Monday, February 4, 2013

TENNIS TIPS FOR BEGINNERS: How to win a match.

THREE Easy pointers to help you win: Assuming you are playing opponents of roughly the same or just slightly more advanced than yourself, these tips will let you get the best out of your game.

1 Make sure you get your second serve in

This may seem obvious, but a lot of players still new to the game still find it hard to get their second serve in for a number of reasons.

Some players still try to hit the second serve hard and due to their inexperience and limitations fail miserably.

Cut back on your power (read: swingspeed) and try to hit higher over the net to give you more clearance over the net.

This is not hard, however, will you will need to practice this in training.

If you find this too hard, a simple under-arm serve will suffice.

This type of service is similar to hitting a forehand, however, instead of waiting for the ball to bounce your left hand will feed the ball.

The under-arm serve, though often debated, is allowed in the sport and was once used by Michael Chang at the 1989 French Open.

The under-arm serve is also a great 'surprise weapon' for more advanced players which we will discuss later.

2 Hit the ball deep

Hitting deep is key if you are to win a tennis match regardless of whether you are a beginner or a touring pro.

Hitting deep means hitting the ball to make it land closer to the baseline of you opponent to make it hard for them to hit an offensive shot which will allow them to win the point.

A shot (a groundstroke generally) that lands within the service box is considered to be short and can be put away easily by an opponent.

How to hit the ball deep? - Hitting the ball deep is not as hard as it is sometimes made out to be.

Aim to have your shot clear the net by roughly 1 meter and your will be safe in terms of depth.

If you are already able to hit the ball with topspin you can hit even higher than 1 meter as the spin will keep your shot from going out.

3 Dont think about winning too much!

The mental aspect of the game is often overlooked when it comes to beginners.

Do not pressure yourself to win too much. This will cause you to lose focus on what you are doing and can even cause your body to stiffen and make your shots, which are usually good in training, fail miserably.

Instead, just take each point at a time, Remember the 1st and 2nd tips above and just enjoy yourself. Victory will come.