The 5 most important tennis strokes
- Serve – Perfecting the serve can be the key to winning the match. A proper grip, toss, and hit will make it very difficult for the opponent to return the shot. No other strokes will matter if your opponent can’t hit an effective return.
- Return (of serve) – Now that we know that the serve is the most important stroke, the next step would be to take away your opponent’s most crucial stroke (Their serve)! Be prepared, step into the return rather than stepping back. Be confident, avoid the Ace, and at least put yourself into a position to rally – which is where the next strokes come into place.
- Groundstroke – The groundstroke is a fundamental and will be the most common stroke during a match. Whether it is a forehand or backhand groundstroke, perfecting the most used stroke gives you a higher chance of competing and winning a rally.
- Volley – Hitting the volley before the ball bounces on the ground keeps your opponent on their toes. The main purpose of this quicker stroke is to limit the time your opponent has to react. The volley requires strong hand-eye coordination but creates a wide range of shot choices that are difficult to return. Even if your opponent hits a return, it tends to be a weak one.
- Approach Shot – The approach shot can be very effective offensively but can limit your space defensively. The ideal stroke will end up deep in the opponent’s court requiring them to hit a defensive shot, which you will be able to finish off with a volley.
Work and perfect all of these strokes to take your game to the next level.
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