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My first serve speed is fast but inconsistent....however, I really lack feel at times on my second serve and double-fault so much. I feel like Sharapova tbh, just hitting two first serves :sad: It does not work for me....putting spin on the 2nd serve and getting my toss right is the problem it seems...
 

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My first serve speed is fast but inconsistent....however, I really lack feel at times on my second serve and double-fault so much. I feel like Sharapova tbh, just hitting two first serves :sad: It does not work for me....putting spin on the 2nd serve and getting my toss right is the problem it seems...
This sounds so familiar :lol: i have to say, if I play a match, I start double faulting less and less because I get better feel and rhythm as I serve more often. In particular in the first 2 service games I double fault quite often.
 

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This sounds so familiar :lol: i have to say, if I play a match, I start double faulting less and less because I get better feel and rhythm as I serve more often. In particular in the first 2 service games I double fault quite often.
I actually found that too, when I played a match, I actually ended up finding some rhythm on the serve and managed to serve aces and stop hitting DFs. :D Yeah, I've hit a whole game of DFs many times at the beginning of a match. :sobbing: :hysteric:

Then when I'm serving into the sun......disaster! :lol:
 

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i just played a few social games with mates, but i have no decent serve, like it goes in most of the time but i am basically throwing the ball forward and hitting it :p when i try to do a conventional serve, it lands a inch inside the baseline :eek:h: Help me!!
 

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i just played a few social games with mates, but i have no decent serve, like it goes in most of the time but i am basically throwing the ball forward and hitting it :p when i try to do a conventional serve, it lands a inch inside the baseline :eek:h: Help me!!
Mine isn't amazing at all, but watch a player who has a great service action maybe...make sure you have a good throwing action and bend your knees when you go for your serve....there are a few good videos on YouTube. :) It's the hardest shot to master I think. :(
 

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I played a doubles match today. We were up 6-2, 5-0 and I was serving for the match. I DF'd twice (First DF's of the match) and my teammate hit an unforced error which put us in a 15-40 pickle. At this point I served an unreturned serve followed by an ace (#2 of the match) and yet another unreturned serve to seal the match, defending 2BP's en-route:yeah:
 

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Yay, that's seems to be a great improvement on your serve Michael, well done :cheer: Now I just need to improve mine when I go down to the club tomorrow. :sobbing:
 

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Yay, that's seems to be a great improvement on your serve Michael, well done :cheer: Now I just need to improve mine when I go down to the club tomorrow. :sobbing:
Good luck:cheer:
What's your style of play?
And what player do you play similar to?
 

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Good luck:cheer:
What's your style of play?
And what player do you play similar to?
Thanks. :D

I'm left-handed, I like to hit the ball hard, everything is all quite flat, so a lot of errors. :hysteric: Although I can put topspin on my forehand to keep it in play and move the ball around the court, so it's my better shot. :) Probably similar to Safarova and on a very bad day. :lol: I'd say my movement is my main weak point.

What about you? :D
 

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Thanks. :D

I'm left-handed, I like to hit the ball hard, everything is all quite flat, so a lot of errors. :hysteric: Although I can put topspin on my forehand to keep it in play and move the ball around the court, so it's my better shot. :) Probably similar to Safarova and on a very bad day. :lol: I'd say my movement is my main weak point.

What about you? :D
Lucie:hearts:

I like to believe I developed from a poor man's Wozniacki to a solid Lisicki (strokewise) but of course without the huge serve. Oh yeah and with a brain. I like to hit my shots flat and I'm good at the net and I can reach most shots as my movement is decent. I also have pretty decent anticipation so after playing someone for about set I already know their tricks:lol: My main problem is the power but I can move my opponent around the court a la Aga:) My technique is basically modelled on Agnieszka too:lol:
Oh yeah, and I don't have a backhand but a right handed and left handed forehand:rolls:
 

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Lucie:hearts:

I like to believe I developed from a poor man's Wozniacki to a solid Lisicki (strokewise) but of course without the huge serve. Oh yeah and with a brain. I like to hit my shots flat and I'm good at the net and I can reach most shots as my movement is decent. I also have pretty decent anticipation so after playing someone for about set I already know their tricks:lol: My main problem is the power but I can move my opponent around the court a la Aga:) My technique is basically modelled on Agnieszka too:lol:
Oh yeah, and I don't have a backhand but a right handed and left handed forehand:rolls:
:hug: :hug:

Well a solid Lisicki is something great because she has wonderful groundstrokes. :yeah: Well sounds like you have a good game and that anticipation is a good way to get into opponents' heads. :bounce: I need to really work on my defensive tennis. :hysteric:

