and off, and he beats me everytime. i have only beat him once and that's because he was having a crap day, and it was a looong match.
anyway, i feel like i'm not making any improvements. we don't play everyday cause we're quite busy, maybe once or twice a week on average (so not every week even). i can only win points when he makes an error and it's infuriating
i've thought about it and here's where my big problems are:
i cannot change the direction of the ball. the only time i have done this is accidentally. i've tried moving to the side and opening my body up to hit an inside-out forehand but it just goes back to the middle. infact, so many of my shots just go right back to the middle. so it's not only changing the direction of the ball i have a problem with, but creating angles too.
also, i feel like i can only really hit flat. i find it really difficult to use top-spin, or at least the right amount of top-spin for the ball to be hit hard and still remain inside the lines. does anyone know what i can do to change this? i've noticed that i don't use my wrists that much when i'm hitting the ball, so could that be it?
i know none of you (or most of you) aren't pros or coaches but advice would be much appreciated. i played him again today and the score was 6-4 7-6 and the only reason i can make the scoreline like that is through my competitiveness and scrambling around for every point. but i feel like a pusher and it's annoying me.
any other tips on how i could generally improve would also be much appreciated. thanks