Learn Tennis Faster

Tennis is a motor skill sport.

This is a game of movement and FEEL.

So in practice and in your lessons, make sure that you are working on your shadow swings as much as you can.

The more the better too, the first thing I do with all my students is have them start doing more shadow swings off the court.

You also need to be working on them before practice.

Get in some extra reps at home, you can and should do these reps before you sleep, that way, your subconscious mind will be working on them while you sleep.

Try to watch some videos before you practice the swings, to get a clear image of the stroke in your mind, then stop the video and picture yourself doing the stroke.

Then start doing your shadow swings.

Start off slowly and build up speed for the swing.

Don’t grip the racket so tight either, because this will negate your feel for the stroke.

“Most tennis players at all levels don’t do this enough and as a results, their timing isn’t consistent on their strokes, doing shadow swings will help you to get a better feel for the stroke and then help you to discover it”.

Tennis is a feel game and the faster you can get a feel for a certain stroke by doing shadow swings, the faster you will develop that stroke.

You need to spend 20 to 30 minutes a day, 2 to 4 times a week doing this tennis tip.

One more thing.

Always picture yourself making the perfect shot when you are doing your shadow swings.

Because by doing this, you will speed up the learning process for yourself.

Also.

Use a nice loop on your backswing for both sides, the rule is( you are only as good as your loop are with your strokes), so be aware of that fact.

The secret to learning tennis faster is to do more shadow swings, try to do it as much as you can.

In 1 month your whole game should take off on you!

Talk to you guys soon!!

Keys To Consistent Serve

Ball Position

Now after you have the ball toss consistent from your hand, let the ball bounce after you toss it. The ball should bounce or drop directly in front of you in the 12 o’clock or 1 o’clock positions. Remember, your toss should be high enough that your racket will make contact at the ball toss peak.

NOTE: If you are a beginner, I must warn you that if you let it bounce from 10 o’clock to 11 o’clock positions, you may experience back problems and/or inconsistent serves. The professionals can do this from years of experience and more often than not on a second serve, they are trying to serve it in that position for a advanced serve, called a kick serve.

Toss and Serve

OK, back to the toss. Now that we have a consistent toss we need to coordinate the swinging arm with the toss. First, you will need to use a eastern grip as your serving grip on the racket. Now, toss the ball up as you learned earlier, and bring your racket back “simultaneously”, behind your head as if you are scratching your back or throwing a baseball. Once this is achieved successfully, follow through with the racket and hit the ball on the top right corner. The top right corner will be the 1 to 2 o’clock position on the ball. It will feel strange at first but the ball will automatically spin in and in time become very consistent.

Deadly Sins of Tennis

Not Judging The Ball

It’s very common for a beginner to lack judgment in where the ball is going to go and how fast it’s going to get there and play appropriately. A beginner often thinks the ball is going to be shorter than it actually is. They rush to the ball and consequently hit the ball to hard and are off balance when they get there. They don’t realise that the ball will actually fly deeper.

Hitting The Ball Too Hard

Another big challenge for a beginner is how not to hit the ball too hard. They see a ball and swing at it. A beginner is only thinking of connecting with the oncoming ball and they may panic a little. One of the main reasons for hitting too hard is that they don’t have a target. Your arm doesn’t know how much it should swing, if you know the distance then you can get a feel for what force is required.

Being too Tight

Being too tight is another challenge. When you start playing tennis you contract too many muscles and you lose that all important feel and can hit the ball too hard and generally get it all wrong. So, how can you become a little more relaxed? A good tip is to rate your tightness 1-5. 5 being very tight and 1 being relaxed and going with the flow.

Stopping the Racquet at Contact Point

You must try and learn to complete the follow through of your shots. When you find yourself hitting the ball too hard, a consequence of that is stopping the racquet at the contact point and not completing the follow through leading to an ineffective stroke. When doing this you actually contract many muscles in your arm when you stop the flowing movement forward and you lose control of the ball.

How to Play with an Arc

Another big challenge is to hit the ball in an arc rather than a straight line The easiest way to hit the ball is to play in a straight line from the ball to the target on the other side, however we want to get into the habit of playing with an arc. The straight line approach can often have the ball ending up in the net. Then, to avoid going into the net you may well overcompensate and hit it too far resulting in the ball going over the opponent’s baseline. Of course you may get lucky occasionally and the ball can fly over the net and land in the court but it won’t consistently bring results.

Strategies For Match Play

Play Each Point Harder Than The Last One.

This is my favorite strategy of them all.

It’s the most powerful one too!!

Just think if you could play each point harder than the last one and then keep doing it for the whole match?

How tough would it be to beat you?

Exactly.

Very tough and many players will not want to face you in matches.

Nobody wants to play a player with this type of mindset and the reason is obvious.

