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The Frame

In older times the ball was addressed squarely with the strings.

In modern tennis you approach the ball with the racquet’s frame, the upper edge,…


Added by Oscar Wegner on September 25, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

2-step Process for Returning Serve Effectively

Your weak return of serve is costing you matches.…


Added by Mark / The Mayor on April 26, 2013 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

Pat Rafter Teaches You to Fix Your Toss

Do you struggle with your toss?  If the answer is yes, then you’re not alone.  I'd say roughly 3/4 of Tennisopolis members do.

In Pat Rafter's second free video lesson, he shares a story about his struggle to develop a consistent & reliable toss.  He also tells us how he solved the problem, confused his own dad, and the rest is history - winning the US Open twice.…


Added by Mark / The Mayor on April 24, 2013 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Pat Rafter Teaches You the Kick Serve

How to Hit a Kicker...

and why it is the Best Serve at the Recreational Level…


Added by Mark / The Mayor on April 18, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Players and Coaches: There are two games going on out there...

One is - what 99% of the people that hold a racket play. That one is to try and hit the ball over the net. The other is what most pros and some college players are capable of, and that is utilizing the entire body and playing an effortless, precise, powerful and "natural" looking game. It's time for all of us to elevate our teaching and playing and get more players in that second category. Everyone can play the game utilizing their entire body to stroke the ball - on all strokes! Help…


Added by Jack W. Broudy on May 27, 2012 at 9:47am — No Comments

Tennis Parents Beware

Tennis-Parents Beware

When I was teaching in a club atmosphere I controlled the development of my students on a weekly basis, now teaching at a resort I don’t have that luxury, but the weather is great. Most of our patrons are here for long periods of time or back two to three times a year, so I do have input.

My concern is primarily with the juniors. I can’t tell you how many kids I work with have a solid baseline game but no clue how to hit a formidable serve, not to mention…


Added by Bill Longua on May 18, 2012 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

How to become a great server

This is a follow up, to my post on how to become a great returner. Most recreational players are enamored with the speed of fast serves. And I'll agree, it's fun to swing away on the first serve. But in terms of importance, it's consistency, placement and then power. Keep it in this order. Because you can't have a good serve without consistency.

I equate consistency with topspin. When you hit with topspin you are adding safety to your shot. With this in mind, it makes sense…


Added by Alex Daniels on May 13, 2012 at 3:04am — 4 Comments

Check out my homemade video of me at the fast serve contest, I just posted it

So..I'm not a video editor or anything, but I had some video of me at the Legg Mason 2010 Singha fast serve contest last year. I was kinda reminiscing about how crazy that entire day was, but I ended up using the video to make a little movie on the movie maker on the computer. I had originally made a longer video and saved it, but somehow it got messed up and I had to start from scratch again.…


Added by Diana Martin on April 30, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

How to Develop Bone Crushing Serves.


There are many different muscles that contribute to the velocity and power of your Tennis Serve. And not only does each muscle deserve specific attention, but as a whole the muscles should be trained in a way that together they produce power that begins in your toes and is transferred up your body and out to the ball.

Below is an image that displays specific pivot points during your serving motion and is labeled as each of the main muscle groups are activated in…


Added by Todd Scott on January 26, 2011 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Target Your Tennis Serve

Placing your serve is critical in doubles. If you are hitting short weak serves or serves to your opponent's strong side, you leave your partner vulnerable to attack at the net or you allow your opponent to control the points off the return.

You can remedy this by choosing a target and working on keeping your serve deep in the service box (except for the wide serve which should be placed shorter in the box). You will begin to control and win more points if you have good placement of… Continue

Added by Kim on October 5, 2010 at 6:59am — No Comments

Compiled Analysis of Videos: Groundstrokes, Serve, and Putaway of a Tennis Superman

This dude tore through the draw at the Pattaya Open, one of the biggest tournaments in Thailand. His ability to hit shots was remarkable.

Big Power from a Wrist Snap

Superman DUNK Putaway I saw this and went WOW...…


Added by Gary Sakuma on January 8, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

How To Break the Serve and Volleyer step two

Added by Gary Sakuma on November 18, 2009 at 9:58pm — 4 Comments

How to hit the Backhand Slam

Added by Gary Sakuma on November 13, 2009 at 11:32am — No Comments

Serve and Volley: Serve the Middle, Finish in Two

Added by Gary Sakuma on November 8, 2009 at 9:02pm — No Comments

The Second Shot in the Serve and Volley Play

Added by Gary Sakuma on October 27, 2009 at 8:13pm — No Comments

Tennis Lesson: Doubles First and Second Shots

First Shot at the Net

Second Shot in… Continue

Added by Gary Sakuma on October 1, 2009 at 7:48am — No Comments

Add Height to your Serve

Jumping into your serve is a… Continue

Added by Gary Sakuma on September 21, 2009 at 12:20am — No Comments

SloMo: Shuai Peng's serve

I love this serve because Shuai is about 5 feet 4 inches tall, but her serve is… Continue

Added by Gary Sakuma on September 19, 2009 at 11:56pm — No Comments

One On One Doubles -- New Singles Game Concept

I attended the USTA Tennis Block Party on Saturday at the HCC Campus in Tampa, Florida. One of the events at the block party was One on One Doubles..... this is a new concept in singles play that is highly competitve, fast paced and a great workout!

Basically you play a cross court singles match using the doubles court. Serve and volley or you lose the point! (Good volley work for baseliners like me!) The founder, Ed Krass, is a Blues aficionado and pumps out the tunes during… Continue

Added by Chrisje on May 12, 2008 at 8:33am — No Comments

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