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How To Play Tennis From Start To Finish

Jan 29, 2008
When tennis balls start flying your way in the game of tennis you are going to want to know not only what to do with them but how to do whatever you are going to do the best that it can be done. That would be to hit the balls. As fast as that ball enters your court by the hand of your opponent is just as fast as you want to return it. This is how you win the game.

It doesn't matter if you are a player or a coach but what does matter is making sure that you know each and every option that is open to you and exactly when to execute them. In tennis there are basically eight different possible shots to keep the ball in motion. This along with the way that you move your body tells the difference between a victory and a loss. Basically there are some basic guidelines that you will want to follow before you even begin the game of tennis. First, you can not just stand there you do have to have a stance that allows you to be ready when that ball comes charging at you.

If you watch a pro tennis match on TV you will see that the players usually have their legs about a hips width apart and are also bent at the knees. You need to keep a constant focus on that ball and where it is and where it is headed at all times. You will notice that most professionals also keep both hands on the tennis racquet to ensure a better grip. It also makes it easier to switch hands real quick when necessary.

Players need to learn techniques to control the ball so that it can be applied in a different way if needed. These are handy little tricks that can be learned as players advance in their knowledge in the game of tennis. Once the serve has left the hand of the server everything now rests on the opponent and how he/she will play this serve. There are various strokes that are used and now the decision rests with the opponent as to which stroke they will use. There is what is called a forehand stroke which is where the racquet moves completely from one side of the body to the other in an attempt to hit the ball. This is a very common stroke. There is a backhand stroke which is the exact opposite direction of the same move. These are the two basic strokes that you will want to mainly use.

There is also what is called a "volley" which is when you are able to hit the tennis ball back at the opponent before it ever touches the ground. Actually there are several different strokes that are used depending on the serve but they often require practice and more practice and also confidence.
If you want to get some practice it is a good idea to practice swings off of a wall while you are standing back. Just keep hitting the ball and when it rebounds, practice different strokes. You will be a pro in no time.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living with his 18 year old son in Jensen Beach, Florida. Find more about tennis as well as tennis gear at http://www.nsearch.com
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