| 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 be the key to generating topspin. The racquet has to drop in order to make solid contact and a natural low to high swing is the result.

Try starting in the ready position with the racquet head high, use your shoulder turn to get the racquet back (keeping the racquet head high), and then move the racquet to the ball for a solid hit and a simple swing with a great result.

Steve Annacone, USPTA Elite Pro, is the Director of Annacone Tennis, www.annaconetennis.com and MyHamptonsPro, www.myhamptonspro.com in East Hampton, NY . Steve is also a tennis professional at Ventana Golf and Country Club in Tucson, AZ. In addition, Steve and Miguel Coelho have introduced the JET (Junior Elite Tennis) program at the Tucson Jewish Community Center for high level players ages 8-18. Please contact Steve at info@annaconetennis.com