| By Steve Annacone
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When your opponent hits a good shot and gets you in trouble, try hitting your shot at a speed that is similar to the speed your opponent used.

The tendency on a more difficult shot is to either hit it back much slower (to get it in play) or much faster (to try to either win the point or get your opponent in more trouble than you are in). It is much easier to keep the speed similar. This will likely result in a better timed shot and a more solid hit.

You can hit the ball closer to the middle of the court if you do not feel confident about how accurate your shot will be. On a slower ball, it might make sense to keep it slower but direct it to the opening or to your opponent’s weakness.

Using a similar speed will help you avoid unforced errors on both the fast and slow shots, as well as adding to your confidence and consistency throughout the match.



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