Last night, I had a "blind tennis date" with an awesome gal I found on Craigslist. We had a good time - warmed up for about 40 minutes then played two sets. I did pretty good at 6-0 and 6-3, which gives me a boost of confidence going into my league next week.
What was different about playing those two sets compared to my last league match over a month ago? It was one thing - my serve. After my coaching lesson and some great tips from my husband, I finally got my serve pretty consistent. Basically, if I toss the ball correctly, it's going in. Every so often, it even has a little pace to it.
I realized that being confident in my serve allowed me to get ready for my next shot directly after. My previous routine was to hit the serve, and then kind of lolly-gag a bit just to see if it will actually make it in or not. But not last night - I'd serve, then get in ready position for the return.
So now I wonder, is your game only as good as your serve? If you are not confident in your serve, does it affect the way you play the rest of your game? I don't know if that is the case with everyone, but it was certainly the case with me. Generally, even if warm-up goes well, I'm still always nervous when it comes time for my service game. But not last night, and I felt like it made a world of difference.
Ps. If you're a gal in the Scottsdale area looking for a partner, check out my profile for my details & availability!