Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Andre Agassi—the big names in tennis—it’s no argument they worked hard to get to the top, but they also used the right equipment in doing so.
Success in tennis depends on a lot of factors, like innate physical ability, good coaching, motivation, and of course, hard work. The best tennis players have spent countless hours developing their skills on the court.
My tennis coach trains with me often, and so I always thought investing in a ball machine was a waste of money. After a while, I realized my strokes weren’t improving as fast as they should, even though I was working really hard. My coach does an excellent job, but I know that for my strokes to be consistently good I have to always practice everything he teaches me.
No doubt you’ve had your share of times when your tennis practice partner simply can’t be counted on.
For example, your partner is thinking about her problems that cropped up the night before with her boyfriend. She’s really angry and keeps smashing the balls back to you hard and out of bounds. You put up with it for awhile but it gets old quickly. “Get a grip on your emotions!” – you think quietly to yourself. “I want to play tennis!”
Or think about the times when one of your tennis partners simply can’t seem to make it to the court on time or at all. Geez, how can you depend on partners when there’s always going to be the human element that interferes?
Ever noticed how in the 5th set of a major tournament at the professional level the best players don’t fade out. I’m referring here to the Federers and Nadels of the tennis world.
Both of these guys have superior strokes but just as importantly they are both incredibly fit. If the two of them end up in a match against each other you can be sure it’s going to be a long, grueling one because they physically won’t give up.
This is a very advanced drill, if you’re not able to keep a rally going from the baseline, hit volleys consistently to target areas of the court or hit topspin then go back to tennis boot camp.
Okay, if I haven’t already scared you off I can pretty much guarantee that successfully performing this set of drills will prepare you for the pro circuit.
There is only three ways to hit a harder tennis serve and none of them involve going to the gym or lifting weights. In fact some of the hardest serving players at the professional levels don’t look particularly strong and don’t have bulging muscles.
Before we get to hitting harder serves however, let’s look at the game itself and how it has evolved around the serve.