Tuesday, May 21, 2019

THE 4 ESSENTIALS FOR THE DEVELOPING PLAYER



The top players have few weaknesses in their games, and as I have said many times to reach the top it's really important you work on eliminating any weaknesses you may have.


Weaknesses in your game eat away at your confidence and usually are worse when you are under the most pressure and occur at the most unwelcome times.


The big picture when developing players for the future should also include working on strengths. 

Young players should be well rounded and be equally skilled in dealing with defensive and offensive situations.

Here are my 4 top choices when developing the offensive game of a young player:


#1 OWN A GREAT SERVE

Owning a great serve is a huge asset in tennis. If you can hold serve or even put your opponent on the defensive at the start of each point you will win a large percentage of your service games.

HERE'S WHAT TO DO...
https://thetenniswhisperer.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-two-must-have-service-techniques.html



#2 POCESS A STRONG CROSS-COURT GAME
 

Dominate the crosscourt exchange and you dominate the rally because you are constantly forcing your opponent to change out of the crosscourt exchange (to alleviate the pressure) and hit down-the-line. 

HERE'S INFORMATION ON THE CROSS COURT EXCHANGE
https://thetenniswhisperer.blogspot.com/2012/02/tennis-equivalent-to-boxing-jab.html


#3 HAVE A CONSISTENT RETURN OF SERVE

It’s not always possible to get every return back in court. But if you own a great return of serve you put a lot of pressure on the server to come up with something extra, either with their serve or during the rally. A consistent return of serve puts pressure on the server!

HERE ARE SOME RETURN OF SERVE ESSENTIALS
https://thetenniswhisperer.blogspot.com/2014/05/practising-most-important-phase-of-point.html


#4  CARRY A BIG FOREHAND

Having a big forehand allows you to finish the point whenever your opponent makes a mistake and allows you to step inside the baseline to attack.

Players today are involved in longer rallies and if you are given the chance to attack you must take that opportunity immediately. That’s the first step… recognizing the when you can attack.

The second step is to take advantage and use your big forehand as a weapon to finish the point.

Your opponent must fear your forehand and know that any mistake they make will be punished.

UNDERSTANDING THE PARTS OF THE SWING
https://thetenniswhisperer.blogspot.com/2014/05/practising-most-important-phase-of-point.html