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July 28, 2015

The topspin volley is a very useful shot to have in your arsenal.  The technique is very similar to a shoulder level topspin shot.  The only difference is that you are catching the ball in the air.  The time to use this shot is after you hit a powerful groundstroke tha...

June 26, 2015

Learning to slide on clay is one of the most important skills you can have to play better on that surface.  Tennis is all about balance and efficiency, and on clay sliding will help both of these aspects.  Sliding correctly will keep you balanced while hitting and will...

June 15, 2015

The drop volley is a useful tool at the net, allowing you to finish the point with short volleys from positions where it is not possible to hit with power. The key to the shot is to have the ability to take the speed of the opponent's shot and reduce it so that the bal...

June 9, 2015

The scissor kick overhead is a must-have shot in order to attack deep lobs effectively.  The easiest way to improve this shot is by thinking of pushing off with the back leg at the same time as you swing. The jump will stop your momentum moving back and will help you a...

December 5, 2014

A little backspin will help you add control to your volleys.  However, do not try to slice or cut the shot.  Ideally you want to set the racquet behind the incoming ball and open the racquet-head slightly.  Then just lead with the lower edge of the frame and hit straig...

July 31, 2014

A half volley is an important shot in tennis.  It is an essential tool for every successful net player.  Here are some ides on how to hit this shot better:

1) Get low!  Bend your knees and lower the racquet head.

2) Set the strings behind the ball.  Use a very short...

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