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Tennis - Gentlemen's game

Tennis is a world-class competitive sport that has million fans around all over the world. Lots of tournament and event take place throughout the whole year. In olden days, tennis used to be King pastime activity but today it is a sport that known by everyone.

Tips on how to play tennis



On the forehand, practice keep the racquet in front of your body as long as possible, as if going to catch the ball with it, and it will bring about the awareness of where the ball is going to be before you take it back and forth

Tracking the ball this way will increase not only the accuracy of your stroke, but also, eventually, as you become confident and hit across your body rather than forward, the power of your swing

The opposite would be to take the racquet back before knowing where you are going to meet it, and then you have to figure out during the forward motion where the contact will be and adjust to it, therefore disturbing your swing. This would be the old, conventional idea of preparing early.

Practice this new way until you are comfortable. In the beginning you may think you don't have enough time to do this, or not enough power. But as you do it over and over, you'll be amazed at the results.




Topspin backhand

Stand sideways to a wall or fence of a tennis court, at an arm's length, your arm pointing to the wall, with the racquet and your knuckles touching the wall or fence. Obviously, you need to have your backhand grip, so that the racquet and arm are perpendicular to each other (90 degree angle). If necessary for supporting the racquet, you can put your thumb against the grip.

First press the racquet into the fence, with the head of the racquet slightly downwards.  Now move your body a couple of inches away, so as to prevent your knuckles from hitting the wall. Bring the racquet away from the fencel and to your front about a foot or two, lowering the arm and the racquet, then swing close to the wall, without hitting it, and, lifting your arm, rotate the racquet upwards in a clockwise motion, or windshield wiper, as if brushing the wall.

Notice how your body can help this motion in three ways, as you swing: 1) lifting your trunk, 2) moving backwards, and 3) getting your shoulder blades (your upper back) together. Choose the combination or motion that feels the best to you. The top pros, usually, combine all three to help the arm and the stroke.

After you have this movement well grooved in, get someone to toss gentle balls to your backhand. Lift the ball well over the net and finish all the way, perhaps exaggerating the lift, and getting your balance by pulling away from the ball and up. Especially if you are too close to the ball, pulling back will give you plenty of room to swing, with your arm extending towards the target and then across towards the right. 

This type movement combination has been shunned by conventional tennis teaching, that tells you to step forward into the hit and stay down. This, unfortunately, destroys the natural acceleration of the arm. Try it both ways, and you will notice the difference.


Backhand slice

The best way to control a backhand slice is to cock your wrist as if you were looking at a ring in your middle finger.

To prepare for the incoming ball, point the butt of the racquet in the direction of the ball.

This racquet butt alignment should be perfected after the bounce, being very aware of where you are going to meet the ball.

The most effective way to stroke the ball firmly is to let it go across the body and across the line of the ball as well, using your back as if you are getting your shoulder blades together, and opening the non-playing arm backwards as well.

Find the ball well, pointing it with the butt of the racquet, making sure your elbow is free to move across your body. Approach the ball slowly, then, at the last possible moment, very firmly and with the ball already on your strings, accelerate across and past the ball.



Most players would love to have more speed (power) on their serve.
The first drill is to go outside the court, about 30 feet away, and serve a few dozen balls over the fence, whether it is 10 or 12 ft. high, with spin.

This will develop bending and extending the arm, using the triceps as the main driving muscle. Most people have too much dependence on the rotator cuff, which is a much shorter and weaker muscle, and the source of most serve injuries.

When you are finally consistent and comfortable hitting over the fence, go on the court and hit from the normal service position. You may need to adjust the angle of your wrist, so as to keep the forward edge of the racquet pointing to the ball and then come across to the right (for a right-hander), otherwise the ball will be too long.

Regardless of how flat you try to hit it, your serve will tend to have some spin. That is a natural consequence of the drill over the fence.

Another drill to give you more power is to go to a large field and serve a few balls as far as you can. This will develop the natural release you would have as a thrower.

Again, when you come back on the court, you'll need to adjust your wrist position as above. The combination of both drills, even if done one time each, will give you a much stronger serve.

Just be careful not to strain your arm too much nor to overdo any of these drills, hitting too many balls. Use your sense and feel on how far and how hard you can go.


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