The Shoulder Level Shot

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The shoulder level shot is used to attack a high ball from the opponent. The idea is to hit it hard and with little topspin. Technically, the player will prepare high, setting the racquet at the shoulder level. From there the racquet will come around hitting through the ball with little spin. Ideally, the contact point should be between chest …

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The Off the Bounce Shot

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Sometimes during a point you will be forced into a situation where you do not have time to back up and will have to take the ball right off the bounce. In these situations the most important thing is to shorten your backswing as much as possible, stay low and stable and catch the ball in front of the body.

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The Dipping Shot

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The dipping shot is hit with a great deal of topspin, low over the net and short. It is used for passing shots, angles, and approach shots. In order to hit a solid dipping shot you need to accelerate the racquet head with the forearm and use a very short follow through.

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Allow your Body to Rotate Better by Stepping into the Shot Correctly

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A good footwork is the base of any stroke. A common mistake on groundstrokes, is stepping forwards with the foot parallel to the net. This will make it very difficult for the hips to rotate properly. In order to allow the body to work efficiently a correct foot position is essential. Here is what you should do.

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The Best Grip for a Two-handed Backhand

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A solid stroke starts with a strong grip. Without an effective grip, the swing will suffer. I this video you will learn how to hold the racquet to hit a strong two handed backhand.

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Use Figure 8 Swings to Understand How to Swing More Efficiently

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Many players tend to force the racquet instead of swinging it. Here is a great exercise using figure 8 swings to help you understand the concept of swinging vs pushing.

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Point to your Target for a Better Two-Handed Backhand

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In order to hit a strong two-handed backhand, the racquet head needs to stay behind the ball longer. Bringing the racquet-head up too quickly will generate more spin but less power.

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Learn to Generate more Topspin on your Two-Handed Backhand

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The forearm and wrist of the non dominant arm are responsible for accelerating the racquet head to generate topspin. Use your non-dominant arm as if you where hitting a forehand. Learn how to do this effectively to hit a heavier ball.

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Keep your Shoulders Level on your Two-Handed Backhand

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It is important to keep your shoulders level on your groundstrokes. Your shoulders should remain parallel to the ground and your body should rotate without dipping forwards or backwards to guarantee a more consistent contact point. This problem is frequently found on two handed backhands as players tend to lean forwards on low balls instead of bending their knees.

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