Improving your backhand slice


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Description: Check out USPTA Master Professional Emilio Sanchez demonstrating a backhand slice drill. The focus is on improving the backhand slice in defensive situations while transferring weight properly.

Tip:

Even though today’s game is mostly played from the baseline using powerful groundstrokes, the underspin is still an important tool to have available, especially on the backhand side. The backhand slice is a shot that every player should have in their arsenal. The slice can be used to change the pace of the rally, defend on very wide shots, or come in on the return and force the opponent to hit up. A good backhand slice will also help with the backhand drop shot and backhand volley as the technique fundamentals are very similar.

Today’s tip features Emilio Sanchez with a drill that works on improving the backhand slice when in defensive situations. He emphasizes the importance of balance, weight transfer and racquet control.

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Know your numbers


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Description: Check out USPTA Elite Professional and former French Open doubles winner Hank Pfister talking about the importance of shot tolerance.

Tip:

Many times we see our players lose important matches, and not because their opponents are better, but because the implemented tactics were ineffective, or no real tactics were used at all.

Shot tolerance or the number of balls a player is willing to hit in order to win the point is an extremely important aspect in tennis. Every player has a number and that number will depend on his or her style of play. If you are an aggressive baseliner or a serve and volleyer, your shot tolerance is probably not as high as that of a counterpuncher.

While every player needs to know his own number, he also needs to be able to recognize the opponent’s style of play and shot tolerance early in the match in order to apply the right patterns and tactics that will help him win the match.

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Capture the net drill


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Description: Here is a three-on-three drill from USPTA Elite Professional Michele Krause emphasizing volleys and communication.


Tip:

Looking for more drills to use in your clinics and lessons? Here is a three-on-three drill from USPTA Elite Professional Michele Krause emphasizing volleys and communication. Get more than four players on the court and get them moving.

This drill is designed for three vs. three play. The players start at the baseline and run up to the net to begin the game by feeding a bounce-hit that needs to go behind the service line. The point is played out with three players at the net and three at the baseline. If the net team wins the point, they get to stay at the net. If the net team loses, they retreat to the baseline to allow the other team to come up and start the next point at the net.

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Taking your backhand down the line


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Description: Check out USPTA Elite Professional Craig O’Shannessy talking about the key aspects of taking the backhand down the line.


Tip:

Crosscourt rallies are the bread and butter of tennis. However, a high percentage of the errors we see are when players try to change the direction of the ball, and more frequently, change from crosscourt to down the line.

This week’s tip features USPTA Elite Professional Craig O’Shannessy with a few tips on taking the backhand down the line. He emphasizes using topspin, keeping the racquet face on the path of the target longer, as well as being on balance and inside the baseline when changing the direction of the ball.

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Reference points for the passing shots


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Description: Here is USPTA Master Professional Emilio Sanchez with a couple of tips on having reference points when going for the passing shots.


Tip:

Often times we see our players hesitate or not know what to do when facing an opponent that tends to come in to the net on important points. The passing shots can be challenging, especially from a psychological point of view. The opponent applies pressure by coming in and the baseline player can feel intimidated, as if the court has shrunk and there is not much room to hit into.

Having some reference points when going for the passing shot can facilitate the shot selection. USPTA Master Professional and former Spain’s Davis Cup captain Emilio Sanchez shares two reference points that helped him throughout his career. Check them out!

And remember, just like with any other shots in tennis – the passing shots must be repeated in practice over and over in order to be successfully executed during matches.

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Controlling the court with the forehand


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Description: Check out former top 10 WTA player Chanda Rubin with a few tips on implementing patterns of play successfully by controlling the middle of the court with the forehand.


Tip:

The forehand is one of the biggest weapons in today’s game. It is the shot that dominates the baseline play at the competitive level as we watch players running around the backhand, covering about 75 percent of the court with the forehand.

Players at any level can use the forehand as a weapon. A player can use the forehand to move the opponent side to side and open up the court, as well as apply pressure by taking the ball on the rise, including hitting inside out and inside in. Good footwork, balance and proper weight transfer are just a few key aspects in making your shots effective and aggressive.

This week’s tip features former No. 6 WTA player Chanda Rubin with more tips on how to control the court with the forehand.

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Zig zag cone drill


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Tip:

Tennis involves lots of movement and footwork as we constantly need to get in position for the incoming ball. Aside from the large steps that take us to the ball, we also need the small steps that help us adjust and get set for the optimal strike zone. Many times we see players doing all the right things in preparation to the ball, but simply being one or two steps too far or too close to the optimal contact point causes them to mis-hit the ball. Maintaining balance while moving and adjusting the feet is an important aspect of effective stroke production.

This week’s tip features Mark Kovacs, Ph.D., with a drill that will help players improve their adjustment steps and get quicker feet.

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