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Thursday, September 14, 2017

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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 everyone not wanting balls left on the court, some players 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. 
Do the opposite if the ball comes to your left side. 

4. Using a 12:00 to 10:00 stroke 
To hit the ball, raise your racket head over your head then bring the racket head toward the ground then bring it all the way to your opposite shoulder.
The method I'm preaching applies to your forehand and backhand; 
However, you'll have more control over your backhand and produce more line drives by using a long one-handed swing similar to drawing a U.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Maintaining aggressiveness and boldness
●  Keep being aggressive and going for your shots for the entire match. 
●  Maria Sharapova lost in the 4th round of the 2017 U.S. Open partly due to not continuing to take chances and go for her shots during the latter stages of the match.

8. How running with your racket in front of you makes a difference
If you're running forward for a ball that lands close to the net, you'll have more of a chance to catch the ball in time due to not having to thrust your racket head forward upon reaching the ball.
This technique is also handy when you must run laterally and the ball arrives toward your neck or higher.

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