Friday, June 29, 2012
WINSTON'S TIP OF THE MONTH
Another arrow in your quiver: The Slice Backhand
Today's game is dominated by power, but the finesse shots should not be neglected. It is important to have them as part of your arsenal, for those difficult situations. Slice shots may be used for several reasons: changing the pace of the rally, returning serve, approach and also defense.
To execute a solid slice backhand you need to incorporate the following elements into your swing:
Grip Type: Continental
Back swing: High racquet preparation
Forward Swing: High to low.
Contact Point: a) Lead with your hands b) Racquet face slightly open
Follow-through: High and towards the target
Other: Make sure your non-racquet arm goes back in the opposite direction to help you stay sideways during your follow through.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT LINE CALLS
We all play tennis without the benefit of an umpire and line judges, so line calling is often a bone of contention. By following the basic sporting code you can avoid any major issues during your competitive matches:
1. You are responsible for calling your opponent's shots
2. Make your calls loud, clear and immediate
3. Always give your opponent the benefit of any doubt.
4. A ball that is 99% out is 100% good. That's it! End of story!
5. If you're not sure if your opponent's shot was in or not - it was in!