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lowy 08-19-2012 11:16 AM

What is your unique shot?
Has anyone tried to create and hone their own tennis shot that pretty much no-one else uses?

Lately I've been finding that when hitting with heavy topspin and good net clearance I've been unable to beat my opponents by getting them out of position and putting away a winner. It seems that the opponents (namely up and coming teenagers) are just so damn fast, with such good footwork and stamina that they are always in position and my shots probably due to spin and bounce are just not moving through the court quick enough go past the opponent without them being able to track them down and then grind some sort of topspin recovery shot back fairly deep effectively resetting the rally...

This has got me thinking about learning or even creating some sort of funky flat laser type shot kind of like a "horizontal smash" with a tiny amount of slice. The idea of this shot is that it would be hit seriously hard and flat so it would hopefully pierce through the court on a low trajectory, travelling fast enough so my opponents wouldn't be able to chase it down if I could get it anywhere on the court.

Anyways, I've just started working on my shot now on the training wall at the local tennis academy. I'm yet to pull it out in a match play situation.

Anyone got an opinion on this?
Does anyone else have a story of a unique shot they have tried to create for particular game situations?

HKz 08-19-2012 06:19 PM

Re: What is your unique shot?
Um, you can't play a practice match using the shot..? Or play some practice points? I mean what the hell are you at an academy for? Saying you've practiced against such a low-percentage shot against the wall and then talking about it, just a waste of time :shrug:

As far as unique shots go, well, if it is unique, in general you won't be finding anything "truly" unique. I guess if I have to speak personally, the one shot I sometimes hit, is a overhead where I nearly get on my knees to hit if the ball doesn't bounce as high as I thought. I saw Baghdatis play such a shot several times especially at Wimbledon 2006 and I have used it a couple times to decent effect. Tough to pull off, especially since it has to be off a bounce that isn't too high and without too much forward momentum.

The Prince 08-19-2012 08:12 PM

Re: What is your unique shot?
The drop smash.

Super Djoker 08-19-2012 09:29 PM

Re: What is your unique shot?
I don,t know if it,s a unique shot but, if the ball goes high and is going over me I hit a topspin block , I have no idea if this is unique but I haven't seen anyone else hit one so far .

Freak3yman84 08-19-2012 11:03 PM

Re: What is your unique shot?
My signature shot is the jumping backhand swinging volley(JBSV). I use it mostly because I have the worlds worst volleys so the jumping and swinging helps me get more pace ;)

Super Djoker 08-20-2012 12:29 PM

Re: What is your unique shot?
Definetly sounds unique , FairPlay . I may have another unique shot where I cut under the ball like a dropshot to block sometimes . It goes high in the air and usually lands at the back of the court. ( on the other side obviously ) lol . Not a shot I use enough .

Super Djoker 05-07-2013 10:47 PM

Re: What is your unique shot?
Two handed backhand drop shot !

Super Djoker 05-07-2013 10:48 PM

Re: What is your unique shot?
Only hit when nervous and getting desperate

MichaelKrep 05-28-2013 08:28 PM

Re: What is your unique shot?
Backhand dropshot from the baseline. Killer if it gets over.

Unforced Terror 05-29-2013 12:32 AM

Re: What is your unique shot?
Jumping overhead dropshot from the baseline

emotion 05-29-2013 12:39 AM

Re: What is your unique shot?
Defensive dropshot

Kyle_Johansen 05-31-2013 06:30 AM

Re: What is your unique shot?
My unique shot is my aggressive slice. I can hit in as hard as I can hit a big forehand sometimes and the ball just dies on the court. Effective against players without great movement in getting out of the way of a ball.

GasquetGulbis 05-31-2013 09:02 PM

Re: What is your unique shot?
I trained pretty regularly for a few years, and then one day I strained all the ligaments in my right wrist player soccer (keeper). So for a year, I couldn't hit forehands, volleys or serves, just two handed backhands (right wrist is just support). I used to go out every day for an hour and hit backhands with the ball machine. When I had to play matches (I work in a tennis club), I would run around all my forehands and hit inside-out backhands cross-court. I can hit forehands again, but still prefer my backhand, so if a ball is down the middle, or even slightly to the forehand side I still hit inside-out backhands.

@Sweet Cleopatra 06-01-2013 05:38 AM

Re: What is your unique shot?
Topsin Forehand...

HKz 06-01-2013 03:41 PM

Re: What is your unique shot?

Originally Posted by @Sweet Cleopatra (Post 15671737)
Topsin Forehand...


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