Coaching tennis technical and tactical skills by American Sport Education Program

By American Sport Education Program

A source for tennis coaches that covers training and comparing talents, targeting either the technical and tactical features of the sport, with tips for perceiving and solving blunders in athletes so as to aid them make applicable judgements in the course of a match.

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48 Follow-Through and Finish Point At a Glance There are many variations for the follow-through and finish point when applying topspin. Much is dictated by the angle of the racket path, the speed of the oncoming ball, and the type of shot. 24a, the racket begins a foot below the contact point and the hand finishes at eye level height with the racket above the hand on the follow-through. If the player has good acceleration through the contact point, the followthrough will likely finish with the hand continuing up and over the opposite shoulder.

The racket face with this grip is slightly closed at waist level and below, and perpendicular to the court on balls struck above the waist. Key Points The semi-Western grip is used in the following situations: • Forehands • High-bouncing foreh ands • Forehand groundstr okes with power Forehands The semi-Western grip works best for hitting forehands with moderate to heavy topspin. The player can hit the ball slightly later with this grip than with an Eastern forehand grip, and the hit is much stronger when the contact point is above waist level.

Several variations can be used, depending on which hand provides the most strength during the stroke. 19). The swing should look like a left-handed forehand, and the left hand should be in the stronger position. This will allow the player to hit strong two-handed backhands when the ball is in a comfortable hitting zone and a solid defensive shot when forced to reach and play the backhand with only one hand. The two-handed backhand grip allows players to drive the ball when the contact point is in a comfortable position.

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