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Postby pokeyjoe » Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:06 pm

Laean wrote:i play tennis. we were undefeated in our varsity league in my junior year of high school, then repeated in my senior year.

high school tennis was one of the best times of my life.

a tip for serving is try tossing the ball higher and more over your head (a common mistake made by newer people is tossing the ball way out front and trying to hit faster and flatter serves - wait until you're better for that). tossing the ball higher and over your head or slightly behind you will allow you to put more spin on the ball and give you more room to clear the net.

as for consistency, it's just all about repetition. one extra tip for backhands is if you use a two-handed backhand, a lot of newer players make the mistake of pulling with their right arm, instead of pushing with their left. you'll have much more power and control if you push with your left arm. think of it as doing a left handed forehand, with your right hand to just help stabilize and guide your swing a little bit.


Thanks for the tip. I've actually been accidently taking my right hand off the racket on backhands and just hitting with my left hand once or twice, so it's good to know I wasn't completely wrong (although I mostly was :-) ). I've noticed after only about two weeks of practice I've improved dramatically. I'm only a sophomore, so hopefully in the next year or two I can get better and make varsity by senior year.
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Postby Half Massed » Fri Mar 16, 2007 3:40 am

I played varsity all four years in high school, and may go out for the team here in college next year (it's D-III, but the difference for tennis isn't as large as other sports). I'm solid, but not spectacular I guess. My biggest fault is laziness with a practice schedule. If I really practice consistently in a set schedule I'm a lot better, which makes a significant difference on the level I'm playing at.
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:06 am

Never played competitively, but I have a couple friends that I get with on occasion to play some tennis. And I'm teaching my son to play too. It's a very good active sport to get into if you're looking for something that keeps you moving, but isn't going to give you a heart attack.
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Postby StlSluggers » Fri Mar 16, 2007 9:04 am

Omaha Red Sox wrote:It's a very good active sport to get into if you're looking for something that keeps you moving, but isn't going to give you a heart attack.

When I was really young, my father's friend's heart "exploded" (in the doctor's words) while he was playing doubles on the court next to him.

I'm just sayin'. :-o
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Postby J35J » Fri Mar 16, 2007 9:55 am

So do I assume that none of you guys who play(ed) tennis play(ed) baseball?? I played tennis my freshman year of high school just because I wanted to try something else. Tennis was during baseball for us.


Also, I want to "ditto" what JTWood said about taking advantage of the time you do have now in high school. It may seem like alot now but just wait until the real world hits!! ;-)
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Postby StlSluggers » Fri Mar 16, 2007 9:58 am

I didn't play baseball. I was too scared of the ball when I was little, and by the time I got over that, I was too far behind everyone else.

Plus, I was good at tennis. :-]
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:37 am

StlSluggers wrote:
Omaha Red Sox wrote:It's a very good active sport to get into if you're looking for something that keeps you moving, but isn't going to give you a heart attack.

When I was really young, my father's friend's heart "exploded" (in the doctor's words) while he was playing doubles on the court next to him.

I'm just sayin'. :-o


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Postby Mugrila » Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:45 am

J35J wrote:So do I assume that none of you guys who play(ed) tennis play(ed) baseball?? I played tennis my freshman year of high school just because I wanted to try something else. Tennis was during baseball for us.



I didn't play for the school because it was the same time as baseball. :-/
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Postby Madison » Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:13 pm

J35J wrote:So do I assume that none of you guys who play(ed) tennis play(ed) baseball?? I played tennis my freshman year of high school just because I wanted to try something else. Tennis was during baseball for us.


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Postby StlSluggers » Fri Mar 16, 2007 3:27 pm

I played a couple sets last summer against a guy that had played Div I baseball in college. His strokes weren't the prettiest, but he could turn on a groundstroke faster than anyone I've ever seen in over 15 years. I hit plenty of shots that I thought he was going to be way behind on because his stance and preparation didn't seem quick enough. Then he'd just uncork, and I'd find myself in trouble for having cheated to the wrong side of the court.

I don't know what exercises you baseball guys do to develop that rotational speed/strength, but I want some.
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