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Mina Vagante
Apr 23rd, 2010, 08:47 PM
I'm sort of in the middle between an agressive baseliner and a counter-puncher. I guess playing defensively is more natural than aggressively, thought it depends on my opponent. If they have no power, then i'd take initiative and start playing aggressive tennis.

I have a good, hard and flat first serve - my second is ok but inconsistent and will break down in important moments.

My backhand is the better shot and feels more natural than hitting a forehand. I have really confidence in this shot, even if i'm not playing well. My forehand produces the more spectacular winners but it can go on so easily in pressure moments and it just looks :tape:.

I hardly ever come to net because i'm not comfortable up there - however, if i'm down in a match I ( unconsciously ) attack the net for some reason.

Slutiana
Apr 23rd, 2010, 09:06 PM
I'm an aggressive baseliner. The best part of my game is my forehand, which is my biggest weapon and I can really do anything with it - flatten it out and hit the cover off the ball, heavy topspin and I just really love playing angles off it. My serve is good too, I had a back injury so inevitably it has been affected and especially on the second serve I tend to rock back when I go for a kick serve so I have been straightening the motion out. Also I have really become more analytical as I have matured and my tactics are very good now.

Other decent things about my game are my speed and backhand. I'm pretty quick and speedy around the court but i'm unfit right now as I haven't been able to exercise in the last year or so, but i'm working on it too. My backhand actually used to be my best shot ages ago, but I seem to have the yips on it recently so i've had to go back to basics and it's slowly improving and i'm getting more confident with it.

Weaknesses are my volleys - although they have improved with the doubles I have been playing, I still often find myself stranded at the net and it's just something that I have never had confidence in. My shot selection can be erratic at times and I can overpress, my stamina can be bad and I can lose my composure and get pissed off way too easily.

Certinfy
Apr 23rd, 2010, 09:29 PM
Aggressive playing style. My serve is definitely the best part of my game, I have a Berdych like service motion and when I'm playing well I can hit over 125mph quite regularly and I know nearly every serve in the book :). My FH is good as well, it's a very flat hit with a lot of power.

As for my BH it's a 2 handed BH and decent at most but it's more of a liability which hurts my game a lot and my defense isn't the best off that side. My volleys are even worse though which is really why I never go to the net and even when I try to improve playing doubles or something I always end up on the baseline no matter what. However I think my smashes are great, I hardly ever miss and always put them away with minimum of fuss.

My movement is okay I guess, and considering i'm 6'5" I think it would be really hard to improve, but it's something I will really try. My ROS is okay as well, I do block returns but I usually just go and try to hit a winner out of the serve. I think my speed and stamina are good considering my height as well.

So my game is near identical's to Tomas Berdych's in terms of game style (hence he's my idol) just my BH and volleys do bring my game down a fair amount, but nonetheless I think all of that could be improved though I really do think I need to be a lot more patient as well as I normally go for winners way too early in a rally :o

The Dawntreader
Apr 23rd, 2010, 09:33 PM
Fatalistic.

I was never ingrained with that whole 'tennis club technique for dummies', so my game is unorthodox almost exclusively. My serve has become a bigger weapon as i've got bigger (and dare i say stronger), i've been able to use it more effectively, and more purposefully too. I've got much more work on the serve now, using heavy kick in the AD-court, and implementing my favourite flat serve down the T in the Deuce court. Nothing spectacular, but enough to make my serve co-operative:lol:

My forehand is as quirky as it gets, with almost little-to no follow through, but it's certainly my best shot. I've found i have quite good timing off masses of pace, so i can deflect and manipulate power well to my advantage.

I'm not going to even talk about my backhand:tape::lol:

I'm a strong mover, but not a 'speedy mover'. I'm a Lion, not a Cheetah when it comes to running:p

Slutiana
Apr 23rd, 2010, 10:40 PM
Fatalistic.

I was never ingrained with that whole 'tennis club technique for dummies', so my game is unorthodox almost exclusively. My serve has become a bigger weapon as i've got bigger (and dare i say stronger), i've been able to use it more effectively, and more purposefully too. I've got much more work on the serve now, using heavy kick in the AD-court, and implementing my favourite flat serve down the T in the Deuce court. Nothing spectacular, but enough to make my serve co-operative:lol:

My forehand is as quirky as it gets, with almost little-to no follow through, but it's certainly my best shot. I've found i have quite good timing off masses of pace, so i can deflect and manipulate power well to my advantage.

I'm not going to even talk about my backhand:tape::lol:

I'm a strong mover, but not a 'speedy mover'. I'm a Lion, not a Cheetah when it comes to running:p
Are you male or female?



I've always wondered to what level people on this forum play.

new-york
Apr 23rd, 2010, 10:43 PM
i CAN'T serve, or when i do, it's always a flat ball.

i have virtually no backhand, except a good defensive loopy backhand. :shrug:

i mostly try to bash with my forehand.

i'm pretty speedy but footwork is MIA.

ajde. ;)

cellophane
Apr 23rd, 2010, 10:48 PM
i CAN'T serve, or when i do, it's always a flat ball.

i have virtually no backhand, except a good defensive loopy backhand. :shrug:

i mostly try to bash with my forehand.

i'm pretty speedy but footwork is MIA.

ajde. ;)


Hi Ana :wavey:

Slutiana
Apr 23rd, 2010, 10:48 PM
BTW, for old time's sake:

I'm a power hitter with the ability to play with effect and come a lot to the net. I can hit forehands and backhands of both sides, just depending on the situation. I use a Wilson K factor prototype.

I play about every day, when I have more time during the day, I'll play on grass, hardcourt, carpet and clay all in best out of 3.

I remember a 5 set match in a final, where I had to take everything I had, even sustain injuries to win the match, it lasted about 8 hours with eventually getting a lead of 5-0 in the 5th, getting an injury, and eventually winning that set 12-10. It was 35C that day and was on very slow clay. After that match I also needed a time out and get my injuries healed.

I think over the 18 years I've played, I've had like 5 years where I was unbeaten. I'll post some stats later when I'm home.
Right now my fastest serve is 146mph. My second serves hardly drop under 126mph, because I'm super confident when I serve now. I think I haven't hit a df since a month orso.

Tennis is mental and about confidence, ofcourse devotion and talent help you out.

Motivation was all I needed :)
I was an itf player for almost one year, but I had knee and back injuries which, after a long week of thinking, made me decide, in agreement with doctors, to stop the pro circuit and focus myself on something else.

Although I'm hoping to get pro some day, just hoping the injuries will finally start fading away.

RIP Glenn! :haha:

new-york
Apr 23rd, 2010, 10:50 PM
Hi Ana :wavey:

i'm exciting. :inlove:

Basically, i can't play tennis.

Mina Vagante
Apr 23rd, 2010, 10:54 PM
i'm exciting. :inlove:

Basically, i can't play tennis.

I will play you one day !:hearts:

cellophane
Apr 23rd, 2010, 11:06 PM
i'm exciting. :inlove:

Basically, i can't play tennis.

If I play like Jelena, it means you are going to PWN me :sad:

young_gunner913
Apr 23rd, 2010, 11:11 PM
Well I like to describe myself as your typical Russian headcase. Most likely I'm like Safina or Zvonareva when they're throwing a temper tantrum.

Serve: Non-existant. I'm lucky when I get the ball in the box. Luckily, my serves are so slow that sometimes I'm able to catch my opponent off guard with how slow they are that my opponent thinks its going to be an easy return winner but they hit an error.

Backhand: Non-existant. I can sometimes hit a backhand on the run but usually I run around my backhand to hit a forehand. If I'm forced to hit from the backhand side, I either moonball or try and change up the pace so I can be sure to hit a forehand the next shot.

Forehand: My best and only semi-reliable shot. Sometimes I play double handed just to use more power but if I'm in the center of the court, I try to dictate with a single handed forehand. My problem with the forehand is that in tense times, it completely breaks down and then I have to play 2 handed the whole time which is more work then I want to do.

Net Play: Semi-existant. I have really bad net poistioning so when I rush the net, I usually come in too close so it's really easy to hit a passing shot on me. However, if I can get my racquet on the ball, I can usually hold my own at the net and lobs don't scare me at all cause I'm fast enough to get to the back of the court and return the ball.

Mental Strength: Non-existant. When I have the slightest notion that I'm playing decent or if I have the smallest lead (could be 3-1, 2-0 etc.) my game falls to pieces. Thats when I start cussing, screaming, slamming my racquet on the ground, slamming my racquet against my calf, slapping my thigh, yelling at my invisible coach, and asking "Why am I afraid to win?" thats of course after saying a couple times "Fuck me. Fuck my serve."

Wedgie619
Apr 23rd, 2010, 11:34 PM
I would say that im like most of the Australian bigger names on tour...

Serve: Great serve... Not my biggest weapon but I can control the ball and place it very well and also use power when i need to...

Backhand: One handed... not really reliable... with most one handers you can either come over the ball or slice supperbly and the other is awful... I am sort of a jack of all trades, master of none...

Forehand: Best shot, try to run around my backhand, love hitting inside out and inside in so people have a huge problem when im deep in my backhand corner hitting forehands... love to hit with heavy top spin... but its the shot that when its not on... IT NOT ON!!! (A lot like Stosur)

Net Play: Volleys are good, but I can't come in to save mty life... Great for doubles not in singles...

Mental Strength: Whats mental strenght? I have a really hard time playing against those who are playing shit... I get no rythm... and when my game is gone, NOTHING can bring it back...

Slutiana
Apr 23rd, 2010, 11:36 PM
Well I like to describe myself as your typical Russian headcase. Most likely I'm like Safina or Zvonareva when they're throwing a temper tantrum.

Serve: Non-existant. I'm lucky when I get the ball in the box. Luckily, my serves are so slow that sometimes I'm able to catch my opponent off guard with how slow they are that my opponent thinks its going to be an easy return winner but they hit an error.

Backhand: Non-existant. I can sometimes hit a backhand on the run but usually I run around my backhand to hit a forehand. If I'm forced to hit from the backhand side, I either moonball or try and change up the pace so I can be sure to hit a forehand the next shot.

Forehand: My best and only semi-reliable shot. Sometimes I play double handed just to use more power but if I'm in the center of the court, I try to dictate with a single handed forehand. My problem with the forehand is that in tense times, it completely breaks down and then I have to play 2 handed the whole time which is more work then I want to do.

Net Play: Semi-existant. I have really bad net poistioning so when I rush the net, I usually come in too close so it's really easy to hit a passing shot on me. However, if I can get my racquet on the ball, I can usually hold my own at the net and lobs don't scare me at all cause I'm fast enough to get to the back of the court and return the ball.

Mental Strength: Non-existant. When I have the slightest notion that I'm playing decent or if I have the smallest lead (could be 3-1, 2-0 etc.) my game falls to pieces. Thats when I start cussing, screaming, slamming my racquet on the ground, slamming my racquet against my calf, slapping my thigh, yelling at my invisible coach, and asking "Why am I afraid to win?" thats of course after saying a couple times "Fuck me. Fuck my serve."
:sobbing:

iPatty
Apr 23rd, 2010, 11:49 PM
I have a Berdych like service motion and when I'm playing well I can hit over 125mph quite regularly and I know nearly every serve in the book :).

Hell no.

Uranium
Apr 23rd, 2010, 11:55 PM
Forehand: Has it's good days and then has it's bad days:lol: It can be really good, or it can not and then I just get it in the court, but even then I try to do it aggressively I think with good placement.
Backhand: My favorite and best shot. I love hitting it flat, flat and flatter:lol: Can hit winners cross court, down-the-line, and inside out, just love it. Try to dictate with that one mostly.
Movement: Fast, can get to a lot. I like running:p
Volleys: :lol: Can have it's good days, but mostly bad days:angel:
Serve: Up and down. Majority of the time, I just spin it in so I don't have to do a second serve, but I can hit a good flat first serve.

I try to be the aggressor on the baseline, but at the same time when over powered I can be kind of like a counter puncher who waits for the opening to then be aggressive, so I have more patience with my shots then I would if I was the aggressor.

Mina Vagante
Apr 24th, 2010, 12:00 AM
Forehand: Has it's good days and then has it's bad days:lol: It can be really good, or it can not and then I just get it in the court, but even then I try to do it aggressively I think with good placement.
Backhand: My favorite and best shot. I love hitting it flat, flat and flatter:lol: Can hit winners cross court, down-the-line, and inside out, just love it. Try to dictate with that one mostly.
Movement: Fast, can get to a lot. I like running:p
Volleys: :lol: Can have it's good days, but mostly bad days:angel:
Serve: Up and down. Majority of the time, I just spin it in so I don't have to do a second serve, but I can hit a good flat first serve.

I try to be the aggressor on the baseline, but at the same time when over powered I can be kind of like a counter puncher who waits for the opening to then be aggressive, so I have more patience with my shots then I would if I was the aggressor.

This is crazily similar to me :D

Wiggly
Apr 24th, 2010, 12:09 AM
Serve : used to be good. Now, any 73 years old grandma looks like Karlovic next to me. DFs are not a problem.

Backhand : on & off. Can be a "money-making" shot on Monday and become as unreliable as Ivanovic's ball toss on Tuesday. Two-handed and flat.

Forehand : my best shot. I love, love to hit it crosscourt. Always going for broke with that shot. When it's on, I beat everyone. Flat hitting. I can pu some spin of it but it will land on the service land and I will get killed.

Net play : what is that? :tape: Sometimes I go to the net to put pressure on my opponent but I have to hit a volley, it can go anywhere, from 60 meters up to my opponent's face. My smash is as bad. I once hit someone on the torso.

Mental Strenght : I can't play well against a younger/bad opponent. It's truly embarassing. Otherwise, when I'm up for a challenge, I fight like a mad dog and usually wins against people I'm expected to lose to. I choked once and that's it.

Slutiana
Apr 24th, 2010, 12:28 AM
Mental Strenght : I can't play well against a younger/bad opponent. It's truly embarassing. Otherwise, when I'm up for a challenge, I fight like a mad dog and usually wins against people I'm expected to lose to. I choked once and that's it.
I really get what you mean there, that has happened to me a lot. To be honest I think that's Serena's problem regarding Slams and non-slams. So it's not that embarassing!

duhcity
Apr 24th, 2010, 02:27 AM
First Serve: Flat. Like 100 MPH. Always
Second Serve: lol. I just tap the ball in.
Forehand: A bit of Topspin. Put it pretty deep, but a good aggressive player can easily hit the hell out of the ball flat right back. I am quite good at defense on the forehand side, with a really low sitting slice.
Backhand: 1H. LOTS of topspin. Extremely loopy, and the ball bounces very high, even on cement. Usually if I get it deep in a corner, it comes back as a midcourt topspin ball that I putaway with my forehand
Volley: Pretty good. React well from side to side, but not so much when the ball comes at my body.
Movement/Footwork: Ehhhh. Good footspeed but not great at those stutter steps.
Style: I like to play my FH more, and often run around to hit it. Like putting it into my (righty) opponent's FH.


BTW, my service motion is almost EXACTLY like Zvonareva.

new-york
Apr 24th, 2010, 03:31 AM
If I play like Jelena, it means you are going to PWN me :sad:

:devil:.

Let's organize our private Rogers Cup.

northern lad
Apr 24th, 2010, 03:40 AM
my forehand is bigger than my two-handed backhand but i think the BH is more reliable. i tend to slice more when i think my two-hander is off. i can volley on the backhand side but am a disaster when i have to hit a forehand volley. my footwork is hot and cold. i get caught flat footed constantly, especially after i serve. my serve is okay. in practice i can hit hard flat serves, slice serves or serves with some topspin (i wouldn't exactly call it a kick...) but when i'm playing actual points the serve tends to go out the window. actually... most of my game goes out the window when i'm playing actual points. :sobbing:

claypova
Apr 24th, 2010, 03:42 AM
Serve: My serve is alright-ish. my flat serve at the fastest is 170km/h but i generally slice and use topspin serves more.

Backhand: two handed backhand, my most consistent shot. down the line is my best shot, and i like to angle my backhands.

Forehand: Flat shot with minimal spin. Some days my forehand is so good, but others they're sent straight into the net. down the line forehands are hard for me becuase i hit flat, so angles and crosscourts i choose.

Net Play: i either make drive-volleys or drop volleys.

Mental Strength: i get pissed at myself too easily. :lol:

claypova
Apr 24th, 2010, 03:44 AM
Serve: My serve is alright-ish. my flat serve at the fastest is 170km/h but i generally slice and use topspin serves more.

Backhand: two handed backhand, my most consistent shot. down the line is my best shot, and i like to angle my backhands.

Forehand: Flat shot with minimal spin. Some days my forehand is so good, but others they're sent straight into the net. down the line forehands are hard for me becuase i hit flat, so angles and crosscourts i choose.

Net Play: i either make drive-volleys or drop volleys.

Mental Strength: i get pissed at myself too easily. :lol:

my fave player is masha, so i try to replicate her style of play. :) aggressive baseliner.

LudwigDvorak
Apr 24th, 2010, 03:48 AM
I don't have a serve, but I'm working on it. My favorite serve to hit is wide on both sides, I try to hit them flat but usually they're more sliced. My second serve is a major powder puff, and those tend to be more sliced...or double faults.

I center my game around my forehand. It's not very consistent, but I love smacking my forehand when I can. If I can get a low, flat ball with not too much pace I can re-direct and usually get myself into a winning position, though my forehand doesn't have enough power to go for the kill immediately.

If I'm pushed behind the baseline (I always try to be on or inside the baseline, and I love when I can hit inside-in forehands on the rise) then my only option is to hit a FH DTL or a high moonball if it goes to my backhand...sometimes I'll slice it, if I can. I run around my backhand as often as I can, I hate my backhand though I'm trying to get used to hitting it more. I have major problems responding to moonballs...

Speaking of my backhand, it's one-handed, and I immediately hit a slice on it. I don't even think of hitting topspin unless I have more than enough time to prepare. It's a long motion/wind up to my backhand and I like my slice anyway. It can be low and deep, but sometimes it's a strange combo of a slice and a lob. It always curves crazily once it hits the ground, and it confuses my opponent each and every time I hit it. I've had people say it's my best shot. :lol:

Volleys are my favorite shots to hit. Big inside-out forehand, rush to net, put away the volley is my best play. I am so inconsistent off the ground that I know I need to finish the point quickly, so I try to find ways to come to net as soon as I can. I love hitting volleys actually, even my backhand volley works now, kind of...especially the low pick up backhand volley. If I had a serve I'd be a serve and volley player. I also suck at hitting smashes...I hit so many into the net.

Movement, ehhhhh....I have poor footwork, which hinders me, but otherwise I think I have excellent anticipation and decent footspeed. If I had more proper training and a more developed groundstroke game I think I'd be a good player. Alas.

nicidle
Apr 24th, 2010, 04:43 AM
I play like a pusher :lol:

My backhand is my best shot. esp. DTL , generate more pace.

my forehand is a crap. I'm not satisfied with it and i need to put more topspin on it to get balls over the net. Though when it's on, it can be damaging.

