How To Do It Right
Tennis forehand tip #1
Whenever you practice, strive to develop your forehand even more. Learn to play short cross court, off forehands (from your backhand corner to opponents backhand corner), flat and top spin shots and top spin lobs.
Also practice being deadly on sitters. See if you can improve your percentage on »easy« balls in the court and become really deadly from there. This puts incredible pressure at your opponent because they start realizing that every short ball will be put away.
Tennis forehand tip #2
When your forehand is off, don’t try to go with your head through the brick wall; don’t try to hit good forehands if even your average forehands are not consistent yet. Also don’t make assumptions and conclusions that it has to stay that way and that this is your bad day.
Figuring out what is the perfect tennis technique isn’t an easy task.
Accept the forehead as it is right now. Yes, very hard to do for some of you. Wait. First get the average forehands working well. Hit deep, shots well away from the sidelines and you’ll soon start finding your feel and timing.
The next step is to step up. Go for better shots, take more risks and see how it goes. Remember: if it’s not working well yet, don’t push it too hard or too far. Gradually look for better and more risky shots. They will probably start happening.
Remember – the end goal of your match is not a good, beautiful or superb play. It’s to win. Sometimes that means average shots, but above average determination and
Tennis backhand tip 1
Understanding this principle will hopefully take some pressure of your poor backhand shot that you have been putting down. Here’s what you can do:
Take time on the short court with 5 minutes of mini tennis every time you play. Play many backhands and be aware whether you hit the ball in the middle of the racquet or not. Be aware whether you set your self up for the shot in the correct distance from the ball or not. Just awareness of that will improve your judgment and coordination on your left side of the body.
Tennis Backhand tip 2
Become aware of your head position and how your eyes are aligned to the ball. If you tilt your head or watch the ball with one eye more than the other it’s very likely that you’ll mishit that backhand shot.
Observe the pro’s how they look at the ball, how their head is level and pointed straight at the ball. Even though they make extreme body turns in preparation for the hit they still manage to keep their head pointed straight to the ball. It takes great flexibility to do that.
Ask yourself before the hit – am I seeing the ball as clearly as I am on the forehand side? In my experience when I ask players that have some difficulty with backhands, about 80% say that they don’t see the ball as clearly as on the forehand side.
When you become aware that you don’t see the ball well you’ll soon find a way of keeping your head and eyes where you can do that very well.
Tennis overhead tip #1
When we see a ball flying to the overhead and it’s not too difficult, we usually get ahead of the present moment and fall into the trap of emotionally whacking the ball. This is our chance to really stomp our opponent down. Hitting the ball feels almost as hitting him/her down in the ground.
Don’t do that. Really, grow up. This is not about destroying your opponents, it’s about exploring your limits and being the best player you can be. Approach the overhead with the mentality of a cold supercomputer who just wants to win the point.
Stay away from emotional overhead smashes. Ok, only one per match, maybe…
Tennis overhead tip #2
Beside the difficulty of hitting an overhead you also need to know where you’ll hit it. You need to decide whether you want to hit left or right. You also need to know your target – are you aiming for the line (I hope not) or 6 feet from both side and baseline.
If you don’t decide quickly and know your target, you’ll probably play your overhead straight at your opponent and give him another chance. What usually happens is that you’ll get an even tougher lob to deal with.
So – decide quickly – it usually doesn’t matter where, because your opponent is guessing where you’ll play anyway. So don’t try to guess what he’ll guess. It’s too complicated.