One of my prime tennis attributes is consistency… on return of serve, groundstrokes, and serving. I get a good percentage of first serves in and almost never double fault more than two times a match. That is not good.
Because for most of us, those two “good things” mean that we are not going for enough on our serve.
First Serve Goals
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe we should play like the hacker who crushes his first serve (and misses more than he makes) and then hits in a powder puff second serve. But we should push ourselves to serve as hard (and as well placed as possible) and still get at least 60% of our first serves in.
Second Serve Goals
And especially in doubles, I need to put more on the second serve and accept some double faults. Which is better, just putting a weak second serve in play and having your opponent crush a winner at you – or in doubles, at your partner? Or “going for” the second serve and double faulting?
I think the second choice is a better way to lose a point. It sends a message to your opponent that you are willing to be on the offense.
What do you think?
The prime difference between Gold Ball winning Fred Drilling and me is NOT the number of Gold, Silver and Bronze balls he has won; but the fact that he does know how many he has won!
Playing a practice doubles match against him yesterday, I congratulated him and asked that question. His answer was, “I don’t know… 30-something.” Me? I would have recounted every one in every color!!
P.S. Paul Veltman and I played above our level and were able to beat Fred and solid lefty Ed Jablonski 7-5, 7-5.
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