And i prefer coming to the net to finsih off points coz hitting winners is rather hard for me.

I'm speedy.

Makes a good pusher.

SVK
Apr 24th, 2010, 05:51 AM
Movement: It was quite good until I injured my ankle few years ago...since this it sucks :sad:

Serve: non-exist

Forehand: non-exist

Returns: non-exist from forehand side...from backhand its sometimes not that bad)

Backhand: slice (Im using top-spin just when I returned)

Mental strenght: :spit:

Net play: absolutely perfect:inlove:

So my tactic is dont serve a DF and as fast as possible going to the net...If this works then Im winning:inlove:...or Im slicing the opponent to the death from backhand:lol:

Josh.
Apr 24th, 2010, 08:17 AM
Forehand: Has been my friend and enemy over the years. I have fiddled around with the grip for ages before finally settling on one. Now, I mostly hit it with a decent amount of spin, using it to set up my backhand by pushing my opponent back. I can (occasionally) flatten it out, but I much rather use it to set up points. Also, often resort to the "helicopter" swing. (:drool:)

Backhand: My kill shot. I absolutely love my backhand. Basically can do whatever I want with it; flat, topspin, angles, slice. Everything I do is to set up backhand. Best return is DTL, though cross-court can work well.

Serve: Used to be a hot mess. But after much work, I've got a simply motion with which I can hit a flat first serve and a kick or slider second. My best side to serve is the Ad - side, which comes handy because I can hit some good serves to save breakpoints etc.

Volleys: Yeah, look, they are ok. Playing singles I often don't have to hit a difficult volley due to my approach being decent. If I don't hit a good enough approach, or my shot isn't as effective as I thought, I wont come in. I play competition and we only play doubles, so I have decent instincts and can cross. But generally, I will play for the baseline and approach after one or two shots.

Movement: I'm about 6'4 so movement will never be my best assets. I think I surprise people with my ability to move. I can slide into my shots on the fake grass. Overall, I move much better forward/backwards then side to side, although I'm working on it.

Petkorazzi
Apr 24th, 2010, 10:05 AM
My game changes like every week, so I'll say how it was yesterday. :lol:

My serve is just horrible. First one has decent power and placement, but the second serve is a disgrace, it's like 20 km/h.

My groundies are good. Forehand is good when on, but my backhand is my favourite shot. It's always solid.

Over the years, I've struggled on the forehand though. I used to hit it extremely hard when I was 13-14, but now I have a different grip I think, so I hit it topspin most of the time. I have patches when I can't get it in, so I've mastered the double handed forehand which I use then.

My biggest weapon is definitely my nerves and mental. I have won saving MPs on tons of occasions, while I just lost having a MP for the first time this week (I had saved 5 MP before my single MP too).

When all is going good, I am a pretty decent player. :) But I tend to get too defensive at times, especially towards the end of matches. The thought of making an error at 5-5 in a TB drives me sick, so I switch to helpless pushing! :sobbing:

Certinfy
Apr 24th, 2010, 11:16 AM
Hell no.I said 'nearly every serve in the book', of course I can't do all of them but with the serves I do know I can easily vary them up and win loads of cheap points :)

Petkorazzi
Apr 24th, 2010, 11:21 AM
I said 'nearly every serve in the book', of course I can't do all of them but with the serves I do know I can easily vary them up and win loads of cheap points :)
Pretty sure it was referred to the 125 m/h serves. :rolleyes: Most top ATP players average at about 110-115, so it's a bit heard to believe you can serve regularly at 125.

Certinfy
Apr 24th, 2010, 11:27 AM
Pretty sure it was referred to the 125 m/h serves. :rolleyes: Most top ATP players average at about 110-115, so it's a bit heard to believe you can serve regularly at 125.Oh right, well I can serve at around 125mph, fair enough it's mindless serving with no direction, but against people at my club it's useful.

Certinfy
Apr 24th, 2010, 11:32 AM
Oh and what do u mean most ATP players serve at around 110-115? :rolleyes:

Petkorazzi
Apr 24th, 2010, 11:35 AM
Maybe you can strike once or twice, but there is no way you can serve like that regularly and not be a pro or something. :shrug:

WTA (US open)
Julie Coin 107 MPH (172)
Venus Williams 106 MPH (171)
Serena Williams 104 MPH (167)
Kuznetsova 104 MPH (167)
Jankovic 99 MPH (159)
Ivanovic 98 MPH (15
Dementieva 94 MPH (151)
Wozniacki 92 MPH (14
Arvidsson 88 MPH (142)

ATP (US Open)Roddick 126 MPH (202)
Del Potro 121 MPH (195)
Tursunov 118 MPH (190)
Monfils 117 MPH (18
Djokovic 115 MPH (185)
James Blake 115 MPH (185)
Federer 114 MPH (183)
Nalbandian 111 MPH (179)
Murray 111 MPH (179)
Ferrer 109 MPH (175)
Nadal 108 MPH (174)
Kei Nishikori 105 MPH (169)
Davydenko 104 MPH (167)

Taken from single matches at US open 2008. These are the average serve speeds during the match.

Certinfy
Apr 24th, 2010, 11:54 AM
Fair enough, but I can serve like that :lol:

Well of course the average serve speed would be slow in those situations, considering how each player is using there serve... I mean I personally just mindlessly hit the serve as hard as I can to give it as much power as I can, whereas the top players vary it so much... I'm pretty sure if we had a average serve speed of an ATP players when they are hitting it as flat and hard as they can into the box we'll have quite a few 133+mph stats...

claypova
Apr 24th, 2010, 11:58 AM
Maybe you can strike once or twice, but there is no way you can serve like that regularly and not be a pro or something. :shrug:

WTA (US open)
Julie Coin 107 MPH (172)
Venus Williams 106 MPH (171)
Serena Williams 104 MPH (167)
Kuznetsova 104 MPH (167)
Jankovic 99 MPH (159)
Ivanovic 98 MPH (15
Dementieva 94 MPH (151)
Wozniacki 92 MPH (14
Arvidsson 88 MPH (142)

ATP (US Open)Roddick 126 MPH (202)
Del Potro 121 MPH (195)
Tursunov 118 MPH (190)
Monfils 117 MPH (18
Djokovic 115 MPH (185)
James Blake 115 MPH (185)
Federer 114 MPH (183)
Nalbandian 111 MPH (179)
Murray 111 MPH (179)
Ferrer 109 MPH (175)
Nadal 108 MPH (174)
Kei Nishikori 105 MPH (169)
Davydenko 104 MPH (167)

Taken from single matches at US open 2008. These are the average serve speeds during the match.

does it include 2nd serves?

Miss Atomic Bomb
Apr 24th, 2010, 12:12 PM
I can hit 156 mph serves :rolleyes: I just don't hit them because I have a shoulder injury.

iPatty
Apr 24th, 2010, 12:45 PM
Oh right, well I can serve at around 125mph, fair enough it's mindless serving with no direction, but against people at my club it's useful.

No one believes you. If you could serve, nevermind on a regular basis, at 125mph, you would be a professional tennis player. End of discussion. I will never understand what people get out of lying over the internet. :o

Certinfy
Apr 24th, 2010, 12:55 PM
No one believes you. If you could serve, nevermind on a regular basis, at 125mph, you would be a professional tennis player. End of discussion. I will never understand what people get out of lying over the internet. :o
Errr... Not really :rolleyes: Fair enough I can't serve at a regular basis at 125mph then, but I can do it! Call me a liar if u want, I don't really give a shit to be honest! There are loads of guys who can serve at 125+mph even some guys who are like 16 yet they are not even pros, shows how much u know about the ATP...

Aaron.
Apr 24th, 2010, 01:05 PM
I have a counterpunching style..often people say my game is similar to Leyton Hewitt or Gilles Simon

Serve: Not really a weakness but not a strength either..I dont win many free points but I dont let people attack easily..I've been trying to work on it alot though so It can become a weapon

Forehand: I really struggled with my forehand like 2-3 years ago because I kept trying to copy Pros now I just do what's natural to me and It feels a lot better and I can be more consistent. My Inside out forehand is really good

Backhand: My backhand is pretty decent better then most of the players I play in tournaments. I can really flatten it out and hit high with spin while most of the people I play can only hit it high with spin. I just love when people hit kick serves to my backhand

Volleys: Meh..they're decent nothing special I can usally put the ball away if I have a easy overhead/volley

Movement: One of my best weapons..I'm probally lazy with my footwork because I can move really fast and react really fast. Usually the people I play against don't hit many winners and if they do its a amazing shot

Aaron.
Apr 24th, 2010, 01:11 PM
Reading some of the posts here..Im confused on why you guys would switch from a one-hander to a two-handed forehand during the middle of a match :confused: Just hit with more spin on your one-hander

Aaron.
Apr 24th, 2010, 01:19 PM
Are you male or female?



I've always wondered to what level people on this forum play.

Well I consider myself a serious player I've been playing junior tournaments since I was like 12 (Yeah I started tennis late :sobbing:)..I practice about 5-6 times a week 3-4 hours a day doing private lessons with my coach and on weekends I play USTA tournaments. I just got finished playing college tennis at this really small school (which was a joke) I was number one singles and I was like 13-3 the whole year and really shouldnt have lost the whole year. Now im trying to improve alot in the next year so I can make a good college team. Georgia Tech or UGA perhaps :)

Anyways my main problem has really been focus. When I was like 12 years old I didnt really take tournaments seriously and I just wanted to have fun. Every summer I begged my mom to take me to a expensive tennis camp because I had alot of friends there and it wasnt really to improve. At the camp we were all decent junior players but we didnt take tennis as seriously as we should have. This habit continued until I was like 15 or 16 then I started getting serious but the boys I were playing were more experienced then me (They werent better just more experienced in matches). Now i've been working harder then ever and the results are showing. I think im playing the best I ever have in my life and I'm hoping I can raise my game even more so I can make a decent college team.

Sorry for the Bio guys just wanted to get that off my chest...:tape:

claypova
Apr 24th, 2010, 01:24 PM
No one believes you. If you could serve, nevermind on a regular basis, at 125mph, you would be a professional tennis player. End of discussion. I will never understand what people get out of lying over the internet. :o

you do realised that smacking first serves at 125mph with no direction at a consistent basis is possible?

Certinfy
Apr 24th, 2010, 02:01 PM
you do realised that smacking first serves at 125mph with no direction at a consistent basis is possible?Thank you! :bowdown:

Slutiana
Apr 24th, 2010, 02:09 PM
Well I consider myself a serious player I've been playing junior tournaments since I was like 12 (Yeah I started tennis late :sobbing:)..I practice about 5-6 times a week 3-4 hours a day doing private lessons with my coach and on weekends I play USTA tournaments. I just got finished playing college tennis at this really small school (which was a joke) I was number one singles and I was like 13-3 the whole year and really shouldnt have lost the whole year. Now im trying to improve alot in the next year so I can make a good college team. Georgia Tech or UGA perhaps :)

Anyways my main problem has really been focus. When I was like 12 years old I didnt really take tournaments seriously and I just wanted to have fun. Every summer I begged my mom to take me to a expensive tennis camp because I had alot of friends there and it wasnt really to improve. At the camp we were all decent junior players but we didnt take tennis as seriously as we should have. This habit continued until I was like 15 or 16 then I started getting serious but the boys I were playing were more experienced then me (They werent better just more experienced in matches). Now i've been working harder then ever and the results are showing. I think im playing the best I ever have in my life and I'm hoping I can raise my game even more so I can make a decent college team.

Sorry for the Bio guys just wanted to get that off my chest...:tape:
Wow, good luck!

I guess the review I gave my game yesterday was me living naively in the past. I played doubles for the first team of my tennis club for the first time ever today and it was definitely an eye-opener. :tape: Everything was just so sloppy; my serve wasn't anywhere near as powerful as it usually is, I had problems with my toss also, my footwork was awful, I hadn't faced such a hard serve in so long and I just literally couldn't return the serves over the net, my volleys were terrible and the yips on my backhand were still there. :help: The only saving grace was my forehand but even then I was being so lazy and doing the whip-around Nadal-like forehand rather than getting my feet into position and doing my proper technique.

I guess the one thing I can be pleased with is the fact that I didn't trash my racket and then take my partner's and break it too. He was even worse, he served a game with 4 DFs in a row beginning to end (and his serve is his strength). :help:

It was so frustrating but I guess it really is just a wakeup call for me to start going to the gym again, fixing my diet and also sorting out all the problems in my game. A lot of it is down to my fitness and footwork though as I hadn't been able to exercise for like a year so if any of you guys know any good footwork/fitness drills or indeed any other tips and methods related to tennis then feel free to share them! I need all the help I can get. :help:

The Dawntreader
Apr 24th, 2010, 02:13 PM
Forehand: Has it's good days and then has it's bad days:lol: It can be really good, or it can not and then I just get it in the court, but even then I try to do it aggressively I think with good placement.
Backhand: My favorite and best shot. I love hitting it flat, flat and flatter:lol: Can hit winners cross court, down-the-line, and inside out, just love it. Try to dictate with that one mostly.
Movement: Fast, can get to a lot. I like running:p
Volleys: :lol: Can have it's good days, but mostly bad days:angel:
Serve: Up and down. Majority of the time, I just spin it in so I don't have to do a second serve, but I can hit a good flat first serve.

I try to be the aggressor on the baseline, but at the same time when over powered I can be kind of like a counter puncher who waits for the opening to then be aggressive, so I have more patience with my shots then I would if I was the aggressor.

You're Venus circa '98/99:lol:

Aaron.
Apr 24th, 2010, 02:14 PM
Wow, good luck!

I guess the review I gave my game yesterday was me living naively in the past. I played doubles for the first team of my tennis club for the first time ever today and it was definitely an eye-opener. :tape: Everything was just so sloppy; my serve wasn't anywhere near as powerful as it usually is, I had problems with my toss also, my footwork was awful, I hadn't faced such a hard serve in so long and I just literally couldn't return the serves over the net, my volleys were terrible and the yips on my backhand were still there. :help: The only saving grace was my forehand but even then I was being so lazy and doing the whip-around Nadal-like forehand rather than getting my feet into position and doing my proper technique.

I guess the one thing I can be pleased with is the fact that I didn't trash my racket and then take my partner's and break it too. He was even worse, he served a game with 4 DFs in a row beginning to end (and his serve is his strength). :help:

It was so frustrating but I guess it really is just a wakeup call for me to start going to the gym again, fixing my diet and also sorting out all the problems in my game. A lot of it is down to my fitness and footwork though as I hadn't been able to exercise for like a year so if any of you guys know any good footwork/fitness drills or indeed any other tips and methods related to tennis then feel free to share them! I need all the help I can get. :help:

Well I am no fitness expert but here are some things my coach tells me to do at home

Jump Rope - Try doing this for five minutes straight. If you cant work your way up..
Sit Ups - Do 100 each night they help with your core
Squats - Do 50 each night they help with your legs and thighs b/c you need to bend your knees for each shot you hit

You can also youtube some good tennis excerises/drills

miffedmax
Apr 24th, 2010, 03:20 PM
Inept.

iPatty
Apr 24th, 2010, 04:03 PM
Errr... Not really :rolleyes: Fair enough I can't serve at a regular basis at 125mph then, but I can do it! Call me a liar if u want, I don't really give a shit to be honest! There are loads of guys who can serve at 125+mph even some guys who are like 16 yet they are not even pros, shows how much u know about the ATP...

Sure pal, but if you could serve 125mph you wouldn't be wasting your time on this message board, you would be working hard everyday to become a professional tennis player.

And :lol: at your comment about ATP. It's pretty ironic, considering your comments in this thread it's you who only follows ATP so you can fawn over some men. Try watching for the tennis and then get back to me and tell me I'm only a "women's tennis fan".

Certinfy
Apr 24th, 2010, 04:21 PM
Sure pal, but if you could serve 125mph you wouldn't be wasting your time on this message board, you would be working hard everyday to become a professional tennis player. Errr... No! That's what you think, and I do practice a lot to be become a better player...

And :lol: at your comment about ATP. It's pretty ironic, considering your comments in this thread it's you who only follows ATP so you can fawn over some men. Try watching for the tennis and then get back to me and tell me I'm only a "women's tennis fan".Wow, ur some deluded clown! :weirdo: Do you actually know how many guys out there under 20 can serve at 125+mph and not be a professional? Well since ur a huge moron I'm sure u don't!

Try watching for the tennis? :haha: I follow the ATP tour as close as can get and of course I watch for the tennis u clown!

Certinfy
Apr 24th, 2010, 04:24 PM
...and just to sum up all of ur posts insulting me, practically what you're saying is that if ur a guy who can serve at 125mph you have to be a professional. :haha:

You know what, that made my dad, has to be one of the funniest things I've ever heard, ever! :haha:

Ferg
Apr 24th, 2010, 04:53 PM
I have a shitty serve. Not I dont put it short so its not that attackable but it aint a weapon by no means.

My volleys are unremarkable, they pass for most easy volleys, not so strong on volleys above my head.

On to my strokes, I have a weird range. Sometimes I play double handed with my left on the base of the racket. My double forehand isnt much of a weapon unless given the chance but its very reliable and I cant put massive topspin on it. My double backhand is probably my 2nd best shot I can put it anywhere, and its a big shot. I can put a lot of power on it myself, and if they hit a big shot to that side my backhand often absorbs the power and sends it back even harder. My double game is great for defensive minded players, Im so patient and easily control the rallies, never rush it, and wait for my opportunity.

My one handed game is my power game. My forehand is kindve like Soderlinga. Big, loopy swing, and hit it anywhere and deep, but I struggle against defensive players with it, if they hit a low short midcourt ball back, Im in trouble. One handed backhand is good. Not good for DTL but I have a wicked crosscourt if given the angle, but sometimes it breaks down a bit.

I have great footwork, I can get nearly anythng back within my range, and Im also great at moving side to side. One problem though is Im often slow to mishits that land short, strangely I have no problem getting to dropshots. :lol:

Mental strength is a bit part of my game. I always believe I can win, even when Im down 5-1 and playing like crap.

iPatty
Apr 24th, 2010, 05:32 PM
...and just to sum up all of ur posts insulting me, practically what you're saying is that if ur a guy who can serve at 125mph you have to be a professional. :haha:

You know what, that made my dad, has to be one of the funniest things I've ever heard, ever! :haha:

What a waste of space. You clearly don't even play tennis at all. The best college players can barely touch 125mph and you expect us to believe that you can do it on a regular basis. :lol:

You can say "I KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT TENNIS SO YOU ARE A MORON" all you want but I think the only person on your side is...yourself. Lonely? Well you won't be lonely on my ignore list, because that's where you're going.

