Tennis, anyone? Key to hitting more powerful groundstrokes (w/ video) | SierraSun.com

Tennis, anyone? Key to hitting more powerful groundstrokes (w/ video)

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Tennis Pro Randy Berg demonstrates this tip with Vera Struck, using a prop.
Courtesy IVGID |

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Getting behind the line of flight is very important when you’re retrieving the tennis ball during the groundstroke.

The goal is to not just meet the ball, but also get behind it to be able to move forward through the shot. Here’s a quick tip to help you hit more powerful, accurate groundstrokes.

If you’re too close to the baseline, you will have to step sideways to get the ball. This causes your weight to go towards the fence, resulting in poor shots and inconsistencies.

What you want to do is position yourself farther behind the baseline so you can get behind the line and come through the shot with forward momentum.

Your ideal strike zone is somewhere between your knee and mid-chest, about an arm’s length away from you and just slightly in front of your body.

When you start behind the baseline you will have more time to prepare your shot and play into the momentum of the swing at the ideal strike zone.

You also have time to perfect your footwork at this position. Use small steps to adjust your position in relation to the ball before planting your feet to provide a solid base for your shot.

You want to go through the ball and finish with your left foot forward so you can power through the shot toward your opponent. Always remember to be relaxed and smooth.

Serena Quarelli, Director of Tennis, demonstrates this tip in a short YouTube video on the Tennis Center’s website: bit.ly/TENNIStip. Watch the video and come see us at the Incline Village Tennis Center to practice.

“IVGID Tip” is a regular feature, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals and visitors with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides. This tip was provided by Randy Berg, Head Tennis Pro at the Incline Tennis Center. Stop by the Pro Shop, visit InclineTennis.com, or call 775-832-1235 to purchase Tennis Memberships, clinics, gear or get more information.