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ceiling_fan
Apr 3rd, 2005, 06:21 AM
I saw a thread like this in MTF so i thought i'd post one here..
i'm an ITN 6, if anyone gets that becuz on the other board, some people didn't understand...
i would say my forehand is my only real weapon against other players of my standard..

Prizeidiot
Apr 3rd, 2005, 07:48 AM
I might be going to get rated next Sunday, since people from tennis NSW are doing assessments at a nearby association.

But generally, forehand is pretty heavy, I move people around a lot with it, it's my weapon. Backhand is solid, nothing outstanding, just consistent. Volleys are up and down, but generally ok. My serve must be the most inconsistent shot of all time. When its on, its like a Federer serve (but at a much lower level :p) Not huge, but I mix it up well, and I can hit it anywhere I like. Some days, its worse than Dementieva on a bad day.

I'm pretty much, just a good player. Nothing special, no chance on earth of me amounting to anything decent.

SilK
Apr 3rd, 2005, 08:11 AM
uhm...

I think I've become pretty complete over the last four years...

I play double handed both sides, so due to training a lot, my footwork has become really good. I move well and I'm fast, basically because I have to. LOL! Weapon is definitely my forehand. I can play it any way I want to. Backhand can become a weak spot when it's being attacked constantly. But I can slice it well, so I have that as a back-up. Best shots are both forehand and backhand flat and hard down the line. I can use that one as I please... to attack and approuch, to finish a point or take over the rally.

Generally, the rest is ok... Have a hard flat first serve... effective outside second serve. Can mix the placement up pretty well, which makes it that I usually don't get a return winner smacked by me. I don't like coming to the net, I only go when I'm forced too, I can finish the point there, but I rather don't. Got good lobs and good dropshots.

Mentally... I'm just still not strong enough. I can get really pissed, still, too easily and lose focus! :)

ozfan44
Apr 3rd, 2005, 08:28 AM
On a good day about a 4.5/5

on a bad day when i can make mcenroe look good about a 6/7

ozfan44
Apr 3rd, 2005, 08:31 AM
Forehand is major weapon
Backhan like to hit very flat and slice a lot!
Smash is major weakness but weird coz im like 6"2 tall
Good Drop Shot
First serve is reliable and steady but can add pace when needed to
Forehand Volley is ok
Backhand Volley is pathetic!

Wiggly
Apr 3rd, 2005, 08:58 AM
Forehand is my major weapon
Backhand, I can hit hard but not consistent
Volley; I hit 3 volleys in my life
Smash; forget it!

So all my game is on ground strokes :)

Shonami Slam
Apr 3rd, 2005, 10:30 AM
i played less than 10 times, but i never lost yet :lol:
i slice WAY to much. it's just to much fun.
my backhand is really great, i admire my shot all the time :)
i have no forehand. nothing whatsoever. pathetic.
good netplay, i think - but i'm not sure - it's more of a good preparation so i only comeup when i KNOW i have the point, so maybe it's good anticipation.
i still don't serve with any style.

Sharapova's_Boy
Apr 3rd, 2005, 10:36 AM
I'm alright.

Serve - Looks like Molik's, just spin it in most of the time.
Forehand - Looks like Zvonareva's, heavy topsin.
Backhand - Looks like Clijsters', flat, best shot.
Volleys - Consistent, nothing special.
Speed/Endurance - Best part of my game.

Generally I'm just a counter-puncher, because I'm pretty quick. ;)

SilK
Apr 3rd, 2005, 10:52 AM
Volley; I hit 3 volleys in my life

Did you at least make the points with them? :lol:

SilK
Apr 3rd, 2005, 10:54 AM
Backhand - Looks like Clijsters', flat, best shot.

I really appreciate people that can say their backhand is their best shot! :yeah:
I had to work really hard on it, for like 2 years, doing drills to get it right... and it's still not phenominal... but I can handle it now! :D

Speed/Endurance - Best part of my game.

we have that in common! :yeah:
being quick can just frustrate the hell out of your opponent! lol, they have to close out every point like 6 times! :cool:

SM
Apr 3rd, 2005, 10:58 AM
serve - normally consistent and well placed. lacks power.
fh - i can do ialot with it
bh - only slice it well

my best assets are speed and consistency...:)

last time i played the guy i hit with won about 5% of the points in our practice...the time before that i got flogged. so it depends what day u play me. one day im a 0 the next im a 10 lol

ceiling_fan
Apr 3rd, 2005, 11:07 AM
hmm since every1 is analysing their game, this is mine:

forehand: good but flat atm- need more topspin and weight behind the ball
2h backhand: good - i can use my angles well with this shot, slice also works well
volley: can you spell c-r-a-p? needs LOTS of work
overhead: not bad/alright
serve: i can place it well and put different spins on, i just need to use my body more and get more power
footwork: average, sometimes i admire my shots too much!
so basically, i just need some power

!<blocparty>!
Apr 3rd, 2005, 11:23 AM
I would say, the best part of my game is my mentality. I never give up and never count myself out of a match. I've won so many matches from set point or sometimes match point down. I'm pretty intense on court if I don't like my opponent and he's shouting and fist pumping too, so I give him some of my own back. If I'm winning easily I try and be more respectful and not be too verbal out there.

