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Tennis Tips

Technique

$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.

Eight Shots

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.

Loose wrist

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.

One-handed backhands

When hitting a one-handed backhand, keep your other arm extended back and away from your body.

Stay upright

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.

The backhand

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.

The forehand

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

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.

The volley

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.
 
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