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Friday, 22 March 2019 02:13

5 Tennis Tips - March 2019

Monthly Tennis Coaching Pointers - March 2019

Following on with our new 5 Tennis Tips feature to the Four Seasons Tennis Blog, today's new 5 tips are focused on the serve.

The serve is the most important shot in tennis. It gets the point started, and with a solid, consistent serve, you can dominate your matches. However, with a weak serve, you're prone to be broken on your service games and that puts you on the back foot in matches.

For recreational players, the serve can be confusing and difficult to master. It is one of the most technical movements in all sports and requires patience and repetition.

These 5 tips today are the basics and fundamentals that you build from. Focus on one at a time and practice, practice, practice!

 

Tennis Tip 1 - Get a Grip!

Use the continental grip for a serve. That is grip number 2, with the index knuckle on the top right bevel. This is often uncomfortable and difficult until you become used to the grip. The use of correct technique and pronation with get the most out of the continental grip.

For kids and adults starting out it is ok to use the eastern forehand grip, number 3.

 

Tennis Tip 2 - Ball Toss

The most difficult element to master consistently is putting the ball where it needs to be. Use a straight arm, let go of the ball at about eye height and continue the arm so it's pointing at the contact point. Aim to put the ball at 1 o'clock, that is, slightly in front of you and slightly to the right.

 

Tennis Tip 3 - Bend Your Knees

As you lift your arm for the ball toss, lean your hips forward under the ball and bend your knees. This helps with balance, stability and power.

 

Tennis Tip 4 - Where do you finish?

Move up and forwards into the contact of the ball. You should finish into the court after hitting the serve. If you're finishing sideways or backwards, not over the baseline, your ball toss is incorrect and/or you're hitting the ball in the incorrect place.

 

Tennis Tip 5 - Follow Through and Split

Once you've swung your arms and turned your shoulders through the contact of the ball, they need to continue and finish to the left of your body. Making sure you have a clean follow through and trajectory of the swing will ensure the ball will go where you want it to.

Once the follow through is made, take a further step to push back into the recovery position and split step, ready for the next ball.

 

Remember to drill these aspects of your serve, you want them to become muscle memory so you don't need to think about them in a match. You want to think about where you're going to hit the ball and place your next ball.

Happy hitting everyone!

 

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Monday, 07 January 2019 07:18

5 Tennis Tips - January 2019

Monthly Tennis Coaching Pointers - January 2019

Following on with our new 5 Tennis Tips feature to the Four Seasons Tennis Blog, today's new 5 tips are focused on the volley and net game.

In our modern tennis era, the net game has lost its way in singles match play. With new techniques and powerful racquets creating heavy spin and fast-paced shots, you don’t always get the time to get to the net and close the point.

In doubles, the net game is as strong as ever. Tactically you want to close the net and shut down the angles, which is easier for 2 players covering the doubles court.

For players wanting to add another element to their game, or those trying to sharpen their net play, these tips will help you achieve more when closer to the net.

 

Tennis Tip 1 – Get a Grip!

Use the same grip for both forehand and backhand volleys, that is, the continental grip (2).

If you’re changing between the eastern forehand grip (3) for forehand volleys, and eastern backhand grip (1) for backhand volleys, you don’t have time to set up the correct technique and be able to place the ball as well.

 

Tennis Tip 2 – Tisk, Tisk, Wrist

Keep your wrist firm and braced when playing a volley. Most other shots have a relaxed wrist for more racquet head speed.

Try not to choke the racquet, but don’t have a wet fish hand either.

 

Tennis Tip 3 – Two Left Feet?

Step the opposite foot to which side of the body you’re hitting the ball on. Push off the back leg and lean into the shot, stepping the front foot at moment of contact on the ball.

Right-handed players would push off the right foot and land with the left foot when playing a forehand volley.

 

 

 

Tennis Tip 4 – Chicken Wings

Keep the elbows in front of the body when waiting for the ball and split stepping, then open the racquet and punch the ball in front of your body.

 

Tennis Tip 5 – Close the Net

The closer you are to the net, the better the angle you can play. Don’t wait back on the service line all day. Move forward and put pressure on the opponent. However, if you stand too close to the net for too long, or at the wrong time, you leave yourself open for lobs.

 

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 03:44

5 Tennis Tips - December 2018

Tennis Coaching Hints 

 

A new feature to the Four Seasons Tennis Blog, we’ll be putting up 5 new tennis tips each month to help better your game. They are mostly tailored to recreational players wanting to get the fundamentals of tennis right.

 

Tennis Tip 1 – Do Your Split Steps

Aim to land your split step a moment after your opponent hits the ball. You want to be at the height of the jump when they contact the ball, then land in the split momentarily afterwards. This timing can be tricky at first but will help you with the momentum to move into position for the shot to come.

 

Rafael Nadal doing a split step before hitting his trademark forehand.

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Tennis Tip 2 – Bend Your Knees on the Serve

When throwing the ball for the serve, start bending your knees when the throwing arm starts rising. You should get to the lowest part of the bend when the ball reaches its peak then drive upwards to start hitting the ball.

 

Notice Pete Sampras’ smooth knee bend on the serve, one of the greatest ever!

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The Sampras and Federer serves are things of beauty!

 

 

 

Tennis Tip 3 – Recovery Cross-Step

Once you’ve hit a groundstroke, forehand or backhand, and are recovering back into position, push off with the outside leg and crossover before side-stepping and doing the split step. This is a fast and balanced way to recover.

 

Watch Nishikori crossover his steps after a winning forehand.

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Watch Andy Murray practice movement and footwork. Notice the crossover steps.

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Tennis Tip 4 – Look Over Your Shoulder

As soon as you know you’re hitting a forehand or backhand, turn your torso to the hitting side and watch the ball come from over your shoulder. This unit turn of the upper body will generate power as you turn back into the contact point and will help with balance. Your shoulders shouldn’t face the net all the time.

 

Serena Williams shoulder turn before massive forehand.

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Wawrinka shoulder turn for both forehand and backhand.

 

 

 

Tennis Tip 5 – Contact Above the Net

Ideally, when you close the net for the volley you want to contact the ball above the net height. This gives you more angles to put the ball away and force the opponent to hit a ball from below the net height.

 

Pat Rafter hitting a volley above the net height, then Rafter digging out a low volley.

 

 

Next month there will be 5 more tips to work on. Keep on training!

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Sunday, 06 March 2016 22:13

Tennis Tip 003

 

Every get stuck at the net? Use this simple strategy to win more points.

 

Your mission at the net is to contact the ball above the net height therefore being able to create angles and put the ball away. If your contact point is below the net height, angles become difficult and you have limited options.

This is where a lot of players get it wrong. If contacting below the net height you net to treat it as another approach shot, setting up for a high volley on the next. The best way to do this is play the ball deep DTL hoping to force a defensive lift from the opponent.

So to recap, if volleying below the net play deep DTL, and when you get a high volley contact put the ball away at a good angle, often crosscourt to finish the point.

Julio Volleying with Siva

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