Shot wise, I would say my backhand has developed into my best shot, allround. It's really consistant right now, and my down the line is my favourite shot to play. My forehand is my biggest weapon when it's on and the most winners come from that side, but also, most of my errors. I'm really struggling this year (for some reason) with my hooked forehand cross court. Last year towards the end I could hook it Davenport style cross court with amazing angles but since coming back from the break this year I'm timing it all wrong.

My serve still needs a lot of work on, good first serve but second is :scared: I'm working on them today (serve and CC FH along with the ball toss).

Maria Croft
Apr 3rd, 2005, 11:28 AM
I'm okay, I can move good and my forehand is really good, but I have trouble with my backhand, never lost a set 6-0 before !! I see that as a good thing lol

Tenisci
Apr 3rd, 2005, 12:04 PM
i played a tournament last year :)

ceiling_fan
Apr 3rd, 2005, 12:10 PM
cool, howd u do?

rightous
Apr 3rd, 2005, 12:16 PM
I lost my first match in a year last week:(

My bkhand is my major strength, i hit it a ton and can do almost anything with it, my forehand is heavily topspinned (I mean heavy) I can move people around easily with it. my serve is shaky to say the least (I'm 6'4)so that kinda bums. And I try and get to net never cos my volleys are not great, I have a killer dropshot and lob.

kiwifan
Apr 3rd, 2005, 12:50 PM
My game most resembles a player I never really liked...

...Graf(heavy forehand, slice backhand)...

...only my serve is better (I was 1st singles in High School and played a little bit in college but gave it up for rugby and soccer)...

...my only real weakness is that I have no patience (I would never play a moonballer for fun)...

...I go for winners, drop shots or chip and volleys out of boredom instead of because its the right thing to do. If you can make me hit the ball 6 times in a point you'll almost always win the point. (my last 3 strokes of a 6 stroke point would all have been me going for winners) :shrug:

If I go down more than 1 break, then I turn into Hingis (just trying to hit pretty shots and run my opponent all over the court without worrying about the score).

crazillo
Apr 3rd, 2005, 01:47 PM
My game has changed in the last year. Originally I have been a defensive player who got every ball back and had a lot of variety with drop-shots, angels and I tried to exert pressure on my opponent with creative shots rather than with hard balls. Last year, I wanted a change and with my new racquet and some fitness work I tried to combine this technical finesse with more power and right now I play like that (left-handed):
Serve:
Hard, flat first serve. Deuce-Side mostly outside serve. Second serve has become a good consistent shot from a wekaness..... Usually long and with some slice. From the advantage side first serve through the middle or the outside, second-serve mostly to the outside
Forehand: Relatively flat, can be hit with some spin though (needed on clay), very good crosscourt-FH, like longline-returns though, best shot in my game is forehand crosscourt angeled passing shot; can become a problem under pressure
Backhand:
Very stable, orginially only sliced, have changed the technique which made it very stable; crosscourt way stronger, good to open the court, longline a bit below average; slice very good
Netgame:
Volley technique is OK, but nerves aren't my friends, use to hit easy volleys out.... Not the biggest guy, sometimes probelmatic to get all the balls back, although I am still realtively succesful at the net and try to come in there
Dropshot/Lob/"Creative Shots":
My strength... Like to worry opponenets with my kind of play, most aren't used to that.. In between the aggressive part then....
Footwork:
Not sooo fast, but am able to "read" opponents game.... Usually get lots of balls back and if I get them, then with a great length...

I have a very weak mental side of my game though.... Very bad at using half-court balls to my advantage.... FH seems to be off sometimes lately, needs more spin at times or can be quite sloppy....
A bit like Maggie, eh? :lol:

I don't know which kind of player I am. I have never read those "7.0" or "5.5." stuff and don't know where to find it. :confused:

Chunchun
Apr 3rd, 2005, 01:58 PM
i m crappy :bigcry:

jan.
Apr 3rd, 2005, 02:17 PM
Forehand (one or two hands) : My forehand is my major weapon,If I choose to use Top Spin I use one hand,If I hit the ball hard and flat I use two hands because that gives me more control, I slice my forehands back if I'm stretched out wide.