Certinfy
Apr 24th, 2010, 05:40 PM
Me a waste of space? Ok dude I've heard that ur one of TF's biggest morons, so I'll take that as a compliment :kiss:

Actually I do :rolleyes: I said afterwards that I can do it every now and then :rolleyes: Maybe not consistently then but I can do it quite a lot. And the best college players can't do that? Well you know not everyone needs to have a good serve to become a pro :rolleyes:

I'm the only person on my side? Keep on carrying on this, I'm having a good laugh at this. I'm pretty sure loads of people agree with me when guys can serve at 125+ without being a pro, it seems u have a shit serve you mug! Hence I don't know if you're blind but someone in this thread already agreed with me :rolleyes: Go to Specsavers u moron!

Your ignore list? Like I give a fucking shit, u make it sound like bad. Ever considered getting help dude? Seems like you need it. :awww:

You're just too funny dude, u deserve a medal or something, that's how good u r with this BS of u need to be a pro to serve at 125mph :haha: Makes me laugh every time I think of it.

new-york
Apr 24th, 2010, 06:26 PM
let's just whatever this.

new-york
Apr 24th, 2010, 06:28 PM
You're Venus circa '98/99:lol:

we want a picture of Uranium with beads. :D

toby345
Apr 24th, 2010, 06:49 PM
Forehand: My absolute favorite shot :hearts: My best friend ever :lol: But sometimes it's just horribly off. :tape: I can shank my forehand shots just like Sam Stosur :spit:. I like to hit it flat and hard. But as a born clay courter I can play top spin and heavy angles too.

Backhand: Ehhh :help: My least favorite shot.. I got a one handed backhand and did not have much stability there until this spring. It's getting better with the time. My top spin backhand is the problem. Slice is good.

Volleys: Well almost as disliked as my backhand :lol: Were shitty until 1 year ago or so. They are not solid though. I don't like the net game anyway, so no big deal.

Serve: Good first serve because of my height. Second serve is something like a problem. Too many double faults, but I'm working on it. Practicing kick serves for the second serve.

Style: Aggressive baseliner. Want to hit winner or force errors. Can switch into counterpuncher because of my clay court experience. But indoor and hard court tennis suits my game better.

Petkorazzi
Apr 24th, 2010, 06:56 PM
Me a waste of space? Ok dude I've heard that ur one of TF's biggest morons, so I'll take that as a compliment :kiss:

Actually I do :rolleyes: I said afterwards that I can do it every now and then :rolleyes: Maybe not consistently then but I can do it quite a lot. And the best college players can't do that? Well you know not everyone needs to have a good serve to become a pro :rolleyes:

I'm the only person on my side? Keep on carrying on this, I'm having a good laugh at this. I'm pretty sure loads of people agree with me when guys can serve at 125+ without being a pro, it seems u have a shit serve you mug! Hence I don't know if you're blind but someone in this thread already agreed with me :rolleyes: Go to Specsavers u moron!

Your ignore list? Like I give a fucking shit, u make it sound like bad. Ever considered getting help dude? Seems like you need it. :awww:

You're just too funny dude, u deserve a medal or something, that's how good u r with this BS of u need to be a pro to serve at 125mph :haha: Makes me laugh every time I think of it.
Sorry but I have to agree with iPatty here. :shrug: If you can really regularly serve at 125, then you must be training to go pro. If you meant you can hit 125 m/h without any thought/direction/aim, then that was pretty ignorant :lol: Who can't like that?

Certinfy
Apr 24th, 2010, 07:36 PM
Sorry but I have to agree with iPatty here. :shrug: If you can really regularly serve at 125, then you must be training to go pro. If you meant you can hit 125 m/h without any thought/direction/aim, then that was pretty ignorant :lol: Who can't like that?Of course I meant without direction and aim, when I'm going for direction and aim I normally hit around the 100 mark :lol: Sorry for all this confusion then I'm like a mindless server and ballbasher :rolls:

DefyingGravity
Apr 24th, 2010, 07:43 PM
I play a lot like Ana Ivanovic really. I've got a big serve and forehand (I can hit it, at my hardest...115 mph...the serve, I mean), and I use my forehand to really work people over. I've got a good backhand though, and it's much more precise than the forehand is, but the forehand will win me a lot more points.

I've got good movement, stamina, and strength. I'm a guy, a little under 5'11", so not short but not usually a male tennis player height from what I can tell. I could definitely work on stamina some more, though, and more physical strength in the arms.

Touch....it depends on how good I'm feeling on the day. There are moments where I can hit any dropshot anywhere and volley beautifully, and there are moments where I can butcher the game of tennis in terms of touch.

I've got a good mentality for the sport, as I don't get down on myself when I'm hitting errors or double fault or something like that. It takes me having done that over an entire match to get me truly frustrated.

I love playing on red and green clay, then hard courts, then grass (weird for an American, right?). The clay brings the ball up into my favorite strike zone, and I can hit through clay a lot more than other people.

If there's things I need to work on, is direction of serve (I can't get it to move on some occasions), when to not go for shots (I get a little trigger happy), and deciding when net play can enhance a rally (I have good volleys, I just don't use them as much).

Vaidisova Ruled
Apr 24th, 2010, 08:13 PM
how do you people know how hard do you serve?
I have never been in a club where there is this machine, and I usually play in good tennis clubs...

Certinfy
Apr 24th, 2010, 08:16 PM
how do you people know how hard do you serve?
I have never been in a club where there is this machine, and I usually play in good tennis clubs...My tennis club has a few of them :shrug: and some tennis tournaments have places where you can go and find the speed of your own serve as well. :)

Petkorazzi
Apr 24th, 2010, 08:26 PM
That sounds more realistic. :p

Anyone can give me some tips on how to improve my serve? I mean, I just can't seem to be able to swing fast :sobbing: My ground game is good, but I see myself barely winning against players I used to beat easily years ago just cause they're improving their serves as they grow and become stronger yet I can't :(

Dave.
Apr 24th, 2010, 08:28 PM
I'll try..

Forehand: My best shot. It's the shot I really look to take the initiative on and step into. It's also my best shot on the run (I love hitting running lasoo forehand ala Davenport except I probably brush up too much so it's more like Nadal's). Not surprisingly it's also the one that makes the most errors.

Backhand: 2 handed. It's very consistent and I do try to step into it but I'm just more comfortable doing it on the forehand which is why I'd say it's my best shot. My backhand takes pace well, but it's more difficult to create it.

Serve: My worst shot. I just can't rely on it. It's good when I get on a roll but can go off anytime. My second serve has basically nothing on it.

Return: I definitely feel better about my chances to break than hold. I love returning fast serves and also love smacking second serves. My favourite return is to hit hard right down the middle. I struggle with high kick serves though. For me the game is simpler when returning than serving. I feel I can set up the point better when I'm getting back into court from a return, than when I'm landing from a serve.

Volleys: Used to be my worst shots, now one of my better ones. Especially in doubles where I'm all over the net (inspired by Cara Black :hearts:). There's no better feeling than intercepting a shot in doubles or reflexing back a fast volley. I can't explain how my volleys improved so much, just a better attitude towards them I guess - and now I enjoy doubles ALOT more than I used to. In singles I hug the baseline too much to go to net. Approaching the net is a big problem for me and getting the split step right.



My overall singles game consists mainly of my groundstrokes. My footwork is pretty good generally so it allows me to stay on the baseline and take the ball as it lands most of the time. I usually try to keep points short and hit quite flat, which results in alot of errors too. My biggest weakness, other than the serve, is just getting caught up in rallies and too easily moved out of position. I struggle to get the ball moving around the court too and too often I find I'm doing the running and my opponent is just standing there. :bigcry:


For the person who asked about standards, I'm a (LTA rating) 9.2 and usually compete in ratings tournaments and team leagues regularly. I'm aiming to move up this summer, as I did last summer. :cool:

Certinfy
Apr 24th, 2010, 08:29 PM
Well I mean come on, if I could serve at 125mph consistently with direction and stuff, of course I would probably be a pro player :lol: I mean I thought it was obvious that I was talking about just bashing it in without placement, I think I even said it somewhere in this thread :shrug:

Anyway what service action do you have? U Male or female?

Aaron.
Apr 24th, 2010, 08:32 PM
That sounds more realistic. :p

Anyone can give me some tips on how to improve my serve? I mean, I just can't seem to be able to swing fast :sobbing: My ground game is good, but I see myself barely winning against players I used to beat easily years ago just cause they're improving their serves as they grow and become stronger yet I can't :(

Read this topic on help with the toss..It really helped me
http://www.fuzzyyellowballs.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=940

Also another thing is to get a fluid service motion..this excerise helps

Go get a towel and tie a knot in it. The towel should be about the length of your real racket the knot represents the racket head so you would hold the towel from the other side like its a tennis racket. Practice serving with the towel the objective of this is to make sure the knot in the towel dosent touch your back if it dosent you have a fluid motion and if it does you need to fix your motion to make it more fluid.

I hope that made sense If not I'll show you a video on how to do it

Certinfy
Apr 24th, 2010, 08:37 PM
While on this topic, how can I improve my volleys?

Aaron.
Apr 24th, 2010, 08:50 PM
While on this topic, how can I improve my volleys?
Meh im not really a coach so just some general tips

-No backswing at all!
-Keep racket in front of you
-After you make contact freeze the racket
-Keep wrist firm
-Split step before each volley

Hope this helps :)

Certinfy
Apr 24th, 2010, 08:52 PM
Thanks will try do that when I play tennis :D My volleys are really bad :o

pregunta
Apr 24th, 2010, 10:17 PM
Thanks will try do that when I play tennis :D My volleys are really bad :o

I thhought that you will write that your volleys looks like Pete or Martina volleys :awww:

pregunta
Apr 24th, 2010, 10:18 PM
how do you people know how hard do you serve?
I have never been in a club where there is this machine, and I usually play in good tennis clubs...

We dont have in here but hello looks where I come from sooo :lol: Could not expect another thing about it

Certinfy
Apr 24th, 2010, 10:22 PM
I thhought that you will write that your volleys looks like Pete or Martina volleys :awww:R u being sarcastic?

1handedbackhand
Apr 24th, 2010, 11:01 PM
While on this topic, how can I improve my volleys?

What are the problems you have with your volleys right now?
Knowing that will help with giving you the right information to improve your volleys.

1handedbackhand
Apr 24th, 2010, 11:09 PM
I'm an all-court player.

I can play from all parts of the court and can play on the baseline taking the ball early and coming to net. I can also play behind the baseline hitting with lots of topspin and lots of defense.
I typically transition from both styles during matches and even during points.

My 1 handed backhand is my strength. I have a good return of serve with it, and have the variety of a heavy topspin shot, flattened shot, low slice, dropshot and slice lob.

My serve is my next biggest weapon. It's not the biggest but I can place the ball in each corner in the duece and ad court. I also have the variety of a flat serve, slice serve and kick serve and regularly mix those up. This is very important for me, especially for those players that have no trouble blocking back a flat serve, but give them a kick serve with spin and they struggle.
The ability for me to put different spins on the ball on the very first shot and place it well means that I am starting each point in good standing.

I also love to hit overheads and like when people attempt to lob me.

My tactics are to use the angles to open up the court and come to net to finish the point.

1handedbackhand
Apr 24th, 2010, 11:17 PM
I'm always very skeptical about serve speed claims.

1. Most people have not faced a 100mph serve. It's a lot faster than you think. You may feel that you are hitting your serve hard, but really are not. Most people don't even know what they look like when playing. It is a wake up call. Try it out and see.
A lot of players are very delusional about their games.
The reason I say that is, to get above 100mph on your serve, requires VERY good technique, flexibility and timing. Most rec players try to force the pace which destroys timing and flexibility and breaks down the technique (If they had it to begin with)

2. Most players do NOT serve 125mph. That is a ridiculous assertion. Professional male players will often times average under 110mph first serve. To assert that lost of players are serving at 125mph is incorrect.

3. You do not need to serve at 125mph to have a good serve. Can you place your serve in each corner of the box 8/10 times?
Can you hit a side spinning slice serve that hits the side line a quarter way up?
Can you hit a kick serve that curves and then kicks up and to the left of your opponent?
Can you throw in the flat serve to each corner?

If you can do the above at 90mph, you are in possession of a GOAT serve for recreational player standards. This serve alone is SOLID for WTA top 50 level.

Njay16
Apr 25th, 2010, 12:48 AM
My game is so :weirdo: Depending on the day certain shots will work better than others

Serve: Solid first serve. I go for placement rather than pace. Second serve has no margin, as I hate seeing a my second serve get ripped for a winner. Very Dokic like :lol:

Forehand: Stronger of the two sides. Technique is stable but I hit it very flat for the most part. Like to hit short angles with lots of spin to open up the court.

Backhand: Breaks down like no other :o hit with a lot of spin, and use the slice a lot.

Volleys: Strongest part of my game. I have sharp reflexes from doing martial arts so that helps.

Movement: I move pretty well for a tall guy.

Ryan
Apr 25th, 2010, 01:07 AM
Time to describe my "game", which has probably regressed in some ways since the last time I wrote about it (probably wrote about it somewhere on this board before).


Serve: ??? It's bad. I aim to just get it in the box, which I usually do really well at. It has a low bounce, which always confuses my opponents and they have to adjust - easy errors sometimes. :lol: But most of the time it puts me on the defensive. I can hit a slice on the AD side, I'm a lefty, but its like a loopy slice. :tape:

Forehand: My favorite shot to hit, but its definitely hit/miss. I have a pretty western grip, so I have to hit it perfectly to get it really flat. Most of the time its a deep lobspin (at least it aint like Nadal's topspin, so I think a combo of lob/topspin is more accurate). :p My forehand return is shitty against hard serves, any advice? I usually end up chipping it into the net when I'm rushed. I can hit it pretty good most of the time, like hitting it down the line. Sometimes when I'm not sure what to do with it, I end up poking at it and lobbing. :tape: :o

Backhand: Probably better than my forehand because I usually hit it deep and up the middle, pretty consistent. I return better on this side (aka it goes in the court!) and I can run out wide to hit it pretty well. I actually hit a good two-handed lob on the side, hit 4-5 winners like that last time I played. Not a flashy shot, but its stable.

Volleys: Meh. I have a baaad backhand volley unless its up high, then I use two hands. Forehand volley is OK. I actually do better when its a harder shot - when I have too much time to think, I always overhit/think and miss. :lol: Overheads are BAD, just like my serve.

I'm pretty fast, but I don't get myself into the right spot all the time - not proper distance from ball, a little slow to react to shots short in the court. Im in good shape though, and don't usually get tired (until after the match haha), so most of the time I wear down whoever I'm playing, which is actually pretty fun. Not a lot of finesse or touch - slice is way too iffy to try unless I'm up 40-0 in a game. Dropshot is meh, but at my level a bad dropshot can still win points. ;)

Aaron.
Apr 25th, 2010, 01:13 AM
Ryan I too struggled with my serve but now its a lot more reliable thanks to the information I posted earlier in the thread..I just thought I should share it with people because having a bad serve is just so fustrating when everyone else is blasting 120mph serves!

Ryan
Apr 25th, 2010, 01:33 AM
Yeah, I read that towel trick - sounds easy enough to try. I know what I'm SUPPOSED to do, I literally just can't coordinate it on my first, and on the second its all arm. :lol:

My toss needs to go higher, and I need to bend my knees more. I'll work on that with the towel.

Six Feet Under
Apr 25th, 2010, 02:05 AM
I'm basically a pusher :lol:

Forehand: It usually hit it with a lot of height over the net. I also commonly use a forehand slice which throws alot of my opponents off. Occasionally i can flatten it out but i rarely hit a winner off it.

Backhand: i have a good slice again, and generally hit the ball with alot of height over the net. I would likely go for a harder shot of the backhand.

Serve: at times i can produce a good fast first serve. My second serve isn't anything special but i rarely df.

Movement: I am fast mover and i like to think i have good anticipation of shots, i always try to get every shot back

Mental strength: I comeback alot of the time win matches, but when i build a lead usually i lose a couple games before doing anything. I like to think that this part of my game is my biggest strength.

Drop shots and Lobs: i usually hit most of winners of these in a match. they are definitely my best shots and i can usually pull them of when i need to :)

Potato
Apr 25th, 2010, 04:09 AM
Technically I'm solid in everything but I just lack athleticism and a solid serve, which why I'm stuck at the bottom of super champs. :shrug:

Serve: Weakest part of my game, my first serve is a heavy spin serve, my second serve is the exact same thing, except less pace.

Forehand: Technically proficient, I can hit many DTL winners with this, I can hit winners on the short/approach. I just can't rip it fast since I'm not really strong in the upper body or arms.

Backhand: Technically perfect, even I have to say. It really is my biggest weapon. I can drive it down the line and cross court. (Though I like DTL more, it's more of a wow shot) I think my backhand is the only reason I'm in supers. I'm really aggressive off the return of serve w/ my backhand. I have a two handed slice push like Wozniacki's.

Volleys: I only approach the net on a perfect approach. I'm too scared of getting passed. I usually just do a punch volley on my forehand, and a swing volley on my backhand. Drop volleys are difficult for me, I have little to no finesse on drop shots. (They are basically short lobs)

ArturoAce.
Apr 25th, 2010, 05:10 AM
I really lack strength but I'm consistent enough and I place the ball well with a lot of variety so it makes up for strength.

Serve: Probably, my best shot. First serve is flat and low- I usually get very pathetic returns to this which is helpful. Second serve- I spin it in with a little kick & I'm trying to add more punch to it though.

Forehand: I have a lot of different grips for my forehand- i usually like my flat, hard one. but occasionally i'll put some top spin in and go for some angle. i'm usually to scared to go DTL unless it's doubles where i have something to aim for.

Backhand: in middle school this was my favorite shot. my motion was nice and got it in the court really deep and i had good aim. no it's really mediocre...sometimes it can be heavenly but sometimes i just guide it over-it just feels awkward at times. i think my toughest ones are the high bouncing- i just can't really plant my feet well enough like the low ones.

Volleys: volleys are super easy for me. it just comes natural. maybe because i watch a lot of doubles. idk. but i anticipate well and have quick reflexes, and i put it away with ease most of the time.

Movement: again, this is just natural. i know where they're gonna hit it for the most part. i can cover the entire court pretty easily, unless it's some godly dropshot. :lol:

Petkorazzi
Apr 25th, 2010, 06:23 AM
Anyway what service action do you have? U Male or female?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CiT6VULNdY

Something like this :sobbing: I prepare my hand before the toss. I am a male, 16 :p

Read this topic on help with the toss..It really helped me
http://www.fuzzyyellowballs.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=940

Also another thing is to get a fluid service motion..this excerise helps

Go get a towel and tie a knot in it. The towel should be about the length of your real racket the knot represents the racket head so you would hold the towel from the other side like its a tennis racket. Practice serving with the towel the objective of this is to make sure the knot in the towel dosent touch your back if it dosent you have a fluid motion and if it does you need to fix your motion to make it more fluid.

