Path, Angle & Speed (PAS)

You will hear tennis coaches talking about various things at any particular time and here’s a favourite of many; Path Angle and Speed. 
Any time you move your racquet in an attempt to hit a tennis ball you practice PAS whether you know it or not, so doesn’t it make sense to fully understand the implications

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The Primary Goal In Tennis

The Primary Goal in Tennis.

To defeat your enemy one must know him/her is an excellent old saying and let’s develop that thought further; we must be acutely aware of them in person and in mind as much as we can the whole time. Can we feel their direction of movement as we begin to set

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The Flight of the ball - Groundstoke preparation

The Flight of the Ball and how to use it in your groundstroke preparation. If you watch a ball leave a player’s racquet and fly down the court, notice how much time it takes to arrive there and bounce for the first time and contrast that with how little time there is then to the contact

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The Volley

The volley

Both the forehand and backhand volley are played with the same grip, the chopper grip.  Unlike the serve you should hold the racket firmer and it helps if you hold the racket slightly higher on the grip dependant on your wrist strength i.e. the less wrist strength the higher.  If you start in a

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The Serve

The serve

The grip

The grip for the serve is the chopper grip, also known as the hammer grip.  To find this grip, simply pinch the strings of the racket over the frame of the racket and slide your hand down the frame to the grip.   The grip tension should be light and be held more in

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Double Handed Backhand

The double handed backhand groundstroke

The grip

The grip on the double handed backhand is not as disciplined as the single handed, as you can use which ever grip feels comfortable as long as the hands do not have a gap between them and you do not hold the racket too tightly.

The swing/action

Turn your shoulders approximately 90

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The Backhand

The single handed backhand groundstroke  

The grip

As with the forehand we use the Eastern backhand grip.  This can be found by placing your racket under your non playing arm with the butt of the racket grip facing the net and the racket head pointing to the back fence and simply grab the racket handle with

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The forehand groundstroke

The Forehand groundstroke

The grip

The most conventional grip is called the Eastern forehand grip (shaking hands grip).  This can be effectively found by placing your playing hand flat on the strings and by sliding your hand down the side of the racket until you reach the grip or alternatively this can be found by placing the

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Doubles tactics – Part 3

Other useful doubles rules and tactics

● Vary direction and height of returns: Most returns will be cross court.  It’s the easiest return because it doesn’t involve changing the direction of the ball plus it’s over the lowest part of the net.  However, if players hit the same return every time, their opponents will soon pick

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Doubles tactics – Part 2

Server’s partner: 


Wrong:  Players in this position tend to stand too close to the net and tramlines. Traditionally, players were taught to stand a racket length and a step away from the net, leaving them very close to the net and vulnerable to the lob and with little reaction time to deal with fast shots.

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