By Steve Annacone
A great strategy at all levels is to hit most of your shots to specific targets on the court. If you are playing singles, pick two targets halfway between the middle of the court and the singles sideline, as well as halfway between the service line and baseline. This gives you a good margin for...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Many times during a match, players have a tendency to get caught up in the competition making it difficult to focus on things they can do to improve their chance for success. One of the most underrated aspects of this plan for success in a match is the ability to think the correct way in between...Read more
By Steve Annacone
An excellent way to naturally move the racquet in a low to high direction on your forward groundstroke swing begins with the racquet head coming back high. Although this sounds like it goes against the low to high idea, the high racquet head helps create a "loop" which is what many pros consider to...Read more
By Steve Annacone
There are a lot of different things that go into a good shot. First and most importantly, you must hit the ball in the center of the racquet. Use your feet to get in a position to do this. As you get in position, make sure you have turned your shoulders and started the racquet back. As the swing...Read more
By Steve Annacone
The points in tennis have gotten shorter and shorter. A great concept to increase your chance of success is to focus on the first two hits of each point. Try to hit a good serve (preferably first serve) and a good first shot on as many points as possible. Use the same idea when returning serve-good...Read more
By Steve Annacone
A big part of being a successful tennis player is the ability to use knowledge and thoughts you have accumulated from experience, on the court. There is usually a very small physical difference between most of the pros on the tour (and probably many of your opponents). This often makes the mental...Read more
By Steve Annacone
This quote from Arthur Ashe is a great tip for anyone who plays competitive tennis: "Start where you are" means to realize exactly what the situation is, but to play the point as if this is the first point of the match without interference from what has already happened. A player cannot do anything...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Every player is different. Many players would love the point to last one or two hits (if they win the point) and many would love to keep you on the court all day and try to get the point to last 10+ hits each time. A good way to get things happening the way you would like is to pick a number of...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Once you have moved forward and begin to hit balls out of the air, your idea needs to become simpler. There is less time to react and get ready and also less time to get your racquet on the ball. Make sure your racquet is directly in front of you, that you have a continental grip (v formed by your...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Every time you walk on the court things will be different. Even the best players have to be aware of how things are going and how they feel on that day. Of course, the ideal adjustment would be to hit the shots that you are having trouble with a little better. However, sometimes it makes more sense...Read more
By Steve Annacone
If you play some good shots at the beginning of the point, you should look for opportunities to move forward as the point gets longer. The best way to make this happen is to keep shots deep and diagonal (usually crosscourt in singles). Try to keep your opponent back or get the player moving, which...Read more
By Steve Annacone
With the innovations in racquet and string technology, tennis has become much more power oriented. Most players try to use the speed of the shot as their primary weapon to win the point. Players try to hit the ball "through" their opponents or get it back to them with enough speed to force an error...Read more