“Tennis players who adopt and apply this type of mindset in matches are the hardest ones to play and beat consistently.”

Play Each Point Like It Is The Last One Of Your Career.

This strategy is tied to the last one.

Your ideal strategy for matches should look something like this.

Start off the match playing each point harder than the last one, then also start playing each one like it maybe the last one of your career.

Follow those tactics in every match and you will not be losing that many of them.

Most players don’t realize how many cheap points they give away in a match.

Well, by using these 3 warrior strategies, you will eliminate that problem forever and will never have to worry about it again in your career.

“I would write these strategies down somewhere and then post them up or even better, take them with you to your matches. “

That way.

You can read them again, before and during the match, to help you stay focused and playing with true intention and purpose throughout the match.

Don’t just read these tips either.

Think about them everyday and also meditate on them as much as you can on the court and off it.

Thanks for sharing your time with me today, by reading this article.

And I’ll be talking to you tennis warriors soon!!

Serving Under Pressure

Don’t rush through your motion

The mistake that most players make is that, “They don’t want to deal with the pressure, so they tend to rush through their motion”.

This leads to nervous energy and it throws off their serve!!

So, step away from the line for moment and take a deep breath and exhale, then release all the stress, out of your body.

Then do it again, but this time in a more calmer way.

That should help you relax a little better.

After that,

Serve on your terms

Never start your motion until you are relaxed, so if you still feel nervous at all, just step away from the baseline again.

Apologize to your opponent, then take another deep breath and start your motion again.

Serving is away about timing, rhythm and flow.

And the more you do it on your terms, the more self-control, you will feel over any type of situation on court.

This will also give you the mental edge in match play.

Allow your serve to flow

Now you should be emotionally ready to serve.

So let your serve flow.

Never try to force your motion.

Because you will throw off your timing by doing that.

Instead, follow your normal routine and let your service action flow.

Follow those instructions above and you will start dominating your fears in matches.

“Practice these 3 tips in your practice matches and also in your real matches. “

Keep working on these tips too.

Think repeat, repeat and more of the same thing, until your own them.

You want to own these tips, because at the junior level, they can help you rise straight up to the top of the ranking!!

I’ll be honest here with you too.

Serving In Matches

  • Set your own tempo and rhythm.

You need to always serve at your own tempo and pace.

Which means.

Never allow your opponent to dictate the tempo on your service games.

  • Start your motion on your own terms.

Never start serving until you have mentally recovered from the last point.

If you feel any carryover effect.

Step away from the baseline and breathe deeply for 3 times and start your pre-serve routine again.

This will help you set and maintain a good rhythm for your service games.

  • Never rush through your motion.

This is a very important point when serving.

You should never feel like you are rushing before or during your service motion.

Your body needs to be relaxed and your mind should be picturing one fluid service motion.

Again, if you are feeling nervous at any time before you start your service motion.

Step away from the line and repeat the above suggestions I just gave YOU.

Then start your pre-service routine over again.

At the junior level.

I see many players rushing through their service motion whenever they are feeling the pressure from the moment.

The reality is this.

“All they need to do is use their breath as their anchor and breathe that stress away and then mentally restart over again”.

Okay, you are good to go, my friend.

Just get more reps in during practice.

You should also watch more videos too.

Practice your serve before, during and after practice for 2 months.

Then implement these tips as you are doing it.

But.

Make sure that you are using these tips while your body is relaxed and you are in flow with your play.

I can tell you this about developing a solid service game.

The more reps you get in during practice, the faster you will develop a great serve.

Why?

The repetitions create the mechanics and that gives you confidence in matches to trust in your motion and your training.

Last thing.

“You are only as good as your second serve is under pressure”.

I was told this by my high school coach and I have never forgotten it.

Oversize Tennis Racquet

Most people don’t have the time or know how to develop their technique properly, and some just aren’t interested. Racquet manufacturers realised this a long time ago and started developing features to make a racket more forgiving. A larger head racquet not only makes your shots more powerful, but also doesn’t jar as much, thus protecting against injuries to the wrist and elbow.

The official tennis authorities tried to ban the use of the larger oversize heads (115 sq inches), but it became so popular that it is no longer regarded as a “freak” racquet. There are racquets available above 130 sq. inches which are colossal, but I’m sure they could get it even larger than that if they would be practical to play with.

In my opinion it is the Prince Oversize Graphite. It made a fantastic impact and became very famous. Andre Agassi started his career with this racquet and when he switched racquet sponsors they replicated the design of the Prince OS as best they could. You can spot the Graphite a mile off because it has a double bridge – an extra beam in the triangular hole.

Its successor the “Graphite 2” was also a very successful racquet, but these are difficult to get hold of brand new. Some say that this is even better than the original. I was almost the perfect design for a racquet. It set new standards for stiff frames for good players, and the technology used is still utilised to this day. The better players were able to get more accuracy with the stiff racquets because there was no deflection of the racquet. It didn’t bend and twist on impact, and so if you hit the ball in the centre it went exactly where you wanted it to go.

