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ASPIRE to be the BEST that you can be
Grips are very important as this determines:
1) How you are going to hit the ball and make the trajectory be topspin, flat or slice.
2) This all so has an affect on foot work: open stance, closed stance or somewhere in between.
3) Finally the tactics employed in a game.
GRIPS for RIGHT HANDED PLAYERS:
Ground strokes are a winging action.
Using the grip of your choice. When you take the racket back, the racket must describe the letter “C” or “O” in the air.
1) From the ready position with both hands on the racket, turn your shoulders to your right taking the racket half way back (top of the “C” or “O”) before the ball reaches the net. You should find that your right foot moves first to the right automatically, “with the racket” back swing.
2) As you take the racket back the rest of the way, release your left hand to point at the ball (the racket describes the rest of the “C” or “O”). This action creates “the hitting zone”, an area diagonally to the right and about three feet in front of you.
3) The bottom of the racket handle should be facing to the net. This allows you to “snap” your wrist and hand forwards as you complete the “C” or “O” hitting action.
4) When the ball bounces up, watching the ball onto the strings of the racket, swing the racket forwards, through the hitting area as far forward as possible and continue the swing up and over your left shoulder, with your palm facing away from your head. This is called the follow through.
5) You must always make room between your body and the ball, to swing the racket. You should also always keep watching the ball from your opponents racket onto the strings of your racket. KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE BALL.
Keep your feet moving at all times. See page on MOVEMENT/DRILLS.