Backhand (one or two hands) : I can only hit flat with my two handed backhand, I use my one handed backhand to reach for balls or slice.

Serve : I usually just slice my serves (Dementieva).

Smash : I'm very good with putting overheads away

Volleys/Touch : I'm very clumsy with my volleys.

Footwork : I'm kind of like Daniela Hantuchova, on some points I can get a lot of balls back but sometimes I'll just stand there looking dumbstruck.

New_balls_please
Apr 3rd, 2005, 02:28 PM
I think I'm alright. I started playing tennis as a child, and now I play at least once a week.

My first serve is quite good. When i'm fit, I get a very high serve percentage. It's long and with some slice but not pretty hard. My second serve is worse, sometimes i'm a double faulter man :p

My forehand and backhand are very similar. I can do anything with them. I like going for winners because i'm not so fast.

Volley is my worst shot because i like to win the point with a backhand or forehand winner and never try to come to the net.

Mentally i can be better. I have mentally problems ( i'm so confused, i don't know if 'mentally problems' is the apropiate word ) when i play on clay courts. I hate play in this type of courts, i get nervous too fast.

bmxbandit
Apr 3rd, 2005, 02:32 PM
Serve: flat and powerful first serve, sucky 2nd serve
Forehand: flat, kinda incosistent
Backhand: one-handed, actually got some spin on it. usually more consistent than my forehand.
Volleys: meh
Smash: rocks
Footwork: alright

azmad_88
Apr 3rd, 2005, 02:34 PM
Serve: slice serve..(love it cos my friends get tricked)
forehand: ok only
backhand: DONT ask..1/5 only will enter..i will hit others way oout or net it..
volley..hardly get to the net..will always miss if go there

matthieu_tennis
Apr 3rd, 2005, 03:29 PM
Big first serve inconssistent 2nd serve is pretty bad :P
I move very fast
Big forehand Flat or top spin and POWERFUL
Back hand is soso i can hit very hard but inconsistent sometime
Volley is up and down
my forehand is my huge weapon and speed because i get always extra balls i try to hit all the shot :P i run run and run :P

RenaSlam.
Apr 3rd, 2005, 03:30 PM
Forehand- my weaker wing, but I still hit a lot of winners off it.
Backhand- my favorite shot, I get great angles off this side.
Serve- 1st serve is good, 2nd serve inconsistent.
Overhead- Very good.
Dropshot- One of my weapons
Speed- Pretty fast.
Volley- I hardly volley. When I do, it ain't pretty.

Szymanowski
Apr 3rd, 2005, 03:33 PM
I can hit some great shots sometimes, but mentally, I'm not there. In a match I suck. And for example when I was playing in the windy conditions the other day, my shots all just broke down, and I couldn't play, I lost the best of 1 set, 6-2:(

Nah, I'm not made to be a tennis player, but hopefully, I'll win a few matches sometime:p

kabuki
Apr 3rd, 2005, 03:48 PM
I injured my shoulder badly a few years back, and it has never been the same.

Serve - I used to have a beautiful kick serve, but now it just hurts too bad to hit it, and I just can't get over the back of the ball anymore. :sad: now I just slice that sucker in, with the occasional big first serve.
Forehand - Semi-Western with some topspin, heavy when mixing it up
Backhand - One-handed Eastern for Topspin, Cont for slice. These days I hit majority slice, again because of the shoulder.
Volleys and Smash - Used to be good around the net, but nowadays stay back because the smash is so bad for my shoulder (the point of contact is not consistent and it hurts like shit)

God, I sound like such a whiner. :baby:

I am thinking about finally having the shoulder surgery tho...

Fantastic
Apr 3rd, 2005, 05:31 PM
I guess not many people have ITN's. The Head Coach at my club (he's my boss) says I look and play like a 4.5 (oh, blush!) but because I don't really play against anyone ranked higher than me (not my choice, but the club's) or I lose to someone who is really good (like those pesky juniors with bloody low ITN's) but is ranked lower than me, my ITN is sitting at 5.5 and a long way off from going upwards. I am about halfway down my hundred-points bracket. I need to beat three ITN 5.0's in straight sets to get my ranking up to theirs. I was an ITN 5.0 once, but a couple of bad losses put an end to that. I don't tend to concern myself with these rankings anymore because I find that it distracts me from playing my best tennis. I'm more about going out there and having fun. If I can do that, I'm going to win more matches and the higher ITN will naturally follow. So this is the message for all those budding tennis players out there who are looking to improve their game - get some coaching lessons but most importantly, have FUN! :)

DA FOREHAND
Apr 3rd, 2005, 05:32 PM
4.5 or ask Selesfan 70

creep
Apr 3rd, 2005, 07:00 PM
I'm crap because I have never played tennis in my life. I don't wish to take lessons because I have no desire to play even for recreation.I just do what I do best, come here sign-on and talk bullshit about it. :)

VeeReeDavJCap81
Apr 3rd, 2005, 08:59 PM
I have pretty good groundies.

