Add a Split Step
I thought that split steps and fancy footwork were for professional tennis players only, and to begin with I felt a bit silly trying to recreate these moves. Also, when I first started out, I found that there was already so much to think about when balls were coming across the net in all directions. However, I have now learned that the one time I can focus and remember to do a split step is when I am waiting to respond to serve. I do split step just as my opponent is about to hit the ball, and this gets me up on my toes and ready to move in whichever direction the serve goes.
Open Your Wrist
If you are already using a semi-western grip and getting some top spin on your forehand shots, then you are probably already sending some deep balls to your opponent and making life difficult for them. But if you feel you need to give more power to those shots, you might find you need to open your wrist more when you prepare your arm for the swing.
My tennis coach says I am using my arm too much to try and create power, and I need to instead use the racket more. To do this, he makes me try and get the face of the racket to look at the wall or fence behind me during the swing, which I achieve by opening up my wrist and creating a 90 degree angle between my arm and the racket.
Bend Your Knees
I am constantly being told to use my legs more by my coach. They say that 80% of tennis comes from the legs. Having only recently developed strength in my legs, I don’t always remember to make use of it. But I now make sure I warm up my legs before playing tennis so I am ready to use them, and I try to bend my knees as I am swinging for the ball, and rise up as I am hitting it.
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Helen is a fitness and fashion blogger who has just started her journey to becoming a stylish tennis player. At almost 40 years old she decided to take up tennis, and now wants to encourage women of all ages to do the same. Whilst initially restricting her tennis wardrobe to shorts and leggings, she soon realised how great it felt to play in tennis skirts and dresses and she started to discover the world of tennis fashion. Head over to her blog www.40ishlove.com for more tennis motivation and fashion inspiration, and don’t forget to like her on Facebook, or follow her on Instagram and Twitter.