$1 million volley
Hit your volley as if $1 million was on the line. This will help keep you careful and precise.
Beyond the ball
Focus on swinging beyond or through the ball, not just on the contact with the ball.
There are 8 common tennis shots: serve, forehand, backhand, volley, half-volley, overhead smash, drop shot, and lob.
Eyes on the ball
Keep both eyes on the ball while you swing.
Face the ball
Make sure you're facing the ball when you make contact, not sideways.
Keep your head still
When you're hitting the ball, keep your head still and let your eyes follow the ball.
Know your weaknesses
Figure out your weak shots and try to improve them and play around them.
Learn your strengths
Figure out your strong shots and use them to your advantage.
When hitting a volley, keep your wrist loose to absorb the shock of the ball and keep your volley precise.
Move into the ball
As the ball is approaching, instead of stepping sideways, move forward at an angle toward the ball to give your shot more power.
When hitting a one-handed backhand, keep your other arm extended back and away from your body.
When you make contact, make sure your upper body stays upright to maximize your body. Don't lean into the ball.
Swing your arm
When you swing, just your arm should move, not your shoulder, through contact with the ball.
For a right-handed player, the backhand begins on the left side of their body, continues across their body as contact is made, and ends on the right side.
The drop shot
A drop shot is made by softly tapping the ball just over the net so that the opponent playing deep in their own court can't get to it.
For a right-handed player, the forehand begins on the right side of the body, continues across the body as contact is made, and ends on the left side.
The half volley
The half volley is made by hitting the ball on the rise just after it has bounced, generally when you're close to the net.
The lob is made by hitting the ball high and deep into the opponent's court, often over the opponent's head when they're up at the net.
The overhead smash
The overhead smash is a hard, serve-like shot, usually hit when the opponent hits a lob too short, used to try to end the point.
A volley is made in the air before the ball bounces, generally close to the net, and is usually made with a stiff-wristed punching motion.
Use both hands
Learn to hit one-handed and two-handed backhand.