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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 …

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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 …

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Tennis Rules: Guide to Scoring & Tennis Basics

Tennis rules have changed little since the origin of lawn tennis in England in the late 1890s. Two exceptions are the elimination in 1962 of the service rule requiring at least one foot be planted at all times, and the tiebreaker, which wasn’t introduced until the 1970s. Modern tennis is a racket sport played on a 78 feet (23.77 m) …