Being simply interested in tennis is not enough in playing this game, although it’s a start. Like other sports, beginners must always start in learning the basics of the games. In playing tennis, there are fundamental tennis strokes that a neophyte should study and learn in order to play the game well. This article about fundamental tennis strokes, I hope, could help you build the foundation a tennis player needed and helps you recognize the basic tennis strokes that you may encounter in playing tennis.
Fundamental Tennis Strokes
Most tennis strokes played in the match, set and game is Tennis Forehand. It is said that tennis forehand is the easiest stroke to learn in tennis but if you study deep, you will conclude that it’s mostly use because it is the most natural tennis stroke. A greater number of tennis players use a forehand. For better understanding, imagine if you play using your left hand, and your opponent strikes the ball towards you, the player will tend to step on the left and hit the ball with your right side of the body.
Same goes if you are a leftie, you step on the right then hit the ball with your left side. Backhand stroke is a complete opposite of the forehand stroke. Since the forehand stroke comes naturally, backhand stroke in comparison is a complete stranger to the player. Most of the beginners find it awkward to perform. But with practice and familiarization, executing this stroke will be handy and easy in plays.
Unlike the forehand stroke, backhand stroke is when you hit the ball with your right side then you are a leftie or hit the ball with your left side when you are a right handed player. Tennis serve is performed by a player to begin a tennis game; ‘server’ is referred to the player who will serve and the ‘receiver’ is referred to the opponent or the player on the other side of the net. Tennis serve has several types such as slice, kick, flat, topspin, topspin-slice and many others (this are known by many professional players, don’t worry, you’ll get to know this as you progress in this sport.). A perfect serve is based on the player’s way of performing it. It requires a good grip and proper ball toss. Proper stance, power and accuracy is also needed.
Tennis lob is an essential skill among tennis players. It is usually used by the player who wants to gain advantage in taking control of the game. Although it’s mainly for defense, it can also be used for offensive plays. Tennis lob shot is performed when the player hit the tennis ball high and deep into his opponent’s side. It is usually done with excellence and precision. Tennis overhead is somewhat similar to serve. This technique is designed for the player to earn points in hitting the ball (still in the air) over his head. It is also referred to as ‘smash shot’ for it is usually hit with force. Tennis volley, aside from the overhead and serve, a volley is any shot the player hits before the tennis ball bounce on the tennis court. It is frequently the response of the player when he is out of balance and cannot hit a groundstroke.
Players in tennis can exceed easily in every game and practice. Some that have skills naturally does not consider taking practices which is a wrong decision that a competitive player can make. Always note that practices, like what it’s really for, is made to help a player improve more. To think that being an athlete is natural in you, with continuous practice, you can be exceptionally good in your chosen sport.