Choosing the correct Tennis racquet

There are many different types of racquets on the market and each one is built to be played with a certain way and also for a certain type of person.

 

You need to be aware of a few important facts before you decide to purchase a tennis racquet so that you are making a wise purchase.
Buying a tennis racquet can be a confusing exercise, mostly due to the large variety that are available on the market today.

This is even more difficult, when you cannot get advice from a personal coach or a more experienced player.

Here are a few guidelines that almost anyone can use to make a more informed purchase.
Here are a few tips on how to purchase a suitable and comfortable tennis racquet to suit an individual’s needs:
Seniors and females should focus on purchasing a racquet that can provide added power as this category of person usually has slower and less powerful contact swings.  Getting a racquet that is light weight and perhaps has a slightly oversized head is better than using one that is longer and head heavy.
The intermediate player who is a little more skilled at the game may require a little less power form the racquet, thus needing one that has enhanced manoeuvrability.  The ideal racquet here should have a midplus head and a more extended length. As for the more advanced to high level players, the racquets should ideally be heavier  and also have smaller and more balanced heads, thinner beams and better control.

The general rule of thumb is that the heavier the racquet, the more power and stability the racquet will be able to generate.

This also helps to lessen the transmission of shock when in contact with the ball. With the lighter version of the tennis racquet, it may be easier to swing and manoeuvre but may not give the player the added power to create any forceful play action.
The grip of the racquet should also be a grip that allows the player to be comfortable and in control of the general direction the ball flight takes. If the grips are not suitable, then these can be changed at the request of the player.
A good idea is to try many different types of racquets before you actually buy one.  There are many different types of racquets on the market and the best way to find the correct racquet for you that is to try it before you buy it and find one that is comfortable in your hands and fits your budgets.
Do not assume that the most expensive racquet will be the best.  While it may be true that the more expensive racquets will often times be better than the cheaper ones, you can still find tennis racquets at a reasonable price that will still be very beneficial for your tennis game.

How to win a Tie Break

In tennis the tie-breaker is one of the tests you must pass during a REALLY tight match.

It’s a measuring stick for who can handle the pressure the best, because it’s also the last chance to  win the set and the end of the line is approaching fast.

If you handle the pressure and win the tiebreak then you win the set, but if you can’t then all of the work you have put in during the set is more or less lost. Obviously, if you find yourself in a tiebreak situation then you are pretty closely matched with your opponent and it’s probably going to come down to just a few points that will really make the difference.

 

So how do you make sure you win those VERY important points?

 

Calm Down

 

It’s important that you recognize and take the necessary time to evaluate some things about your current state of mind. A checklist will you make sure you are properly prepared to begin the tiebreak in a good mental position and playing at your best.

 

Take 30-45 seconds before you engage in the tie-break with your opponent. If you’re serving first just let the balls sit at the back of the court as you turn away from your opponent and focus on your strings.

 

Straighten all of your strings as you think about your breathing. Are you calm? Tell yourself that you love to play tie breakers because of the challenge they provide, even if you don’t… you need to like playing them and seeing what the outcome will be, win or lose….Eliminate any thoughts of what happened during the set up to this point, it’s over.

 

You can’t control it and you need to try to forget about it and only focus on what your plan is for the tie break moving forward. It can be hard but it will make the difference in your results during tie-breaks.

 

Your opponent is also nervous and if they are impatient all the better for you. They will wonder what you’re doing and it will get them thinking of things that aren’t beneficial to the tie-break. Let them stew, you aren’t doing anything wrong !

 

Think tactics

 

The next thing you need to do after you have motivated yourself for the tie-break and you have calmed your breathing and mind is to decide how you want to play the tie-break.

 

You need to ask yourself what has been working for me during this set ? Am I breaking down their backhand consistently? Are they able to come up with a pass on the forehand when I approach the net? Where are my serves most effective?

 

Figure out what is working for you up to that point and then stick with it. If it’s been working so far it will probably continue to work with the pressure turned up. Don’t overthink: it will only make you nervous and cause you to make mistakes.

 

Make your opponent play and don’t give them easy points by taking unnecessary risks. Once you’ve worked this out in your mind during your break then get started with lots of energy.

 

Keep everything simple

Remember most of your opponents are going to rush into the tie-break without taking this time to gather themselves, and most of them will usually find themselves down quickly and wondering how they got behind so fast in the first place. That’s good for you.

 

By the time they start putting it together you should be cruising and ready to push through the final few points you need to finish off the set. Work on the tactics that you highlighted. Keep a clear mind and focus on the things that you want to work on. Whether it’s a first to 7 point tie breaker or the longer first to 10 pointer, you will need to change ends.

