Thanks for the advice guys! Keep it coming.
megadeth, emulating a player sounds interesting. It sounds like a great way to improve technique, but to a certain extent I agree with Peoples... I would rather not just become a ditto of that player, I rather be my own player. However, the overall idea of observing the pros, and trying their techniques on the court is a great idea, something I will definately try. I think that if you take techniques from different players it makes you even more different and more powerful then just emulating one player, no? I definately agree with you MisterQ btw, I am considering to start a Tennis journal for myself, so I can reflect, and take notes while I watch other players.
"Winning Ugly" is great, it gives you practical tips in order to keep focused on what is important during a match, especially the dynamics of the match. Plus there is a rare inside point of view of a pro player against some of the greats of the 80's and 90's, the way they behaved, their tactics, etc., which is very precious. I read it straight away and I highly recommend it to you !
Great, I will enjoy the book better now that I know I got some appraisals for it. Thanks, going to take it out of the library tommorrow.
Coaches are a lot more useful to help work out your own gameplan.
Unfortunately, I dont know if Connecticut just has a weak tennis program or if I am just disadvantaged.. The only tennis club is around 20 minutes away. I go there every Saturday for a clinic, however I doubt it would be possible for me to get there more times a week, atleast until I get my own car. Plus, a personal trainer is expensive... they are charging $80 an hour! Believe me, if I can, I would spend over an hour a day practicing with a trainer, but again thats the reason why I made this thread, because I can't. So I am looking for ways I can improve my game with limited contact with a trainer (except ofcourse then on Saturdays, but thats a clinic).
A wall is useful especially for volley practice. But try to find some other people to play against (not beginners), even if you don't know them personally.
Yeah, I am going to do some research around and find some local tennis players to play with. I know one park for sure that has tennis courts.
Actually, here's an idea. I see you're from the US, so if you're not a USTA member already, become one. Start with level 3 tournaments (they're round robin) and gradually go onto level 2s (regular match, except super TBer in the 3rd) and then possibly level 1s (highest level) if you're a quick learner. Just set small goals for yourself because it's not smart to think about being pro when you've been playing for a few months unless you're like 5 years old.
aceit, I have registered, and about to register as a full member after paying dues... I have also checked the tournaments during this/next month in my state. There are three (the closest two are 45 minutes away) however they are like level 6 or 7. I am confused on how these levels work.. can you fill me in on how I should get started with tournaments? I am definately a fast learner and I would like to get a feel of the competition.
Anyone have any other ideas to improve your game? Besides getting a trainer ofcourse.