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Tennis Lessons: How to Play, Practice, Improve

In general, people who are learning how to play tennis should spend less time at the baseline than they do at the service line. The move back to the baseline should happen only after beginners have learned how to control the ball and maintain a consistent rally. Think back to the last set of tennis […]
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Tennis Lessons: Returning Short Serves

Many tennis players at the beginner to intermediate level do fine when returning shots from the baseline and beyond. However, the moment they are drawn in toward the net to play a short ball, they fall apart and hit it out. Don’t worry about it, though. Learning how to return short shots is part of […]
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Tennis: How to Serve

Contrary to popular belief, serving with power is the not the most important characteristic of a tennis serve. In fact there are four things that matter more than power. 1st Priority: Serve the Ball In It doesn’t matter how hard you can hit your serve. If your serve doesn’t land in, it hurts you. The […]

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Correcting Common Mistakes: Hitting the Ball Long

In my capacity as a tennis instructor, I spend a lot of time working with students who are hitting balls with tennis ball machines. As a result, I often see dozens of intermediate tennis players making the same common mistakes over and over, hour after hour, hundreds upon hundreds of times every week. Chief among […]
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Keep Your Elbow up to Serve Better

Tennis Tips If you want to serve better, make sure your elbow is up above your shoulder. Don’t let it drop before you strike the ball, otherwise it is harder to hit up and through the ball. It’s like when you throw a baseball, the throwing arm’s elbow and shoulder are up high to get […]
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Receive Well — Give Better

One of the biggest differences between intermediate tennis players and advanced players is found in their ability to move around the court and hit ground strokes. Advanced players move around the court and hit the ball back fairly consistently while intermediate players (3.0-3.5) struggle with many shots that requirement movement. So what can intermediate players […]
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Tennis Pushers — 5 Ways to Beat Them

Pushers, in tennis, are players who do not have the training or technical skills to hit normal forehand or backhand strokes. Often, they hold their tennis racquet like a frying pan and simply push balls back to the other side of the court. To make things worse, their unorthodox grips usually create backspin or sidespin […]
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