Second Serve Location: Body Jam

2nd serve Win % is one of the major indicators of success in a tennis match. In recent times we have been seeing second serve average speeds from players like Nick Kyrgios and Dani Medvedev that are close to matching their first serve averages. Using this as a mix-up strategy to keep their opponents off…

G.O.A.T 2 handed Backhands: 3 elite set up commonalities

There are many ways to hit a 2 handed backhand, and there have been many great 2 handers both currently on tour and in years past. While their grip, stances, contact and follow through may differ slightly, (and that’s what makes them different and unique) there are certain fundamental commonalities between them that you can…

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…

12 Doubles Strategies that will change your game

Attack the Middle of the Court Hitting the ball through the middle of the court in doubles does quite a few things to hinder your opponent. It creates confusion as to which player will take the ball, it dramatically reduces the angle the opponent has to return the ball and it gives you the highest…

Big elbow BIG FOREHAND

There are many factors that contribute to having a big forehand. Court positioning (footwork), stance, grip, racket head speed, topspin levels, leg drive and rotation. All of which can vary greatly between professional players. There is however one very important technical commonality between all big forehands and it comes down to a slight tweak in your…

Top 10 tennis shots you must have

Having these shots in your tennis toolbox will allow you to use many different strategies to use against your opponents in both singles and doubles.

Improve your ball placement

Good tennis players use depth, angles and spins to take their opponents out of their comfort zones. All of which require a certain level of accuracy. Every club player loves to crush a short forehand or overhead, but the reality is that most shots at this level require greater control than power to end the…

Tennis tips from the big 4

Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic has the epitome of perfect set up and finish technique on both his forehand and two handed backhand. Its textbook. His preparation is early and he uses his shoulders to complete his unit turn, his contact is in front of his body and he finishes his strokes with complete rotation of…

Fail to plan and plan to fail.

In my last article I wrote about the top ten things a tennis player should have in their tennis bag. Preparing your equipment is only part of a great players preparation however. I have found in my experience that the best players also prepare themselves mentally and strategically for their matches. They visualize their opponents,…

How elite players build points

  Both elite players and club players understand the importance of planning for their matches. Scheduling practices, fitness sessions, coaching sessions, equipment and pre match warm-ups are the obvious parts of tournament/match preparation. But what often separates club players from reaching the next level is the way they play their points. Watch the top players…

Volley like Pat Rafter

Pat Rafter was one of the greatest serve and volley athletes in history. A vicious kick serve and a crushing net game took him No.1 in the world and back to back US.Open Championships. So what can the average club player learn from Rafter? Providing you have solid technique and the right grip (continental), you…

Developing Great Competitors

Tennis is an individual sport. This is one of the reasons this game is so great. You own your own game, you are responsible for your wins and losses and this is very rewarding for those who have made sacrifices for their game. It is also the reason that losses are so hard to take…