Ground strokes

It is very important to maintain a good shape and structure to your ground strokes. Vary your target area and pace of each stroke, not allowing your opponent to get into a returning groove.

  • Early preparation is all important. Get the racket back to the start of the stroke before moving to the ball
  • Always hit the ball out in front of you. Hitting the ball along side of you makes a weak shot and can result in giving you Tennis Elbow
  • Hit through the ball and don’t stop the swing at contact with the ball but complete the follow-through
  • Hit the ball with good structure and minimum effort to achieve maximum results, not maximum effort for a minimum result
  • Don’t play a shot that is going to leave you out of position unless its an out right winner
  • Go for depth when hitting to a player on the base line. Hitting a short ball is an invitation for him to come to the net
  • Attempt to force your opponent to play a short ball by using depth, angles and power
  • When hitting forehands, get good shoulder rotation. Catching the racket over your shoulder with your non-hitting hand when completing the follow through can help
  • When hitting a single-handed backhand, hold the racket with both hands, only releasing the non-hitting hand at the start of the stroke. Unlike the forehand there should be no, or a very limited, rotation of the shoulders
  • When hitting double handed back-hands, rotate your shoulders until they are parallel with the base line, with both elbows pointing towards your opponent
  • After hitting the ball, return to a comfortable ready position getting both hands on your racket out in front of you, with the strings about waist height
  • When you have made a mistake, don’t just walk away, but try to visualise the correction