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.
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Certified Tennis Pro, Glenn Vaughn