Are you looking to make improvements to your tennis swing here in Columbus and want some simple tips to work on when you hit the courts? Keep a few of these pointers in mind and let us know what kind of improvements you see in your form.
Get Ready for that Hit!
For starters, always remember to keep your racquet held back in anticipation of the next swing. You only have a split second to respond when the ball leaves your opponent’s racquet. It’s important to stay positioned for a clean shot.
Before you move toward an incoming shot, remember these tips:
- Ensure the shot is coming to your forehand side.
- Maintain a balanced sideways stance that affords you the best position to receive the incoming shot. Keep your non-dominant hand extended for balance in anticipation of the swing.
- Keep an open space between the ball and your body so you have enough room to complete the swing. You should be making contact with the ball at waist height. If it’s below this level, bend with the knees, not the waist.
- Move the racquet toward the incoming ball with a comfortable swing. Don’t bend or over-extend the elbow or wrist.
- Actual contact with the ball should happen somewhere around your front foot. The face of the racquet must remain square or flat with the connecting ball. Rotate your shoulder through the full swing and past the point of contact.
Many poor swings are the result of insufficient follow-through. Whether forehand or backhand, you want to complete an entire swing of the arm and rotation of the shoulder to get the appropriate arcing motion that elevates the point of contact with the ball enough to give it a solid smack. A smooth swing must have a smooth follow-through.
A good follow-through involves:
- Giving the ball enough lift to clear the net while maintaining a fixed arm and wrist.
- Completing a full shoulder rotation means your chest is facing the target at final position.
- Your racquet remains perpendicular to the floor across the entire swing.
- Plant the back toe and lift the hell to give you the pivot and thrust momentum of the leg muscles.
All of these tips will give you plenty to work on when you’re on the court but the most important thing that will improve your swing is consistent practice practice practice! If you’re interested in private tennis lessons with someone from our talented coaching staff, give us a call or ask at the front desk.
See you on the court!
Elysium Tennis is excited to have two platform tennis courts completed and we have our programs up and running. Elysium has three of the four PPTA Certified Teaching Professionals in Columbus on staff. In addition to teaching, Brian Heil, Kevin Hornik and Katya Yergina all play national platform tennis tournaments around the country and are excited to help grow the sport! Elysium is the only non-country club to have Platform Tennis and is recognized by the APTA, the governing body of Platform Tennis.
Men’s Nights are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 7-8:30pm; Women’s Night on Wednesdays with a Beginner session from 6-7:30pm and Advanced from 8-10pm, these evenings are non-instructional with a social gathering afterward. We also have Junior Paddle on Tuesdays from 4-6pm. The turnout has been great, so far, and hope to keep the programs growing and the courts filled!
If you are interested in learning how to play, schedule a lesson or clinic with one of our three PPTA Certified Teaching Professionals on staff, or want to reserve a court with some friends to give it a try, call our front desk they will be happy to assist you!
Alle Sanford won the Girls 14s Midwest Closed for 2012. She is only 13 years old with makes the feat even more spectacular. She won the doubles and singles in the same year. She is the first from Elysium to do this in the same year. Alle is currently #1 in the Midwest for girls 14 and under.
Anna Sanford played the Girls 18s Midwest Closed and made it to the last day. She is getting over a broken foot just months ago and is currently #5 in the Midwest for the 18 and under. Anna is only 16 years old.