Some of these tips are very common, and others may not be so, but they all cover essential aspects of the game that need to be mastered. During this series of articles, each of these tips will be analyzed, trying to explain and simplify them to be applied immediately.
See The Ball
This advice is by far the most used by coaches, yet players hardly use it. About 50% of mistakes during a game are attributed to players failing to look closely at the ball or averting their eyes right before it is played. Even in shots such as the transfer, scoop, and on-ball return to duty, the number of errors owing to this lack of focus is raised. Except at the highest standards of success, neglecting to concentrate on the ball during the stage before the touchpoint is always the most significant source of errors in a game. This is particularly valid while the pressure is on.
The First Mistake
The first thing a player does is move away from the goal by concentrating on the other team or the goal. We must be mindful that each stroke in tennis has its optimum point of touch, and if we cannot align our body to strike the ball at this point, our risk of error significantly increases.
What To Do For A Perfect Swing?
To have an excellent swing, you must have a perfect touchpoint and track the ball from when it leaves the other player’s racket until the point at which we collide with it. If we plan our movements, we will eventually hit our optimal touchpoint.
Presume when was the last time you had the time to imagine where the touchpoint is in operation. If you know or you don’t, because if you do, then you still remember the double flaws that do not leave you alone. As in the other shots, serving efficacy relies on an optimal touchpoint, which can only be achieved by watching the ball until the very end.
Tennis is built on the proper usage of powerful gestures. To land each strike, muscles must function in complete coordination, which means we must learn to recognize the muscles we may need and “isolate” the other muscles that do not support them. Competitive tennis is a perfect example of this principle implemented. Even though the pros reach incredible speeds in their shots, the game seems quick and fluid for them. They are highly effective, using the muscles that assist the stroke and fully releasing the others, thereby achieving the maximum effect with the least effort.
Use Muscle Force
As a general rule, tennis players use too much muscle force when hitting the shot and use muscles that don’t contribute to the stroke. A clear indication is a way we carry the racket much of the time. Ideally, we should agree that our job is to help and inspire, not to force.
The Final Tip: Over Clenching
Over clenching the fist impedes arm joint mobility and exercises excessive muscles. The racket can be handled as lightly as possible without sacrificing power; an apt analogy assumes the racket to be a pigeon. If we use too much force, we’ll destroy the target, and if we use too little, the target will escape.