TENNIS TIPS | TIP 28: Using the right movement to recover from out wide

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Tip 28: Using the right movement to recover from out wide

If your opponent hits a ball which moves you out of court make sure you recover using crossover steps rather than sidesteps. This will help you recover quicker and get back into court before your opponent hits the next ball.

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Wrong: Sidesteps

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Correct: Crossover steps
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Tennis Tips | Tip 27: Using the slice backhand when under pressure

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Tip 27: Using the slice backhand when under pressure

When you are under pressure try using the slice backhand to slow the ball down to give yourself time to recover. Open your racket face to create more height over the net and keep the ball deep. This will give you a chance to get back into the point and keep the opponent behind the baseline.

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Wrong: The racket head is flat

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Correct: Has an open racket face

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Tennis Tips | Tip 26: Hitting To Your Opponents Feet When They Are Moving Into The Net

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Tip 26: Hitting To Your Opponents Feet When They Are Moving Into The Net

Try hitting the ball down to the opponents feet when they are moving into the net, take the ball early and hit with good topspin so the ball is dipping as it crosses the net. This is especially effective in doubles when the opponent approaches cross court. Hitting to your opponents feet will force them to hit a more difficult volley as they will have to hit up rather than having a high volley which they have more of a chance to hit a winning return.

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Wrong: Leaning back will force the ball to go upwards, giving the opponent an easy high volley

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Correct: Weight on the front foot and taking the ball early to keep the ball low

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Tennis Tips | Tip 25: Using Your Legs On Your Serve

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Tip 25: Using Your Legs On Your Serve

Bend your knees after your ball placement, this will help you generate more pace on the serve and help you push up to the ball getting a slightly higher contact point.

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Wrong: No knee bend

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Correct: Knees bent to generate more pace on your serve

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Tennis Tips | Tip 24: How To Hit A Drop Volley

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Tip 24: How To Hit A Drop Volley

Set up for a normal volley, but as you make contact with the ball relax your wrist more and let the racket turn so the strings faces upward so you can create slice on the ball and also keep the ball very close to the net. Remember to keep your contact point out in front and bend your knees.

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Wrong: Racket not facing upwards and knees not bent enough

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Correct: Racket facing upwards and knees bent

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Tennis Tips | Tip 23: Serve and Volley

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Tip 23: Serve and Volley

To serve and volley you must commit to moving forwards after you have hit your serve and continue to move towards the net for the volley. Always split step before you hit the volley as this will help you move to the right direction and improve your timing of the ball.  If you do not stop and split step, you may end up contacting the ball late which will either cause you to hit a poor volley and lose the point or miss the volley completely.

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Wrong: No spilt step

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Correct: Spilt step before you hit the volley

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Tennis Tips | Tip 22: Hot Dog, Trick Shot

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Tip 22: Hot Dog, Trick shot

Keep the contact point through the legs with the racket slightly angled up. Keep legs are apart to give you more balance when striking the ball. Try to run over the ball. If the racket is too far away from the legs you will be off balance and the ball will just dribble along the floor.

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Wrong: Racket is to far away from legs, this will result in less power and no control.

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Correct: Contact point is through the legs and racket is slightly angled up.

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