USTA Florida is working hard to keep players active and engaged at home! Every weekday evening at 5 p.m. EST throughout April, join us for Pro Power Hour – an hour of tips, technique, and activities provided by our USTA Florida tennis teaching professionals.
The pro tips cover a variety of topics for players of all levels:
- Warm-Up and Health – If your body isn’t ready, your muscles aren’t ready! Before a match, it’s important to set aside some time pre-practice or pre-competition to properly warm-up.
- Rules and Sportsmanship – Tennis is a unique sport, one that is often played without supervision, referees or officials. As a tennis player, it is important that you know and follow the rules and practice the courtesy of good sportsmanship on court.
- Strategy – Advance your game with various strategies to help maximize your strengths and rule the court.
- Groundstrokes – From high forehands to slice backhands, learn about different tips to enhance your game from the baseline.
- Serves – Improve your first shot in every point by working on these serving tips to help you play each point on your terms.
- Volleys –Whether you’re looking to finish the points quickly by approaching the net or helping your partner out at the net in doubles, these tips will help you feel more confident in your volleys.
Subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/USTAFlorida and tune in every weekday at 5 p.m. for the latest tips. All Pro Power Hour videos will be available at www.USTAFlorida.com/ProPowerHour after release.
Here’s what you may have missed this week:
Drills at Home
Stay active and have fun around the house with tennis the whole family can do together! Even though all these activities can be done with a racquet and tennis ball, USTA Florida Community Play Coordinator Magali Holt explains how you can modify these activities to use everyday items you might find around your home.
Take your forehand volley to the next level with these tips and techniques from John Sanders, Racquet Club of Cocoa Beach Head Pro.
Getting ready to play or practice means having a good warm-up routine! Why is it so important? Play Tennis Gainesville Head Pro Christopher Champion explains.
It’s probably the most important shot in tennis – your serve! Play Tennis Gainesville instructor Travis Tressler serves up some guidance and tips to get your serve on target.
This is a great time to think through your game! From hitting cross court to changing direction, here is some advice to take your singles strategy to the next level.
Do you have rituals before you get on court for a match? Lori Burdell, USTA Florida Training & Quality Assurance Manager, talks about how rituals can help calm nerves and get you focused.
Get into the swing of things! Travis goes over the basics of groundstrokes and some drills to improve your shots.
Return of Serve
You always hear people talk about the importance of your serve, but what about your return of serve? Learn how to recognize the different types of ways you can return the serve, to better your chances of staying in the point!
Lobs getting you down? John demonstrates some drills you can do around the house to hone your lob and take your game up a notch!
Have trouble keeping focus? Stress and anxiety before matches getting the best of you? Lori shares some tips that will not only help you on the court, but also in your everyday life.
Footwork is one of the most vital pieces of the game of tennis, but it’s something that is often neglected! Learn about what it takes to make sure you have a strong foundation in a game all about movement.
What are the common tiebreakers? How do you play them? Is there a strategy when it comes to playing one? Christopher answers those questions and more.