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Use the Drop Shot to Surprise Your Opponent

The drop shot in tennis differs from most other types of strokes in that the intent is to take pace off the ball in order to make it drop just over the net. It requires a good degree of “feel” or “touch” to execute correctly. A drop shot is a short hit ball that drops just after clearing the net …

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12 Tips for Mastering Your Tennis Lob Shots

The lob in tennis is a high shot aimed over your opponent. The intent is to place the ball deep in their court and out of their reach. One common use of the lob is to surprise your opponent while they are up at the net. Another use is on very wide shots to allow yourself enough time to get …

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10 Ways to Turn Your Return into an Advantage

The service return plays a critical¬†role in the game of tennis. During roughly half the match, your first shot taken will be a tennis serve return. It’s important, therefore, that you develop a sound technique. The tennis serve return starts with proper positioning along the baseline. You should be in the ready position, leaning forward with the racket in front …

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7 Tips for Hitting a Clean Volley Every Time

An important part of your shot arsenal, the volley can help add a new dimension to your game. The volley allows you to attack after serves or approach the net following a deep groundstroke shot to your opponent. This makes it possible for you to finish off a point more quickly. The volley differs from other shots in that it …

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Developing Your Tennis Serve in 11 Easy Steps

The serve is one of the more difficult shots for beginners, mostly because it’s an overhead stroke where ball placement is confined to a relatively smaller area – the service box – rather than the full court. However, it doesn’t need to be a stumbling block. By learning the proper mechanics involved early on, the process of developing the serve …

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10 Simple Steps to Mastering Your Forehand

The very first time you swung at a tennis ball, chances are it was a forehand shot. Topspin or slice spin aside, the motion of the arm swing probably did not take much time to get used to. The forehand stroke is performed in a low-to-high forward motion. Start in the ready position facing the net with your knees slightly …

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Your Guide to Hitting the Perfect Backhand

Among groundstrokes, the backhand is perhaps the most challenging shot to master. Unlike the forehand which follows a more natural trajectory forward on a player’s dominant side, the backhand requires the player to reverse the motion of the swing on their non-dominant side. The backhand stroke is performed either with a one-handed or two-handed backhand grip. Start in a ready …