Hi everyone! A tactical tip for you here.
Depth! Hitting the ball deep. I think we’ve all heard the importance
of depth if you’ve taken any tennis lessons your coach is emphasizing when
you play tennis the importance of depth. A lot of times when I work with
players they know they’re supposed to get the ball back deep but
they don’t always know how which is interesting. When you watch high-level
tennis you know sometimes you have to really just watch
the net a little bit and the ball clearing the net especially when the men
play, the women play a bit lower but when you watch the men watch the the
trajectory of the ball, the shape of the ball over the net and you’re going to be
quite surprised at the net clearance. All right the best way to practice it in my
opinion is to just visualize it to put a picture in your mind about the height.
Forget about the technique for a moment and just think about how high do you
want to lift the ball over the net and I love to use the different zones
for that because it’s simplifies things. So if I happen to find myself way back
here in zone number five which is way back here this is zone number five here.
Which is a defensive zone we don’t want to spend too much time here but in zone
five I want to lift the ball at least five windows above the net.
So this is a window…the width of your racket is a window doesn’t have to
be perfect and you use the window and you pretend this is the net and you put
your racket on top of the net so if I would have my racket on top of the net.
Now I would want to go one, two three, four, five windows above the net. So from here at least five windows or more. If I find myself here in zone four,
which is this zone here which is where we make most of our groundstrokes from.
I want to lift the ball four windows above the net. Four windows! One, two, three,
four or more right we don’t want to go much lower than four then the ball is
going to start to land short. So without even thinking I’m just
visualizing the heights. If I’m standing here in zone 4 I’m thinking lift the
ball about 4 windows or about 3 feet more or less above the net. You notice
when I’m hitting the ball when I’m lifting the ball that high you can see
in the back where the ball lands. The ball lands very close to the baseline
and that is what makes you a good tennis player, the ability to maintain that
depth until your opponent cannot handle it anymore and they give you
a shorter ball and now you can go and challenge or attack more but you notice
if I lift the ball a bit lower and the ball starts to land much shorter!
So by just adding height by just visualizing the height without thinking
about the technique so much you can get that ball nice and deep by just
understanding the height above the net!