The goal is obviously to win when you are playing tennis, after all who really steps out onto the court with the goal of losing a match? If you are like most typical players you need all the help you can get to win some games because you may find yourself up against a player who seems to cream you the split second you serve the ball and has you feeling as if there is no way possible for you to really stand a chance at winning. Yet a few strategies can help you really ensure that you can win, but they all involve paying attention to your opponent so it will require you to watch your opponent and study how they play.
Your first step is obviously going to be serving the ball successfully. If you cannot serve the ball successfully you are going to start out continuously behind and find the entire process rather frustrating. However, if you are able to serve the ball successfully you will be starting off on a very good footing. If you think that your serve is weak then always practice it continuously until you get the power, speed and accuracy for your serve that you want.
Your next step should be learning how to play from the baseline. This is a strategy that is mostly seen in professional tennis but think about it – if it works for the professionals then it should work for you as well! Ensure that you always hit the ball deep so that you have plenty of time to return to your baseline with each hit, if you are hitting the ball shallow, you are going to be losing precious moments that would give you the upper hand when it is your turn to return the serve.
The next goal that you should have is watching your opponent. Most players tend to have a specific way that they always hit the ball. If you watch and discover what this is, you will be able to start anticipating the movements and actions of your opponent before they even occur. This can be a huge help to you, but it will involve a lot of practice to fine tune this skill. Once you have mastered the skill though, you can expect to see the number of games that you are winning improve.
You also want to ensure that your opponent is hitting as many balls as possible, especially in the beginning. You may be curious about why this matters; after all, if they miss you score a point. Nevertheless, consider if they are managing to hit all of your shots that they are likely running around their end of the court like a mad person. After a little while, this is going to get incredibly tiring. You want your opponent to start getting tired in order to take advantage of them. If they are fully alert and energetic, they are going to be more likely to watch you and how you are playing. If they are tired, they are not going to be as concerned with watching you and instead focus on the ball, or anything else that catches their eye.
Just as you are studying the playing style of your opponent, they are probably studying you. This means you cannot serve the ball the exact same way each time, you cannot return the ball the exact same way each time and you cannot play the same way for all of your games. Someone will be using the same strategy as you and they will tear you up on the court if you do this. Instead, you need to ensure that you are shaking things up at times. Pull out a new serve technique, try to hit the ball shallow when you usually go deep or even just move around the court a bit. This will allow you to really throw your opponent off so that they cannot read you quite as easily as you are trying to read them. Remember, it is a sport and winning is a great feeling.
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