When we are beginning players we are very happy to learn to stroke the ball and even happier to be able to rally with the coach or a friend. When things get better and we realize that we can play higher level tennis, we expect a lot more from ourselves than just simply hitting the ball back and forth over the net. And the more we expect, the more frustrated we become…
Why the frustration?
Because in tennis, you cannot play your best ALL the time! Our expectations grow faster than our physical capabilities. We want results today, and we want them right now… Well, this is not always possible; therefore patience is one of the biggest qualities that tennis teaches us! (Quick Tennis Fixes)
One of my favourite pieces of advice I give my students is that instead of dwelling on the fact that they missed a shot, they should become problem solvers and find ways to prevent that mistake from happening again.
You cannot play tennis without making errors! You have to accept that. The better the player, the better their understanding of creating solutions and overcoming obstacles! Then…success will follow.
1. Prepare early. Turn shoulders and set the racquet behind the path of the incoming ball before it bounces on your side of the court. 2. Contact the ball about waist high. Don’t rush into hitting the ball right away, wait for it to drop below shoulder level especially if you have to hit a high bouncing ball. 3. Move to the ball using small steps to keep your body in good balance and be ready for late adjustments. 4. Recover quickly after you hit the ball. Avoid standing and watching where it goes; watch it as you get ready for the next one. 5. Aim your strokes at least two feet over the net. Get down under the level of the ball so you can swing up on it. 6. Hit most of your shots cross-court. You will have more court to hit to and lower net to aim over. 7. Spin the ball. The pressure created on top of the ball will make it come down into the court earlier. 8. Practice consistency. Rally with your partner trying to make 10, 20, 30 balls in a row during a rally. 9. Hit against the wall. Challenge yourself to hit, let’s say 20 balls in a row; then go for 30, then 40 and so on. 10. Ultimately, tennis consistency is a state of mind… every time you practice, don’t accept to miss. Every ball that comes your way is like the most important ball in the world. Hit it over no matter what! (Video Tennis Lessons – learn how to play better tennis)