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When to Be Aggressive, When to be Consistent by Steve Annacone

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A good tennis player finds the right combination of consistency and aggressiveness during a point in the match. An aggressive player should not be trying to hit one ball and end the point. A consistent player should not be trying to hit 30 balls in a row on every point. Both of these strategies can lead to a long day on the court. My recommendation is to start the point with consistency in mind and gradually get more aggressive as the point gets longer. Get your first serve in play, make your return of serve, and try to hit a couple of balls to set the point up. An aggressive player should look to get the person in trouble by moving them or hitting to their weakness early in the point. A consistent player should try to hit the ball deep and to a large area to keep the opponent on their back foot and force some errors. If a player has a weapon, such as a big serve or a great return of serve, there should still be some of the consistency idea in their shot selection. Hitting the serve hard to the middle of the service box or hitting the return hard and deep towards the middle of the court will help get the point started in a consistent, yet aggressive manner. Remember to be consistent early in the point and more aggressive as the point gets longer. This will help you put pressure on your opponent without making a lot of unforced errors early in the point.

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Steve Annacone, USPTA Elite Professional, is a Tennis Coach with Traveling Tennis Pros in Tucson, Arizona, the Director of Annacone TennisMyHamptonsPro and First Serve Tucson.  Steve is also a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the University of Arizona Women’s team. For questions about lessons, clinics, or coaching, please go to our Tennis Lessons Arizona page or contact us.

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