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Errors-Good and Bad

Errors-Good and Bad

Many players believe that any shot not landing in the court is an error. This, while taken literally may have to be defined that way, is really is not so. Let’s discuss ones that are and ones that are not.

You’re playing a point and drive an aggressive forehand down the line and the ball lands a couple of inches wide, in my opinion that is not an error, that’s a miss. You never want to get down on yourself at any time; it will only hurt your game. Never get down after a miss!! Misses are going to happen when you are playing well and trying to win a match as opposed to playing too conservatively and trying not to lose.

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If you miss on ground strokes you want to have the ball land either long or wide. Ground strokes that hit the net are errors. No shot has a chance of landing in if it does not go over the net. When you practice try to hit all your shots past the service line, this way even if the ball falls short of the service line it is still over the net. Take putting in golf as an example. Where would you like a missed putt to end up? (No, close to the hole is not the answer.) The ball should end up past the hole; if it stopped short it could not go in. The same in tennis, the ball has to go over the net to have a chance of landing in. So, hit up and follow through for good shots and some misses, but not errors in the net.

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There are errors on ground strokes that do land long or wide, called unforced errors. This is when there is no pressure on you with the oncoming shot and you are not trying to do too much with your shot and for no apparent reason you hit it out. Concentrate on your form harder after one of those.

Another example of a miss or an error is in serving. Your good hard first serve is out, that’s a miss. A double fault is an unforgivable error, never give a point away!

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Errors occur due to lack of concentration, another example is a shot hit off the frame because the player is just not watching the ball. Misses are due to a bit of inaccuracy, do not equate the two.

Concentration is the answer for both misses and errors. Focus in more and you’ll cut down on both. Again, please don’t get down on yourself, it never helps.

Good Luck-Have Fun!!

Bad Calls

Bad Calls

What should you do when facing an opponent who tends to make questionable line calls? Here are some personal experiences of mine, some will be examples of how not to handle it but some are more mature. Tennis is on the honor system and is one of the reasons it’s such a great game.

Let’s get the obvious one out of the way. Do not hit anybody, you can get arrested.

Unless you are in some important tournament players must make their own line calls, you have to make up your mind how important the match is to you to decide to what degree your action should be if faced with bad calls. Tournaments or team matches are obviously more important than a pick-up match.

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I have played in countless matches and if it’s team or tournament they are important to me, but 99% of the players are honest. You have to start with that premise. If bad calls start to happen, here’s what to do. First decide if the player is actually cheating or just has bad eye sight. There is a difference even if the result is the same. In either case you begin politely and never on the first bad call, in fact I start on the third. We have all made bad calls in our lives by mistake, it’s the nature of the beast, so you have give the benefit of the doubt. Once you’ve reached the third one call the opponent up to the net and politely mention that you have noticed some calls that you thought were incorrect, most times that is sufficient. If you are in a tournament and it continues stop play and ask for a linesman. Do not get rattled because that is exactly what the opponent is trying to get accomplished. Bad calls will not be necessary anymore if you are mentally out of it. Juniors should call for a linesman in a tournament or their coach if playing for a club, high school or college team.

The tricky part comes when playing a league doubles match. You can try to ask for a linesman but there is probably not one around. After the first net encounter I appeal to the opposing partner’s heart of fair play and ask him to overrule the call. He may not overrule that call but I have found he will start to so as not to be lumped in as a cheater also. If bad calls are being made and the partners are doing nothing about it they are just as guilty and you can remind him or her of that fact.

Since I’m not Freud I not going to get into why some people purposely make bad calls, but I will say there are good and bad cheaters. Bad cheaters make bad calls anytime and rarely win because some action has been taken. Good cheaters make bad calls only when it counts and sometimes may win. A good cheater never makes a bad call at one all in games and fifteen all, they make it at four all in games and deuce.

Okay, enough about bad calls, I feel a bit awkward even writing about it but it has popped in the search words I see. What makes tennis so great is the heat of the battle while knowing the opponent is working just as hard as you and trying to be just as fair.

Good Luck-Have Fun!!

Tennis App-Get on Board

Tennis App-Get on Board

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