Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by merlebo02, Mar 2, 2014.
what is the best way to improve consistent ball strike?
Can of worms alert!
It's (relatively) easy with flat shots but harder with topspin.
Try not to hit hard until you can control the power. Keep the body loose, feet well grounded, try to learn good techniques.
Learn the fundamentals.
That's too broad of a question. Posting a video would help
Move well. Setup early. Have good timing.
These things are relatively easy to do in a consistent rally down the middle. If the opponent is changing pace, spin and targets, then it is a much more difficult task.
To me, at least at my current average level it seems that in order:
a) Watch the ball and keep the eyes at contact point through the contact (seems to also relax me).
b) Split step, try to anticipate, stay as low as possible, in a rhythm ideally.
c) Focus on the process not on the outcome/score.
d) Have confidence (i.e. like Djokovic that your flat, deep shots will push the opponent back).
If the above fail, I try to revert to fundamentals, such as:
e) Do the C on the takeback + delayed arm etc.
f) Hit more through the ball, before coming over it.
g) Feel the racquet head speed as finishing around the body (or over the shoulder).
i) Make sure that the arm is relaxed, start with 70-80% power.
h) Use smart targets or hit some (hard) balls down the middle.
j) Use good balls (+ decent heavy raquet, strings etc).
k) Practice a lot, ideally with better partners.
l) Improve fitness, etc.
m) Read Inner game of tennis.
Aim to catch the ball in your right pocket
Keep your head still during your forward swing. Roger and Rafa are prime examples of this -- head still until the follow-thru with eyes glued to the contact point.
more of your focus should be on the contact point
Defend the contact point by moving quickly and accurately with proper footwork
Prepare early so you don't mistime the swing
Don't use a huge loopy takeback as this ruins timing
Swing no faster than you can control, or you'll never make good contact (learning to increase your swing speed so that you can control faster swing speeds is an important part of improving that no-one seems to discuss - but you must also practise at swing speeds you can control).
Focus on swinging solidly through the ball, even when hitting with lots of spin.
This is the hard part. Any tips on how to find a good balance of topspin and hitting through the ball appreciated!
Hit with enough topspin that you can hit your rally ball two to three feet above the net at full swing speed without playing it anywhere near a line. This is easier said than done though. It requires very good technique.
This is really hard to do... The top 1,000 guy I hit with said you could gauge it by how far forward you extend your arm when it is right in front of you. Haven't really experimented with this yet...
If you have the fundamentals down, he's right. I prefer the opposite cue for my own strokes, pull up and across the ball for more topspin and less so for flatter, but either cue works. Though without the fundamentals, there's really no way to do it consistently.
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