TO improve your tennis game do not play against the same player too often unless he is the better player. Vary your opponents. By playing against the same man too much you soon learn each other's weaknesses and do not improve.The strokes are the same all the time and each one knows where and when the ball is coming.
If you play with different players, you will meet new strokes, fresh tactics, and varying temperaments.Play as much as possible against men who can beat you. Beating will do you good from the start, as you will know you are getting good practice.When you know that you can beat a man, you will not be forced to your best, which makes you careless in stroke.If one could remember to practice his weak strokes when playing against a poor player it would do a world of good.
Do not be content to give him a bad beating.For example, if you have a weak backhand, leave openings in your backhand court for your adversary to put the ball. He being out to beat you will keep on putting ball after ball there. Thus you can get good practice.The opponent, being a poorer player, gives you more time, and is not forcing you on your strokes. You thus get time to correct your form and improve your game.
If one's net game is weak he can get good practice by going up on practically every ball.Against a good player he would not dare go up so often.The easiest way to learn strokes is to take a dozen balls on the court. Stand a foot behind the base line. Drop the ball so it will bound about knee or waist high and to one side of you.
Judge it so you have a free swing and drive it over the net.Start well back with the swing and finish out your stroke. Keep this up until you send all the balls into the other court. Then go in the other court and return them. Do this for a half hour or so a day. In this way you are not hurried on the stroke.
The trouble with beginners is that they like to play instead of practice at the start. Then when they play they return the ball "any old way," so long as they get it back. Thus one acquires faults and bad habits.Learn your strokes well first; you have a life-time in front of you to play.
You cannot learn your strokes and play at the same time, for the reason that your adversary is out to beat you and is forcing you on all of your strokes.Some faults and habits that a beginner acquires through playing before he has learned his strokes are:.1. Covers his weak strokes instead of playing them.2.
Does not learn to anticipate where the ball is going to drop and hence cannot judge it correctly to hit at the right time.3. Hurrying his shots, which makes him overrun the ball.4.
Not taking proper swing.If a beginner would only have the patience to practice more from the start, he would learn to make his strokes correctly, to judge the ball, and to meet it at the right time and distance from him. His stroke is also corrected, as he is not being hurried. He soon gets so he can put the ball in any part of the court he wishes.
He also learns the angles of the court and has better control over his ball. When one gets so he can put the ball into any part of the court, that's time enough to begin to play.In playing one has to anticipate where the ball is going to drop. Judge it so you are in good position to return it. Take it on one side of you so you have a free swing.
For volley practice have some one drive balls to you. Have a boy throw balls up for you to smash. Serving you can do all by yourself.
The reason I recommend dropping the ball and putting it over the net instead of practicing against a wall or in a squash court is that one learns to get the right height on each shot and to put it over the net instead of against a wall at any old height. He learns the angles of the court better. He learns to place his ball. He can see if his return is good or bad.It is very good practice, however, for experienced players to try strokes against a wall or in a squash court. I would not advise this for beginners, as they would acquire a squash stroke, more or less, instead of a tennis stroke.
From my experience of squash and tennis the strokes are not alike..Raymond Lai, an internet business coach and marketer works with professional tennis coach to provide a solid, common sense approach to playing tennis. Get the tennis tips from professional players. Visit: http://www.
By: Raymond Lai