Tennis Tips | Tip 31: Attacking a Short Ball

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Tip 31: Attacking a short ball

Try to take the ball early at the top of the bounce with your contact point higher. This will allow you to be more aggressive and give the opponent less time which will put them under more pressure.

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Wrong: Contact point is too low

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Correct: Contact point higher

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Tennis Tips | Tip 30: Hitting A Backhand Down The Line

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Tip 30:  Hitting A Backhand Down The Line

When you hit your backhand down the line make sure you are sideways on and step into the court with your front foot, this will help you control the direction and get your weight transferring forward.

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Wrong: Not standing sideways on

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Correct: Sideways on ready to step forward and transfer weight in the direction of the ball

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Tennis Tips | Tip 29: Hitting A Low Volley

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Tip 29: Hitting A Low Volley

When your opponent hits the ball low to your feet when at the net make sure you use a chopper grip and open up your racket face to hit the ball up.

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Wrong: Closed racket face

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Correct: Knees bent and racket face open

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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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