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USPTA Pro online tennis tips

Started this discussion. Last reply by hofertennis Jun 22, 2009. 2 Replies

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Tennis Fan, Teaching Pro/ Coach, Racquet Stringer, Tennis Shop Owner
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Tennis Professional for 25 years. High School, College coach, City Tennis Director, Private Club Pro and Community Tennis Association Director.
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Michael Chang, Andre Agassi, Tommy Haas, James Blake
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My Racquet Journey

Posted on January 13, 2008 at 12:47am 0 Comments

I started playing tennis in 1970 with a no name brand aluminum racquet. The metal racquet back then were very poor quality. You could bend then with your bare hands, I'm surprised you could hit tennis balls with them. I went through about 3 of these aluminum racquets until my Junior year in High School. It was then that I got my first real tennis racquet, a Spalding Smasher aluminum racquet. My Senior year I got another racquet, a Head Master with the blue… Continue

Hitting on the Rise

Posted on January 3, 2008 at 10:40pm 2 Comments

Andre Agassi popularized a new and aggressive way to play tennis. He would stand close to the baseline and hit most balls as they rose from the bounce. We now call this “hitting on the rise”. The traditional method to hit groundstrokes was to let the ball bounce, reach it’s peak then strike the ball as it descended towards the ground. But Agassi’s incredible timing allowed…


Drop Shots

Posted on January 3, 2008 at 10:40pm 1 Comment

To hit a good drop shot one needs a good slice or underspin shot. A drop shot is really nothing more than an underspin shot that lands short or close to the net.

The continental grip is the best for both the forehand and backhand drop shots because it naturally tilts the strings open to lift the ball up. This allows the player to put…



Posted on January 3, 2008 at 10:39pm 0 Comments

Many tennis players have a misconception of achieving topspin on groundstrokes. I will try to clear the air in simple terms.

Topspin or overspin is when the ball is spinning over itself in the direction moving forward. Topspin can be achieved…



Posted on January 3, 2008 at 10:39pm 0 Comments

The key to hitting great volleys is all in the hands. The hands hold the racquet in a position to make the volley work.

The best grip for volleys is the Continental grip. This grip allows for the forehand and backhand volleys and overheads to be hit with the same grip. Not having to change the grip is critical for quick…


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At 4:21pm on November 20, 2011, Bill Patton said…


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At 2:11am on September 28, 2009, Reibin Amin said…

I am just looking to find friends who like tennis :)
also check my blog out and post a comment
At 1:07pm on September 9, 2009, Brandan Cloud said…
Hey Hofer!

Finally a group of people that play. I have recently just been playing on and off with one of my friends. This is exactl what I'm looking for. Whats your email address I couldn't find it anywhere. Thanks!
At 9:16pm on June 19, 2009, Mark / The Mayor said…
Coach, please join the Teaching Pros & Tennis Coaches group here in Tennisopolis to connect with other pros. I would like for all pros and coaches that are members to join this group to connect with other pros. Please click here to check it out and join.
At 9:47am on November 8, 2008, Mark / The Mayor said…
Hi Hofer, how's it going?

Just wanted to point you to a couple of fun groups that popped up.
My Racket, What's Yours?? is a place to show off your weapon of choice.
Prince Players, We Got Next set up by Prince, Inc.
Fans of Serena - obvious title, but I'm not joining. ;-)
To see a full list of the "internet-based" or "special interest" Groups that have been created over the last year, click here to check them out.
At 9:37pm on May 19, 2008, Mark / The Mayor said…
Hey Doug. Great job in the last Pick-em!
Just a heads up, we're going to do the French Open Pick-em contest, so get your brain working. You'll see the graphics on the main page soon-ish and keep an eye on this thread in the Forum. Good luck.
At 11:55pm on March 25, 2008, hofertennis said…
Thanks Mark, but I already did the Pick-em for the Tennisopolis team.
At 5:04pm on March 25, 2008, Mark / The Mayor said…
Hi Hofer, Do the Miami Tournament Pick-em contest. We need about 8 more entrants to qualify in the battle-of-the-boards. It makes following the tournament more fun. And will bring more eyeballs to Tennisopolis. Gotta sign up by late tonight. :-)
At 9:48am on March 1, 2008, Amy said…
Thank you so much for your help. I am heading off to the local tennis shop today to have the tape added. I am sure I'll be back with more questions in the future!
At 12:28am on March 1, 2008, hofertennis said…
The Wilson Nano Hope is a good racquet for beginners. I am not a big fan of large head, light weight , super stiff racquets. Keep the racquet add some lead tape. If you see my website then you know I sell and promote Dunlop racquets, but I don't think you need a new stick just some added weight.

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