That is awesome! :D There was a tennis player in the early 2000s actually who played like that...Evgenia Kulikovskaya I think, you should check her out, her playing style was so cool! :cheer:
 

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:hug: :hug:

Well a solid Lisicki is something great because she has wonderful groundstrokes. :yeah: Well sounds like you have a good game and that anticipation is a good way to get into opponents' heads. :bounce: I need to really work on my defensive tennis. :hysteric:

That is awesome! :D There was a tennis player in the early 2000s actually who played like that...Evgenia Kulikovskaya I think, you should check her out, her playing style was so cool! :cheer:
Oh yeah, so she did:eek: I didn't know there was someone like that:lol:

Tip for defense: Whenever you're being attacked and you're being pushed side to side, move back to the middle immediately before your opponent has a chance to hit the ball. Also if you're behind the baseline, you should creep in a bit, you'd be surprised how tight some players get and hit errors :angel:
 

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Oh yeah, so she did:eek: I didn't know there was someone like that:lol:

Tip for defense: Whenever you're being attacked and you're being pushed side to side, move back to the middle immediately before your opponent has a chance to hit the ball. Also if you're behind the baseline, you should creep in a bit, you'd be surprised how tight some players get and hit errors :angel:
Yup. :yeah:

Ok, thank you, that definitely sounds like perfect advice. :cheer: I will utilise that and see how it goes tomorrow. :bounce: :hug:
 

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Anyone can recommend a good video on how to improove my second serve? My first serve isn't that great either but at least ican roll that one in when iwant and i usually get 4-5 aces per match.I use Serena's serve technique because not only she is my fave but it feels the most natural to me.I really need help with my second serve as everytime i miss my first serve i panick and that usually brings me to a DF or just puffballing the second serve in the box...Any type of help is gladly welcomed...
 

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Mine isn't amazing at all, but watch a player who has a great service action maybe...make sure you have a good throwing action and bend your knees when you go for your serve....there are a few good videos on YouTube. :) It's the hardest shot to master I think. :(
cheers! i'll have a look on youtube :D
 

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How tall is everyone? For me, the serve is all about the reach. - I'm 1.88M (serving advantage) and for me the difference between a serve that will hit the net and a serve that will go over the net is reaching my hand over from my shoulder to the highest I can reach and really giving that ball a good thwack. For others, is the problem the serve going out or hitting the net?
 

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I am 185 cm and i gotta say it's the serve going out.If i don't hit it well it lands on the service line.Sure i miss some in the net too but mostly going out is the problem.
 

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I am 185 cm and i gotta say it's the serve going out.If i don't hit it well it lands on the service line.Sure i miss some in the net too but mostly going out is the problem.
I see. When my serve was still useless, I practiced a bit with the reach. For a flat serve, you've got to reach as high as you can and then find your range bringing your arm down (at what point you let the ball go from your racket) . Obviously the more you bring it down, the more powerful it will be, but then it might hit the net. I experimented with it and found a perfect place to hit and I instinctively hit it at that point now. Originally, I would just toss the ball, hit it and let go of it early and high (most balls go in, but serve is slow) but gradually I brought it down to a point that it just goes over the net but doesn't hit it (First serve now is around 72%). Sorry if this doesn't make sense, it did in my head:sobbing:
 

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Oh it makes perfect sense.I do feel that when i hit the service line i don't hit the ball at it's highest point(the point when it stopos going upwards and is ,,levitating") and i do not extend my arm upwards and that my arm isn't totally straight at the hitting ponit of the racquet and the ball.Any tips on the second serve and the slice serves?
 

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Oh it makes perfect sense.I do feel that when i hit the service line i don't hit the ball at it's highest point(the point when it stopos going upwards and is ,,levitating") and i do not extend my arm upwards and that my arm isn't totally straight at the hitting ponit of the racquet and the ball.Any tips on the second serve and the slice serves?
On the second serve, since my serve sometimes goes out if I try a T serve, I go for a wide serve since it's a longer distance to cover for the ball and there's less chance for it to go long (something a la Radwańska on match point in the Montréal Final). Confidence is key here, I never go for a first serve-like second serve so I need to be confident otherwise I will just shank the serve into the net. It really works for me, I don't remember the last time I've DF'd hitting the net, if anything, it's always an out.

As for the slice serve, I really can't help you because I can't slice/topspin to save my life. The only topspin I ever use is for passing shots when my opponent is at the net and the slice I only use (not serve) is when I'm having a good day or winning by a large margin. Neither are really go to shots. Also, I don't think I've ever served a slice serve because I genuinely cannot. :tape:
 
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