I hope that made sense If not I'll show you a video on how to do it

Could you show the video if you don't mind? :lol:

Aaron.
Apr 25th, 2010, 06:56 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CiT6VULNdY

Something like this :sobbing: I prepare my hand before the toss. I am a male, 16 :p



Could you show the video if you don't mind? :lol:

http://www.tennischannel.com/video/index.aspx#7d46be87-107b-4d8c-a884-078a7ed8c9a9

Scroll down click on Instructionals then look for the video "Towel Serve"

Aaron.
Apr 25th, 2010, 06:58 AM
Also Requiem I watched that video you posted of that girl serving and all I can say is how the hell did she drop her racquet like that :lol:

Petkorazzi
Apr 25th, 2010, 07:20 AM
Thanks, will try that one of these days :)

And Yuliya is THE GOAT :bowdown: She can do everything.

Slutiana
Apr 25th, 2010, 07:32 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CiT6VULNdY

Something like this :sobbing: I prepare my hand before the toss. I am a male, 16 :p



Could you show the video if you don't mind? :lol:
Yuliya. :sobbing: That video cracks me up everytime I see it.

I actually modeled my service motion on Serena from when I was much younger, turns out to be the best thing I ever did. :lol:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Apr 25th, 2010, 07:42 AM
I hit the balls really flat, including my serve, so I have no variety at all. My weakest part of the game is probably my movement and volley. I can't volley to save my life. My forehand is probably the strongest part of my game, or my serve, my backhand is fine I guess. I don't know if I am mentally strong or not, I've came back from 2-5 down to win the set, but when I lose a close tie-break in the first set I always get bagelled or breadsticked in the second. :lol:

I hate pushers and counter punchers. I always always lose against them no matter how many times I play them and I have absolutely no idea why. They just get every single of my ball back, and especially those who likes to slice, I can't play with them and my game is destroyed. I hate people who slice every single ball, even though I know it's gonna be a slice, I struggle with it. And drop shots are :help: , I can't get to them, ever. But I can play baseliners pretty well, I've beaten many. And I can do pretty well against those players who likes to come to the net. I can lob above their head (seeing their expressions are the best feeling :rolls: ) or hit passing shots pretty easiler, or sometimes I feel so much anger towards my opponent that I would just smack the ball as hard as I can into their face - usually they just turn away though so it hits their back or something.

Certinfy
Apr 25th, 2010, 09:01 AM
What are the problems you have with your volleys right now?
Knowing that will help with giving you the right information to improve your volleys.Well the biggest problem I have with my volleys are reaching the low ones, I mean i'm quite a tall guy as well so it's hard to reach down and get them over :( I end up netting nearly all of them. :o

shega
Apr 25th, 2010, 09:59 AM
Hi, I'm new here ! Thought this was the best thread to start with. :]
I wish I was a bit taller first of all, I'm over 1.70cm but deffinetly height adds to power, so that would actually make my game like way better. My style is agressive, since my groundstrokes are all technically great and I don't use much spin. But there's so much to improve becuase, I don't really move that well. I have great anticipation but that's just not something to rely on, is it ?
My favourite shot is the ace. Seriously, there's no better feeling ! I've got a style of forehand that I don't think anybody else has, I mean, in execution terms, with great technique, I can place it anywhere with the desireable pace. As for the backhand, it's even better. Almost never fails me. I've played tournaments the last years a lot and I found out my match mentality was no where. But now that I've grown up a little more then when I was 11 and 12, I fight like crazy and if I build momentum I never leave my comfort zone. I'm not a really good volleyer cause of my movement, but I can drop volley really well, as well as drop shot from the baseline. What's characteristic about me, I think, is that I never look at my coach and I don't get influenced from the crowd. I don't really get mad, sometimes I smile my errors off but nothing else... I just love tennis, how could I treat it bad... !

Keegan
Apr 25th, 2010, 06:13 PM
My game changes all the time. I've found a style that I like, and it's relatively relaxed. At the moment it's...
Serve: A lot stronger than it used to be since I changed my motion. It's still incredibly dodgy, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It's quite powerful and I try aim for the corners, which I managed to do most of the time. I used a continental grip for my serve.
Forehand: I favour my inside out forehand. It's a shot with a lot of spin, but it moves quickly and lands deep a lot of the time and I occasionally hit it flatter. I can hit a forehand slice and forehand dropshot quite well with little chance of it failing, but they're not 100%. I used to hit with a fairly eastern grip, but I've recently opted for a semi-western/western grip.
Backhand: I have a double-handed backhand. I also hit this with a lot of spin. It's a little bit weaker than my forehand, but I can hit a lot of angles with it. My backhand slice and dropshot are also quite good, but sometimes I over-spin it and it doesn't make it over the net. I prefer to hit my backhand above shoulder height too.
Volleys: My volleys are alright, but they could do with improving. I react quickly, so I don't feel to uncomfortable going to the net and I'm tall and I have a big wingspan, so I can stretch easily. I don't really hit smash volleys. I prefer to hit them after they bounce, or hit a swing volley.
Smashes: Like I said, I prefer to hit them after they bounce. They're quite good, but I rush myself sometimes and hit them right into the net or they go out.
Movement: I'm pretty fast and can react quickly, but after knee surgery, ankle injuries, a back injury and my other knee being injured I sometimes give up chasing the ball. I can also slide quite well. I don't really run out of energy easily, unless my knees or ankles are hurting when I let that get to me, so I can get to the ball quite well.

Slutati
Apr 26th, 2010, 08:48 PM
I have no game. :lol:
I kinda play like Dokic at her worst. Hitting the back fence over and over again. :)

Slutiana
Apr 26th, 2010, 09:04 PM
I have no game. :lol:
I kinda play like Dokic at her worst. Hitting the back fence over and over again. :)

:hug: It's not your fault you're shorter than the net.

Slutati
Apr 26th, 2010, 09:12 PM
:hug: It's not your fault you're shorter than the net.
:sobbing: It's true.

The Witch-king
Apr 26th, 2010, 09:19 PM
Serve: A mess.
Forehand: A mess.
Backhand: A mess.
Volleys: A HOT mess. Sometimes i miss the ball completely (the ball floats slowly past my racket :o)
Smashes: Too scared.
Movement: like a grandma

twight6
Apr 27th, 2010, 09:20 PM
I try to serve and volley, and chip and charge.. :sobbing:

I have a terrific backhand, hit all four corners from anywhere on the court. It's always solid, and dependable, I just run into problems when my forehand breaksdown and I try to over-compensate. My movement gets lazy, and my forehand goes off when that happens.

I'm not the quickest, but I cover the court well. If I'm in position, I hit with a lot of power.

My serve is usually pretty solid, I can hit the corners and also hit a decent kick serve (which I serve and volley with).

My volley is... eh. It's getting a lot better, but still not where I'd like it. The serve and volleying is more of an intimidation tactic than anything :shrug: Worked great in high school tennis!

Sammo
Apr 27th, 2010, 10:29 PM
Serve: A mess.
Forehand: Great!! But sometimes can be bad, it depends on the day but it's usually nice
Backhand: standard
Volleys: Meh... you can't call them bad.... neither good
Smashes: OK
Movement: very nice it's my best part I move pretty well on court

My playing style is agressive baseliner, my worse part is that I usually miss easy shots in the middle of the court, and that can be a pain, also I don't have a very reliable serve. My best parts are my speed and my dropshots, which I'd say are nice :) I'm 1,80 which means that I should have a good serve because of my tallness... well I'l tell you something, being tall doesn't help you at all with this!!

ArturoAce.
Apr 28th, 2010, 05:08 AM
Serve: A mess.
Forehand: A mess.
Backhand: A mess.
Volleys: A HOT mess. Sometimes i miss the ball completely (the ball floats slowly past my racket :o)
Smashes: Too scared.
Movement: like a grandma

:rolls::hug:

burn
Apr 28th, 2010, 06:52 AM
First Serve: If it's in, it's awesome... 35% only, unfortunately
Second Serve: 100% in, very weak...
Forehand: good top spin, rather slow
Backhand: one handed backhand slice, insecure double-handed backhand
Volleys: worst net player ever!
Smashes: 50% point, 50% fault
Movement: my strength, I get every ball

My style is mostly defensive with some counter-punching skills. I hit loads of lobs and I run after every ball, I get every stop; weak against good net players tho. If I attack, then out of the defense... weak net players will be passed every time!

Apoleb
Apr 28th, 2010, 07:39 AM
Serve: a mess, but is getting less hot.
Forehand: my "weapon". It's pretty good, but a bit inconsistent.
Backhand: I'm facing the hard realization that I can't play a single hander like Justine. :sad: The double-hander seems the more natural shot, and the interesting thing is that as soon as I switched (almost immediately), my whole game improved, especially the forehand. Suddenly I can open my shoulders a lot more, hit more through the ball and the shots stopped being so wristy and elbowy. I find that quite interesting.
Volleys: it's probably my favorite part of the game. Technique sucks but I have decent reactions. I like that there's so much feel in volleying.
Movement: meh. Decent footwork but not very fast reaction times.

I find that most beginners play like Ana Ivanovic. Maybe she's regressing to where she belongs. :tape:

goroos1994
Apr 28th, 2010, 01:39 PM
Serve: Good first serve, but very flat. Weak second serve.
Forehand: Works on my good days, but inconsistent.
Backhand: Two-handed backhand. My favourite shot.
Movement: Pretty good. I'm on the run alot which is where I need help with forehands.
Volleys: Bad.
Smashes: Horrific. 70% of the time I smash the ball out of the court.

Lachrymarum
Apr 28th, 2010, 01:41 PM
Serve: Non-existant. I'm lucky when I get the ball in the box. Luckily, my serves are so slow that sometimes I'm able to catch my opponent off guard with how slow they are that my opponent thinks its going to be an easy return winner but they hit an error.

Backhand: Non-existant. I can sometimes hit a backhand on the run but usually I run around my backhand to hit a forehand. If I'm forced to hit from the backhand side, I either moonball or try and change up the pace so I can be sure to hit a forehand the next shot.

Forehand: My best and only semi-reliable shot. Sometimes I play double handed just to use more power but if I'm in the center of the court, I try to dictate with a single handed forehand. My problem with the forehand is that in tense times, it completely breaks down and then I have to play 2 handed the whole time which is more work then I want to do.

Net Play: Semi-existant. I have really bad net poistioning so when I rush the net, I usually come in too close so it's really easy to hit a passing shot on me. However, if I can get my racquet on the ball, I can usually hold my own at the net and lobs don't scare me at all cause I'm fast enough to get to the back of the court and return the ball.

Mental Strength: Non-existant. When I have the slightest notion that I'm playing decent or if I have the smallest lead (could be 3-1, 2-0 etc.) my game falls to pieces. Thats when I start cussing, screaming, slamming my racquet on the ground, slamming my racquet against my calf, slapping my thigh, yelling at my invisible coach, and asking "Why am I afraid to win?" thats of course after saying a couple times "Fuck me. Fuck my serve."
Enjoyed your comments :tape: ;)

Serve: First serve can be somewhat of an asset. I'm very inconsistent, however, when it comes to the first serve. I'm much better serving on the deuce side. My second serve is definitely a weakness. I'm thrilled just to get the ball over the net and into the correct area. Second serve is very much attackable.

Backhand: By far my better side. Double-handed and I can put a good deal of oomph into my shot. Problem is that I tend to make a lot of errors and over hit my shots. Favorite shot is the inside-out backhand.

Forehand: Weak, weak, weak. This is when you see me throwing down my racquet and yelling obscenities like a mad person.

Net Play: What's that? :p Actually I am getting better at coming to net and staying there. Just a matter of playing more doubles and getting some confidence.

Movement: Probably my strongest area. Very quick on the court - especially coming to net. Love to run.

Mental Strength: Hmmm.....well this is another area that needs attention. I'm much better mentally when I'm down.....I just figure I have nothing to lose. It kind of depend on who I'm playing.

Sammo
Apr 28th, 2010, 03:30 PM
Oh yeah I forgot about the mental side of my game, well I would call myself a....

CHOKER


A month ago I lost 3 matches in a row after winning the first set... And it was my fault :(

Betten
Apr 29th, 2010, 12:49 PM
Serve: It's pretty decent. I can get the ball in play, but I do have some trouble aiming it. My placement can get pretty predictable after a while, especially in a tight match, so I try to add some spin or slice to it every now and then.

Forehand: I'm actually in the process of switching from a two-hander to a one-hander. When I was younger I wasn't that strong to use the giant racket my parents had found for me, so I had to use two hands to swing it. I have a better racket now and I'm stronger too, but it's still a difficult transition. I think it mainly has to do with confidence. Because it isn't very reliable right now I tend to slice it. Definitely my weaker side.

Backhand: Your typical double-handed backhand. It's a solid stroke; not very strong, but I can aim it pretty well and create some nice angles with it.

Return: I tend to move to my forehand side when receiving, trying to lure the server into serving to the open (but stronger) backhand side. Other than that, I simply try to put the ball safely back in play, regardless of how weak the serve might be (I'm really scared of overhitting anything). I'm trying to incorporate some chip-and-charge though.

Net Play: I love to come forward and put away a weak shot with a volley. It's definitely my favourite part of the game. A nice volley is so much more satisfying than a winning groundstroke IMO. Not too good at smashing though.

Adrian.
Apr 29th, 2010, 04:42 PM
First Serve: ok, sometimes I'm able to hit an Ace, but it's not the hardest serve ever, it switches often between 35-75% :silly:

Second Serve: Oh yeah, it depends on my mood, it can be ok aswell or really bad and slow without any placement at all:haha::o

Forehand: My best shot, one-handed, really hard and I'm trying to bash like Marta:hearts: Sometimes I also play some with my ankle and try to take out the pace of the ball but to place it very good :p It often ends up with some UE's from my opponent:devil:

Backhand: Surprisingly good:eek: I make far less faults with it then with the forehand:shrug: Its two-handed, and with no real power, but the placement seems good :p

Netplay: :haha: LOL, it's miserable:o I see the balls comming short, run towards the net and then I don't know what to do:tape: wheter to slice it back, to hit it deep or just try to lop:spit:

Smashes: NO COMMENT :tape:

Movement: For my weight, really good :)

Andy.
May 1st, 2010, 11:07 AM
Serve: Overall my serve is not to bad. My first serve is very solid, its a lot more than a point starter and on a good day its definitly a weapon. my second serves are a different story. On a good day they are hit with solid pace and decent kick but on a bad day I can hit quite a few doubles and I lose confidence and pace on the serve. My service action is pretty much an exact copy of Mary Pierce's serve.

Forehand: My forehand is a little like Jeckle and Hyde. It can win me matches or lose me matches. I hit the ball with very little or no spin and hit the ball very hard. Some days my forehand is really on and on other days its really really off and there isnt really any pattern to which forehand will show up. On good days I'm hitting deep huge balls and going for the lines. I definitly hit it cross court or down the line more often than not. I rarely hit the off forehand because my backhand is so good. On bad days it can be error after error into the net or going long and I can become tentative. I would definitly say it was my weaker wing, not in terms or pace but in terms of control and consitancy. Its definitly the wing that will break down. Again my stroke production is reminicent of Mary Pierce's swing but I can also throw in the Sharapova lasoo/reverse forehand from time to time especially when I lose a little confidence.

Backhand: from the first time I picked up a racket this has always been my best and most natural shot. I have so much confidence in this shot and even when my forehand goes off the backhand usually holds strong. Like the forehand it is hit very flat and hard without much margin. Unlike the forehand I have so much confidence in it I dont miss anywhere near as much with this side. I can go in either direction with tremendous pace. Without a doubt it is my best shot. In terms of stroke stroke production I would say it similar to Davenports or Sharapova's long and full swing swing.

Netplay: I very very rarely come to net unless its for a really sitter. My conventional volleys are horrible but my swing volleys are very good. 9 times out of 10 I will go for the swing volley even of its not the right time to play them. I would say my smash is average. Im not very athletic/agile so I dont want to be hitting more that 1 shot at net. If you can get my first volley back there is a good chance you will win the point.

Movement: Davenport/Pierce like. Im not a good mover around the court at all and dont like/cant play playing defence. Part of it is mental and the other part is that I just dont have that explosive step. If you can get me on the run you have a great shot at winning the point. Once Im on the run I pretty much just bunt the ball into the air (if I can get to it) and hope for the best.

Variety: I very rarely use any form of variety. I will rarely slice, drop shot or change the height/spin/pace of the ball. I dont like it and find it annoying to play against. My only strategy is to hit the ball hard if that doesnt work hit it even harder.

Mental Strength: I wouldnt say Im that mentally strong. Im more of a fighter than I am mentally tough. I can crack under the pressure and get nervous but Im definitly not a choker. I'm a great fighter and get very intense, pumped and focused similar to a Sharapova. I never smash my racket but I will yell at myself sometimes on frustration but most of the time I keep a lid on it. I will show my emotions with fist pumps and "come on's" doing pressure moments.

Overall Game Style: My game is very much in the mold of a Davenport/Pierce/Sharapova style. I hit the ball very hard and flat and try to end the point/go for winner off almost every ball. Im a first strike style player and try to be as agressive as possible as I'm not good on defence. I like to keep the points short and dont enjoy long tiresome rallies. I rarely if every use any variety. On a great day I can hit you off the court but on a bad day I can be an error machine off of the forehand side.

bengt
May 4th, 2010, 04:12 PM
Okay, let's see :)

Serve: My first serve is pretty good, if it comes through. People always tell me it's pretty hard and flat. What can I say, I just don't know how to put spin on a serve :) My second serve is a mess though. I mean, I can get it into play, but I usually have to step behind the baseline, cause my opponent often can attack it. I'm used to it now, but I should really take some lessons to get my second serve to work.

Backhand: The backhand is my favorite and best shot in the game. It's double-handed and I'm very consistent on this side. When I play tournaments, people are always a bit surprised this is my good side. I love to play into my opponent's backhand, pushing them into the corner, and in this way making them hit a weak ball for me to finish off. Oh, and the backhand long line is my fav shot in the game ;)

Forehand: My forehand...wow, where to begin...I used to play it single-handed. And it worked for me for some years, but all of a sudden, I just lost control...It was not consistent and I never got the ball where I wanted it. That's basically why I decided to learn how to play a double-handed forehand. I didn't take any lessons, I just learned it through practice. Now I can say my forehand is getting more and more consistent, and I'm still surprised about the angle you can give to the ball. I still have a hard time picking up balls that fall about 1 meter over the net, and should be put away. It's just harder to 'pull' the ball over the net with two hands.


Net Play: Hmmm...what to say, I'm not good at putting away volleys or finishing off a rally at the net. I do play doubles sometime, but when I score a volley, it feels like I just got lucky :p

Movement: I go for every ball, and bring back a lot of balls. I actually need my quick movement to make up for my double-handed forehand, because it's true what they say, you lose a lot of reach. But in general, I'm really fast on the court, and I often get points by bringing back the ball, and my opponent failing to finish the point.

