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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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue