Monthly Archives: June 2014

Tip on the Two-Handed Backhand

Is it difficult to find yourself hitting the ball with a straight arm? Are you lacking power?

Check your follow through… is your hitting arm extended as much as it could be or is it bent?

Check out this video of Andy Murray backhand slomos. Look at how much his hitting arm extends into his follow through before his arms finally bend. This is what you want to achieve on your two-handed backhand. This will also ensure that your hitting arm is straight on the forward swing if you think about the extension.

Trust me, once you get this down, you will be surprised by the power you are generating on your backhand!

If this is still unclear, leave me a question and I’ll do my best to clarify. Until next time!

How to Effectively Recover?

In tennis, many of us are initially taught to recover to the middle after every shot we hit. Although it forms a good habit, it can be really damaging to our singles game.

Check out my video on the effective way to recover!

The Key to Directing the Ball!

Yes! It’s been established that the earlier you hit the ball the more cross court you will send your shot. On the other hand, the later you hit your shot, the ball will naturally go down the line.

While all of this is true, the technique of aiming is often overlooked and/or not known about.

Listen here, to key to effectively direct a ball with great spin and pace is to get the buttcap to point in the direction you want to aim the ball.

Check out my video on this topic for a more in depth explanation!

Use Your Instincts

In the fast game of tennis, your instinct is a very important asset that should be used in your arsenal. Some may have it, some don’t. However, everyone develops their instincts playing tennis for a long time. ┬áTennis is not just a ball-bashing sport, it’s a tactical game. Here are a couple of good tips that you should apply next time you play tennis.

1. Sense danger – be aware that you just got yourself into defense. If you know you just hit a ball back that you know your opponent is going to attack on, bring your court position more back a couple of inches! That way you have enough time to defend the attacking ball.

2. If the story is the other way around, then if you know that the ball you just hit is going to trouble your opponent (let’s say a deep ball into the open court) then bring your court position up more right onto the baseline to get ready for the weak response. That way you will take time away from your opponent – making him run more. And also you can shake up his feet and hit the ball behind him!