To return effectively you need to avoid swinging in a steep angle. Instead a solid return swing will usually be fairly flat. Here is a good way to achieve this.
In order to return effectively you need to be able to perfectly time a ball coming at great speed towards you, and the only way to do it consistently is by eliminating any superfluous movement. Stay still for better returns!
A very common source of mistakes in tennis is failing to track the ball from the bounce to the racquet, and the speed of the serve makes it even more prevalent on the return. Next time you are on the court keep that in mind every time you return. Watch the ball to contact!
Tension is one of the main causes of unforced errors in tennis and the return is one of the strokes where players tense up the most. Improve your return by first recognizing tension and the eliminating it.
A great way to check if you are serving in balance is by checking the landing. If you are able to land on balance you where most likely balanced throughout the whole motion. Here is how to do this.
The proper use of the wrist is essential to develop an effective spin serve. Here is an exercise to help you understand how the wrist should move when spinning the serve. When practicing this exercise it is important to keep in mind that the wrist moves along the lateral axis (from right to left for right handed players) along with …
As beginners learning to serve with a forehand grip is easier because the motion does not require any pronation of the forearm. However, when changing to a Continental grip to improve the serve the player will need to learn to pronate the forearm and rotate the arm at the shoulder. Here is an exercise to help with the process.
Understanding what it means to spin the serve and how to make the ball rotate is not easy. Here is an easy way to experience spin on the serve – a great introduction to a spin serve.
A common mistake is to drop the elbow too low on the power position, which will lead to inconsistencies and loss of power. The video will clarify the ideal elbow position for an effective serve.
To block a return you will need to set the strings behind contact and push forwards with a little under spin. If you picture a volley you will be on the right track.