 

So when you do, take your time. Drink fluids, eat nutrients, towel yourself down and take your time. Think about what you’re doing and if you’re being successful, continue using the same tactics. However, if you’ve fallen behind, try not to panic. Consider using different tactics from now on. Sometimes, just a small change in plan can make a massive difference.

 

Try serving into your opponents body, try hitting the ball a bit softer and higher, or try slowing things down between points. Your opponent may become agitated as they were on top and now things have changed again. And if it starts to work, continue doing the same things as it’s started to work for you now.

 

Don’t get ahead of yourself and see the finish line before you get over it. Just keep calm and you will find that you will come out on top in the end !

 

Fitness training with Tennis

Share this article on PinterestWhen playing Tennis  it is important to incorporate fitness components into training.

 Tennis training is all about learning the right technique for the different ground strokes, the volleys and serves.

Tennis fitness is about improving your footwork, your cardio, speed, reaction time and core strength. In order to get the best results, you  need to do the tennis training and tennis fitness together.  A well planned tennis training program will help a player become more efficient and more proactive on the court.

Here are different components of tennis fitness training that are  helpful for tennis players of all levels. 

Agility Training:

 

Agility training provides the ability to rapidly change direction, without losing speed, balance, or body control. Agility training also helps a player  focus on his tennis footwork technique and strength to become  more efficient while carrying playing strokes on the court.

 

Strength Training:

 

 Strength training helps players to become more powerful and explosive on the court. A strong player  is able to hit the ball harder. Apart from increasing power it also improves the ball control. Proper stroke mechanics are easier to learn if the muscles and joints are strengthened.  Strength training helps protect against injuries.

 

Flexibility training:

 

 Flexibility is  the range of motion about a joint and its surrounding muscles during a passive movement. An accurate flexibility level enables the player to  reach balls in extreme positions as well as  preventing  injuries that could occur while playing.

 

Individualized tennis training fitness program, should incorporate all the  areas mentioned above.  At a high level at least 1/3 of the total practice time should be devoted to fitness training for tennis. A big mistakes made by tennis players is to stop training for fitness during tournaments.

It is  important to do a minimum in order to maintain the current fitness level. Following a correct tennis training fitness program is essential for players who want to excel at each level of the sport.

 

 

Elite tennis players, know how to maximize their time on court!

Some tips on   how you can, maximize your time on court.

By, learning how to concentrate.The only way to start doing things faster is to…

Learn how to concentrate better in practice.

And you can do that,be working on your concentration skills, more off the court as well.

This will transfer to your practice time on the court.


Start doing one thing at a time and focus all your attention,on what you are doing at that particular time.

Don’t let your mind wonder, like it’s likes to do. “You must practice being in the moment at all times”.

This could be in the classroom,on the train or anywhere else.

Stop thinking about the past and worrying about the future.

Deal with those issues,when you get there.

Now, don’t get me wrong here.

You need to map out your tennis goals on a daily basis.

(Know what you want.)

But then start focusing on the daily activities, that will get you there!!

ACTION TIP

Concentrate all your mental energy on each drills,rep and practice match.

Be all mentally in,on each one!!

Do this for at least 2 weeks.

That should give you enough time to start becoming more efficient on the court.

Then you will start progressing faster than other players and with less effort!!

 

You will build momentum FLOW!!!

Training and Conditioning

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A tennis training program has to meet the demands of an all-round physically challenging, individual sport.

 

For a tennis player to perform at their best, they must have just the right mix of aerobic and anaerobic endurance, explosive strength and power, speed off the mark and agility. In fact, the amount of strength, speed, agility and flexibility conditioning a player is prepared to undertake has been linked to the standard they play at.

 

A tennis match is characterized by repeated bouts of high-intensity activity. However, a typical rally may last about 6 seconds and not much more than 10 seconds even on a clay court. Between points there is the luxury of up to 25 seconds rest – 90 seconds if it’s a changeover. Hence, the overall physical demand is closer to prolonged moderate-intensity exercise (such as distance running) than a true multisprint sport (such as soccer).

 

A tennis training program must be based on solid aerobic endurance to sustain a high work rate for the duration of a game that may last several hours. Anaerobic endurance is also an essential component so that power over each rally, and in each shot within a rally can be maintained to same high level.

 

On average a tennis player will move just 3 meters per shot and 8-12 meters during a point. It becomes obvious that good speed and quickness around the court is essential in order to reach the majority of these shots. During a match 48% of a players movement is sideways so agility, or the ability to change direction rapidly and under control becomes equally as important.

