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A Free Lesson With: Novak Djokovic


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Why Is The Serve In Tennis So Difficult? One Main Reason...


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How To Find A Correct Forehand And Backhand Grip


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Tennis Sensor - Babolat PIQ Review






The PIQ sensor can be used with any racquet as you just wrap it around your wrist.
It weighs only 10 grams so you won't notice it at all.
One of the most interesting and cool features of the PIQ sensor is the ability to check the speed of your last shot just right there on the sensor after pressing the main button.
But of course there are many more stats about your game like:
- the number of shots you played and the total duration of your session
- break down of shots into strokes
- even more detailed break down for forehands and backhands showing you how many you hit flat, with topspin or with slice
- how many shots per minute you played

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Unfortunately, tennis coaches’ and online instructions on how to use your legs correctly to help you generate more power and spin for your forehands and backhands often boil down to “bend your knees.”

However, bending your knees is just half the answer, and, in my experience, it’s much better to focus on what you’re doing on the way up from the bent-knees position, as it’s this move that helps you add more power and spin to your groundstrokes.

This article presents mental images that you can visualize as you’re executing your strokes. They have proven to be very effective for my students.

What Usually Goes Wrong with the Legs on Ground Strokes

One of the most common mistakes tennis players make when they’re about to hit the ball is completely extending their legs too early.

This results in a split-second pause between the legs extending (which adds power and lift to your stroke) and the actual moment of hitting the ball.


Extending your legs fully before contact robs you of power and control

The pause between the work of the legs and the work of the arm means that the energy provided by the legs is wasted as it does not get transferred well to the upper body and into the arm.

The lifting of the legs that helps you to lift the ball over the net and add topspin is also wasted.

Ideally, your legs should still be extending as you make contact, as that’s when they will actually help with power, lift and spin.

The 75/25 Percent Image for More Power

The first mental image you can use to correct this mistake is the 75/25 percent image.

Imagine using 75 percent of your leg drive from your lowest position (knee bend) up to the contact point and leaving 25 percent of your leg drive for after contact.


Imagine the 75/25 ration while hitting a groundstroke

In other words, have something left in your legs after you make contact with the ball.

Don’t waste all the leg drive before contact!

The percentages 75/25 are just for a mental image and, of course, are not exact ratios, as these will depend on the type of incoming ball, how high it is, how much time you had to set up for the shot and so on.

However, try visualizing this combination of ratios and implementing it, and you will feel the benefit of your legs contributing to the power of your shots (this works for forehands and one- and two-handed backhands and backhand slices). You will also feel that yourbody is more connected as you’re hitting the ball and not as disjointed, as you may have felt before.

This adjusted leg drive move will also help you to lift the ball higher over the net and to improve your consistency.

The Spin-with-Your-Legs Image for More Topspin

The idea of the spin-with-your-legs image is very similar to the above, but you can do a little drill to help you to better visualize what you want to do when hitting a ground stroke.

This mental image will help you to add a bit more topspin to your shots, but mainly, it will help you to better coordinate the lower and upper parts of your body and, therefore, make your strokes more effortless.

Most players tend to imagine adding topspin to the ball with their wrist or forearm only, and when they are so focused on one part of the body, the other parts tend to disengage and not to contribute to the movement.


If you extend your legs too early they won’t contribute to spin

When this happens, the body, again, does not coordinate well, and you will be very inefficient in your movements and, therefore, play inconsistently.

The spin-with-your-legs image keeps you focused on the correct sequence of the necessary movements to hit a stroke and thus coordinates your body correctly.

Here’s a little drill that you can do to help you visualize what you need to do: Put your racquet at the contact point, drop feed the ball to yourself and then try to topspin the ball only by rising up with your legs and not moving your arms.


Spin the ball only by extending your legs

Of course, this is an exaggeration, but it will help you paint the picture of what to do when visualizing this move as you play.

Try spinning the ball a few times by using your legs only, as this will help you to feel the contribution that your legs should be making to your execution of your strokes.

Once you’ve done this a few times, go back to normal rallying, but imagine that you’re going to initiate the spin part of your stroke with your legs first. Then simply do the rest of your stroke as you’ve always done it.

You should “get it” very quickly and notice how this mental image of spinning with your legs helps you hit more consistent forehands and backhands.

Just one caveat: don’t try to apply this move literally as you play; if you try to play using this exaggerated drill, you’ll break down the fluidity of your stroke.

It’s just a visualization of the sequence of movements for your ground strokes, so it’scrucial that you maintain the fluidity of your stroke by applying this idea of spinning with your legs in a way that doesn’t break down your stroke.












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Do you know what the major difference is between a first serve and a second serve?


Εύκολο, το ένα είναι το ορεκτικό και το άλλο το κυρίως πιάτο...

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What Is The Correct Racket Head Orientation At Contact?

One of the most common misconceptions in tennis is that the racket head needs to be horizontal when we make contact with the ball.

Even if a coach never tells you (incorrectly, of course) that your racket head needs to be horizontal at contact, you just assume it.

And, as you’ll see, it’s an incorrect assumption.

Racket Orientations (Angles) For Low, Medium Height and High Balls

We hit most of the incoming balls between the hips and the shoulder height. In most of those situations, the racket is actually horizontal at contact.


The racket head is horizontal when hitting at around hip to shoulder height

We may then incorrectly assume that it also has to be horizontal when hitting low or high balls.

When players receive a low ball and they attempt to hit it with a horizontal racket orientation, they will tense up their wrist to keep the racket head level and will therefore lose the flexibility of the wrist.

In other words, you lose the ability to manipulate the racket head and therefore the ball with feel since your wrist is tight.

Instead, you should drop your wrist and the racket naturally more down so that it’s very comfortable to your wrist when you’re making contact.


Racket orientation / angle at low contact point

In fact, hitting low balls is the most comfortable for me personally as I simply swing down and allow my wrist to drop down,which means I get effortless acceleration with the help of gravity.

This applies to forehands and backhands, of course.

The exact same principles apply to high balls; you don’t have to struggle to keep the racket head horizontal when hitting a high ball – that’s quite uncomfortable for the wrist.

If you do, you will again tense up your wrist and possibly other muscles in your arm and lose the feel and control of the ball.

You can very naturally allow the racket head to be above the wrist and hit the ball that way.


Racket orientation / angle at high contact point

Yes, you will likely apply a bit of sidespin to the ball and not a pure topspin, but that’s fine as the ball will still have a predictable flight because of the amount of spin.

There is no law that says that a tennis ball can spin only around a horizontal axis.

I’ve shared much more on how to hit high balls in tennis before, so just follow the link if you want to learn more.

In summary, realize that you do not have to hit a tennis ball with a horizontal racket head orientation.

You can drop the racket head down when hitting low balls, and you can lift it up above the horizontal line when hitting high balls.


You’ll position your arm and wrist in much more stable and comfortable positions, and that will allow you to control the ball better.


Keep in mind that I do not want you to DO the drop or the lift of the racket head, I want you to ALLOW it.

If you have been trying to hit a ball at every height with a horizontal racket face, then you weren’t ALLOWING the racket to drop or come up to the ball.

You were controlling it too much with tightness.

If you now consciously and forcefully drop or lift the racket face, that won’t work either.

You just need to allow it by trying to be more comfortable when hitting low and high balls and giving yourself permission to hit the ball at any racket angle orientation that you want.

You’ll see that your forehands and backhands will become much easier.



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