One of the best ways to gain control of a point in progress is accomplished by gaining control of the ball and the direction you want it to go. And although all of the great players in tennis history have learned the importance of quick feet, they have also learned that once they reach the ball it is equally important to use the correct swing to direct the ball with control.
A quick feet, slow racquet rule of thumb should be used to help develop smoother flowing strokes once your strides line you up correctly for the shot. Players with slow or sluggish feet will, in all probability, always struggle with control of the ball. They will continue to “whip” or “flick” at the ball in an attempt to return it since their feet haven’t properly set them up for a comfortable hit. If they would only hasten their footwork, they would soon discover that it would be much easier to control the ball by taking a slower swing – thus, controlling the point.
Bring Your Racquet: Tennis Basics for Kids
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