Deep/Short PatternThe Deep/Short Pattern works for all levels, but is a great strategy for beginners. If you’re opponent is better on the baseline, try to switch it up by hitting your ball deep. Then, when you’re opponent returns the ball, hit one of the short angles.
Hit Your SpotUse your tossing shoulder to point to where you want your serve to go. Your feet stay in the same position, but your hips will adjust to allow your shoulder to go the direction you need it to. When you can control your serve, you can aim for your opponents weakness.
2×1 PatternIt’s important to think ahead in tennis. If you’re returning the serve and need your first shot in a neutral zone to get set up, take that. Then pull your opponent to one side by hitting your next two balls to the wide marker. Then open the court up by hitting your next ball to […]
Watch the BallDon’t make the mistake of looking up for the ball before you’ve tossed it. Follow the ball from your starting position all the way until you hit it over the net.
Advanced PatternsEvery shot you take should have a purpose. Try to hit one of the five X’s on the court. Always be thinking two shots ahead and be looking for the short ball.
The Slice ServeLike any other slice shot in Tennis, to hit a good Slice Serve, toss the ball way out in front of your body and out wide. By the time you swing through to hit the ball, you’ll be hitting it at a lower trajectory. This makes the ball pull away and stay low.
Simple Patterns of PlayIt’s important to learn simple patterns of play to understand how to open up one side of the court. You do this by hitting the ball at least two times to one side. This pulls your opponent to that area of the court without them realizing it. Then hit the ball over to the opposite […]
The Serve FundamentalsThe toss controls where the ball will go once you hit it. Wherever your tossing shoulder is pointed to is where the ball will end up. If your serve is going long, you’re most likely tossing the ball behind you. If your serve is going into the net, you’re likely tossing too low. Don’t stress […]
The Serve RoutineYour serve routine is entirely up to you. It should be whatever makes you most comfortable while finding your grip and getting your tossing arm set. No matter what you include in your routine, remember to keep your body loose and let out an exhale before you serve.
Short BallDon’t panic if you mess up and hit a short ball. It doesn’t have to be the end of the point. There’s still some things you can do to recover and finish strong! As soon as you hit the short ball, take a step back. Think about where your ball would go if your opponent […]
Back Hand Approach ShotOne of the best approach shots to take in single’s, is towards the back hand side. Aim for your opponents left hip. Try to avoid the sidelines, because this will set them up perfectly for a forehand volley. Once you hit the ball, always be thinking ahead to have a plan for whatever could be […]
Avoid Running the LineWhen playing the baseline, don’t run straight side-to-side on the line. You know you’ve done this when you find yourself falling backward after you hit the ball. Move diagonally back off the line with the intent of getting to the ball with enough time to shift your weight back and then finishing forward towards the […]
Warming UpTo prepare for a tennis match or recreational play, it’s important to warm up properly. Warm up hitting cross court. Don’t hit the ball directly to your partner. It won’t do you any good. You’re trying to warm yourself up, not your partner. Instead, practice hitting different variations of the shots you might hit in […]