Improving your technique

A problem that people have when learning how to play tennis is learning how to improve their technique. This can be done by learning what you are doing first and then lots and lots of practice.

If you are not sure of what you are doing then working to follow a few small tips will   improve your overall game greatly and allow you to play a much better game.  Having a good hitting technique is not the only thing that you need to play a good tennis game.

Your first step is going to be the tried and true tip of practice and practice some more. If you never practice your technique then it is not going to improve no matter how many books you read or how many tutorial videos you watch. Learning how to improve your technique by reading some books and articles can be helpful, but you must take what you have learned and actually put it to use on the tennis court in order to actually reap the benefits that are available to you.

 

Your next concern should be making sure that you are using a tennis racquet that is appropriate for your skill level as well as physical size. If you are using the wrong racquet then no matter what you do there will be no way for you to hit the ball effectively. If you work very hard to ensure that you are hitting the ball then you are certain to ensure that you are making progress. A good appropriately sized racquet will make it much easier to hit the ball and ensure that you are able to play the best possible.

 

For actual tips, you want to always hold the racquet as if you were going to hit the ball with your palm for a forehand swing. This will allow you to easily get the grip on the racquet you need to connect squarely with the racquet. If you hit from the side your ball is likely to land in the alley and unless you are playing doubles this is not a god idea at all.

 

For a good backhand, you need to hold the racquet with either one hand or two depending on how you are most comfortable. If you do hold the racquet with two hands you need to ensure that you are not overlapping your hands as this will cause you to tilt the racquet slightly which will again hinder your technique and likely result in numerous balls that go out into the alley. You need to also ensure that you are not using a racquet that is too heavy; if you are, it will pull down either forward or backwards and make it difficult to get a good solid square connection to the ball.

 

Your stance is also going to be very important. If you are standing around casually slouching when the ball is coming at you and slowly yawning as you lift the racquet you are not going to get the impact that you need. You are likely to not care about your technique either. However, since you are reading this you are telling yourself that you do care about your technique, which means you care about your stance as well. Ensure that you are properly balancing the weight between your legs to get the best results possible.

 

The last step is to always ensure that you watch where the ball goes. If you are wrong about where the ball goes and are having to suddenly bolt across the tennis court to barely touch it with your racquet you are not going to have as good of a return as if you had anticipated exactly where the ball was going. The skill of always watching the ball will involve a bit of careful planning and practice both on the court and off in order to be truly successful at improving your technique.

 

How to increase the Pace without hitting harder

 

How to increase pace without hitting harder

Unless you were raised on a tennis camp, chances are somewhere in your tennis career you have run into this problem.

Maybe you have the problem still. I see more and more young, or inexperienced players, trying to crank that big shot. While that’s all and well, their consistency drops like a fly.

Absolutely plummets.

 

Even if they work at slapping the big shot, their consistency is still never good enough to compete at a level beyond where they’re at. The reason is because when inexperienced players try to crack the ball they muscle it through with their arm…and only their arm. That’s a no no.

 

Here is what I suggest. Spend sometime working on technique, and the pace will come. Its not about how fast you swing, or how hard you swing. It’s about what muscles you use.

If you don’t believe me, go out and play with one of the top 12 and under or 14 and under boys. I guarantee you will be surprised at how well they handle pace, create pace, and how they can engineer a point. The reason the top kids can generate that much pace for their size, or can reflect that much power, is because they know what muscles to use.

 

So, here are a few tips to help you hit harder without swinging faster :

 

1) Step in to the ball.

Power is all about weight transfer. When you step into your shot, you’re transferring your weight and using all your core and leg power to fuel your shot.

 

2) Rotate your hips.

This goes along with stepping into the shot, except in an open stance. When you can’t step in, swing your hips around into the shot. So for example if you’re right handed, swing your right hip into the court as you’re hitting.

 

3) Watch the ball:

This one is simple, as a clean hit  generates more power than a shank.

 

4) Break your wrist before you hit.

If you look closely at Roger Federer, his wrist breaks and his racket face drops below his wrist and under the ball before he hits. Every top player does this. Never mind the extra wrist power you get, its the topspin you really want. Breaking your wrist forces your hand to naturally add topspin to your shot by accelerating through the ball during your follow through. It not only allows you to hit harder, more consistently but it forces you to hit a heavier ball.

 

Improving your tennis Technique

One of the biggest problems that people have when learning how to play tennis is learning how to improve their technique. This can be done through practice and by learning what you are doing, but if you do not know what you are doing it can be very complicated to master the technique. If you have any doubts about what you are doing, then working to follow a few small tips will greatly improve your overall game and ensure that you are playing a much better game. However, having a good hitting technique is not the only thing that you will need in order to play a good game, but it will certainly help you.