Mental Strength: Never heard of it. I'm a choker. And everyone knows it. People just know that if I'm up 5-2, they can still win, because I miss easy shots and hit double faults. It's very frustrating, cause I tell myself: 'no, you're not gonna hit a double fault', but then I do. I guess I just haven't got the killer instinct to finish off matches. If anyone has tips for me, please let me know :)

Overall playing style: People tell me I'm a counter-attacker. But I'm not sure.

Dani12
May 4th, 2010, 11:59 PM
Serve: It is probably my worst shot, first serve is effective, I can hit it hard but I tend to try and play percentages and spin it in more, mainly because I don't want to hit a second serve. I seem to decellerate through my second serve, it isn't a technically bad shot, I just need to go for it more. When it does go in, it is easily attackable and I have trouble getting it the the backhand. Should be better as I have the frame for it

Backhand: My biggest shot, I love slamming home the backhand returns and passes for winners, its my most technically solid shot and I have most faith in it. People have problems reading it, I go down the line a lot with it and then I surprise people and wrong foot them aswell. Not much else to say about it, I have a decent slice and can defend well off it aswell.

Forehand: My forehand is fine, I have a habit of hitting the forehand into the same corner flat and hard whether its off or down the line and can become a little predictable. Love the forehand pass, even more so then my backhand pass, I can hit cross court and down the line passes aswell as a good lob. The problem with my forehand is sometimes it lacks aggression, if I'm not not in control I tend to loop it up and that gets me in trouble. Would rather hit a forehand on a short ball aswell.

Net Play: I have one net combination that works, hitting a hard back hand down the line and getting a weak reply off opponents backhand, follow that in and pop it off cross court. I have good reactions at the net but is about all, I have bad technique around the net, my positioning is ok when I get there, but I always second guess my run foreward and get stuck.

Movement: My movement and anticipation wins me a lot of points that I probably shouldn't. I read the play well and can generally run in the right direction. Problem with it that I can rely on it too much, and just run myself ragged to a point where I need to faint my the end of a long match.

Mental Stength: This is interesting, I'm definitely a clutch player, I have a lot more belief in myself which can get my out of a lot of tough spots, for example 5-5 in third set and two game points down I can dig out something more and win 7-5. But I can choke aswell, I get a little complacent when I'm ahead and can blow big leads, which is probably why I have compensated which clutch play. I get VERY angry during matches and act like a brat, I talk to myself, throw my racket and moan like a little bitch, but it ultimately spurs me on. I don't think I'd change it.

Overall playing style: I'm your classic counter-puncher, loves a target and grinding out long rallies is my specialty. Get in trouble not attacking enough, however can attack given the chance. Would like clay if I didn't take the ball so early, favourite is slow hard court. Don't even bother on grass :help:

Carotastrophe
May 10th, 2010, 06:09 AM
Serve: My first serve is good, and i tend to hit it flat and i try to attack on it. Hy first serve percentage is about 60%. However, my second serve is really weak, because i always hit it soft with spin. This lets my opponent attack my second serve. I find it hard to hit a kick serve, so i avoid playing that shot. Normally, i double-fault when my first serve looked in but was called out or when the first serve was really close to going in, i don't know why, but maybe because of my doubt in the first serve call. :unsure:

Backhand: One of my decent shots. I like going cross court with my backhand, and that really wins me a lot of points. However, i always struggle to hit a backhand return winner, maybe a lack of confidence. However, i am really not confident to my Backhand DTL. I never try to slam that shot, and normally, i don't attempt to hit that shot. My backhand slice is rather odd, as it kinda goes without any spin.

Forehand: My forehand is my best shot, i love hitting the ball anywhere in the court on this ground stroke side, and i am really confident. I put a lot of spin on to it, and i actually hit it really fast. Sometimes, i tend to hit the ball DTL, but my cross court forehand is really effective too. Also, i sometimes hit forehand slices that work pretty well.

Drop shots/Lobs:
My lobs are really effective, as they have a lot of spin, especially on my backhand. Meanwhile, my dropshots always seem to be too long, and my opponents get to it quickly, managing to drive volley it pretty well.

Net Play: My volleys are not such a good part of my game. My smash always seems to go slowly, and in a really awkward position. My drive volleys never seem to be good enough ton end a point, as i find it hard to hit it to a corner. My forehand volleys are okay, and so are my backhand ones. I seldom go to the net, unless i hit a really good forehand DTL.

Movement: My movement is good, as i have running training nearly every day. I manage to get to balls pretty quickly. I seldomly get stuck in no mans land, and i always seems to be standing in the correct position.

Defensive Play:
My defensive play is another of my strengths. Because of my movement, i am able to save a lot of possible winners. Again, its my forehand slice that helps my crawl my way back in to points.

Mental Stength: I am nervous. All the time. But after a few games i fit in to my surroundings and play my game. However, when i am losing, i normaly have no confidence to comeback. I can get really angry at myself, and i sometimes cry between points. I think my coach has helped in stopping that from happening that often, but i still do from time to time.

Overall playing style: I like finishing pints of early, hitting the ball hard and well at the first possible opportunity. My patience is not really that good, and i dont like rallying. My defence game is good, and i actually enjoy being the counter puncher, saving all the shots my opponents hit. My favourite surface is clay, which is seldom here in Sacramento, because it steps up my forehand, which as i had said, i put alot of spin on. There i can also save more sots, and i love sliding. The disadvantage of clay is that my opponents also get a better chance of saving my shots, so i have to hit a few good ones to win the point.
My least favourite court is grass, because i find it the slowest. Hasrd is also preferable.

coetzergambill
May 16th, 2010, 01:57 PM
when i started playing tennis i played like amanda coetzer. i chased every ball and got every ball back, but didn't play any aggressive shots. but i exasperated most of my opponents with it and won a lot of matches. in the last 2 or 3 years i changed my style and now i play a bit more aggressive, but i still have the tendency to play defensive tennis and run run run....
forehand: my best shot, can be very dangerous if i hit it in the sweet spot, like to play it crosscourt or longline.
backhand: right now not that good but is improving again, can be dangerous too, but not like the forehand. prefer to play it crosscourt.
serve: first serve is good, quite hard, second serve is too weak, mostly slice to the backhand of my opponent, but it doesn't matter that much, i get back nearly every return.
net play: weakest shots, i don't like to play volleys. i try to make every point from the baseline.
drop-shots and lobs: lobs are good, drop-shots could be better.
movement: as i mentioned before, the best part in my game, i'm really fast in every direction, my trainer always says i'm the fastest he has ever seen (esepcially for my heighth, i'm 6.1 feet, and when i look back now, maybe i should have tried sprinting)
mental: not that good at the end of the set or the match, i tend to lose my serve sometimes. but all in all ok. i'm really patient during rallies.
variety: i try to play with variety, sometimes it works, sometimes not.
my favourite surface is carpet, because it's really fast and the balls stay deep. i really like to go with the pace of my opponent. i don't like the clay surfaces we have in germany, but during the summer there is nearly no other possibility here, so i'm used to them.

Ferg
May 16th, 2010, 10:25 PM
when i started playing tennis i played like amanda coetzer. i chased every ball and got every ball back, but didn't play any aggressive shots. but i exasperated most of my opponents with it and won a lot of matches. in the last 2 or 3 years i changed my style and now i play a bit more aggressive, but i still have the tendency to play defensive tennis and run run run....
forehand: my best shot, can be very dangerous if i hit it in the sweet spot, like to play it crosscourt or longline.
backhand: right now not that good but is improving again, can be dangerous too, but not like the forehand. prefer to play it crosscourt.
serve: first serve is good, quite hard, second serve is too weak, mostly slice to the backhand of my opponent, but it doesn't matter that much, i get back nearly every return.
net play: weakest shots, i don't like to play volleys. i try to make every point from the baseline.
drop-shots and lobs: lobs are good, drop-shots could be better.
movement: as i mentioned before, the best part in my game, i'm really fast in every direction, my trainer always says i'm the fastest he has ever seen (esepcially for my heighth, i'm 6.1 feet, and when i look back now, maybe i should have tried sprinting)
mental: not that good at the end of the set or the match, i tend to lose my serve sometimes. but all in all ok. i'm really patient during rallies.
variety: i try to play with variety, sometimes it works, sometimes not.
my favourite surface is carpet, because it's really fast and the balls stay deep. i really like to go with the pace of my opponent. i don't like the clay surfaces we have in germany, but during the summer there is nearly no other possibility here, so i'm used to them.

Admitting it is the first step.

Miss Atomic Bomb
May 16th, 2010, 10:27 PM
I have a good serve, its my second biggest strength.
My forehand is my biggest strength,

My BH is really weak so I love running around it to hit my FH. I have gotten decent enough at not getting into too much trouble after running around my BH.

My volleys are alright, still have trouble with hitting drop volleys off any shot that isnt gliding lazily towards me. And I turn into a pusher on big points .

Basically, I play like a really girly stosur.:sobbing:

VishaalMaria
May 16th, 2010, 10:29 PM
I have a good serve, its my second biggest strength.
My forehand is my biggest strength,

My BH is really weak so I love running around it to hit my FH. I have gotten decent enough at not getting into too much trouble after running around my BH.

My volleys are alright, still have trouble with hitting drop volleys off any shot that isnt gliding lazily towards me. And I turn into a pusher on big points .

Basically, I play like a girly stosur.:sobbing:

I love your style of play.....but that's because I beat people with your style with ease! :devil:

Miss Atomic Bomb
May 16th, 2010, 10:52 PM
I love your style of play.....but that's because I beat people with your style with ease! :devil:

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h235/ottman_turks/258ywis-3.gif

VishaalMaria
May 17th, 2010, 12:06 AM
Thats just plain ass scary

goat
May 23rd, 2010, 10:03 AM
Counter punch backhand, and heavy topspin forehand. I am awful on grass courts versing people who favour the slice backhand and chip and charge method of game play however my lob is quite adequate. My serve is my strongest aspect of my game where at during training session at my old academy I reacher 212km (was 16) however my footwork lacked (hence my counter punch style backhand.) Volleys were exceptionally mediocre so now I am reliant on quick reflexes and swinging shots.

I like to attack one wing, often my backhand to their forehand to show dominance.
I am quite good at court coverage however I stand far back and am prone to having dropshots hit against me. I am also inconsistent.


EDIT:
Oh, I am right handed and my second serve is mixed between kick serve, slice at the body or serve down the T. My shots are often within half a meter of the base line.

.Andrew.
Jun 11th, 2010, 10:52 AM
I feel like I've done this before. :lol: I formerly was am a decent player. I probably was playing near my best tennis from March - July of last year, playing many USTA tournament and having decent sectional ranking. Unfortunately because of one match which was probably the worst match I played in that stretch and I let get to me, I stopped playing tennis until late January/early February (which I really regret now). :tape: And my game has seriously regressed since then.

My game revolves around my footwork. When I have good footwork, usually my game most of the time just falls in its place. I used to have good footwork. But now, it's pretty lackadaisical. :shrug: Being a short guy doesn't help either. I'll have periods where my footwork is great but my footwork rarely stays sharp for a whole match, even against people I can beat. I just don't have that explosive step anymore. My speed around the court is ok, but regressed though luckily I still have a great eye for anticipating the ball.

My serve is ok. I can get some pop on my first serve and hit a slice serve with bite still but my kick serve doesn't have much bite anymore. I've also lost a rhythm with my serve. If you're a good player, you'll notice my serving patterns.

When I'm playing well, I hit my groundstrokes with depth consistently. I am consistent and change the direction of the ball well. My forehand is probably my best shot because I can do anything with it. I can be consistent/aggressive with it, flatten it or put heavy top spin on it. My backhand is kind of more of a rally shot. I can use my backhand better to change directions of the ball quickly but it's also more prone to breaking down.

Volleys are probably the weakest part of my game, even when I'm playing at my best. I don't really choose to come in, only when I have to or for an easy putaway shot.

Mashabator
Jun 11th, 2010, 11:38 AM
Serve: My serve is really patchy and sometimes fails horribly my 1st serve is usually good, but my second serve is pretty weak sometimes and i randomly just spray double faults.

Forehand: My forehand is good and hard, i can usually hit it pretty consistently, its very flat with a little topspin and i use it to move my opponent around i can hit it well crosscourt and DTL and if i need to i can put some heavy topspin on it to play safely.
Rarely this shot can go off and i just hit errors everywhere.

Backhand: My backhand is clearly my best shot i can consistently hit it hard and flat and i can move my opponent and control the point with it i can hit both crosscourt and down the line well but i prefer hitting crosscourt, this shot barely ever is off and i can always rely on it under pressure.

Netplay: Putting it simply, i cannot volley! my backhand volley is ok i guess but i wouldnt want to rely on it and my forehand volley is a mess, i only come into the net if im forced to and if that happens i can sometimes put the ball away but if it dips i usually fail. Im average at smashes too.

Movement: I move pretty well, im not the fastest but i can normally chase down tough shots and get to dropshots, but im a little lanky so sometimes im just a little too slow.

Game plan: i pretty much am a ballbasher, but i normally stay pretty consistent sometimes i put extra topspin on the ball for safety but normally both shots are flat, my backhand is flatter than my forehand.
I dont slice much because im not very good at it but sometimes i can slice well when on the run, i normally just try to over power my opponent so sometimes its tough when i come up against pushers or people who can hit it harder and more accurately than me.

Mental Strength: Im very negative most of the time i will shout and bounce my racquet and if its on grass, i hit my racquet on the ground sometimes (i cant help it) i get angry alot.
But im pretty mentally strong in the fact that i can come back and win matches when im down.

Caralenko
Jun 11th, 2010, 03:06 PM
I'm pretty much like Matt :sobbing: I rely on my invisible coach and if something goes wrong then it's the racket's fault not mine.

My whole game is very similar to Sesil Karatantcheva actually, atleast in style and the way we stroke the ball. I have a nice little counter punchy style, and am pretty quick around the court and I usually get to the ball with enough time to overthink and fuck it up.

Serve: Pretty good. I have a bit of a double fault problem (like Sesil) and a lot of the time it's either get a first serve or hit a double. I usually get some nice placement and a couple of times I find myself wondering how I could hit that hard.

Backhand: Average. I can hit an occasional winner off it but I'm kinda small and slight so I can't really get a whole heap of power behind it. Mostly I get the ball back with it, usually with a decent depth. The best thing about the shot IMO is my full body rotation keeps my stomach from getting flabby :p

Forehand: My best and sometimes my only semi-reliable shot. It's a big lasso motion and the racket ends up over my head, vaguely similar to Sharapova's but worse. I like my FH because I can actually hit angles off it, but I also end up mistiming it a lot.

Net Play: Semi-existant. I like to drive volley or drop shot at the net, but otherwise I'm kinda out of place up there.


Mental Strength: Non-existant. When I have the slightest notion that I'm playing decent or if I have the smallest lead (could be 3-1, 2-0 etc.) my game falls to pieces. Thats when I start cussing, screaming, slamming my racquet on the ground, slamming my racquet against my calf, shrugging my shoulders, yelling at my invisible coach, and asking "Why am I afraid to win?" thats of course after saying a couple times "Fuck me. Fuck my serve."

That. I tried out "Jebem ti mamu u picku" the other day and got a lot of funny looks.

Nicols89
Jun 11th, 2010, 06:19 PM
I'm pretty much a baseline player, my footwork it's pretty much atrocious but it's usually sound when I have to change directions.

Serve: I have Ivanovic's toss, it's everywhere, despite that I have a nice top spin serve with good speed. First and second serves are pretty much the same for me, kind of like Clijsters.

Forehand: I play it with tons of spin, I usually counter with this shot, changing speed and direction, sometimes it comes quite short though.

Backhand: I have an amazing (amateur) timing with this shot, I (try) play it like Martina Hingis a bit, taking it early and hitting down the line backhands are my bestest atributes.

Net play: I have horrible drive shots (probably because of my poor eye sight) I do better with pick-up volleys, although my technique isn't great I do decent conventional volleys too.

Movement: I'm not fast, I have excellent endurance though so I can out run most of my oponnents.

Mental strenght: Russian style.

Vulturepova
Jun 20th, 2010, 01:42 PM
I don't play anymore, since the "accident" :sobbing:

When I did I was awful :lol:

I always thought of myself as a Lindsay Davenport without the serve.

I would say baseliner, I played my brother a lot and he wasnt as powerful as me so my game basically involved working my way to between the baseline and service line and dictating play form there, side to side ala the tower of power. This did not work against stronger opponents as I found out.


I think I had a good backhand and my forehand was my best shot for sure. I could come to the net when I had to. Everything was so flat though, and I took the ball way too late, according to various coaches.

I had a strong serve when it was on, which was about 30% of the time. Superhigh awol ball-toss. I could reel off whole games of double faults at my peak.

I had virtually non-existent movement :rolls:

I berate Daniela all the time on this forum for it, but I used to give up on anything more than a few feet away. I was always on the backfoot and had terrible footwork. I could not move forward well either.

Oh and I was a mental midget into the bargain.


I was, in other words, awesome :hearts:

EastbourneAgain
Jun 20th, 2010, 02:11 PM
I like to move the ball around a lot, lots of angles but also mixing up the length drawing my opponent in or pushing them back. I like long rallies so I hit the ball where my opponent can get it back, but just far enough away that my opponent can't get it back with interest. :rolls:

My serve is pretty stable. I have a kick out to the BH on the ad court, and also a slider on the FH side. Not much pace or even great placement, but it's pretty flat (except for my kicker) so it doesn't bounce very high so I don't get many return winners hit against me.

My forehand is usually a mix between Mauresmo and Wozniacki (:help:) as I usually loop it up to my opponents BH with lots of topspin from +2m behind the baseline. When I get a shortish FH is when I attack either with a flat FH cross court (stroke production ala Pierce) or inside out and staying low (ala Hingis). Definately my biggest weapon and the shot I win the most points with.

My backhand is a mix between Hingis and Ivanovic in that it looks like Hingis' BH but it's about as effective as Ivanovic's. :tape: I can hit through it much better now then what I used to, but it's still unreliable when facing any pace or especially depth. I resort to slicing when my BH finally breaks down, which is where I mix up the depth a lot more. I love slicing my BH DTL and watching it stay low and spin away from them. I usually follow this in and can hit a volley winner into the open court or back behind them, depending on how quick their shot gets to me.

Net game is good. Good touch. Great reflexes. I sometimes struggle to generate pace on my BH volleys so I usually slice them a lot more, and I can't hit an off-FH volley to save my life. :help:

I have good footwork, but I'm not unbelievably fast. Fast enough though.

I definately tried to model my game off of Martina Hingis, but I look more like some B-rate Wozniacki-Radwanska hybrid. :sobbing:

kickserve
Jun 20th, 2010, 06:50 PM
1 handed backhand all-court player here.

My serve is my biggest strength. I can hit every serve(flat, slice and kick) and even variations like topspin-slice and can place them in each of the corners.
I need this because my return of serve isn't great. On some days it is amazing, on other days I have trouble returning aggressively.

