Improve in 30 Seconds. Lesson #1 – Hit the Ball Earlier

Without wasting any time, let’s get to it

Step 1: Quickly recognize that your opponent hit a short ball. If you take too long to do so, you’ll probably be late.

Step 2: Don’t try to take the ball too early. Some people rush to take the ball earlier and they end up taking their own time away, resulting in a poor execution.

Step 3: Early and shorter take back and turn of the body

Step 4: Have a solid base. Do not hit running. Make sure you stop and create a good base before making contact -Step 5: push the ground but don’t jump. Using the ground gives you stability as you make contact -Step 6: during and after contact, make sure your body is moving towards the part of the court you want to hit the ball.

Extra tip: you DON’T NEED to hit harder. You either hit the ball harder or you take time away (unless your name is Roger Federer). Here you chose to take time away so pick a big target and go for it. 

Do you like the short lesson format? Let us know in the comments. Now go practice!

Karue Sell

I’ve had some pretty cool experiences during my tennis career. I’ve reached the semifinals of the Orange Bowl U16 and as a junior, I ranked as high as #33 in the world. I have had wins over Dominic Thiem, Kyle Edmund, and Hugo Dellien (not sure how well I would do against them today, though). One of the coolest things I’ve done while playing was reaching the finals of the NCAA’s with UCLA, so I’m a great supporter of college tennis. I’ve won 3 futures since graduating, and I broke the top 400 on the ATP rankings. And most importantly, I have been to Pete Sampras’ house.

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