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 should a player accomplish first. Power seems to be an important role 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 knowing 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 hitting 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 it should be developed only when the first three had become comfortable to the player. 

Have fun on the tennis court!

Cosmin Miholca