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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 …

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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 Tennis Volley Every Time

An important part of your shot arsenal, the tennis 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 tennis volley differs from other shots in …

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Developing Your Tennis Serve in 11 Easy Steps

The tennis 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 for beginners. By learning the proper mechanics involved early on, the process of …

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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 tennis forehand shot. Topspin or slice spin aside, the motion of the arm swing probably did not take much time to get used to. The tennis forehand stroke is performed in a low-to-high forward motion. Start in the ready position facing the net with your knees …

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Your Guide to Hitting the Perfect Tennis Backhand

Among groundstrokes, the tennis backhand is perhaps the most challenging stroke to master. Unlike the forehand stroke 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 tennis backhand stroke is performed either with a one-handed or two-handed backhand grip. Start …

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How to Hold a Tennis Racket Properly

When beginners first grip a tennis racket, the natural tendency is to hold the handle in a tight grip with the thumb wrapped around the index finger. Another common mistake is to place the index finger behind the grip, pointed toward the head of the racket. This is not only ineffective in that it diminishes power on the stroke, but …