I serve and volley at least once every service game. (I have to because I know that I will get a floater on the return so might as well come in). I very rarely S&V on 2nd serves.

I love to take charge of the point immediately with a big serve or big return. I can defend well but I won't win matches defending the whole time. I defend until I get on the offense.

kickserve
Jun 20th, 2010, 06:57 PM
Net game is good. Good touch. Great reflexes. I sometimes struggle to generate pace on my BH volleys so I usually slice them a lot more, and I can't hit an off-FH volley to save my life. :help:

For your off FH volley, your body position will be a bit more closed. Try catching it a touch later than usual. Also with a slight follow through to desired target.
If you have good touch and are a higher level player, you can get away with using the wrist to finesse the ball to the desired target even with the body completely open (facing the net). You really only want to do this for reflex volleys though.

DefyingGravity
Jun 21st, 2010, 02:58 AM
An update on my game:

I've found out that I am way too tense when I feel the need to go for my shots more, usually from pressure of someone taking my time away, so I end up muscling it and either shank it or it goes off a foot from where I actually wanted to hit the ball. So, I'm working on relaxing my strokes. I also have noticed that my kick serve (I've really only had one for about 7 months) is starting to get a decent amount of kick to it. The highest I've been able to kick it is over a 5'10" person's head. Any tips on how to get it to kick more?

Still have the big forehand, and backhand is starting to get it's rhythm and depth back. It's such a fickle shot. Footwork is better now than it has been since I've played the game (about 15 years now) and I've actually got the ability to hit a drive two handed backhand, a side-spin slice, a defensive straight slice, an offensive straight slice, and a drive one handed backhand (this is better at lower paces at the moment)

twight6
Jun 21st, 2010, 03:17 AM
An update on my game:

I've found out that I am way too tense when I feel the need to go for my shots more, usually from pressure of someone taking my time away, so I end up muscling it and either shank it or it goes off a foot from where I actually wanted to hit the ball. So, I'm working on relaxing my strokes. I also have noticed that my kick serve (I've really only had one for about 7 months) is starting to get a decent amount of kick to it. The highest I've been able to kick it is over a 5'10" person's head. Any tips on how to get it to kick more?

Still have the big forehand, and backhand is starting to get it's rhythm and depth back. It's such a fickle shot. Footwork is better now than it has been since I've played the game (about 15 years now) and I've actually got the ability to hit a drive two handed backhand, a side-spin slice, a defensive straight slice, an offensive straight slice, and a drive one handed backhand (this is better at lower paces at the moment)

Isn't it funny how one day it's just like- woah, so this is how you hit a kick serve! I wasn't never really able to do it (and I guess I never really tried) but one day I hit one and ever since I've been able to do it :lol: Or maybe that's just me...

Anyway, being tense on a kick serve can really hurt you. It should be a very fluid, relaxed movement. Also, try really tossing the ball behind you and using your knees and back to get it. Throw it farther back then you normally would, so you really have to arch your back. It might be uncomfortable, and you definitely shouldn't continue to serve like that, but do it consistently that way and it will make it easier to do with a normal toss.

In other words, if you toss it behind you and arch your back and bend your knees, it will make it easier to kick the ball but it will look and feel awkward... But, when you switch back to normal, the kick will come easier because you have a better motion from it.

That's what I was told, anyway, and it definitely worked for me.

DefyingGravity
Jun 21st, 2010, 03:20 AM
Thanks, that's a great tip. I've got the toss in a median range so far...it's hovering between 12-1 consistently, and it works fine on the other serves; I just haven't gotten the spin I wanted. I'll definitely try and use more leg. I used to arm my serve quite a bit when I was younger, so getting the legs involved is always something I ask my coaches.

twight6
Jun 21st, 2010, 03:26 AM
Thanks, that's a great tip. I've got the toss in a median range so far...it's hovering between 12-1 consistently, and it works fine on the other serves; I just haven't gotten the spin I wanted. I'll definitely try and use more leg. I used to arm my serve quite a bit when I was younger, so getting the legs involved is always something I ask my coaches.

Oh, if you're in 12-1 then tossing it behind you more should definitely help with the kick. For me, I was tossing right at about 12 for every serve except my kick, which I put at about 11. So, I was told to throw the ball even farther back than 11 for my kick, that way when I tossed at 11 I'd have more leg and back and it would be easier.

But, if you can kick as much as you say from about 12-1, try just tossing at like 11.

As for the legs, I know exactly what you're saying-- I had the same problem. Then, once I started using my legs, I used to get a terrible cramp in my left leg, so I had to change my service motion even more because it was using too much left leg. I wish someone had shown me a good service motion and corrected me from the begging, but I never got any sort of choaching until I was like 14, and by then it was tough to change.

Anyway, good luck :wavey:

DefyingGravity
Jun 21st, 2010, 03:35 AM
Oh, if you're in 12-1 then tossing it behind you more should definitely help with the kick. For me, I was tossing right at about 12 for every serve except my kick, which I put at about 11. So, I was told to throw the ball even farther back than 11 for my kick, that way when I tossed at 11 I'd have more leg and back and it would be easier.

But, if you can kick as much as you say from about 12-1, try just tossing at like 11.

As for the legs, I know exactly what you're saying-- I had the same problem. Then, once I started using my legs, I used to get a terrible cramp in my left leg, so I had to change my service motion even more because it was using too much left leg. I wish someone had shown me a good service motion and corrected me from the begging, but I never got any sort of choaching until I was like 14, and by then it was tough to change.

Anyway, good luck :wavey:

Thanks, and you sound JUST LIKE ME. No one really touched my serve until I was 12, and I didn't get proper serve training till 14

Sammy 4 eva!!!
Jun 21st, 2010, 05:24 AM
ServeI have a decent flat first serve which i can hit aces on, but i hardly ever get it in. My second serve is a hot mess. It normally goes in but lacks in spin and pace and is normally punished for winners. Sometimes it is so slow that my opponents make errors :p

ForehandIs an absoulete slap. Its so ugly looking but is normally quite effective. It has no spin but produces alot of winners and errors. If i get tight, it proceeds to become a push into the court so i dont miss.

BackhandBy far my best shot. I have so much confidence in this shot that i run around forehands to play it. Two handed with a large swing a.k.a sharapova. Flat and hard but rather consistent. Produces many winners.

Net PlayNon existant. I cant hit a volley to save myself. The other person could be fallen over and i would still miss it. I cant smash either. So every aprroach shot i try to cream for a winner to prevent me from going to the net.

MovementHantuchaova-like. I lack that explosive step which means i struggle to chase anything down. On the rare occasion i do get to the ball, i will normally throw up a short moonball.

Mental StrengthChoker. I am always choking. However i am a fighter. I normally win from behind.

Basically im a ballbasher :hearts:

kickserve
Jun 21st, 2010, 06:50 AM
I also have noticed that my kick serve (I've really only had one for about 7 months) is starting to get a decent amount of kick to it. The highest I've been able to kick it is over a 5'10" person's head. Any tips on how to get it to kick more?


A kick serve that kicks above a 5'10" person's head has very good height. If you can get a serve to kick that high, height should not be your focus any more. Any higher and you will have to trade off speed for spin. It's diminishing returns at that point because you can get it to kick higher but it will be slower, it will kick up but not as much forward. These are incredibly easy to return on the rise. Also if your opponent decides to wait for it to come down, it's not going to push them that far back.

What you want is more speed while maintaining (or if possible increasing) the spin you are already putting on the ball. This is going to give you a heavier kick serve. One that jumps forward and away from your opponent (even on the duece court)

IMO, the best way to achieve this is to keep your kick serve motion this same but move more into the court.
SO for a kick serve, you want your toss to be right above your left shoulder ( for a right handedplayer), this is going to stay this way, but you are going to transfer your body weight more into the court, like for a first serve. However, your toss position, relative to your body still stays the same way. This way you have more momentum from your legs propelling your forward.

This position will naturally give you more forward movement to the ball so you will have to swing up for more topspin even more than usual. When you execute this properly, you will know by the perplexed look on your opponent's face lol.
Let me just say it is not easy to do repeatedly. Some people just don't have the shoulders and flexibility to hit it. You have to swing just as hard as you do on your flat serve, if not harder.

As far as not tensing up on your strokes, remember to breathe. When you tense up, you tend to hold your breath while swinging. Remember to exhale on contact.

You have great variety on your backhand. But are you playing with both a 1hbh and 2hbh drive?

DefyingGravity
Jun 21st, 2010, 11:42 AM
A kick serve that kicks above a 5'10" person's head has very good height. If you can get a serve to kick that high, height should not be your focus any more. Any higher and you will have to trade off speed for spin. It's diminishing returns at that point because you can get it to kick higher but it will be slower, it will kick up but not as much forward. These are incredibly easy to return on the rise. Also if your opponent decides to wait for it to come down, it's not going to push them that far back.

What you want is more speed while maintaining (or if possible increasing) the spin you are already putting on the ball. This is going to give you a heavier kick serve. One that jumps forward and away from your opponent (even on the duece court)

IMO, the best way to achieve this is to keep your kick serve motion this same but move more into the court.
SO for a kick serve, you want your toss to be right above your left shoulder ( for a right handedplayer), this is going to stay this way, but you are going to transfer your body weight more into the court, like for a first serve. However, your toss position, relative to your body still stays the same way. This way you have more momentum from your legs propelling your forward.

This position will naturally give you more forward movement to the ball so you will have to swing up for more topspin even more than usual. When you execute this properly, you will know by the perplexed look on your opponent's face lol.
Let me just say it is not easy to do repeatedly. Some people just don't have the shoulders and flexibility to hit it. You have to swing just as hard as you do on your flat serve, if not harder.

As far as not tensing up on your strokes, remember to breathe. When you tense up, you tend to hold your breath while swinging. Remember to exhale on contact.

You have great variety on your backhand. But are you playing with both a 1hbh and 2hbh drive?

The 1 handed drive I try to use more when I freelance teach or when I warm up, but when I play seriously...the 1 hand is reserved for slice and I use the two handed drive.

tennisbuddy12
Jun 30th, 2010, 04:12 AM
I started playing in the summer of 2002 when I was 10. I play for the love of the game and I always try to get better. My game is BIG. I hit EXTREMELY hard and flat and mostly am hit-or-miss. *Calling Azarenka*

Serve My serve has always been a liability. I have gotten 6 aces in a match to 19 double faults. I tend to hit a hard flat first serve and someone slice/powderpuff/tap the 2nd serve it. I can hit a flat, kick or slice. Just getting over the net or in can be a problem. :lol:

Forehand One of my better shots. I like to move the ball with my forehand, especially down the line. It does break down quicker than my backhand . It is pretty much 90% flat. I generate a lot of power and it tends to be tough for me to

Backhand Best and most reliable shot, especially my down the line. It was always my best and like my forehand, mostly flat. My slice is alright, nothing extraordinary and I like to keep it in play and find an opening to hit a winner.

Net Play Not my best, but I do play better in doubles. When I get to the net, I put the volley away probably 70% of the time. Overheads on the other hand. :tape::rolleyes: Overrated :) My drop shot is one of my best in my "arsenal." I love hitting the dropper and disguise it well.

Movement For my size, I move extremely well. I am overweight and I have gotten compliments on my movement (because of my size :tape:) I tend to be scrappy and get a lot of balls back but due to my build, I'm no Serena or Jankovic.

Mental Strength I consider myself mentally tough. I always fight whenever I am down. However, I sometimes tend to get into the moment and falter, especially when my shots seem to go out or in the net.

the jamierbelyea
Jun 30th, 2010, 05:28 AM
On a perfect day I am similar to Alisa Kleybanova. Bigger, gets a lot of balls back you wouldn't expect, explosive groundies. On an off day.. see any loss by Li Na, I just try to hit harder and harder until it's failtastic.

Serve: My first serve is hard and flat, but I have to rely on placement to win cheap points off of it in most matches. When I'm playing a lower level player (3.5 or under), it appears Karlovic like, but playing 4.0/4.5s and such, it's really just an adequate get me there shot, that relies on placement. Maybe similar to how Li Na's serve is in context to the bigger servers on the tour. My 2nd serve tries to be a kick 2nd serve, but usually is a really safe floater. Against aggressive returners I am pretty much toast, unless I can at least move it around. It seizes up under pressure.

Backhand: I hit a very flat two handed backhand. I almost start up top and almost hit down on the ball, but not quite. It has very low net clearance, but most people think of it as my money shot. I think of it as my Jekyll & Hyde shot. When it's on, I'm taking the ball early and really putting pressure on. When it's off, it honestly looks like I have never learned how to hit a proper backhand. When it breaks down, I have no real change up (like I do with my forehand), and have to slow down the stroke, rather then add spin, which makes it very vulnerable.

Forehand: I have more potential to hit a bigger shot on the forehand side then the backhand side. I can really whack it, it's supposedly my reliable shot, as I have decent control of my spin on it, so when my aggressive forehands are failing me, I am able to add some spin, and keep the point alive. I favor the down the line, or inside out forehand when I'm flattening out the stroke (which I prefer to do). I will nearly always hit my forehand this way, as I frame a lot of my crosscourt balls, which has been my conundrum of the moment. I think it's because I add some much topspin to the ball when I go crosscourt, in sharp contrast to the flat forehand I use when I'm going down the line or inside-out.

Net Play: Really my achilles heal. I've lost a lot of matches, because I wasn't able to finish points up there. I have an adequate volley, but under pressure I have no confidence whatsoever. The few times I go to net , I am praying for a forced error, or a swinging drive.

Mental Strength: My singles mindset is pretty bad. If I have a poor service game to begin a match, the set is usually already over. I am a big come from behind player, and have had problems closing out matches. When I'm down I go for more, and its the game I should be playing. If I'm up I start second guessing myself, and not playing as aggressively.

Movement: My game relies on good footwork, and unfortunately it's not natural to me. You'll often here me scream on court "move your feet," or "you are so LAZZY." When I am moving my feet and bending my knees my strokes fall into place usually. I run a lot of balls down people don't expect, because I have really good anticipation. I am not really that fast, but I guess right, a lot.

Mental: I'm pretty negative on court, and if I'm not playing well overall I'll be mad even after I win a good point. Think of it as Serena when she complains when she's hit a winner that she's been missing the whole match. I have the same mindset, why can't I do that all the time.

SVK
Jun 30th, 2010, 09:08 AM
Im SHOKED there isnt any other serve-volleyer:speakles::sobbing::awww:

Dementieva_Dude
Jul 1st, 2010, 05:09 PM
Im SHOKED there isnt any other serve-volleyer:speakles::sobbing::awww:

If I could get a decent serve I could serve & volley. I play well at the net, I just don't have the sort of serve you'd want to come in behind :o

vesanto
Jul 1st, 2010, 06:11 PM
Well, I do train myself in the local club and I would say that at an amateurish level, I am not that bad. My biggest problem is that I tend to get really stiff during real matches and I can never play totally free.

I am probably a counter-puncher. Usually I tend to absorb the pace of the shots, so most times I have a harder time against players who give absolutely no pace in their shots. I am a fighter and I will surely give it all in the court.
My serve used to be stronger and flat but now I place it better and don't blast it as hard as I used to do. My 2nd serve is not bad, usually with a cool spin and placement, however it really breaks down in tense moments and I tend to do several double falts, which annoys me to death. Nowadays I don't play competitively as often as I used to so I think it is also one of the reasons.
I like to attack the opponent's serve. At an amateur level, the serves are never that great, or players tend to be afraid of double falting, so you have great opportunities to just attack the 2nd ball.

My forehand is my best and stronger shot. I usually play it flat but now I am starting to give it some more variation of spins. My backhand is not a weapon but it is pretty consistent, it is deep and loopy which gives me time to recover the position and to put the opponent in trouble if he's trying to attack me and advance in the court. I am also improving on my defensive slice and I just hope I can get to the point when I use it as an offensive weapon. I have trouble in attack with the backhand so I tend to avoid it, and attack with my forehand to the left court of my opponent. This is probably my best shot because I am fully confident and the ball gets really heavy and deep to the backhand of the other player.

One of the main characteristics of my game is that I change a lot the depth of my shots, from relatively short balls to immediatelly send a deep shot. Sometimes it works, other times I might get into a losing position if the short ball is not effective.

I noticed that I have a hard time against players who have a strong top-spined forehand. Last tournament I played, I could not get rythm at all and I just don't know how to deal with it, it is something I have to work on. Also my forehand on the run can get quite weird.

About the net game, it is definitely improving but only if I get there on my own terms, which means after an effective approach shot.

However, consistency is the key, at least at my level.

sunset
Jul 1st, 2010, 07:42 PM
One handed back hand and traditional semi-western forhand. I wish I would have learned how to use the full eastern grip instead. So much more top spin.

DualMedia
Jul 1st, 2010, 09:09 PM
y did my description get delted? :sad:

Fantasy Hero
Jul 14th, 2010, 01:58 PM
Im SHOKED there isnt any other serve-volleyer:speakles::sobbing::awww:

i won't define me as a serve&volleyer cuz i do that only in my brainless moments where all my shots end far from the baseline or in the net :rolls: but sometimes it works with me cuz i've a nice 1st serve and i'm good at the net....

Fantasy Hero
Jul 14th, 2010, 02:09 PM
anyway i'm just an amatour player but i think i'm pretty good having taken no private lessons :p

i will describe my game as a bad collage of many players and a friend of mine called me a brainless pusher with a bad attitude of ballbashin :rolls:

how is that possible? well my game is based mostly on 2 things: big 1st serve and big FH...if both don't work i'm in troubles and i try to invent sth with few luck....when they are on i can be a tricky opponent cuz i find some confidence and i start hitting hard and flat BH so that i become pretty solid :p

Serve: how i wrote before my 1st serve is pretty good but there are two problems with it: i always go for the ace so i've a low % of 1st serve in...then i almost have no 2nd serve :tape: i can hit as many DF as Masha...once i hit 12DF in a row (i mean in following games) :weirdo: and the 2nd serve is like so so easy to be read that it's hard for me to make points when i can put it on court

FH: it's my best shot so far...i can hit it from all over the court, flat or with spin. it's really good even when i'm defending cuz i can slice it very well and i've a good chop return too with it. Maybe the inside-out shot is not really solid.

