Watching tennis is a highly underrated way of learning the game. Each player has their own unique style and no one hits the ball exactly the same way. Developing your own shots and adjusting your technique are important learning tools that can help you become a better player.
One of the best ways to do this is to watch a good player hit the ball, and use some of the same things you are seeing to hit your own shot. Even if the shot you hit is not exactly what you have seen, going through this process can help you develop your own shot and improve your consistency and execution.
Try to move your feet like your favorite player or use the same serving routine as a great server.
Try standing back on the return of serve like Medvedev or hitting the return early like Nick Kyrgios, paying close attention to the footwork and the racquet preparation they use.
Make sure you are choosing the right shots and the right players to watch-select the ones that match up best with your style and game. Your mind is very good at imitating what you see and using this method on a particular shot or strategy will reap rewards if you are persistent and patient.
Steve Annacone, USPTA Elite Pro, is the Director of Annacone Tennis, www.annaconetennis.com and MyHamptonsPro, www.myhamptonspro.com throughout the Hamptons, NY. In addition, Steve and Miguel Coelho have introduced the JET (Junior Elite Tennis) program at the Tucson Jewish Community Center (Tucson, AZ) for high level players ages 8-18. Please contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org