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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #30 on: April 18, 2009, 10:13 PM »
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But seriously, how can one improve their net play - I assume it's hours and hours of what the players do during the warm up, coming up to the net and hitting short volleys. I have a sh*t reaction speed too.

The tennis pro used to pepper me, very close up, 100 balls at a time - backhand and forehand - nervewracking, but really improves the volley.
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #31 on: April 18, 2009, 10:31 PM »
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Dare I say it, but I'd imagine doubles would give a little volleying practice too if you're into that sort of thing.

Yeah definitely helps.
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #32 on: April 18, 2009, 11:29 PM »
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Doubles is like going to the gym but just using the bike machine. The lack of exercise is the main reason why I don't like playing doubles.
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #33 on: April 18, 2009, 11:30 PM »
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Doubles is like going to the gym but just using the bike machine. The lack of exercise is the main reason why I don't like playing doubles.

Its all down to what you want to get out of tennis really.
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #34 on: April 18, 2009, 11:31 PM »
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I obviously want to enjoy it and I get much more enjoyment when I'm physically being pushed.
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #35 on: April 18, 2009, 11:33 PM »
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Yeah most people feel the same. Doubles is good for those who want to socialise a bit more.
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #36 on: April 18, 2009, 11:48 PM »
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Exactly.  Still, I'd imagine the occasional doubles game would probably help the singles game in the long run.
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #37 on: April 19, 2009, 04:45 PM »
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I play singles with mates/my dad. I play doubles competitively and it has helped my net game tremendously. My main area of weakness is my topspin forehand and my second serve. Due to having blaes courts, my slice is amazing and the ball just doesn't bounce after you hit a good slice shot, but can't hit topspin at the moment to save myself. First serve has always been very strong, can place it quite well at high speed and definitely the chopper grip. My slice serve and inside out serve are my favourites but I like varying it.

I think the key to having a better second serve is just having the confidence to hit it that little bit harder, but I'm not there yet this year.

I do a lot of chipping and charging on the return, I'm much better at the net than at the baseline, so even if it's a pretty weak chip my reactions ensure I still have a chance of getting the ball back.
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #38 on: April 20, 2009, 11:36 PM »
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How annoying is it to play on those AstroTurf type sandy courts!
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #39 on: April 21, 2009, 06:49 AM »
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That's mostly what we have here! Shoes are always full of sand. lol
They are quite nice to play on although I usually seem to play better on hard court.
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #40 on: April 21, 2009, 09:45 AM »
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I hate them compared to hard court - the ball dies when it bounces and also it really screws up the felt of the balls.
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #41 on: April 21, 2009, 01:29 PM »
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I hate them compared to hard court - the ball dies when it bounces and also it really screws up the felt of the balls.

On astro turf the ball dies? Try playing on clay or blaes lol

I love playing on artificial grass. My favourite surface (so far). It's so quick which is a massive bonus to my serve.

Also, I take back what I said about not being able ot hit topspin this year. I can do it, just not against my dad and his 10mph shots. If someone smacks the ball at me, I smack it back well lol
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #42 on: April 21, 2009, 01:54 PM »
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You wouldn't get it back against me! :P
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #43 on: April 21, 2009, 02:00 PM »
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You wouldn't get it back against me! :P

Bet you I would :P - once or twice.
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Re: Club talk and tennis tips « Reply #44 on: April 21, 2009, 03:01 PM »
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I personally love astroturf, as an aggressive baseliner it means less reaction time to my shots, it's also very reactive to slice.

The uni courts Julia and I'll be on next year are Astroturf, but they're not very sandy, yay.  yay
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