BH: can be both heaven or hell. i started to play one handed just to switch to two hands when i got i was able only to slice :lol: but it's still not that solid as a groundstroke...when i don't feel safe is still slice it, but as with the FH i'm pretty good with those slices and i can hide well the dropshots...

mentally i'm like a crazy russian...i can choke or take a break when i'm leading just to rise from hell and win the match :rolls:
i'm not consistent, i've won few times a match in two straight sets...my results when i face crappy players are always like 6-0 0-6 6-4 or similar :lol:
i change my style like 100 times during a set...i usually start pushing cuz i wanna see the opponents game and then cuz i'm really good in defence's skills with slices from both sides...then i can switch my plans to a brainless ballbashing or just keeping pushing just trying impossible shots :tape:...then i go for a serve&volley skill or a return-volley that's probably sth pretty crazy :rolls:

FORZA SARITA
Jul 14th, 2010, 04:06 PM
omg you hit a fh with spit :hysteric:

Fantasy Hero
Jul 14th, 2010, 04:09 PM
:rolls: yeah it's so disgusting that ppl always miss it :devil:

Slutati
Jul 14th, 2010, 06:38 PM
I'm a ballbasher. And a very bad one. :lol:

young_gunner913
Jul 14th, 2010, 07:26 PM
I'm a ballbasher. And a very bad one. :lol:

I would destroy you :hearts:

Slutati
Jul 14th, 2010, 09:30 PM
I would destroy you :hearts:
Maybe you could finally win a game or something. :lol:

L'Enfant Sauvage
Jul 15th, 2010, 05:37 AM
Queen ballbasher.

But really, where to start? My serve is flat and with great power, but as a male who is only 5'6, I have this ugly tendency to dump it into the net. I go just as high risk, high return on my second serve, occasionally catching people off guard with how hard it is, but often double faulting.

My FH is my weapon. I generate quite a bit of power with it, and can angle it well. Very little spin, just mindless pummeling. My one-handed backhand is alright if I don't have sufficient time to run around the BH to my FH side, though don't expect me to position it anywhere other than the middle of the court, where it's easily reachable :sad:

Speed I've got in excess(Again, at only 5'6 it's a necessity.) So I tend to run down every single ball and try to take control of the point. Footwork might be a bit sloppy, but I can cover the court easily, though getting to the net leaves me vulnerable. I have good reflex volleying skills, but all it takes is one good lob over my head and the point is over :fiery:

All in all, I use power and angles to dictate points early. I go for big serves and return winners, but avoid long rallies like the plague(due to my tendency to smash the ball into the net.)

Also, I have no idea why, but I absolutely cannot do a two-handed anything. Adding my left hand into the mix just eliminates ball control from the equation, and quite frankly, I'd be lucky to have the ball land in front of me, in my own half of the court.

silyaunWILLIAMS
Jul 18th, 2010, 04:20 PM
Serve: It's not very fast, but I get good placement on it. I love to slice serve! I've aced loads of people with it. My second serve? In a practice, I'll use my normal service motion (ala Serena) but in a match, I'll try and keep it low and REALLY SLOW.

Forehand: A lot of Topspin.I dictate play off it, and i'm totally confident in it. It's never broken down. When I'm confident I'll hit it here-there-and-everywhere, owning my opponent.

Backhand: I hit this really flat I've copied Serena (AGAIN!) for the motion, but I haven't worked out where she brushes the ball. My backhand DTL is great! Really deep and powerful, my CC backhand less-so.

Volleys: I always slice them! Sometimes it turn out like a massive spining moonball, but other time it's Henin 1.0. I love when people target my body. I'm working on recognising and retrieving lobs.

Smash: I can only hit them on a bounce.

Europe rocks
Jul 18th, 2010, 08:54 PM
Serve: Very Safina-esque :lol: Same stance, really high ball toss which doesn't help on a windy day, can sometimes come up with a nice big serve, especially down the T, but it's not the most reliable shot. Second serve tends to be more a case of "get it in" but as there's no pace on it, a lot of people can just whack it into the net or out by a mile. Double faults can be quite common though.

Forehand: Can come up with some good cross-court angles on the forehand when on the run, often quite loopy and deep but can be flattened out when it needs to be.

Backhand: My natural shot, when it's on, it works well. Double handed with plenty of punch to it, only problem is sometimes I try to go for too much on it off low, skiddy type shots and it catches the top of the tape.

Volleys: They sometimes go in :lol:

Speed/movement: The key area to how I play, basically I'll try and run down anything, which is sometimes all I need to do. The other one will think they've won the point, I just run like hell and get it back in, they don't expect it and more often than not make an error. You're not gonna be able to get every shot back, but if they think you're capable of it, they try to go for the lines more and they start to miss more, become more frustrated etc.

I like trying to hit lots of awkward, slice type shots off the forehand, drop it short or slice it deep just to disrupt the rhythm and pace of the game. Backhand slice isn't too good.

Basically my style of play is counter-puncher/moonballer. I'll let the opponent dictate how it's going to be played, let them bash the ball all over the place and I'll start off just by hitting it back, using their pace and keeping the ball low over the net, being semi-aggressive, then if I get out of position or have to deal with a difficult shot, I'll just start moonballing for as long as possible, so many people don't know what to do with moonballs and they'll get fed up after a couple of shots and try to go for a huge groundstroke or drive volley, which more often than not gets dumped into the net or flies long. Don't tend to hit too many winners, but then again I was born on the same day as Pushniacki, just 12 months later.

DefyingGravity
Jul 18th, 2010, 09:19 PM
I've developed a plan B type of game, which is similar to Kim Clijsters...which makes me happy because I've won infinitely more matches playing in a Clijsters-esque manner. I've even got the hard court slide! :drool:

Sammo
Jul 18th, 2010, 09:54 PM
Serve: pretty average a few months ago it was horrible. Now it doesn't give advantages to my opponent and I usually make 3 or 4 double faults per match which is pretty ok for me lol. My average serve speed is 100 km/h which is :o

Forehand: hmmm OK I guess, I think I could use some confidence here.

Backhand: superb :drool: it's the best part of my whole game I just have a lot of confidence here and hit with a lot of power and precission.

Speed: really good I love to run for the balls! I don't like to give points free!

Volleys: horrible the less I come to the net better

Smashes: Hmmm if I let them bounce I don't really miss to much and it's powerful, but when I don't let it bounce, I tend to miss more.

Dropshots: it depends on the day but there've been days when I made excellent dropshots from the baseline.

Overall, mmm I'm a baseline agressive player.

Aaron.
Jul 18th, 2010, 09:59 PM
I've developed a plan B type of game, which is similar to Kim Clijsters...which makes me happy because I've won infinitely more matches playing in a Clijsters-esque manner. I've even got the hard court slide! :drool: I'm trying to play more like Ana. My game is a counter-punching, but my forehand is pretty decent so I'm trying to setup points and hit more inside-out forehands

DefyingGravity
Jul 18th, 2010, 10:09 PM
I'm trying to play more like Ana. My game is a counter-punching, but my forehand is pretty decent so I'm trying to setup points and hit more inside-out forehands

Wow...it's like we traded our Plan A's for each others' plan B's.

F-R-E-A-K
Jul 18th, 2010, 11:48 PM
Serve: I tend to spin or kick my serve the majority of the time.... never really hit it too flat at all, but I get good placement on it regularly.

Forehand: A lot of heavy topspin and angles, with some moonballs. It's probably my weakest shot, due to my injury several years back. When I'm feeling confident I really start to flatten it out and hit it really all over the place.

Backhand: I hit this shot really flat, but I do also tend to use great angles with my double hand backhand. My flat backhand DTL and CC is my best attacking shot. Really accurate, deep and powerful. I also have a decent low slice to change things up when in trouble.

Volleys: I always use to hate volleying, even though I played doubles alot. :lol: Now I love to volley, even serve and volley sometimes. It's all really simple for me, just hold my raquet out in front and keep a firm wrist, it works well majority of the time... just need to find a little better control.

Movement: I'm continually bouncing around and moving my feet... Sometimes I just love chasing ball after ball.. playing defensive tennis and hitting like Wozniacki. :p

Even though I love to play power tennis, majority of the time I do tend to play old school tennis. :hearts:

Aaron.
Jul 19th, 2010, 01:26 AM
Wow...it's like we traded our Plan A's for each others' plan B's. Wow! I must say running around forehands is the way to go! I played a practice match with my hitting partner and I'm a little better then him. He hits a hard flat ball but dosent move as well as me. I beat him 6-1, 6-1 today and he said I was hitting harder today. Usually I use heavy topspin that sits up in the middle of court and he has all the time in the world to rip it, but this time I was running around backhands and slamming inside-out forehands for winners. I must say I love this shot you can hit it with good margin and get a weak reply.

DefyingGravity
Jul 19th, 2010, 01:42 AM
Yeah!!! It's fun, ain't it? When it doesn't work though, you REALLY go off the boil as I've done before.

Aaron.
Jul 19th, 2010, 01:55 AM
Yeah!!! It's fun, ain't it? When it doesn't work though, you REALLY go off the boil as I've done before. I guess. But like I said It's a shot with margin so even If I'm having a bad day I should be able to get some points off it. I don't like relying on flat balls

DefyingGravity
Jul 19th, 2010, 02:06 AM
^ Yeah, I don't deny that it's a shot with a good margin, but at the same time, if you're not feeling well or moving well, hang it up (i.e. Ivanovic 2008 vs. Ivanovic 2010)

Aaron.
Jul 19th, 2010, 02:08 AM
^ Yeah, I don't deny that it's a shot with a good margin, but at the same time, if you're not feeling well or moving well, hang it up (i.e. Ivanovic 2008 vs. Ivanovic 2010) Yeah ok thanks for the heads up. I also have my defensive game up my sleeve, but I need to learn to be more agressive. I have to learn how to do both instead of relying on just one.

DefyingGravity
Jul 19th, 2010, 02:09 AM
You could play like 2005 Clijsters like I'm doing! :drool:

Aaron.
Jul 19th, 2010, 02:12 AM
You could play like 2005 Clijsters like I'm doing! :drool: I would like to, but my timing isn't as good as hers. My defensive game is kinda like Murray..I like to hit passing shots, but I have the same problem as him sometimes my balls land short and when I'm playing a decent player they're going to take advantage of that.

DefyingGravity
Jul 19th, 2010, 02:24 AM
True...defense is my hidden strength. I am fast, cover the court well (despite me being a less prototypical tennis player in terms of musculature), anticipate well, and my squash shot goes very deep. Off the ground, I can keep my contemporaries from attacking a ground stroke with depth and pace on defense. Which is why I think playing like Clijsters is something my game was missing. I still turn on Ana when I get the chance to, though, and come into net unlike either one of them.

Aaron.
Jul 19th, 2010, 02:28 AM
I hate playing the net because my overhead sucks. Any tips on that? I can't time those things for shit

DefyingGravity
Jul 19th, 2010, 02:34 AM
For me, overheads are about staying relaxed. It's the same thing as a serve really, that's all you need to remember. I used to try and crush them and it would cause me to pull them into the net or they wouldn't bounce at all and go somewhere else but where I wanted them. It's all about footwork and above all making sure you don't get too eager to hit it and tense up.

the jamierbelyea
Jul 19th, 2010, 08:05 AM
I hate playing the net because my overhead sucks. Any tips on that? I can't time those things for shit

Footwork is really the key thing, but really the shot is all about confidence. You'll find that hitting an overhead after you've nailed 2 or 3 earlier in the match is a piece of cake, but if you're trying to hit one after you've missed one or two , it's near impossible.

We used to practice overheads once a week, just a whole drill of simply hitting overheads, it was difficult, frustrating, but in the end really worth it, especially if you're playing doubles, or hit groundies in a way that forces that shot a lot.

Pops Maellard
Dec 12th, 2010, 10:09 PM
My game's not developed yet but I can hit with a lot of depth with a bit more air behind my shots or flatten them out, so I think I have pretty good technique on both sides. I think a hardcourt with a good bounce is my best surface.

As I develop I'll probably use my big flat shots more often. I don't think I really have the instincts of a ballbasher though. :lol:

Fool
Dec 13th, 2010, 07:44 AM
Lots of top spin. One day I just started doing that and can't get out of the habit. =\

Six Feet Under
Dec 13th, 2010, 10:10 AM
I'm basically a pusher :lol:

Forehand: It usually hit it with a lot of height over the net. I also commonly use a forehand slice which throws alot of my opponents off. Occasionally i can flatten it out but i rarely hit a winner off it.

Backhand: i have a good slice again, and generally hit the ball with alot of height over the net. I would likely go for a harder shot of the backhand.

Serve: at times i can produce a good fast first serve. My second serve isn't anything special but i rarely df.

Movement: I am fast mover and i like to think i have good anticipation of shots, i always try to get every shot back

Mental strength: I comeback alot of the time win matches, but when i build a lead usually i lose a couple games before doing anything. I like to think that this part of my game is my biggest strength.

Drop shots and Lobs: i usually hit most of winners of these in a match. they are definitely my best shots and i can usually pull them of when i need to :)

Update on my game :lol:

FH is gradually becoming a strength, i can sometimes pull off a few inside out winners.
Developing a strong first serve, but 2nd serve is still nothing special.
Have a really good service return, especially against flat serve as i can just redirect the pace.
Still love lobbing :lol: Im getting pretty good can hit the back line consistently :lol:
Lost the ability to do good drop shots :sobbing:

Ben.
Dec 14th, 2010, 09:30 AM
Where to start, hmmm let me see.

Serve: My best serve is the flat one & in the past it was the only serve I could hit :lol: I still prefer to hit that serve. But now I'm able to add slice on it as well just to mix it up. Its not brilliant, but it's average. Funnily enough I use my normal grip for the flat serve & a continental grip for the slice serve, its what I'm more comfortable with I guess. Cannot utilise the kick serve. Usually I go for placement on my first serve more than power, however every now & then I will go for it. Second serve is nothing special but I can make a reasonable number of DF's :tape: This usually happens when I'm tenative on it only because I wanted to get the serve in or when I hit with the same pace as the 1st serve. The serve is getting better, may need to place it better where I want it to be. It can breakdown every now & then due to the ball toss & not reaching up enough on it. I also prefer hitting a serve in the Ad side.

Forehand: Between this shot & the BH it is the more explosive shot, but it's the one where I will make more errors off as I'm looking to dictate with it. Can hit CC & DTL well, can also hit with depth & down the middle very well too. Someimes times I attempt to hit CC a few times then whack it DTL for a winner when given the opportunity (love that combo). It is mostly flat as I use an eastern grip & s'times I add a little bit of topspin for safety. I also hit the inside out one more than the off one.

Backhand: This is probably the more consistent shot in contrast to my FH, hence I make less errors off it. Even though it is the less explosive of the two I will still attempt to hit winners off it when given the chance. Can hit DTL & CC well, can also hit with depth & down the middle well too. Sometimes I can generate some nice angle off it. Like my FH it is mostly flat as I use an eastern grip with both hands & is hit with very little topspin. I also hit the inside out one more than the off one, love hitting that shot especially deep down the middle.

Netplay: Sometimes I come into the net after I hit a forceful groundstroke or when I'm forced to. Don't have great net instincts or great net position, but I always try to keep alert for the next few volleys or if worse, smashes. BH Volley is better technically than my FH volley, don't know why. Smashes are average, need to place them better but getting somewhat better. Drive volleys, hardly hit them & I'm terrible at them :lol: although I did two BH drive volley winners once, one of them off the frame :tape:

Movement: Its not outstanding but it is somewhat decent. Can get to some shots when being pulled forward, but when I get pulled out wide I'm in trouble.

Footwork: Again not outstanding but it is decent. I'm always active on my feet which help me get prepared for the next shot. However sometimes when the ball is hit deep with topspin or landed close to my feet, I don't tend to react quick enough to move my feet back to hit a consistent shot (can be due to fatigue sometimes). But if the ball is in between being deep & short I'm ok.

Mental strength: I try to play point by point & not get too flustered when I'm down a break of serve or get broken back in a game, which is easier said than done. But yeah when I get nervous when something does not go my way, sometimes my game just breaks down althogether & I start to rush & get tight when hitting my shots which is not a pretty sight. But I haven't play a comp match in a while so it could be different now.

Variety: Not utilised a lot when playing. I only use the BH slice when placed in an awkward position & I only utilise the lob when my opponent is at the net. I'm better hitting a BH lob than a FH lob just because I can use two hands which is more comfortable. Drop shots are awful when attempted :tape: Can hit the FH squash shot when it is not possible to hit a normal FH & if attempted will hit a loopy BH more than a loopy FH.

Overall: I'm probably an aggressive baseliner, although I don't mind rallying & waiting for the opportunity to attack to win the point, in other words point construction. That means I won't always attempt to hit a winner off every single ball, instead I'll just place it, but I still maintain good racket head speed. If I get tenative, I lose racket head speed & my shots either are short or go in the net. So I'm someone who needs to hit through the ball just to get a regular shot in the court.

Curcubeu
Apr 23rd, 2011, 09:50 PM
I'm such a push push and it's all my brother's fault because we played so often against each other! :lol:

We started playing tennis together and he was the more powerful one (somehow a ballbasher) which forced me to play with a lot of patience and consistence to bring the ball back waiting for errors. This stage of my "career" affected my game intensively. Now I'm a typical claycourt addict with decent movement, some variety (without any killer shots) and an extential lack of power... :sobbing:

Not to mention my serve, (I'm just 1,70m)... :o

I don't know if there are other players here who have made the same experiences with formative impressions of the earliest beginning of their career.