Your first step is going to be the tried and true tip of practice and practice some more. If you never practice your technique then it is not going to improve no matter how many books you read or how many tutorial videos you watch. Learning how to improve your technique by reading some books and articles can be helpful, but you must take what you have learned and actually put it to use on the tennis court in order to actually reap the benefits that are available to you.

Your next concern should be making sure that you are using a tennis racquet that is appropriate for your skill level as well as physical size. If you are using the wrong racquet then no matter what you do there will be no way for you to hit the ball effectively. If you work very hard to ensure that you are hitting the ball then you are certain to ensure that you are making progress. A good appropriately sized racquet will make it much easier to hit the ball and ensure that you are able to play the best possible.

For actual tips, you want to always hold the racquet as if you were going to hit the ball with your palm for a forehand swing. This will allow you to easily get the grip on the racquet you need to connect squarely with the racquet. If you hit from the side your ball is likely to land in the alley and unless you are playing doubles this is not a god idea at all.

For a good backhand, you need to hold the racquet with either one hand or two depending on how you are most comfortable. If you do hold the racquet with two hands you need to ensure that you are not overlapping your hands as this will cause you to tilt the racquet slightly which will again hinder your technique and likely result in numerous balls that go out into the alley. You need to also ensure that you are not using a racquet that is too heavy; if you are, it will pull down either forward or backwards and make it difficult to get a good solid square connection to the ball.

Your stance is also going to be very important. If you are standing around casually slouching when the ball is coming at you and slowly yawning as you lift the racquet you are not going to get the impact that you need. You are likely to not care about your technique either. However, since you are reading this you are telling yourself that you do care about your technique, which means you care about your stance as well. Ensure that you are properly balancing the weight between your legs to get the best results possible.

The last step is to always ensure that you watch where the ball goes. If you are wrong about where the ball goes and are having to suddenly bolt across the tennis court to barely touch it with your racquet you are not going to have as good of a return as if you had anticipated exactly where the ball was going. The skill of always watching the ball will involve a bit of careful planning and practice both on the court and off in order to be truly successful at improving your technique.

What are the Best Tennis Drills?

Tennis drills are being used by tennis players of most levels.

Tennis drills are needed for many reasons. The best tennis practice drills provide repetition, match experience, and fun. They may also be employed to improve footwork and endurance.

Every day tennis coaches worldwide look to think up new tennis drills for beginners as well as advanced players.

There are two main different kinds of tennis training drills which are used today.

The image that comes to mind when one thinks of tennis drills is an instructor constantly feeding balls to a line of people. This type of tennis drill is called “dead-ball drill”.

Although it’s still used today, it is probably not the most effective way to prepare students for matches. Players only hit one or just a few balls on occasion, and they don’t participate in a point. Individuals that practice “dead-ball drills” constantly perform really poorly in matches.

 

It’s mostly because the instructor feeds the balls perfectly to the students. Consistent feeds prevent players from adapting to different varieties of balls.

“Dead-ball drills” however are the most effective forms of footwork drills. They can keep a large number of players moving when they are designed well.

Cardio tennis drills are perfect examples of the fitness benefit of well designed tennis drills. “Dead-ball drills” also are excellent beginner drills simply because the fastest way to master proper tennis technique initially is through repetition.

The most effective as well as most preferred kinds of drills are live drills. Usually the instructor or even a player puts the ball in play and the point is played out. Live tennis drills also have a purpose or goal that the players seek to achieve. Several times the goal is to simply win the drill. In other cases participants cooperate to reach a common goal such as keeping the ball in play for a specific amount of shots. Tennis drill experts debate to this day whether competitive or cooperative tennis drills are more effective. The best answer is probably a good mixture of both kinds of tennis drills.

Properly designed tennis drills offer a very important ingredient which is fun. Every tennis coach should attempt to make drills game-like and engaging. Boring and mundane tennis drills can drive any player to certain burn-out. It is essential for instructors to keep up the attention and interest of students with fresh tennis drills and games. It can be challenging for tennis instructors to think of new tennis drills again and again. Tennis coaches seem to be not wanting to share their drills and keep them to themselves. This is very counterproductive. All tennis pros would gain from sharing their knowledge rather than guarding it.

One great tennis drill is called “Rush and Crush”. Players split into teams of 2. A random team starts on side A at the baseline (the coach may ask a trivia question to decide first team). The rest of the teams get in line behind one another at the baseline on side B. The coach feeds a short ball to the first baseline team, who approaches the net. If they win the rally, they’re fed a volley. When they win this second point also, they’re fed an overhead smash. When they win all 3 points, they get to be the new defenders on side A. When the current baseline team loses the point, they proceed to the end of the line. Teams only earn points on side A. Teams retain their points even when they lose their position at the net. First team to 15 points is the champion. This is a great doubles tennis drill.