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  • 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.
  • 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 […]
  • 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.
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
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    Approach Shot Strategy
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  • 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 […]
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    Anticipate a Late Reaction
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    Return a Low Serve
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    Split Step Timing
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    Strategy for Handling a High Ball
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    Playing Off Your Back Foot
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    Know Your Position
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    Aggressive Returns
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    Rush Play
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