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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TENNIS TIPS | TIP 21: Using The Lob

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Tip 21: Using The Lob

Use the lob when your opponent is at the net. Drop your racket head below the ball and swing up the back of the ball with a steeper swing path. This will help you create lots of height to get the ball over the opponent.

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Wrong: Racket head is high

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Correct: The racket head has dropped below the ball.

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Tennis Tips | Tip 20: Returning a First Serve

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Tip 20: Returning a First Serve

Try to shorten your take back on the return of a first serve – this will help you with timing the ball and getting the contact point out in front when receiving a faster ball

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Wrong: The racket is too far back

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Correct: Shorter take back

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Tennis Tip | Tip 19: Approaching The Net

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Tip 19: Approaching the Net.

When moving into the net try to take the approach shot early so you can be more aggressive and give the opponent less time. The video shows a forehand approach down the line and the volley into the space to finish the point.

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Correct: The racket is higher so you can take the ball early.

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Tennis Tips | Tip 18 : Hitting An Angle To Move Your Opponent Off Court

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Tip 18: Hitting An Angle To Move Your Opponent Off Court

Try hitting an angle shot from an open stance. Hit around the outside of the ball to hit a wider shot to force your opponent out wide and off court.

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Correct: Open Stance – right foot further across.

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Tennis Tips | Tip 17 : Returning a Higher and Deeper Ball

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Tip 17: Returning a Higher and Deeper Ball

Move behind the baseline to allow the ball to drop so you can hit up the back of it with good height – this will help you to keep the ball deeper.

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Wrong: Didn’t move back enough so the contact point is too high

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Correct: Moved back behind the baseline to hit the ball at waist height

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