4 Small Ways to Improve Your Tennis Game

Small, simple tips can sometimes make the biggest difference in your tennis game. 

There are numerous ways to improve your tennis game. Here are four small fixes you can make today that will have an immediate, positive impact on your game.

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Talk to Your Doubles Partner

Communication is a must, no matter what level of play you are. For example, if you're having trouble returning your opponent's first serve tell your teammate to move back to the service line or even the baseline with you.

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The Bryan brothers, the best doubles team ever, talk to each other after every single point and they make continuous adjustments.

Don't Fear Big Hitters

You must first make two decisions against big hitters:

  • Can you outhit them? If yes, then you can go toe-to-toe against them and seek out a weakness
  • If you cannot outhit them, you must accept it and do all sorts of variations with your shots including chops, drop shots, slices and heavy spins.

Change Up Your Serve

Outstanding baseball pitchers never pitch at only the same speed, they will mix up their pitches.

 The majority of players think the first serve should be power and the second should be spin. That might be true. But you can mix it up even more.

The first serve must be controlled power and go in 70 percent of the time. The second serve should have more spin. It should also be aggressive.

Consider other serving options such as a sliding-out wide slice to the deuce side that focuses on placement, not power.

How to Handle the Short Ball

So many players feel they must go for an outright winner instead of going for safety when they receive a short ball. But there are other options that can be just as successful.

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  • Drop shots: If you mix up what you do with the short ball it will make it difficult for your opponent to guess what you'll do next
  • Angle shots can be effective, especially if the opponent is deep behind the baseline.
  • Finally, try to follow the short balls and go to the net after you hit your shot.

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