Had a great outing last night with "Little Dan". 2 hours of warm-up and drills and then a set and 2 10 point TBs. Movement is improving slowly and was ripping the ball on the forehand. Couldn't lock in the back hand tho'. For some reason, I think I'm afraid to take a full shoulder turn on that side.
On a more positive note, I was absolutely CRUSHIN' my serve... with control. Was able to spot the ball wide and up the center in both courts with accuracy (less than 12") Still only about 40% consistency, but that's with a full swing and lots of spin! With a bit more practice, this will be a true weapon.
The first set was a see-saw battle. I went up 3-0 break, hold, break with some power tennis and then faltered to 3-4 as I ran out of gas. Managed to catch my breath to hold for 4 all and break to go up 5-4. This is when it got ugly and as I was pretty well spent but ready to serve for the set. It was a very long game with 4 deuces because I couldn't hit 2 first serves in a row and even with good spin and pace on the 2nd serve Dan was hurting me. Finally got an ad pt by backing off a tidge on the serve and decided to go for the bomb up the T. Not flat mind you, but with some serious side spin to go with the pace. The ball clipped the inside of the sideline about 1' back from the endline and smashed into the backdrop on 1 hop for an ace and the set was mine!!!
As the ball struck the backdrop, I unconsiously let out a bellow which unsettled a few spectators on a nearby court, oooops! Ahhhhh, but it felt so good to have a taste of the tennis I know I'm capable of producing.
Afterwards, over wobbly pops, Dan & I discussed future plans to practice up and play some 4.0 tourneys early next year. Sure is nice to be fired up about the game again!