Flexible Returning

Being flexible in your return position is a huge key to helping you visually change your opponents landscape, influence the server and help you to time your return better. Here are some options if you are struggling with your return game.

4 Reasons you are getting beaten down the alley in doubles.

4 Reasons you are getting beat down the alley in doubles. Your partners shot isn’t good enough. You are misreading your opponent. You are leaning/moving toward the middle too early.  Your opponents shot is TOO GOOD. A common scenario: Standard formation to the deuce side. You are the net player. Your partner hit the ball…

Leading Edge Volleys

The ability to take the pace off the ball at net often separates good from great volleyers. This is equally as important in singles as it is in doubles. If you want to be a complete tennis player you need to be able to absorb the pace of a groundstroke and defend at the net…

Mid court mentality and strategy

If you use your serve, return or ground strokes effectively, you are going to receive short balls from your opponent. Being able to capitalize and prey on these weak balls is often the difference in taking control of the match or losing your confidence and backing off the attack. Punishing your opponent for dropping the…

What strings do the pros use?

Here is the most up to date list of ATP and WTA players string preferences I could find from professional racket stringer Colin. http://www.colinthestringer.com/pros-strings/ When two tensions are shown, the first references the mains (north/south strings) and the second tension references the crosses (west/east strings). When two strings are mentioned, this indicates a hybrid string job with…

Scoreboard Pressure

Points in tennis are NOT created equal. Within each game there are multiple score variations that require the careful navigation of risk and reward. This is where primary and secondary patterns of play become very important in creating and capitalizing on scoreboard pressure. Primary Patterns (Lower risk/High reward) of play are your tried and true sequences that…

Depth before Direction

Depth before direction. There are many different singles strategies that can help win you matches depending on your opponent. However, simplifying singles tennis strategy to depth before direction can radically help your club and junior players win more matches. Too often mistakes are made by players looking to pull the trigger early in the point…

SLICE TO CONTROL THE PACE

The slice is much more than a defensive stroke. It can be used to control the pace of your opponents groundstrokes and turn the tide of a rally in your favor. Two of the most notable players that come to mind when thinking about the slice is Roger Federer (17 Grand Slam Singles titles) and…

Doubles Court Coverage

Cover 1/2 the Alley: Hitting a groundstroke down the line from a cross court ball is statistically the most common error in tennis. Simply put. It’s very hard to consistently hit the ball down the alley and past the net player. *Try hitting an aggressive ball down the line alley from a dead ball feed….

10 Doubles “Pocket Plans”

Here are 10 “Pocket Plans” you can copy and paste to your mobile notepad. In case things aren’t working, you can use these to mix things up and sway the match momentum back your way. Good Luck! “The Bully”. Take the dominant player out of the game by targeting their weaker partner. Going strong at the…

Forehand Fix 

Good forehand technique is all about the racket hand right? Wrong! Most club players pay little or no attention to their non racket hand when hitting forehands and it severely limits their progress in improving the stroke.  I’m going to use two key images of some of the best players in the world throughout this…

Doubles Formations

There are many different formations you can use to win doubles points and good players change their formations depending on what’s happening tactically in the match and what the score is. Most club players are very familiar with the standard one up, one back formation and may occasionally use the two back on return formation,…