Tennis Quick Stroke Guide

Becoming a successful tennis player entails mastering various shots that require different forms of practice and focus to enhance your gameplay and achieve your full potential. 

To help you on your journey to becoming the best tennis player possible, OnCourt OffCourt has designed a Quick Stroke Fix Guide that provides comprehensive coverage of every tennis shot, its importance, and the most effective kinesthetic training aids that can help you quickly master each shot and improve your game.

Topspin Forehand

The topspin forehand is a fundamental shot in tennis. The player swings the racket upward and forward, brushing the ball from low to high. This imparts topspin on the ball, causing it to dip down quickly after crossing the net. Topspin helps control and accuracy, allowing the player to hit with power while keeping the ball in play.

 

A few problems prevent players from hitting topspin with their forehand, such as having too large a backswing, poor timing, and not having the right power.

These training aids will help you improve your timing, teach you the proper grip, and refine better mechanics that become second nature.

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Backswing too big

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Need more power

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Need more upper body rotation

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Need to hit more cleanly

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Need to learn topspin

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Not getting under ball enough

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Timing and rhythm problems

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Too tense and tight

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Backswing too big

Grip problems

Late preparation

Need more power

Need more upper body rotation

Need to hit more cleanly

Need to learn topspin

Not getting under ball enough

Timing and rhythm problems

Too tense and tight

Topspin Backhand

Similar to the topspin forehand, the topspin backhand involves hitting the ball with topspin using the backhand side. Players use a semi-western or eastern grip to generate topspin, which adds control and depth to the shot. Mastering this shot is crucial for a well-rounded game, as it allows players to handle high-bouncing balls and create angles.


Problems that prevent people from hitting the backswing with topspin include grip problems, being too tense, and not hitting the ball clean enough.

These kinesthetic training aids will help you with your topspin backhand by improving your ball contact skills, correcting your grip, and teaching you the right timings.

PROBLEM

Backswing too big

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Late preparation

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Need to hit more cleanly

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Not enough topspin

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Not getting under ball enough

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Timing and rhythm problems

PROBLEM

Too tense and tight

PROBLEM

Backswing too big

Grip problems

Late preparation

Need to hit more cleanly

Not enough topspin

Not getting under ball enough

Timing and rhythm problems

Too tense and tight

Miscellaneous

There are a few qualities in tennis that don’t go into any specific category, so we’re putting them under miscellaneous. These things include hitting in the net too much, not having enough net clearance, trouble making decisions on the fly, and having poor targeting.

These training aids are great for refining your decision-making skills, improving your accuracy, and helping you clear the net with your shots and returns.

PROBLEM

Hitting in the net too much

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Not enough net clearance

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Trouble making decisions

Slice Backhand

The slice backhand is a shot where the player strikes the ball with a slicing motion, imparting underspin. This causes the ball to stay low and skid off the court, making it difficult for opponents to attack. The slice backhand is essential for defensive play, changing the pace of the game, and setting up offensive opportunities.


A few reasons players can’t execute the backhand slice are having a droopy wrist, lack of directional control, and over-swinging.

With the right kinesthetic training aids, you can quickly learn how to keep a strong wrist on your backhands with the right grip while making better contact.

PROBLEM

Droopy wrist at finish

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Lack of directional control

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Need to hit more cleanly

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Swinging around too much

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Timing & rhythm problems

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Droopy wrist at finish

Grip problems

Lack of directional control

Need to hit more cleanly

Swinging around too much

Timing & rhythm problems

Serve

The serve is the shot that starts each point in tennis. Players hit the ball diagonally across the net into the opponent’s service box. A strong serve can earn easy points, apply pressure on opponents, and set up opportunities to dictate play. It’s crucial to develop a variety of serves, including flat, topspin, and slice, to keep opponents guessing.

 

There are a few reasons players struggle with their tennis serve like not using their legs enough, poor toss motion, and having too tight of a wrist on contact.

Kinesthetic training aids can help you learn the perfect toss, how to hit with solid contact, and put the right spin on your serves.

PROBLEM

Lack of spin

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Need to hit more cleanly

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Not extending to contact

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Not loading enough in legs

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Throwing motion needs work

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Tight wrist at contact

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Grip problems

Lack of spin

Need to hit more cleanly

Not extending to contact

Not loading enough in legs

Throwing motion needs work

Tight wrist at contact

Too tense and tight

Return of Serve

The return of serve is the shot used to receive an opponent’s serve. It’s vital for returning serves with accuracy, depth, and power to gain control of the point early. Effective returns can put pressure on the server, neutralize their advantage, and set up opportunities to break serve.


A struggling return of serve can be caused by too large a backspin, poor grip, or needing cleaner contact.

Our kinesthetic training aids can help you develop the right grip, make clean contact, and develop the right swing.

PROBLEM

Backswing too big

PROBLEM

Need to hit more cleanly

Overhead

The overhead, or smash, is a high-impact shot where the player hits the ball overhead with a downward motion. It’s typically used to put away lobs or high balls near the net. A well-executed overhead is difficult to return and can be a decisive shot in finishing points quickly.

 

Players struggle with their overheads for several reasons, including not snapping at the wrist, making poor contact with the ball, and having a poor grip.

With these training aids, you can improve your overhead by learning the perfect grip, how to make great contact with the ball, and how to use your elbow and wrist for a great swing motion.

PROBLEM

Need to hit more cleanly

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Not extending to contact

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Not snapping at wrist

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Trouble finding contact point

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Grip problems

Need to hit more cleanly

Not extending to contact

Not snapping at wrist

Trouble finding contact point

Movement

Movement in tennis refers to the player’s ability to efficiently cover the court, including running, stopping, changing direction, and recovering. Good footwork and anticipation are crucial for getting into position to hit shots effectively and maintain balance and stability during play.

 

There are many reasons players struggle with poor court movements, like having a slow first step, not closing into a volley, and lacking acceleration on the court.

Our kinesthetic training aids will help you with your movement on the court, improving your footwork skills, foot speed, and strength.

PROBLEM

First step too slow

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Lack of acceleration

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Not bending knees enough

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Not closing in to volley

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Recovery shuffle too low

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Slow footwork

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Split step not precise

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First step too slow

Lack of acceleration

Not bending knees enough

Not closing in to volley

Recovery shuffle too low

Slow footwork

Split step not precise

Volley

A volley is a shot where the player hits the ball before it bounces on their side of the court. Volleys are usually executed near the net and require quick reflexes and precise timing. Mastering volley technique is essential for aggressive play at the net, including finishing points and intercepting opponent’s shots.

 

Reasons players have poor volleying skills include grip problems, not having a strong wrist, and having too large of a backswing. 

Our kinesthetic training aids will help you with your volley by improving your accuracy, the contact you make, and your accuracy.

PROBLEM

Grip problems

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Need to hit more cleanly

PROBLEM

Lack of directional control

PROBLEM

Droopy wrist at finish

PROBLEM

Backswing too big

PROBLEM

Grip problems

Need to hit more cleanly

Lack of directional control

Droopy wrist at finish

Backswing too big