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You’re here because you’re ready to take your tennis game to the next level. You want powerful but consistent groundstrokes, a serve that keeps your opponent dazed, and a net game that makes forces your opponent to hit an amazing shot– or else they’ll lose the point.
We all know that tennis is a game that challenges us in a variety of ways. Many players find that playing on a regular basis only offers them slight improvement. In fact, playing a lot can be dangerous, as it can actually cement bad habits into your game that become much harder to change.
In order to make rapid progress on the tennis court, there are a few ‘intangibles’ that you’ll want to focus on the next few times you hit. If you’re like a lot of other players, you’ll notice that these shifts in attention will put a positive imprint on your game in no time at all.
Want to know one of the main things that separates you from the pros? It’s your footwork.
Do you notice how the top players are always moving their feet? They are always dancing around the court. They simply don’t allow their feet to stop moving– ever.
If you want to make fast progress in tennis, develop the habit of keeping your feet in a constant state of motion. Whether you’re at the baseline or the net, maintain a constant shuffle and bounce from side to side.
Footwork is one of the most important factors that will determine your tennis ability. The best players have trained themselves to keep moving regardless of where the ball is on the court.
What you’ll notice by doing this is that your foot speed greatly improves and your body positioning becomes much more centered in relation to the ball.
Next time you go out and hit, keep your feet bouncing the whole time and see for yourself how amazing the results are.
The best tennis players are always looking to attack the ball and move into the next– even if they are baseline hitters. Their energy and momentum is always moving forward. This is true whether they’re returning serve, volleying, or chasing down a tough forehand. They try to hit the ball while their body is propelling forward.
The more forward motion you initiate, the more pressure it’s going to put on your opponent. As they serve, take a step or two forward while the ball is being tossed.
When you swing from the baseline, move into the court rather than stepping behind you. When you volley, shuffle those feet toward your opponent rather than allowing them to stay stuck in place.
Forward motion will give you more power and control. It will also cause timing problems for your opponent, as balls come back fast when someone moves forward all the time. Try it for yourself and see how powerful this simple tip is.
Ever notice that it’s MUCH harder to get that second serve in when you’re down 30-40 serving to stay in the set? Most of us struggle when under pressure. We tense up and try to force the action. We get into the mindset of trying not to lose instead of trying to win.
Actually, there’s a much more effective mindset than even focusing on winning. The key to winning the big points is to train your mind to stay present to what is happening right now– not what you’d like to happen, or what you’re afraid is going to happen, etc.
This means that you’re simply in the moment, relaxed in your body, without any concern for whether or not you win or lose the point. It’s a quality of focused relaxation that is superbly exemplified by players like Roger Federer and Pete Sampras.
When you watch Federer, it often seems that he doesn’t have a care in the world on the court– even when he’s losing. He seems very relaxed, right? On the contrary, you can often feel the tension mounting in his opponents. They are focused on trying not to lose or on trying to win, whereas Federer seems to be focused only on what is happening right now.
When you let go of the need to win, you’ll often find that that it comes as a huge relief. Give yourself permission to simply enjoy the process of playing the game without getting attached to the results of each point.
The more space you develop around your judging mind in tennis, the more relaxed and focused yourgame will become. You’ll be able to effortlessly apply pressure to your opponents because you know how to ward it off within your own mind.
Any time you notice that you’re getting tight around the outcome of the match, take a moment to breath deeply 2-3 times, relax every muscle in your body, and just stay present with what’s happening now. This is one of the most powerful strategies for coming up big in the crucial moments.
I have been playing tennis since I was 6 years old and have always had a passion for the game. Tennis continues to be a big part of my life, as I play 4-5 times a week. My goal is to spread the word about this amazing sport and help you take your game to the next level starting now.Read More >>
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