Tips And Techniques For Tennis Players: Play Like A Pro! Passing Shots

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Tennis is one of the greatest individual sports there is. The simple game of lawn tennis has origins dating back hundreds of years, when the upper class played fully regaled in their finest outfits. It has grown into one of the most popular sports on the planet.

These days, it’s hard to find a good-sized public park without a tennis court. Because of this, it’s now easier for anyone to take up this sport. There are also many accessible programs aimed at bringing the sport to the masses, eroding the stigma of tennis being a “country club” sport.

It takes an excellent athlete to excel at tennis. Although learning the proper techniques of hitting the ball over a net is important, of course, if you are interested in playing like a professional, that’s not the only thing you should focus on.

Practice is always going to be important to improving your game. But by following these tips on nutrition, fitness, and movement training, you may very well bypass your competition and find yourself playing like a pro!

Passing Shots

Here are a few more tips to help improve your game and make you a better tennis player:

  • Dress for success
    Make sure you’re wearing the proper clothes for the conditions. Most of the time, you’ll be playing outside, and always on a bright sunny day.  Bring a change of T-shirt, and especially wear clothes made with breathable fibers, such as Clima-Cool or Dri-Fit. You’ll be more comfortable, and won’t lose your focus worrying about a sweaty shirt sticking to your back.
  • Stay protected
    Remember the sunscreen. Although this won’t directly affect your game while you’re playing, it will have an impact on your overall health. Firstly, a nasty sunburn can take you out of practice for a few days. Also, prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to skin diseases and skin cancer.
  • Keep your head in the game
    Bad calls happen to everyone. Whether it’s a critical point in the match, or it’s the middle of the first game of the first set, don’t let the umpire, the line judges, or your opponent get you down. No matter who made the call, try giving them the benefit of the doubt. Human error is a fact of life, and there’s no way that anyone – professional or otherwise – can get every call right. Let it go, and get back in the game.
  • Mix it up a bit
    Do you find yourself competing against the same person over and over again? Is it your best friend? Is it the luck of the draw at the country club? Don’t get caught up in this rut. Seeing the same competition over and over again will not help you get better. You may beat that person all the time, but are you learning his strengths and weaknesses, or memorizing his habits? That does nothing to improving your own game.  Play against a wide variety of opponents, especially ones who are better than you. As the expression goes, to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best.
  • Don’t give up
    No matter what shot comes at you, run down every shot hit over the net. You’ll be surprised at how many shots that you actually can track down, even ones you thought you had no shot at. Not only will it help you take control of your own game, but it will serve notice to your opponent that you should not be taken lightly.
  • Don’t play it safe on the second serve
    Don’t spend too much time thinking about your second serve percentage. What good is getting your second serve in all the time when your opponent knows what’s coming: An easy, safe shot, right for the picking. Don’t be afraid to crank up the power on the second serve to keep your opponent off balance.
  • One step at a time
    It’s impossible to improve your whole tennis game at the same time. Compartmentalize the areas in which you need to improve. Concentrate on one of those areas at a time and set a goal to perfect that problem area. Once you succeed at mastering it, move on to the next trouble spot.
  • Never stop learning
    Unless your name appears at the top of the ATP or the WTA standings, you’re probably not the best player in the world. Never miss an opportunity to learn from a better player, whether it’s your club professional, or a professional tour player giving pointers on television. Think of it this way: Even the best players in the world still have coaches.

Tennis is more than just hitting the ball over the net. Follow these tips and learn from these techniques, and you’ll find yourself playing like a pro in no time!

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