One of the major differences in strokes between the top players and us club players is that they almost always hit the ball in the center of the racquet. Why is that and what can you do about it?
“Know Where Your Racquet Head Is”
That is one of the basic teaching points from my sometimes tournament (and former pro) partner Hank Irvine. He feels, especially on the volley, that the mishits and poor shots come from players not really knowing where their racquet head is on the take back.
Now, one of the real differences between him (and others like him) and me (and others like me) is that they have had a tennis racquet in their hands their whole lives. And those of us who have come later to the game don’t have that lifelong habit built into our subconscious.
What Can We Do About It?
Like most players, my off/left hand holds the racquet on the throat as I wait to hit the volley. But that positioning leaves a lot of room for the angle to position the racquet head higher or lower than where I actually think it is (and should be).
One technique that I have been trying is to slide that left hand further up, so that it is actually holding the lower part of the racquet head. With that positioning, it much easier to “know where your racquet head is” and, therefore are more likely to hit the volley in the middle.
If you have this same issue, how do YOU “handle” it?
Florida Tournament Update
Some further changes to the limited schedule for the 2021 Florida tournaments reported by Mark Taylor, USTA Florida…
– Jan 25-29, G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton
– (canceled) Feb 8-12, Meadows CC in Sarasota
– Feb 17-21, Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor
– Feb 22-28, St. Pete CC (Cat II)
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