Play Consistent Tennis In 10 Minutes – Instant Tennis Improvements
Being consistent is the most important element in tennis.
Too often, tennis players focus on hitting winners, going for big serves, trying to hit the lines and this costs them as they make countless unforced errors.
At the core of every good tennis player is one thing – being consistent.
Rafa Nadal couldn’t win without his consistent foundation.
Novak Djokovic couldn’t enforce his tactics on opponents if he wasn’t consistent at what he does.
Roger Federer wouldn’t be the player he is today if he didn’t have an extremely solid base to build from.
But how exactly can we play consistent tennis?
There are many physical elements involved in playing consistent tennis, we’ll cover these in this video, however, it all starts with your mindset.
How To Play Consistent Tennis In 10 Minutes?
Step One – Having the right mindset.
If you walk on the tennis court with the goal of hitting winners, blasting your opponents off the court with raw power, or plan on hitting the lines with every shot, you’ll struggle to be a consistent tennis player, day in and day out.
However, if your goal is to make every single ball, regardless of how you do so, you’ll change the way you play tennis instantly. Having the right mindset is vital to being a consistent tennis player.
Step Two – Being free on the tennis court.
We often defeat ourselves and make a lot of unforced errors from trying to be “perfect” on the tennis court. We see Federer, Nadal and Djokovic playing flawless tennis and try to copy them.
Or we play a match and think we need to play a few levels above our own in order to win. This causes a lot of tension in the body and makes us play worse.
By getting rid of that feeling of trying to be perfect, you’ll free up your body and mind to play the game without restrictions.
Step Three – Play with good margins.
There are two main obstacles on the tennis court. The net is the first one and hitting within the confined lines is the second.
By hitting with good height, you’ll eliminate the net from your game. The next step is to get the ball to dip before the lines.
Hitting with good levels of topspin will help you do that. Think about Rafael Nadal, someone who makes very few unforced errors. Nadal hits with good net clearance and heavy topspin.
Crosscourt vs Down The Line
Aim around 80% of your baseline shots crosscourt. By hitting crosscourt, you’re going over the lowest part of the net, hitting into the most amount of space and you’ll greatly reduce your recovery.
Step Four – Aim for big targets.
If you’re constantly aiming for the lines, even when hitting with good topspin and net clearance, you’ll make a lot of unforced errors.
But if you hit those same types of shots to large targets, a few feet inside in each line, you’ll increase your margins once again.
Step Five – Find the ball and then speed up.
A lot of unforced errors in tennis come from players speeding up the racket too early and losing control of the racket angle at contact. To counter this, try to find the ball first and then speed up.
00:00 – Consistent Tennis Lesson Intro
00:22 – The mindset of being a consistent tennis player (step one)
2:25 – Being free on the tennis court (step two)
3:40 – Playing with margins (step three)
6:06 – Using the legs to create vertical momentum on your shots
6:37 – Tactical intentions when playing tennis (step four)
8:23 – Find the ball and then speed up (step five)
9:37 – Aiming for big targets (step six)
12:04 – Topsin vs flat vs slice