Watching some of the beginning and intermediate-level players warming up for their matches made me think that there is a confusion in regard to what a player should accomplish first. Power seems to be a priority for some of the less experienced players…
A few days ago, I overheard a conversation between my younger daughter who was explaining to her mother that “everybody can hit hard; the good players know how to control the ball!”. That pleased me to know that she paid attention to my coaching. 🙂
So what are the priorities in tennis?
I classify them as follows:
1. Consistency – players should first develop the ability to hit the ball over the net and inside the lines.
2. Placement – being able to hit the ball deep and short, or side to side, is key to get the opponents to hit off-balance or from their weak side.
3. Spin – translates most of the time into ball control and different kinds of bounces.
4. Power – is the last on the list of priorities and should be developed only when the first three had become comfortable to the player.
Have fun on the tennis court!