Tennis Tips

Consistent Tennis is Good; Consistent Offense is Better!

by Mandy Shephard on August 11, 2017

Any tennis player who's either taken lessons, or done some off court learning, has heard this phrase (and countless variations of it) from a multitude of coaches in every form of media: be consistent! This is good advice to take. Just following that one phrase alone has taken players to the professional level...but there's a better way to get better at tennis. For tennis players of all levels to advance their games in the most efficient way, following the example of Roger Federer's 2017 Wimbledon victory will lead them not to just be consistent, but rather consistently play offense! I attend..

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Hard Court Tactics: Watch Out For the Drop Shot

by Mandy Shephard on September 01, 2016

Hard Court Tactics: Watch Out For the Drop Shot   The tennis being played at the US Open over the next two weeks is regarded as the fastest tennis of the year.  The court surface and the typically hot and humid air combine to make the ball rocket through the court.  Because of these conditions, you'll see plenty of off-the-charts hard hitting from all parts of the court.  One tactic to watch for that is often the difference is the drop shot.   With all the rocket serves, and atomic groundstrokes being launched every point, the receivers of these devastating..

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Forehand Slice Groundstroke: Fast Court Defense

by Mandy Shephard on September 01, 2016

Forehand Slice Groundstroke: Fast Court Defense   When you hear the term “forehand slice groundstroke,” visions of old time players chipping away on grass courts come to mind.  However, this shot is being used in almost every match at this year's US Open.  ATP & WTA Tennis matches on the hard courts of Flushing Meadow, NY is considered very fast conditions.  With all that offense being unleashed, someone has to play some defense.  That's where the forehand slice comes in.  It's a necessary defensive shot when the incoming attack gets too fast for a backswing.  Here's what it looks like:..

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Tennis Footwork: Cross Over or Shuffle? Yes!

by Mandy Shephard on August 01, 2016

Tennis Footwork: Cross Over or Shuffle? Yes!   It's one of the most repeated pieces of advice I hear parents who are practicing with their junior players say: “lots of little steps!” Another version of this is “shuffle step to the ball!” It's certainly well intended advice.  How can you really fault the idea of keeping the feet moving? However even at the youngest junior levels of tournament play (8u and 10u), this advice isn't what the player really needs.  Here's the footwork pattern ATP & WTA Pros use: long steps to move long distance, short steps to cover short..

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Jumping Groundstrokes: Not All Hot Dog

by Mandy Shephard on August 01, 2016

Jumping Groundstrokes: Not All Hot Dog   When the ATP and WTA Tours hit the North American summer, the action takes place on fast hard courts.  Because of the hot conditions, the ball moves through the air even faster.  A premium will be placed on the ability to hit through the ball with just enough topspin to keep the ball in the court.  A great way to get in position to make this type of hit is to get airborne!   The shot is typically known as a jumping groundstroke.  On TV, it might look like the Pros hitting the..

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Don't Follow Through On Groundstrokes For More Topspin

by Mandy Shephard on July 06, 2016

Don't Follow Through On Groundstrokes For More Topspin It's an age old adage used by Tennis Instructors world wide: follow through on your groundstrokes and that will help you get more topspin.  The ATP and WTA Pros who are firing rockets at each other on the slick lawns of Wimbledon this week are most certainly following through on most of their shots and they do produce a ton of topspin on many of them.  While following through on groundstrokes is a positive motion that keeps the hitting shoulder healthy, it doesn't produce any spin.  For more spin production, use the..

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