Tennis Tips | Tip 15: Using the Drop Shot

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Tip 15: Using the Drop Shot

Some of you would have seen the drop shot used at the French Open. The drop shot is very effective on a slower surface when you have a shorter ball and the opponent is far back behind the baseline. To hit an effective drop shot try to get your racket face to come under the ball to create backspin so the ball will slow down, you want to get the ball to land shorter on the court and not to go too high over the net.

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Wrong – 
Racket face is too open and the ball will go too high, giving the opponent more time to get there.

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Correct – Racket angle is in a good position to create the backspin on the ball.

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Tennis Tips | 14. Hitting a Topspin Serve

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Tip 14: Hitting a Topspin Serve

A lot of players will use this for a 2nd serve. To hit a topspin serve you should place the ball slightly further to your left. You want to get the racket to drop and then accelerate up the back of the ball to create topspin.

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Wrong – The racket is too far right and straight.

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Correct – The racket is further over to the left and has slightly dropped.

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Tennis Tips | 13. Creating topspin on your backhand

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Tip 13:  Creating topspin on your backhand

Make sure your racket head drops below the ball before you hit. Then try to accelerate the racket up the back of the ball to help create topspin.

 

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Wrong – Racket head too high.

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Correct – Racket head is dropped.

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Tennis Tips | 12. Slice Serve

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Tip 12: Slice serve

Try to use the slice serve on the deuce side of the court to move your opponent out wide. Make sure you use your chopper grip and get the racket angle coming around the outside of the ball to help get the slice and direction.

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Wrong – Racket angle is too straight facing down the middle.
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Correct – Racket angle will come around the outside of the ball.

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Tennis Tips | 11. Attacking The Return of a Second Serve

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Tip 11: Attacking The Return of a Second Serve

Move up inside the court to attack the second serve return. Try to take the ball early to give the opponent less time and get on top of the point early.

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Wrong – Standing too far back behind the baseline.

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Correct – Court position inside the court.

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Tennis Tip | 10. Inside Out Forehand

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Tip 10: Inside Out Forehand

A good body position and  racket angle will send the ball cross court with a good angle.

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Wrong – body position to far behind the ball, racket is not far enough away from the body, contact point is on the back of the ball.

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Correct – body position is more to the side of the ball, arms pushed away from body, contacting the inner side of the ball, making sure racket angle is slightly closed and pointing in the direction of the target, this will send the ball cross court with a good angle.

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TENNIS TIPS | 9: Timing Your Smash

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Tip 9: Timing Your Smash

Try to keep your other arm up to track the ball and not let the ball drop too low. Throw the racket up to the ball to get a high contact point.

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Correct: Good set up with the other arm up tracking the ball

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