I played today for like an hour and a half.
Much much much better than yesterday. I still had those odd forehands, the one that caught the top half of my racquet and it felt like my strings broke and the ball went all over the place but only like three of them as opposed to yesterday. still nowhere back to my form but at least i am getting there slow and steady. my backhand was allright, I reverted back to a lot of slices like I used to but the occassional flat/topspin was good too. My serve was good whenever it went in but its just not the same consistency, I had quite a few double faults.
I have a small complaint in general about my serve.
So you know I am doing a new serve again, focusing on bending my knees and using a good torsional effect to add speed to my serve. Its just that every time I start off from a break, no matter how long it is, I always seem to be doing something new with my serve. I stick with it untill it gets good, like over summer - I could control the ball so well and even add some madd speed sometimes - but after the two month break I am back to trying something new. Again, this new thing is starting to work, this time looks like I can get crazy speed in my serve (one of my dreams) but I have so far had no control whatsoever, not that I am even trying to control - having enough trouble getting two serves in as it is. So, my concern is - why is it like this? like why is it that I can't continue with my past decent serve? I mean I realized if I was to play a serious match tommorrow, I dont have a serve to rely on. I did at the end of summer, I will have in another two weeks, but its always because I am still 'learning' something new. Now this is not a bad thing at all - I would hate to stagnate with one serve, but shouldn't I have some basis of a serve? like I want one serve on which I can build on - so that worst comes I can go back to "scratch" which would be that one serve. I thought I had my serve from over summer down pretty well - but now I have lost it almost completely. (ok I haven't really tried to do it and the two times I tried it still works well - but this negates my whole argument so ignore this)
i don't know if i am making any sense. But like take my forehand. Yes I am always trying something new, like lately I have been trying to take the ball early and flatten out some high balls and all this has changed my forehand but if i am down or if i feel like it, I can go back to my solid forehand from when I last played well. so you know, I am building on my forehand, not starting from scratch.
And the serve is such an important thing that i think I should have SOMEthing thats decent and thats always with me - wether it be a slice serve, a topspin serve, or anything. Man! I miss my serve from the end of summer, I could totally topspin it and have it go in no matter how bad a day i had, i could slice it, I could hit some fast serves and I could control the direction of every one of them. Should I just go back and try to get that back or should I continue trying to do something new and build this until it reaches that level too?