Sounds like a plan mate. Which courts?I've missed playing so much while being overseas this year. Nice to hear you're getting back into it dan.
We should organise a day for those of us in Melbourne to go have a hit maybe in January some time before the aussie open begins if anyone is keen?
Good to see you are getting back into it Dan! Want to organise a hit somewhere?Have recently gotten back into it after a few years out. Unfortunately fell away a bit through uni but really enjoying being back.
It's amazing how much your game changes with time off. My backhand drive is considerably better than I remember it being. It was always brutal on its day but the last few times I've played it has been extremely consistent. I've mentioned on here before but I play with an extreme eastern one-handed grip which is not something you see too often. I adore it.
My forehand on the other hand fell off a cliff. It was always my more consistent and diverse shot, but I've really struggled with timing and contact points since I've started back. Lots of shots straight into the net, which is weird as I've always been more prone to pushing it long. Slowly getting it back but it's a long way from where it was. Semi-western grip on the forehand side. As you can probably tell, topspin is a pretty significant part of my game off both wings.
Slice on both sides was always a (weird) strength of mine and they're still pretty lethal, but a lot less consistent. Love my drop shots but they've been, errr, interesting lately.
I'm still aerobically fit but not match fit.
Still can't really serve which is the biggest hole in my game. Not a great volleyer either, which is a real shame - I get plenty of opportunities to come to the net by virtue of my game style so I need to work on that. Slices and drop shots have always been a pretty big part of my game but I do tend to go for them too much, particularly on return where I'm not always as aggressive as I should be.
Still rocking the Babolat Aero Pro Drive which is about six years old now. I wouldn't mind a new one but I'm really picky with racquets and their feel - I like to be able to test them out before I buy them, which is difficult for obvious reasons.
I reckon most players can play pretty solid S&V (and A&V) with the shots they already have. A lot of people get intimidated and think if they're not serving out of a tree, approaching the net is too hard.Still can't really serve which is the biggest hole in my game. Not a great volleyer either, which is a real shame - I get plenty of opportunities to come to the net by virtue of my game style so I need to work on that. Slices and drop shots have always been a pretty big part of my game but I do tend to go for them too much, particularly on return where I'm not always as aggressive as I should be.
It's a nice racquet, but I remember you suggesting that you're looking for more power in your game - I'm not quite sure the Aero Pro is the solution there.
That's true about power- if it's quite a restrictive racquet then that's probably not for me. Any others you can recommend?It's a nice racquet, but I remember you suggesting that you're looking for more power in your game - I'm not quite sure the Aero Pro is the solution there.
It certainly can generate some power when used properly but given the shape of the neck I find it tends to encourage you to come over the top of the ball rather than hit it flat. Not necessarily a bad thing, but if you're already getting hit off the court it might not be the best choice. That could just be me though.
Overall though it is a very nice racquet. It's quite stiff and not everybody likes that, but otherwise there really isn't much to dislike.
If there's somewhere near you that lets you try before you buy I'd definitely recommend taking advantage of that.
Sorry mate I completely forgot about this.That's true about power- if it's quite a restrictive racquet then that's probably not for me. Any others you can recommend?
With the serve, what are you struggling with? Speed or accuracy?My hitting partner is away so I've gone back to coaching for a bit, just to get a hit in and work on a few bad habits that have developed in my time off. Shortening the backswing on my forehand side and flattening out my backhand are the priorities. I've always adored my extreme eastern backhand but as a general rally shot I'm just not consistent enough with it. I'm using a more traditional grip and man it feels odd.
Oh, and actually having a serve would also help.
Consistency in height, predominantly. I've always had a broken service motion and have had a number of coaches try to fix it, haha. My contact point is very inconsistent which is obviously an issue. My power is ok (although nothing special) and my placement is fine, I just vary spectacularly between hitting it into the net and hitting it long way too regularly.With the serve, what are you struggling with? Speed or accuracy?
Try to have a hit every few months, but down in Melbourne the cost of renting a local club court is often in the excess of 25-30$ an hour.Bump. Anyone playing at the moment? Pretty good social distancing sport.
We scarified and top-dressed our grass courts before Christmas, so we’re not back playing on them yet. Am filling in at my other club for one of their weeknight clay competitions. It’s made me realise how much I’ve got out of practice at hitting loopy topspin.
Spent a couple of hours yesterday almost exclusively practicing hitting over the top of my one handed backhand. It was a bit ugly.
If there's a big tennis facility near you, try asking about reserving for their weeknight comps. I'm on the list for one near me, and most weeks they'll send out an SMS blast looking for fill-in players. I just pick and choose when I feel like playing. It's usually $15-20, but I'll get 3-5 sets of singles and/or doubles which can be a good 2-3 hours of tennis.Try to have a hit every few months, but down in Melbourne the cost of renting a local club court is often in the excess of 25-30$ an hour.
Can't justify the outlay to become a member at most clubs, particularly because i just want to play socially but gee the sport isn't getting any cheaper.