Tennis Tips

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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The Best of Both Worlds: Hybrid Stringing

by Mandy Shephard on June 03, 2016

The Best of Both Worlds: Hybrid Stringing   I just had one of my 14u players demolish opponents in his first two matches of the USTA Georgia Level 1/Southern Level 3 Championships (translation: big regional level tournament).  In his 3rd match he blew through the #5 seed 6-3 in the first set...and then fell off a cliff.  Lost the 2nd set 6-0 and the match tiebreak 10-3.  The reason: increasing shoulder/arm pain from the 1st game of the 2nd set to the end.  After 24 hrs rest and some ice, he made it to 4-4 in the first set of..

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Passing Shot Solution: The Drop Volley

by Mandy Shephard on February 03, 2016

Passing Shot Solution: The Drop Volley   The ATP & WTA Tours first Grand Slam tournament of the year, the Australian Open, has completed its first week.  Among the 16 players left in each draw are some of the hardest hitting ground strokes ever to grace the game.  Players like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka,  and even that Federer guy, are fearsome off the ground.  However one trend in the first week has been to counter all this heavy hitting with a clever net attack known as the drop volley. Players are using this shot when they..

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