The game of tennis is full of myths that are often passed down through generations. Unfortunately, though many people believe them to be true, they only end up hurting your game. In this blog post, we’re debunking 5 of the most common myths about playing tennis.
Myth 1: I shouldn’t use my wrist when volleying.
There are many ways players volley in tennis. Some use their arms, some use their legs, and others use a combination of the two. Using your wrist is often frowned upon because it can result in shanks or even injury if done incorrectly. However, that does not mean it should be avoided.
If you look at the pros, they all use their wrist in some way when volleying, and most of them do it very well.
Myth 2: A grip change can fix my slice backhand.
Many players have different grips on their forehand and backhand, but few have ever thought about using them on their other shots. Doing this may help your slices by allowing you to get under the ball better, but changing your grip may take a while to adjust.
Changing grips is difficult and can be pretty frustrating if you aren’t used to it. Therefore, it’s not something I would recommend trying after hearing this myth. However, if you are interested in using a semi-western or eastern grip on your backhand, I suggest trying them out in the practice court first to see if it is something you are interested in.
Myth 3: You have to have a very short backswing on your slice backhand.
Many players notice that their slice isn’t as effective as they would like, so they try something different with their spin to see if it helps. Common advice is to shorten the backswing on this shot, but doing so limits your spin and makes it difficult to hit a well-placed shot.
You can achieve a good spin without having an extremely short backswing. It’ll be harder, but not impossible, for you to place the ball where you want with a longer backswing. To hit great slice shots, you have to have control over the ball, not just spin.
Myth 4: You need to step around your backhand when hitting a forehand from the ad court.
Many doubles players will step around their backhand when hitting a crosscourt shot or down the line shot off their opponents’ serve. They do this to be as close as possible to the net and end up at an advantage for a volley should they choose to attack. However, if you try to do the same thing on your forehand during a singles match, you’ll have to run farther, and it will take more time for you to get into position.
Hitting down the line with power is very difficult from the ad court, so most players won’t risk hitting that shot if they are in this part of the court. However, if your opponent is serving from the ad court, you should hit a crosscourt shot instead of getting closer to the net for a volley.
If you want to be a better tennis player, listen to what people who are good at tennis say. Of course, not everything they say will apply to you, but I hope you find some helpful advice out of these five myths.
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