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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July in Pictures

Totally Tennis coaches enjoys days at this year’s Wimbledon Championships

image1-9Performance player Dean Cooper Kirby won the 16 & U Boys Doubles title in Reykjavik, Iceland with Leo Borg, son of tennis legend Björn.

img_4105.jpgCoach Jordan spent some time in La Manga, Spain

Performance player Kirsty Da Silva (pictured with winner Rina and coach Jamie) was runner-up in the Road to Wimbledon County Finals and booked herself a place in the National Finals at Wimbledon as a lucky loser – congrats Kirsty!

PHOTO-2018-07-14-00-15-00Coach Jamie hosted an Adult American Doubles Tournament which was won by Cliff Church (3rd left) followed by a BBQ

img_4509.jpgPerformance player, assistant coach and former Sherfield School tennis scholar Miles Bromilow signed his tennis scholarship papers to play and study at Prairie State College in Chicago

IMG_4515Performance player Isla Hignett with her new delivery of Mantis rackets

Screen Shot 2018-07-26 at 12.00.50Mini performance player Hayden Cummings was runner-up in the 9 & U Boys singles event at the Windsor Open

IMG_4896Performance player Liam Hignett (back row far right) competed in the LTA Summer County Cup Men’s Doubles competition

Junior Summer Tennis Camps got underway and will run until 30th August

July’s Tennis Tips