Players who have a good slice can be very frustrating, but there are several things you can do to handle this shot better.
By Steve Annacone
Players who have a good slice can be very frustrating, but there are several things you can do to handle this shot better. First, try to keep your position on or inside the baseline. A slice will stay low and you must be ready to move right towards where the ball will bounce. Next, stand in a very...Read more
By Steve Annacone
The return of serve is one of the two most important shots in tennis—the serve being other. Most people can hit their serve faster than any other shot. In addition, the serve has to land inside the service line forcing the returner to hit the return of serve sooner than other shots. Because of...Read more
By Steve Annacone
It is such a big advantage to get your first serve in play. Your opponent has no idea how you are going to hit the first serve-speed, spin, direction, etc. If you miss your first serve, you have to get the second serve in. This means you have to give yourself more margin for error and it is likely...Read more
By Steve Annacone
It is very difficult to make the tennis ball your main focus on the court. Often, players try to hit the ball to the openings on the court as well as trying to anticipate the next shot our opponents’ might hit. This tends to result in watching the court openings or the players, rather than the ball...Read more
By Steve Annacone
The tennis ball is traveling faster and faster in today's game. By reminding yourself to contact the ball at the peak of the bounce you will get to the ball more quickly, be able to use your regular swing, and give yourself the best chance of consistently hitting the ball more solid. Human nature...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Polyester string is all the rage on the pro tour. Most players use some type of poly or a hybrid of poly and synthetic gut or gut. The polyester strings are generally more stiff and allow the pros to get more spin and power because they can swing more freely without worrying about the ball flying...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Keep your thoughts as simple as possible. Here are a few technique and a few strategy ideas to consider. Try to execute one at a time. Watch the ball all the way through the point of contact on all of your shots. Get ready for the ball to come back after each shot. Follow through on all of your...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Long Island and New York Tennis Magazine does so much to promote and grow local tennis that when David Sickmen asked if my club would participate in The New York Tennis Expo, it was an offer I couldn't refuse. My motives were not purely philanthropic, however. The first few New York Tennis Expo's...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Although the majority of players these days hit many shots with an open stance, tennis is still a sideways sport. The best players have their shoulders sideways (or even past sideways) to the net just prior to starting the forward part of the swing. This applies to all shots, even the serve. The...Read more
By Steve Annacone
A good player tends to react to the shot that was just hit by moving their feet prior to the next shot. If the shot that they (or their partner) has hit is offensive, and/or hit well, movement forward happens prior to the opponent's response. If the shot is more defensive or not hit well, a step or...Read more
By Steve Annacone
Let’s face it—almost every tennis match you play will be a roller coaster ride. There will be lots of highs and lows. The longer you are on the court, the more likely this will be the case. If you look at both the Men's and Women's 2018 Australian Open singles finals, all four players had their...Read more
By Steve Annacone
The modern game tends to emphasize power and pace on your shots. This is very evident on the serve where even the good club player can now hit a serve with enough speed to give the opponent trouble-if it goes in! Being able to place your serve is a very underrated skill and can be the key to your...Read more