It is obviously very helpful to hit a lot of tennis balls if you are trying to become the best player you can be. However, there are times when this is not possible. Doing some things at home can add a lot to your skills on the court. First, make sure you have a good, simple, stretching and fitness routine. My favorite for tennis is the 7 Minute Workout-just google it and follow the easy instructions. Add some stretching for hamstring, quadriceps, calf, back, shoulders, wrist and forearm-try to do this before and after tennis or working out. Practice your swings and movement in an open area like your driveway or garage. Try to picture in your mind what shot you are hitting and practice recovering and repeating after each swing. Reading tennis articles and books can also be a great resource. Winning Ugly by Brad Gilbert and Coaching for Life by my brother, Paul Annacone, will both give you some great insight into what it takes to become a high level player. There are many other options you can come up with to formulate your at home training. Sometimes your off-court activities can be the little extra ammunition you need to give you the confidence necessary to be successful in a long, tough battle on the tennis court. Remember to add tennis training at home to your schedule and you will likely see the great benefits in your matches.
Steve Annacone, USPTA Elite Professional, is a Tennis Coach with Traveling Tennis Pros in Tucson, Arizona, the Director of Annacone Tennis, MyHamptonsPro and First Serve Tucson. Steve is also a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the University of Arizona Women’s team. For questions about private tennis lessons, group clinics, or tennis coaching, please go to our Tennis Lessons Tucson, Arizona page or contact us.