ONCE A DAY TENNIS TIPS

Smooth Operator  Rather than hitting hard, focus on your control of direction and height during warm up. Focus on feeling the ball. Mindless hard-hitting to impress your opponent won’t work.   You’ll only impress him with your lack of control. Smooth operators will see through that. Don’t give away the match before it starts; operate with feel and control.

ONCE A DAY TENNIS TIPS

The Finish  There is a good drill that works marvelously on shaping the forehand stroke. On the finish, touch the back of your right (racket) hand to your left cheek. Do it gently but consistently.  It will improve your stroke.

ONCE A DAY TENNIS TIPS

More On The Hand  One of the most accomplished abilities is to focus on the feel of the grip of the racquet on the hand. On the forehand, the index finger is key, leading the action with an upward pull. On the two-handed backhand, the index of the left hand. On the one-handed backhand drive the base of the thumb. These are generalities: …

ONCE A DAY TENNIS TIPS

More On Balance  Balance is a thing you actually learned at the young stages of life.  It has become natural. If you teach balance and position at the conscious level as a must, balance and position may be perfect but the ball may hit the player on the head (a humorous idea) because his attention is on enforcing the wrong thing. High level …

ONCE A DAY TENNIS TIPS

Balance & Positioning  Most coaches emphasize body positioning and balance.  Unfortunately, in my opinion, it is this emphasis that traps the attention of the individual, and detracts from the stroke. Tennis is a game of emergencies, so you are forced to hit on the move, on the run, your opponent sometimes jams you, etc. An accomplished player would focus on executing the …

ONCE A DAY TENNIS TIPS

The Outsider  On groundstrokes, landing on the outside foot has several virtues: you stop your run, you are more balanced than otherwise, it can help you turn back and power your shot, and you recover and cover the court you left open much faster. Learn to pivot on the ball of the outside foot and you’ll handle the tennis ball …

ONCE A DAY TENNIS TIPS

Can You Feel It?  The ball stays on the racquet a few milliseconds. Tactile sensation depends on a longer time span. That is why I recommend focusing on the feel of your hand at contact and at the finish as well.