Knowing technical aspects for playing tennis is essential!

The Role Of Non-Dominant Hand In One-Handed Backhanded

  • First of all, every player needs to know how to hit a one-handed backhand- even a player who has a great two handed backhand.
  • One of the real keys to the successful execution of a one-handed backhand is the role that the non-dominant hand plays during the stroke.
  • As you begin the forward swing with your hitting arm on a one-handed backhand, the other arm needs to extend back and away from your body.

Recognize Your Strengths And Then Use Them

  • Learning to consistently win points has much to do with understanding what shots you are MOST comfortable playing (as well as which shots you are uncomfortable with).
  • In other words, when you get a ball that you like, take full advantage!

Keep Your Head Still On Those Mid-Court Balls

  • I always hated it when coaches would tell me to watch the ball after I’d miss a shot.
  • Of course I was trying to watch the ball!
  • Perhaps a more important message is to keep your head still throughout the shot.
  • By keeping your head still, your eyes will instinctively follow the path of the ball.
  • Experts agree that while you can watch the ball, you can’t actually see the ball during contact anyway.
  • By keeping your head still, you will maintain better balance (our heads actually weigh a lot and when you move your head it has an immediate affect on your balance) through the course of your swing.

Attacking A Weak Backhand

  • When your opponent has a weaker side, perhaps a backhand, you should look to exploit this deficiency.
  • This is obvious enough, yet players make a common mistake of simply playing toward that side.
  • If you don’t really move, or force, your opponent, then this can be less effective.
  • In fact, if you simply hit toward their backhand, they will likely become grooved and make any necessary adjustments.

The $10,000 Volley

  • In teaching players a simple volley technique I revert to a trick.
  • I ask them to hit the volley as though $10,000 is at stake.
  • If they make the shot, they get the money; if they miss, then they owe me the money.
  • It is amazing how careful and precise they become about handling this attempt!
  • Well, in matches we often ONLY need to play a simple volley like this to finish points.
  • This is particularly the case with strong baseline players.
  • Often a groundstroker will hit several tough shots in a row, force their opponent way off court, come in to the net at this perfect opportunity (as they should), and need only a simple tap into the open court to finish the point.
  • Yet they miss by going for too much on the volley.

Exercise To Improve Quickness On Court

  • A great exercise drill is an old one: skipping rope.
  • This activity for an advanced player of tennis develops quickness, timing, rhythm, balance, agility, explosiveness, stamina, toughness, and confidence.
  • It's everything wanted.

Learning The Kick Serve

  • The best way of teaching anything is dependent upon how an individual learns.
  • For many, the quickest way is through imitation.
  • Observe a player who hits an effective kick serve, and mimic their motion and swing.
  • See if that helps.
  • My next best suggestion is through trial and error.
  • Be prepared to hit plenty of serves until you get the feel of hitting “up” at the ball from 7 o’clock to 1 o’clock, for a right-handed player.
  • You can also take a lesson from certified teaching professional.

Copyright © 2011     Certified Tennis Pro, Glenn Vaughn