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…

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,…

Clay Court Depth + Positioning

The WTA and ATP tours are well into the swing of the clay court season and its during this time of the year that the points get longer, tougher and more strategic.  Your position on court matters! And what matters most to court positioning is depth of stroke.    Depth is essential to success in…

Back to Back 

Biggest weapon in tennis? The 1st serve. Second biggest weapon in tennis? The forehand. Using them back to back is a deadly tactic implemented by the best players in the world to take control of the point early on their own serve.    I spent some time out at Indian Wells this year and took…

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…

Seeing Doubles

Vision and anticipation in doubles Theres probably nothing we take for granted more as athletes than our vision. Good players have good vision and anticipation but great players have great vision and anticipation. The average player should work on how they anticipate each shot coming and really improve overall the way they construct and finish points….