Other companies followed in the footsteps of Prince; the most notable was the Head Oversize range called the “Radical”. That one was incredibly accurate just like the Prince OS. This was no coincidence, as both racquets were used by Andre Agassi. I’m sure head were trying to appease Andre who loved the amazing feel of the Prince original.

Advantage Of Playing Tennis

If you are a parent and you wish to protect your children from these diseases, it is not merely enough to clean up your family’s diet. It’s even more important to get your family up and moving about by engaging in outdoor activities. Coaxing your young ones to get off the couch and momentarily leave the TV, the tablet and their gaming consoles offers several benefits. Playing in tennis courts, for example, can help a child become physically fit while allowing him to master various motor skills as he learns the rudiments of the game.

As he learns to love the sport and constantly play it, he will be less likely to gain excess weight. According to some studies, active children often grow into adults who have normal weight. Furthermore, other sporting activities such as rugby can help prevent a young child from developing type 2 diabetes.

Children who get into physical activities at an early age carry the habit into adulthood. Apart from the physical benefits of outdoor play, children who engage in these activities become less stressed and are less likely to suffer from depression. This is particularly beneficial for children who may be often overburdened at school. Sports also impart several life lessons like discipline and concentration which prove to be valuable in different aspects of life.

Finally, young kids who engage in outdoor activities may develop leadership skills which may benefit them when they become employed or start their own businesses. Kids who regularly engage in sports and outdoor activities are also less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. Being a part of a team enhances both their confidence and self-esteem.

About Match Play Tip

You must master your emotions during play, by changing your attitude towards competition, see, tennis warriors embrace the challenge, and other players shrink from it.

The best way to improve your match play, is to start in practice as I have said before, bring it everyday with your intensity and passion for the game, and never tolerate any weakness from yourself.

Hit the court with a clear game plan in mind and make sure you get everything done before you finish that day.

Also, stop mentally playing matches in your mind before you actually have to play them, that means don’t think and worry about the match over and over again in your mind, before you play it, this only builds up more stress and anxiety in your mental game.

But, when you do think about the match, see yourself playing your best tennis and relax by breathing deeply when you do this.

This is great mental training too.

So on match day, what should you do?

Get in the right frame of mind from the time you wake up, start the day like a Champion, eat right and think the right thoughts, until you step out there. Their mind is clear and focused and not filled with FEAR.

If you feel nervous before a match, just meditate for about 5 minutes.

When the match starts, used powerful body language to get the advantage over your opponent, when they look at you, they should see a very confident and fearless player.

Which is the message that you want to be sending them!

The rule in match play is the same all over, no free or cheap points, make your opponent EARN the point.

After you play it, let go of it and refocus on the next one. Always feel as though you are getting in the flow with your matches, then build on that flow.

Get your first serve in and don’t miss any return at the start of a match, then work the point and on the first opportunity, take control of the point and finish it off.

The goal is to play every point with a clear and calm mindset, while giving all effort. Do this by showing mental toughness, regardless of what the score is.

Every match is going to flow in many different directions, try to get in the flow of the match from the get go and if you are out of flow, make sure you slow things down, until you can get back in the flow, so never try to rush through a point, too many players make this mistake and it always backfires on them.

Take your time on big points and get a GOOD LOOK at it, (meaning play it solid).

Match play is about taking control over your opponent and keeping it, this will result in your opponent getting frustrated and giving up mentally.

And you winning the match.

Tips For Service Toss

The serve is one of the most important strokes in tennis, the other being the service return.

Keep your Serving hand relaxed

Hold the ball like you would an egg and make sure you don’t hold it too tightly.

Relax your whole arm before you start your motion.

Use a stiff arm toss

That means that, your tossing forearm shouldn’t move for at least 3 seconds after you release the ball.

This is the most important point to keep in mind.

You want a steady toss and you want to place the ball in the same spot on every toss.

Because it helps you to focus only on your release point.

Start off slow

Your toss should start off slow and you need to flow into your motion.

Never do a quick toss during your motion, because this will only disrupt your timing on your serve.

Think slow, slow, and then whip through the ball with your service motion.

I don’t want to get too technical here on you guys in this article.

Club players need to focus on finding their release point with the toss and letting their serve flow, a great way to perfect the toss is to spend 10 minute before you start serving and place your racket about 2 feet to the right and in front of you.

Get in your service stance and relax your tossing hand.

The target is your racket face, hold the ball with 3 or 5 fingers, then pretend you are setting a dish up on your cabinet to get a better feel for the toss, see if you can do it over and over again.

Students should practice the serve toss for at least 15 minutes daily for a month to get their tossing action down, after that it should become natural to them.