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How Often Should You Practice Tennis?

You want to continuously improve your game, but maybe you’re wondering how often you need to practice to achieve your goal. Most people will tell you the more you practice the better. There are, of course, limitations to this. You certainly don’t want to overdo it and risk injury. Practicing once or twice a week should allow you to maintain …

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How to Practice Tennis Alone: 5 Ways to Train Solo

While you typically want to train with a practice partner, sometimes no one is available or you simply want to get out and practice on your own to improve your game. There are a few ways to make the best of your time while practicing on your own. Undoubtedly the best way is by using a ball machine to feed …

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How Old Should You Be to Start Playing Tennis?

Tennis is a game that can be enjoyed at just about any age. Whether you start playing tennis for the first time after age 50 or under 10 years of age, with enough practice and dedication you can learn to play the game and become skilled at it. If you start late in life, there are some limitations to how …

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11 Step Guide to Hitting a Slice Shot in Tennis

The slice shot is a technique used in tennis to create backspin on a ball. Slice shots can make life difficult on your opponent, in particular if used intermittently with topspin. By slicing the ball from time to time you can throw off your opponent’s timing and make returning the ball more difficult. In tennis, a slice shot is the …

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How To Hit a Topspin Tennis Shot in 10 Steps

Topspin is one of the most widely used techniques in the game of tennis. Topspin can be applied to forehand shots, backhands, lobs, and serves. We will focus primarily on the use of topspin on groundstrokes, namely forehand and backhand shots, though the technique is similar with topspin lobs. There are essentially two factors that determine topspin. The first is …

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Finish your Opponent with the Overhead Smash

The overhead smash shot is typically used to put away your opponent on a high ball. You may be up at the net when executing the shot or you may be set up further back following a defensive lob shot from your opponent. Regardless of initial positioning, the technique is the same. The overhead smash shot technique is similar to …

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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 tennis 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 back …