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Archive for April, 2009

High-Percentage Tennis Tactics Guidelines: Directionals

Monday, April 20th, 2009

In this High-Percentage Tennis video, high-percentage groundstrokes are identified based on ball crossing or not crossing your body and relationship of ball and player.
if an incoming ball is outside shot as defined by shots that cross body, the high percentage groundstroke is no change of direction (C.O.D) of ball.
if an incoming ball is inside shot as defined by shots that do not cross body, the high percentage groundstroke is change of direction of ball.
high percentage groundstroke change direction guideline:
outside = no C.O.D
inside = C.O.D
For a down-the-line groundstroke, the high percentage shot is to hit the ball perpendicular (90 degree) to baseline. The shot aiming to the sideline is low percentage shot.
For players with inside-out forehand as a weapon, the high percentage shot is no C.O.D on deep inside-out forehand, and C.O.D on short inside-out forehand.

Point Situations

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Here is an outline of the unfolding of a typical point as described on acecoach.com for situation training of Game-based Approach (GBA).
Initiation: starting a point with serve or return of serve,
Build: trading shots from the baseline,
Advantage: taking charge of the point and pressuring the opponent,
Finish: closing out the point,
Stay-in: surviving the attack of an opponent or turning the point around when the opponent is challenging.
How well you play in each situation will contribute to your final winning percentage.

Teaching Serve Pronation by Nick Bollettieri

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Nick Bolletieri demonstrates in this video how to practice serve pronation in a simple way. Some key points for practicing serves: continental grip, pronation as shown in the clip, practice pronation near the net, hitting up at contact, practice hitting up few yards from baseline.
Continental grip is an essential grip for the serve pronation because it allows forearm and wrist pronate freely. It has been shown that beginners can learn serves with this grip. In his book “Tennis Mastery” for teaching “Advanced Foundation”, tennisone.com senior editor David Smith recommends continental grip, “Advanced Foundation” for serves.

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