Forehand-I copied Lindsay's forehand, so I do a lot of follow-throughs over and around my head. But I hit with a lot of spin.

One Handed Backhand-I tend to hit short balls off this side, but if i'm confident I'll hit deeper.

Volleys-Long arms, 'nuff said

Slices-I use this shot against the bigger hitters who try to blow me off court

Serve-HORRID HORRID HORRID. My first serve rarely goes in, and when it does go in it's usually an ace because my opponents aren't expecting it to clear the net. My 2nd serve is very accurate, but how hard is it to be accurate serving at 50-60 mph. I'm going to take a few clinics though to work on this.

But my athleticism is my biggest weapon. I can run down almost any ball, and I use to be a dancer so I'm very agile.

Iheartennis
Apr 3rd, 2005, 09:35 PM
This is a great post/thread. anywhoo the breakdown of my game. I'm a righty.

First serve: when it goes in, pretty good. but you can return it.

Second serve: A.K.A double fault. you can pretty much take a full swing at it.

Forehand: getting better. Its better when im hitting cross-court. Low-balls kill me.

Backhand: 2-handed. very consistent. My weapon of choice. 2-handed backhand down the line.

Movement: My best quality. I can get a lot of balls back and im quick. I can get to the net really quick. I'm also a dancer so moving around that court is easy and im pretty good at setting myself up to return the ball.

Volleys: Great at the net. I've been playing a lot of dub's lately and have been getting a lot of credit for my net game. I used to be afraid of going to the net but Now I love it. I think its better then staying back and having a long rally. so, i'd say that volleying would be my second weapon.

as far as variety goes, my game lacks it. I am working on sliceing and lob shots. I am pretty much a counter puncher. I take more chances with my backhand.

Anna F'd Enrique
Apr 3rd, 2005, 09:39 PM
My game changes every time I walk on the court...I am still trying many styles of play and seeing which style of play causes the most problems for my opponent. So far I have noticed that people suck at hitting high balls so I love doing that.

I think I have realized that my game is very similar to Clijsters...I get a lot of balls back and play smart. My serve outwide is very effective....my fh is my offensive shot. My backhand ifs off and on. My volleys are so terrible....blah. I am decent

drivevolley
Apr 3rd, 2005, 09:47 PM
Uhm.....

Well I have an LTA raking of 2.2 so I would say i was pretty good!

Forehand - Love this shot, prob my best shot because I can hit it with a hell of a lot of power but with control aswell

One-handed Backhand - If im confident then I can hit it really well but if im not i'll just hit slices that are'nt something to shout about!!!

Volley - Don't get me started

Serve - Pretty strong! I managed 104mph a few weeks ago so it was pretty impressed with myself!

Downfall - My temper :devil:

kabuki
Apr 3rd, 2005, 09:52 PM
I guess not many people have ITN's. The Head Coach at my club (he's my boss) says I look and play like a 4.5 (oh, blush!) but because I don't really play against anyone ranked higher than me (not my choice, but the club's) or I lose to someone who is really good (like those pesky juniors with bloody low ITN's) but is ranked lower than me, my ITN is sitting at 5.5 and a long way off from going upwards. I am about halfway down my hundred-points bracket. I need to beat three ITN 5.0's in straight sets to get my ranking up to theirs. I was an ITN 5.0 once, but a couple of bad losses put an end to that. I don't tend to concern myself with these rankings anymore because I find that it distracts me from playing my best tennis. I'm more about going out there and having fun. If I can do that, I'm going to win more matches and the higher ITN will naturally follow. So this is the message for all those budding tennis players out there who are looking to improve their game - get some coaching lessons but most importantly, have FUN! :)


In the states, its NTRP which runs opposite ITN apparently... Low is bad high is good.

Julia1968
Apr 3rd, 2005, 10:04 PM
NTRP 5.0

Serve and Volley primarily. All-court game for the moon-ballers.

Two-fisted backhand (Thanks, Chrissy) AND one-hand backhand slice (Thanks, Stefanie).

Strengths: Service placement, backhand, forehand volley, drop volleys, forehand overheads, mental stamina and top-spin/flat/slice backhand.

