Tennis Swing Tips


  • Two Handed Backhand:

If you have two handed backhand, ask the following question. Which hand does the swing for me? Is it the dominant hand or the non dominant hand? The correct answer is the non dominant hand. So, if you are right handed, your left hand does the swing for you and your right hand controls and helps to stabilize the racket. A great exercise to improve your two handed backhand is to actually practicing to hit a left handed forehand. Once you get the hang of it, you can now hold the racket with two hands. This time, only place your first three fingers of your right hand lightly on the grip and have the left hand hold the racket. Repeat the left handed forehand exercise with this grip configuration. By having the three fingers of the right hand lightly on the grip, you will get much better support. Eventually you will hold the racket with both hands on the grip, but always remember, the left hand does the swing for you.

  • Watching the Ball:

We often hear it and say it so many times. “Watch the ball.” We often take that phrase for granted. We all think we know how to watch the ball. How tough can it be to watch the ball? Instead, next time you are out on the court try to track the ball instead of trying to watch the ball. Track the ball as it leaves your racket. Track it as it bounces on the other side and as it leaves your opponent’s racket. Try to even see what sort of spin or if you can even pick up any writing (brand name) on the ball as it approaches back to you. Most likely you won’t be able to see the writing on the ball at a fast pace rally, but before you know it your eyes will be on the ball

  • Hit Through the Ball:

Do you have trouble with your follow through? Is your follow through too short? Are your shots constantly landing short? Try to hit through the contact point and reach out towards your target with your follow through before coming across the body. The following drill will help you achieve that. Stand on top of one of the singles side line while facing the net and practice your swing without the ball. Do the practice swing so that your follow through is moving in the same direction of the singles sideline towards the net. Make sure that your hitting hand is extended as far forward towards the net as you can before going across your body. Do this several times, and try to do the same follow through while hitting the ball.

  • Compact Swing on Volleys:

Do you have trouble with your follow through? Is your follow through too short? Are your shots constantly landing short? Try to hit through the contact point and reach out towards your target with your follow through before coming across the body. The following drill will help you achieve that. Stand on top of one of the singles side line while facing the net and practice your swing without the ball. Do the practice swing so that your follow through is moving in the same direction of the singles sideline towards the net. Make sure that your hitting hand is extended as far forward towards the net as you can before going across your body. Do this several times, and try to do the same follow through while hitting the ball.