Back to Back Issues Page Newsletter---Stroke Flexibility
March 30, 2014
Dear tennis friends,

It has been a few weeks since the last newsletter. I went to Perth for a one week holiday and it was an excellent trip! I hope I can go back some other days.

In today's newsletter, I have some useful tips to share with all of you and I think they will tremendously help you in your tennis

I feel that there is need to teach tennis players how to be flexible in their tennis strokes. What I meant is not the muscle flexibility but rather the flexibility to adjust their strokes according to the situation.

When we teach people how to play tennis, most of us will be teaching the textbook style of groundstroke, i.e. take back, contact, follow through... and we want them to execute the sequence for every shot.

Ideally that will be the case if they are able to move to the correct position and judge the ball correctly to execute the stroke. However, every ball that is coming to the player is different! We cannot execute the textbook style for every situation and teaching players how to adjust is crucial for them to achieve more success in playing.

Below are some examples:

Situation No 1: Ball coming fast and close to your feet

Adjustment: shorten the back swing and block the ball towards your opponent

Situation No 2: High ball coming towards you

Adjustment: be prepared to contact the ball above the shoulder and hit the ball higher to clear the net. The follow through will be higher than usual

Situation No 3: You encountered a drop shot and you are scrambling to hit the ball

Adjustment: Shorten the back swing and quickly try to lift the ball above the net. No follow through is needed. Remember, you are already in a scrambling position, staying alive in the point is more important.

As a general guideline, the further away you are from the net, the longer the swing path. The nearer you are to the net, the shorter the swing path.

I hope you find these tips useful. If you have feedback or comments, feel free to share with me.

Committed to your tennis success,



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