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Tennis success requires using the proper techniques. Below are steps to becoming a great tennis player.

1. Hitting once or twice a week in the regular season will keep your arm warm and help you stay sharp. 
Hit balls over the net then off the backboard if nobody else is around.

2. Besides all players not wanting balls left on the court, many want the ball to come back past the server's line.

Swing as hard as it takes to hit the ball between that line and the baseline. 

3. Before your opponent hits the ball, stand with your knees bent and your feet parallel to each other. 
If the ball comes to your right side, turn around with your left foot out in front and your right foot many inches behind it then hit the ball after it drops or while it's in the air. 
Do the opposite if the ball comes to your left side. 

4. Using a 12:00 to 10:00 forehand stroke 
To hit the ball once it's in front of you and the elbow of your hitting arm is pressed against your body just over your hip, come up the front side of the ball with your racket head then bring it all the way to your opposite shoulder - using this method will make you better overall. Hitting with your elbow so close to your body enables you to stay balanced and put more power into your shots, just like the pros.

5. Using upside-down rainbow motion for the backhand

Use a long one-handed swing similar to drawing a U to hit the ball on your backhand side while having your hitting elbow pressed against your waist.

6. Staying sharp on all of your shots & other skills
Work on everything to avoid going stale.
Even if you don't play many games, it helps to practice hitting slices, spin balls and other shots at least once per year.  
Don't worry about practicing your serve with your partner - after all, it's not uncommon for some players to work on their serves when hitting for practice with others.

7. How body weight is crucial to serving 
Simply standing upright won't likely help your serve.
A key component to serve success is leaning forward in order to put more of your body weight into your serve.
Even if you don't prefer to do it in general, leave the option of using a jump serve in which you jump a few feet off the court to hit the ball into the server's box on the table - this can come in handy on any given day.

8. How to serve with power 
The video above demonstrates how to serve with enormous power. 
Although I have a long way to go, I bend my knees with my racket head over my head then put as much shoulder and wrist as possible into the serve. 

9. How to baffle with your serve 
Put different spins, speeds and movement on the ball.
If you have different methods, vary the times you use them.

10. Hitting the ball with spin
Employing this technique on either racket side can make the ball change directions.
It can also be a powerful weapon for your backhand to foil an opponent who likes to rush the net after retrieving a routine shot and always executes.
●  One way to put spin on the ball is to come under the ball in a u-shaped motion then turn over your wrist with your palm facing forward or toward the ground in its final position as you finish the stroke.
Another way to produce good spin is to come up the side of the ball then sharply flip your wrist upward as though you were waving someone away.

11. Deciding if it's better to hit a lob when opponent rushes the net
●  Hitting a successful lob is difficult.
Although it may generally be better to hit a spin ball when opponents charge the net, you may have to lob the ball if your opponent hits the ball close to the ground and with spin on it, making you likely to hit the ball into the net.
If you choose to lob, get your racket head under the ball then lift your racket head high and fast.

12. How to play the ball when you're at the net
I see some players (even experienced ones) do too much at the net.  
When you're standing that close to the net, all you have to do is gently drop the ball down the closest line.

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