Adrian.
Apr 23rd, 2011, 11:20 PM
First Serve: ok, sometimes I'm able to hit an Ace, but it's not the hardest serve ever, it switches often between 35-75% :silly

Second Serve: Oh yeah, it depends on my mood, it can be ok aswell or really bad and slow without any placement at all

Forehand: My best shot, one-handed, really hard and I'm trying to bash like Marta:hearts: Sometimes I also play some with my ankle and try to take out the pace of the ball but to place it very good :p It often ends up with some UE's from my opponent

Backhand: Surprisingly good:eek: I make far less faults with it then with the forehand:shrug: Its two-handed, and with no real power, but the placement seems good

Netplay: LOL, it's miserable:o I see the balls comming short, run towards the net and then I don't know what to do:tape: wheter to slice it back, to hit it deep or just try to lop:spit:

Smashes: NO COMMENT

Movement: For my weight, really good


Let's try it again:

First serve: It's really good. Ok, I'm not able yet to bring some kick in it, but I can place it where ever I want and it's really fast. Maybe I must change sth. about the line-position, then it might get even better (2+)

Second serve: Oh hell:oh: it improved a lot since last time, but still it's all about focusing and turning the head off during 2nd serve. Now I'm able to bring some slice or kick in it, as it isn't that fast anymore. I try to hit the 2nd serve really deep, nearly the t-line, what often can end in a DF. But I try as well to bring a good mixture in them. Sometimes I'm hitting 2 1st serves, when I think the ball toss was good and I'll be able to bring it in the field :lol: (3-4)

Forehand: Well, it's still might be my best shot, but I'm not sure anymore. I have problems bringing some pace to the ball on the FH, maybe it's lack of power or maybe just technique. :shrug: IDK. But the FH CC is a really good shot and also down the line happens more often. I have problems with ankle, because the ball loses a lot of speed then, but isn't that difficult to reach. Something I have to work at the spring and summer :) :lol: Drop shots with the FH are getting better and better :) (2)

Backhand: By far most improved shot :hearts: I still have a double-handed BH, but I switch sometimes to one-handed when I'm slicing back or just want to take out the pace of the rally. BH CC is a really good shot with lots of power and I'm really safe with this shot. Also the BH DTL is really nice, but I'm often too afraid to try it, well, maybe sometime I won't be scared about it...:lol:
I think drop-shots with the BH are bit better than with the FH, but I have huuuuuuuuuuge problems with balls, which are bouncing high into by BH :tape: I'm unable to hit them back in a nice way, without losing the next ball..:sad: (2-3)

Netplay: I was forced to train the netplay in winter and it got better, but still I like to stay on the baseline much more than running to the net. :lol: and I still have huuuuuuuuge problems with short balls, I can't decide for myself what to do with them and in the end I make a silly UE. Ugh.... (4-5)

Smash: It's really good now, don't have any problems with it now :bounce: (1-2)

Movement: For my weight, still ok and I'm often in the right corner, just like Aga :)

SVK
Apr 23rd, 2011, 11:52 PM
Not to mention my serve, (I'm just 1,70m)... :o

You are even shorter then me, Im 176 and still have big problems with my serve.
However, when I was 15-16 years old I was 160 cm and I still had better serve than now:tears:

Sammo
Apr 24th, 2011, 12:36 AM
I'm 1.81 m and have problems with my serve :sobbing: But at least I have the same height as Daniela Hantuchova :lol:

Curcubeu
Apr 24th, 2011, 07:53 AM
You are even shorter then me, Im 176 and still have big problems with my serve.
However, when I was 15-16 years old I was 160 cm and I still had better serve than now:tears:

Honestly, I'm just 1,67m :sobbing:

Maybe I wil have some growth spurt in the future :unsure:, but I fear that I'm already full-grown... :sobbing:

Romanian height dimensions... :o

Maybe I should have switched to gymnastics what would be better for small people like me. :lol:

Fantasy Hero
Apr 24th, 2011, 04:53 PM
I'm 1.81 m and have problems with my serve :sobbing: But at least I have the same height as Daniela Hantuchova :lol:

i'm 185 and i'm hitting more double faults than masha at the moment...last match i played with my cousin i hold only once in the whole game hitting 4 aces and 38 DF in a 6-0 6-3 loss! :sobbing:

Curcubeu
Apr 24th, 2011, 05:06 PM
:hug: That's even worse than me, but my puff balls are as much a present for the opponent as your DFs. :lol:

Fantasy Hero
Apr 24th, 2011, 05:12 PM
well usually i score something around the same number of aces and DFs or most of the times more aces but last day i was such a mess...considering that my FH is by far my best shot and i scored only 4 BH winners in the whole match, it's easy to understand why i lost that badly :tape: :lol:

Curcubeu
Apr 24th, 2011, 05:30 PM
OK, so normally you score 30 aces/30 DFs... ;)

Must be fun to watch! :)

Fantasy Hero
Apr 24th, 2011, 05:34 PM
:haha: i'm such a headcase...i turn from pushing to ballbashing style every here and then :sobbing:

Curcubeu
Apr 24th, 2011, 05:39 PM
I'm Sara Errani's male issue, so you can imagine how I play! :lol:

tennis-insomniac
Apr 24th, 2011, 09:30 PM
I always admire Justine because she has such a strong one handed backhand and roger for his net skill

My weapon is flat-forehand and serve, I go after my forehand a lot and love to make a short angel on service line, and love to take a ball early like hingis/kimiko style..some of my forehand techniques are taken from Maria's, Tammy's and Kim's

My one handed backhand is crap, I try to slice like Steffi and it turned out to be more like Maria's :lol: just kidding
I'd like to play one handed backhand DTL more often but the chance of getting it in is like 2/10. I tried with two-handed BH, it sucks.

My serve is used to be real good, I used the Balbolat that Sam/Dina used to use in 09-10 period, it was great in control and give good speed and spin. But it gives me a hell of muscle pain after practicing. My service motion is like Roddick which works really well if your body is fit enough and my teacher used to compliment the speed it produced, but it really deteriorate my back and shoulder since I'm not a real good athlete, so I start using a less-intense motion.

My net game is horrible, I like swinging volley but other than that :no: my footstep is just wrong and I'm late at approaching the net.

I love love love my forehand, despise my one-handed backhand and my serve is also reliable...forget about the net skill. Not a good mover but sometimes copy Caroline's style of retrieving balls.

Wert.
Apr 25th, 2011, 02:04 PM
Weak service,good backhand and a lot of forehand errors.Solid net play.

vexxx
Jun 17th, 2011, 08:43 PM
Serve: I use continental grip for my serve. My first serves are mainly flat. They are decent - in a good day I can make a lot of aces, but if it's not my day my first serve percentage can drop to ~25-30%... I am doing topspin/kick second serves. It won't be me if I don't make at least 3-4 DFs in a match.

Forehand: I use eastern grip for my forehand (semi-western/western grips aren't very comfortable for me - I feel like I am going to break my wrist :lol:) I don't use a lot of topspin. I'd say my FH is better than my BH although recently I improved my backhand a lot. Usually I make a lot more winners with my forehand. I prefer going cross court than down the line.

Backhand: I use two-handed backhand. Few months ago my backhand could be used only for returning the ball and nothing more, but now I learned to push harder with it and go for winners. I use mainly flat/topspin backhand and rarely slice (ofc with 1 hand) when I am defending and the ball is hard to reach or if the ball is very low.

Netplay: Well, my netplay is probably the weakest part of my game. I love when I do a good groundstroke, my opponent reaches it hard and then I go to the net and intercept the ball with a drive volley. My drive volleys are good. However, my standart volleys are really bad. I often don't hit them with the center of the racket. I also tend to slice them a lot and they often go in the net. My smashes aren't very solid too. When I play a smash after the ball has bounced I am pretty solid, but if it hasn't bounced I make a lot of mistakes :o

Footwork: My footwork is decent. I am running really fast and I can catch a lot of drop shots. In the winter I play on indoor hard courts and in the summer I play on clay. My sliding on clay courts is really bad..

Mental strenght: I try to keep calm and play point by point, but when I make 2-3 unforced errors in a row I can easily get angry. Sometimes I am throwing my racket too..

I am a baseliner. When I get shorter balls or weaker serves I don't hesitate to attack and go for a winner, but I am also making unforced errors when trying to be very aggressive. I have to work on both my 1st and 2nd serves consistency and also on my 2nd serve power, because sometimes it can be attacked easily. I should also work on my volleys and try to mix my game and use more dropshots for example.

Linguae^
Jun 25th, 2011, 10:30 PM
Serve: Trying to get the advantage with it. It's kinda flat. It's somehow like Kim Clijsters' motion, but I change it. I can make a double fault often, cause I get totally nervous, especially on a match point. :o My first serve can be powerful and accurate, but my serve isn't a big weapon.
Forehand: It is solid for defending, I can return many tougher balls back with it, but it's actually really weak. I hate my forehand. I often make an error when I try attacking with it. :p
Backhand: My best weapon. I can blast winners from everywhere, but especially DTL. It's mostly flat and really powerful. It is really dangerous when I'm returning with it. I often try making some nasty return winners.
Moving: Not that good, but it's much better when I really care about the mtach. :lol:
Slice: I don't use it, not really good at even producing it. :lol:
Lob - can be good, love using it. Drop Shot - hate that shot, rarely using, can be good. Passing shot - can be quite dangerous, especially my backhand side
Return: I like attacking, always trying to return hard, even some first serves, forcing my backhand side, going into the court.
Volleys: They are awful, I just hate the net.
Mental strength: Totally weird, mostly not good at all. :lol: I can really outburst and fall apart. :sad:
I'm actually playing really flat strokes. I can sometimes vary with my forehand. ;)
PS. I can say - aggressive baseliner. :p :D

Fool
Jun 25th, 2011, 10:37 PM
I've reworked my first serve into a weapon, I had ten aces in the last mixed doubles match I played against a couple of friends. My second serve in horrendous. I have a good forehand and a suspect (but improving) backhand. I'll hit a lot of unforced errors because I want to hit it harder than I need to. I'm slow, and I don't have much stamina. I have a temper on the court but I don't go far enough as to smash rackets because I only have one. I'm probably fairly weak mentally, my main opponent (my dad) gets into my head ALL the time, I've never beaten him, even though I'm almost positive I'm better than he is.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jun 26th, 2011, 10:34 AM
I hit the balls really flat, including my serve, so I have no variety at all. My weakest part of the game is probably my movement and volley. I can't volley to save my life. My forehand is probably the strongest part of my game, or my serve, my backhand is fine I guess. I don't know if I am mentally strong or not, I've came back from 2-5 down to win the set, but when I lose a close tie-break in the first set I always get bagelled or breadsticked in the second. :lol:

Wow, it's been pretty much over a year since I posted here. It is incredible to see how much my game has progressed from tournament matches and extensive training.

My forehand has gotten miles bettermuch more consistent now. Surprisingly, my backhand has become my most reliable shot. I hardly miss with my backhand, but I cannot produce the angles and/or depth compared to my other wing. Basically, my forehand is my explosive shot (hitting winners) but my backhand is less likely to break down (hitting with consistent depth and pace).

Volleys have gotten better. I can put out many points at the net now compared to before. It would take a great passing shot to win a point against me at the net. However, I'm still scared to go to the net. I would often run back to the baseline after a mid-court shot. :lol:

Caesar1844
Jul 2nd, 2011, 07:30 AM
Serve: Probably my biggest strength. Left-handed, continental grip, hard on my first serve with nice kick on my 2S. High ball toss and a classical action which gives me great pace, but with the tradeoff that when I get tired my first serve goes downhill very quickly.

Forehand: Aggressive semi-western grip, heavy topspin. Accurate and consistent but I struggle to generate too much pace on it. Tend to rely on depth and angle in order to win points, with the occasional DTL winner.

Backhand: One-handed backhand with a semi-eastern grip. Tends to be fairly accurate and reliable, but pretty flat and without much variation. Struggle to get a lot of pace on it while maintaining accuracy. Main offensive use tends to be a DTL stroke to switch the CC rally onto my opponent's backhand, from which point I can usually bully him off the court with my forehand.

Netplay: Pretty strong. Good reflexes and I have a good instinct for crossing. Love playing doubles and it shows.

Footwork: Decent enough, but I have a tendency to overrun balls and crowd myself.

Mental Strength: A lot better than when I was a junior, where I was a powder keg. Still not fantastic though. Prone to random bouts of choking.

The lack of groundstroke weapons means I tend to be found out against better players, who move well and have backhands that can stand up to my forehand in a duel. At the moment I'm mostly working on flattening out my forehand a bit to create some more pace, and getting some variation on my backhand. I used to have a pretty mean skidding backhand slice as a junior, but now I seldom use it - it always seems to drop short and sit up.

With a strong serve and good netplay I should S&V a lot more than I do, but I tend to get smoked at the net in singles because my approach shots aren't up to scratch. If I could get to the net more effectively in singles then my effectiveness as a player would go up massively - I've almost abandoned the tactic due to my poor approaches.

Incidentally, there's a fellow in our club competition who hits every forehand with a nasty side-slice and it's doing my head in. Otherwise he's a pretty rubbish player but the amount of kick he gets with this unorthodox stroke is doing my head in - if anyone knows a good way to counter it, I'd love to hear about it.

Fantasy Hero
Jul 2nd, 2011, 12:41 PM
well usually i score something around the same number of aces and DFs or most of the times more aces but last day i was such a mess...considering that my FH is by far my best shot and i scored only 4 BH winners in the whole match, it's easy to understand why i lost that badly :tape: :lol:

OK, so normally you score 30 aces/30 DFs... ;)

Must be fun to watch! :)

:haha: i'm such a headcase...i turn from pushing to ballbashing style every here and then :sobbing:

lately i worked on my BH and it seems to be a good way to close points...i'm kind of a male Flavia with mental issues now :rolls:
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SVK
Jul 2nd, 2011, 12:56 PM
Movement: It was quite good until I injured my ankle few years ago...since this it sucks :sad:

Serve: non-exist

Forehand: non-exist

Returns: non-exist from forehand side...from backhand its sometimes not that bad)

Backhand: slice (Im using top-spin just when I returned)

Mental strenght: :spit:

Net play: absolutely perfect:inlove:

So my tactic is dont serve a DF and as fast as possible going to the net...If this works then Im winning:inlove:...or Im slicing the opponent to the death from backhand:lol:

I actually learned a kick serve and I will probably use it even as a first serve. Its actually a lovely shot, I would never think I could serve like that:oh: Just placement is a bit messy, I trained it just a little bit though so it still need a lot of work, but at least my serve looks somehow now and its actually working:p...Also I switched from double handed to single handed backhand...return is a bit problem though, I cant return serve with single hand, only if Im slice-ing (what is still very often)...Forehand is still a hot mess, as it always was.

KBlade
Jul 5th, 2011, 09:06 AM
Serve - Strong, definately one of my weapons when it's on. I can really crank up my first service, and I can hit a mean kick serve. This is especially useful when my flat serve is inconsistent, I can spin in some big kick serves on my first serve to take the pressure off and confuse my opponent. Down side is that when I get nervous, my ball toss tends to go off, which means double faults can creep in, and sometimes I become to reliant on the kicker as oppossed to going for the bigger first serve. If my ball toss stays steady, this is definately a weapon for me.

Forehand - My favourite shot when it's working. I can hit a winner from any area in the court with this shot. It's quite a long swing, so I can generate some serious pace, however, sometimes I can try to hit this shot too hard or pull the trigger too early which results in unforced errors. I also tend to hit fairly flat off this wing which can sometimes result in inconsistency.

Backhand - Solid, double handed, not as potent as my forehand, used to be a liability but is now a solid and reliable stroke. I really like to take topspin or pace off this wing. Low slice is troublesome for me, given I also hit this wing low over the net, which means it can be sometimes hit and miss off lower bouncing balls where top-spin would be more desirable. I hit it with an open stance.

Net Play - Could be improved, especially off the one handed backhand slice volley. I think I lack touch at the net, but I make up for it with wing span. I can easily punch away floaters, but shots that come directly at my body or towards my feet are troublesome and often end up coming off the frame.

Return - Second favourite, it is usually a guage for how well I'm playing. If I'm timing the return well, it generally means I'm playing well. I'm extremely aggressive off the return, and I stand on and inside the baseline for first and second services respectively. I love to crack winners cross court and watch them fly past my opoonent, although given how much I go off returns, it is prone to inconsistency.

Foot-work - My biggest issue. I have very good court coverage, however, when I start to get tired I stop moving my feet which can be disasturous for my consistency. This generally triggers mental issues. When I concentrate and get my feet into position, I can really be devastating off the ground, however I struggle to keep focus and really don't do this consistently.

Mental - Where do I even begin. The biggest obstacle in my way. I am so very off and on mentally. When I keep my head on, I can win great matches, however sometimes I'm just a ticking time-bomb, and I get annoyed, throw my racket, yell and ball-bash myself into a hole, which is usually fatal. It usually takes me a match to get into the "match environment".

Probably in general, an off and on ball basher with a big serve.

Cakeisgood
Jul 5th, 2011, 04:27 PM
I have a loopy/spinny forehand, a big flat backhand that's more explosive but more prone to breakdown, a lefty serve that I almost exclusively slice, and I'd like to think that my mental game is really strong. I can't volley for shit.

And I run like a little jackrabbit.

So a left-handed Caro basically :sobbing:

Kəv.
Jul 6th, 2011, 03:22 AM
I think ive turned into a pusher/brainless ball basher.
Meaning i can get alot of balls back and just bash the hell out of them.

Leelee.
Jul 6th, 2011, 05:43 AM
I'm a pure serve-and-volley player. Used to be a decent college player. Now I'm old and broken, but I still get out there sometimes.

Serve - The one strength of my game. I can still get it into the 110s consistently, thanks to hitting many thousands of serves in my youth. I patterned my serve off of Mark Poo, which for whatever reason enabled me to learn a kicker.

Forehand - I try to keep it flat since I can't rally and try to run to net. It's ended up like Sjeng Schalken's, I need the continental grip for volleying.

Backhand - Awful. I mishit many of them. For whatever reason, I never picked up the timing on that side, and it's what held me back from getting past 5.0 level. I try to push it with two hands.

Volleys - I tend to be a little safe with them, but punchy and always moving foreward usually works, I'm not playing pros. I have a great drop volley, which helps too. And I love overheads.

Mental Play - Despite being insane with a terrible temper, my court persona is generally calm. Either my bug serve and volley game will be good enough that day or not. I just enjoy attacking, and whatever happens, happens.

young_gunner913
Jul 6th, 2011, 05:45 AM
I'm adapting a new style; serious and aggressive. I'll update with how it goes. :cool:

KBlade
Jul 6th, 2011, 05:50 AM
I'm adapting a new style; serious and aggressive. I'll update with how it goes. :cool:

A new style of Laminate? Serious and aggressive, hand-scraped mohawk? :lol:

Dominika23
Jul 7th, 2011, 04:44 AM
I play sorta like Agnieszka Radwańska I very good defensive player

Serve: My serve is my weaking so far to my game still working on it I hit some DF and my speed is not that fast but I do hit a great placement when I Serve. My serve motion like Agnieszka Radwańska

Forehand: My Forehand Is real strong, It is solid and defending I can alot return alot of strong balls back and go for winners as well, When I do so for my Winner I like to hit the line.

Backhand: My best weapon. I use two-handed backhand, and I return more winner of that side, and can play defensive better, I run down alot ball with my backhand return if I not making a winner to make my opponet cause an unerror my friends call me Caroline Wozniacki. because all return I make of my backhand. I been studying or should I say trying to hit backhand winner like Anna Chak i getting there

Netplay: I hardly run to the net do more dropshot to make more opponet run to the net more than me but when I there I can put away the ball easily

Footwork: My footwork is Great. This will have to be other big weapon for me I run really fast and I can catch a lot of drop shots, or lob ball

Mental strenght: I very clam Players hardly show any emotion when I winning or losing

Slice: I slice every now an then I pretty good at it.

Lob - Love to lob the ball and more so when more opponent at the net I tried to get him/her at the net by dropshot and then lob the ball love to make my opponent run as much as possible

Yonc
Aug 25th, 2011, 10:02 AM
Very aggressive baseline player, but not a brainless ball basher...there is strategy involved...I just don't know what!

My serve is always good in my matches but terrible in practice, I like serving in the corner into the forehand court and down the T on the backhand court, my second serve is not the great I cant kick or slice serve at all or very well so its just a softer sort of semi kick serve.

My forehand was not that great and I used to prefer backhand but I got a new racquet last year and my forehand improved out of nowhere. I can basically do anything with my forehand now and even hit an inside out forehand!

My backhand was much better with my old racquet but its still okay with my new one, I prefer hitting down the line with it but cross court is better.

My net skills are slightly better than most people I play against, but don't go out of my way to go to the net.

My movement and footwork is the worst part of my game, but after getting authotics(?) and seeing a physio regularly my fitness and footwork are improving!