Make Your Step and Hit Together

By Steve Annacone

Make Your Step and Hit Together

Since the game of tennis has gotten faster and faster, it often feels like you are hitting from an off balanced position. Whenever there is time, try to synchronize your last step with the ball contacting your strings. This means getting your foot to hit the ground as close as possible to the ball hitting your racquet. For example, when I hit a forehand volley (I am right handed) I try to get my left foot hitting the ground as the ball is hitting the strings. This will get your body more under control and allow your weight to go more towards the direction you are hitting the ball. By doing this, you will add speed, depth, and more accuracy to the shot. Even though many shots in a fast baseline rally are hit with an open stance, the best players are able to get this synchronization to happen whenever there is a bit more time. This allows you to go from defense  to offense very quickly. Focus on coordinating your feet and your swing to get the most out of your shots and improve your results.

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Steve Annacone, USPTA Elite Professional, is the Director of Annacone TennisMyHamptonsPro based in Sag Harbor, NY, and Tennis Professional at Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club in Tucson, AZ. For questions about private tennis lessons, group clinics, or tennis coaching, please go to our Tennis Lessons Tucson, Arizona page or contact us.