Weakness: Backhand overheads, wandering forehand :eek: , extreme humidity, court temp's over 120.

Sharapova's_Boy
Apr 4th, 2005, 12:39 AM
I really appreciate people that can say their backhand is their best shot! :yeah:
I had to work really hard on it, for like 2 years, doing drills to get it right... and it's still not phenominal... but I can handle it now! :D

we have that in common! :yeah:
being quick can just frustrate the hell out of your opponent! lol, they have to close out every point like 6 times! :cool:

I used to play double-handed on both sides too, so I guess that explains why my backhand is better. ;)

It's weird though, I played double-handed like Seles, but served right-handed. So that meant I had to switch hands when I had to do a smash. :retard: It was whack.

Yeah, I love running. :p Although I hate playing serve-volleyer's, because the points don't last too long. ;)

Anna F'd Enrique
Apr 4th, 2005, 12:46 AM
I used to play double-handed on both sides too, so I guess that explains why my backhand is better. ;)

It's weird though, I played double-handed like Seles, but served right-handed. So that meant I had to switch hands when I had to do a smash. :retard: It was whack.

Yeah, I love running. :p Although I hate playing serve-volleyer's, because the points don't last too long. ;)

i used to play with two hands on both sides too...and I am also right handed. It was awkward for people playing me.... I switched to one hand forehand now and suprisingly my forehand is better than my backhand. I also imitate Maria Sharapova's screams or squeal when I hit the ball. It annoys everyone but I love it....it really helps to scream.

LindsayRocks89
Apr 4th, 2005, 01:01 AM
Forehand: can be a weapon, can be something that makes me lose a match. i mean one day i will just crack winners from anywhere on the court and then i will just think i'm all that and can do anything and then my technique will break down, will i wouldn't say that but when i stop moving my feet is when i get in trouble . i can flatten it out or hit with heavy topspin and i can hit good angles with it. i guess you could say its like Venus's except that mine is probably more consistent and the technique is different. unless i'm going to hit flat then i i have a loopy back swing.
Backhand: same as forehand except its the shot i would rather hit when things get close. when i'm returning serve and it goes to my backhand i just am ready to pounce and hit it flat for a winner. i hit great angles with it also. its also more consistent. the only problem is when i go for alot of topspin on it sometimes sails long because i stop the follow through at the point of contact.
Volleys: i don't like going to net unless i know i will put the volley away, but they are decent.
Serve: depends on the day, if i get into a rhythm then it will be very consitent and i start hitting out on it and it becomes a weapon. i'm a lefty so i can get good slice and kick on my second serve. i can flatten it out but i still think i need to add alot of pace to it. sometimes i won't follow through all the way and will stop at the contact point and it makes me so angry lol.
it's nothing great but i've seen worse.
Overhead is decent i guess???
footwork is good but sometimes i don't set up for my shots well enough, sorta like Venus and thats when i start making erros. i am very fast though so i get alot of balls back.
Mentality is my main problem, if i get off to a great start then i tell myself inside that i will win the set, and i usually don't lose it because i just don't feel pressured and i feel very confident on my shots. when i get down right away i will start guiding balls back so i don't make an error and then i get frustrated because i can't believe i'm losing to a guy. . . yea i need to work on that.
variety: my slices, lobs, and dropshots are getting alot better in practice, hah but i still don't feel comfortable using them all the time in a match.

Anna F'd Enrique
Apr 4th, 2005, 01:37 AM
you sound good^^^^ and reminded me of mentality! I am worse than Zvonareva and Safin on their worst days. I need help with that for sure.

Dan23
Apr 4th, 2005, 01:41 AM
Description of ITN ratings for anyone interested: ;)
http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/IO_3500_original.PDF

tennis4you_com
Apr 4th, 2005, 01:58 AM
4.5

drivevolley
Apr 7th, 2005, 12:05 AM
Bump

Monica_Rules
Apr 7th, 2005, 12:13 AM
I'm not bad. I'm not as good now as i was 2 years ago when i played for my local club.I used to play 4 times a week then.



Backhand- is my real strengh can hit winners off it and its still pretty consistant even on off days
Forehand- can hit any type of forehand slice,heavy topspin loopy or flat for a winner because of this on a bad day it can break down as i have too many options
Serve- on a good day my 1st serve is a huge weapon.Quite a big serve,free points and makes rallies slightly easier. Second serve is not so good too slow although i tend to make it land on the service line so people have trouble. Tend to do many double faults.

Vollies-Forehand is ok most of the time nothing special,Backhand is awful.

My main problem is that i'm very impatient so i twat the ball then it goes out, my footwork can be awful which adds to this problem