 

Finally, a balanced tennis training program should help to prevent injury and over training. For example, a preventative program of wrist extensor strengthening and stretching exercises can help to prevent tennis elbow. Specific exercises can also be prescribed to reduce the risk of rotator cuff damage.

Strategies To Play Well On Clay Tennis Surfaces

If you’re an active tennis player and you’ve never played on red clay, this is a surface that you’ll surely appreciate. There’s a ton of history behind red clay, and playing on it is a truly magical experience.

Playing on clay can be an extremely enjoyable experience, though anyone living in North America may have a hard time finding a court. Regardless, it’s a surface that many lovers of the sport truly cherish.

 

If you’ve never played on red clay courts before, I’d like to share a few pieces of knowledge that you may find informative about them.

First of all, the most effective strategy on this surface has always been one from the baseline. Players traditionally rely on powerful ground strokes as a means of winning their matches.

 

Unfortunately, players with big serves and proficient net games simply won’t find as much success on clay courts. The impact of a hard hit serve or a quick rush to the net simply doesn’t have the same effectiveness.

You might be wondering why it would matter, but there’s a good reason for this. The makeup of the clay lends itself to a ball that bounces high and slowly off the ground, giving your opponent a lot of time to get to it.

This is very different from what you’d observe on grass and even hard tennis courts, as the ball almost skids off the ground on these other surfaces. These are faster courts, unlike clay ones.

 

The ball will bounce higher, giving opponents that much more time to get to the ball during the course of a point. As a result, some of the longest tennis matches in history have been matches played on clay.

 

This results in very long rallies, since balls that ordinarily couldn’t be returned are gotten to on this surface. This makes things interesting, but they’re also more challenging.

 

If you’re a fast runner, you’ll certainly enjoy this aspect of the courts. It should come as no surprise that some of the best clay court players are the fastest ones.

 

Improve your Tennis Game and Keep Fit

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Tennis is a game enjoyed by millions but yet there is an element of the game that seems to be missing amongst the majority of its participants, despite being such a global pastime.  This aspect is the use of the tennis ball machine.  Whether because of costs, availability, logistics, or just pure unawareness, millions of tennis players will never have the chance of taking advantage of the benefits of a ball machine.

Starting with this first article I will be sharing my own personal experience of the additional benefits of using a tennis machine aside from its intended purpose of improving your strokes. In future articles, I’ll continue to expand on the topic, and possibly share my other thoughts about the game of tennis as well.

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Tennis machines keep you fit!
Even before you hit the courts, you’re typically lifting a 30lb machine and another 20lb basket of balls in and out of the trunk of your car.  Your pre-pre-workout continues as you carry all of your equipment, plus your 10lb tennis bag, and 2lb water cooler to courtside.

 

Once you get going hitting against the ball machine…after you’ve properly stretched of course….those calories start to burn as you’re continually moving your feet ensuring they aren’t planted, swinging away at the balls coming at you around 70Mph.  Balls which by the way, tend to be a little heavier than regular balls if you use the pressure-less ones.  After hitting 100 balls and not even breaking a sweat, you now have to pick-up all of those balls. For every one you’re collecting, you’re lifting the hopper as it gradually gets heavier and heavier.  That’s at least 50 biceps, or half the amount of balls you began with tennisballmachineassuming you didn’t spray them all over the court. This is a workout by itself and after just picking up the first hopper’s worth, your t-shirt is holding more moisture than the water cooler you brought!

 

After going through another 2 hoppers worth/~200 balls, you decide to turn on the oscillation feature, which then spreads the ball randomly across the court.  You’re heart rate has now possibly doubled just due to the running needed to get yourself properly positioned to hit the next ball.  Swing after swing, you’re working on your arms, legs, and torso.  After going through 6 hoppers/~600 balls since starting, and possibly 1 hr that seemed like an eternity, you’ve decided to call it a day.

 

You’re spent, thirsty, and your body is telling you already that tomorrow is going to be one of those must ‘call in sick’ days, and you’re ready to take a nap on the bench.  The only problem is that you were ‘gently’ reminded by the other players waiting outside the fence that you’re on a public court.  You have just enough energy to rummage through your tennis bag to find your car keys…and you were just reminded that you still have to lug about 60lbs of equipment back to your car which is at least 50 yards away.

 

What a workout!  Who needs a gym membership when you’ve got a ball machine to use!  But hey, did you also know that ball machines were good for your tennis game as well?

 

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