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Tennis Lessons for Beginning Players : The Hitting Position in Tennis

November 5, 2019

Hi this is Scott for Expert Village. The last
thing we are going to cover is, again with the body movement, we will get a little bit
more fine tuned with the body movement and the way I usually use to get to a shot is…if
I know…say the ball is on the left-hand side of the court because I’ve hit a backhand
that somebody’s hit along the line and then they put one on the other side of the court,
obviously I am going to turn and I am going to be running to get to the ball. As I get
to the ball my strides will shorten up as a final adjustment to make my 2-3 foot area
for my swinging arc. In order to get a ball that’s, say, within 5′ of you, what a lot
of times I will do, I might even do the side-to-side and then get into my swinging motion at that
point. It depends on how far you are from the ball. If you are a long way away obviously
you are turning, you’re running as hard as you can until you get close then you are shortening
your strides again and you’re getting that 2-3 foot area of your swinging arc. Also,
if the ball isn’t as far away as you wouldn’t have to run all the way across court, you
can just make a couple of quick bursts, shorten your strides up and then follow through in
your 2.5-3′ hitting area. But you basically want to shorten up your strides the closer
you get to the ball. Initially when you’re running, you’re going full blast, but when
you get close to the ball, you shorten up your strides. On your tip-toes, you’re fine-tuning,
fine-tuning, and you’re always keeping your feet moving, never set your feet or lock them
in because the ball will kick, somebody hits some spin on it, it will kick after it bounces…you
always have to readjust, readjust, even after the last second before you make contact.


  • Reply teddybearfamily January 23, 2008 at 8:58 am

    It was boring

  • Reply realmegrim May 25, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    I liked it, thanks.

  • Reply Brando43770 July 6, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    I liked this point. Most people that don't play tennis, or think they know about tennis don't understand that positioning is a basic aspect of playing tennis. You can't swing properly if you don't position yourself to return serve or a volley or whatever.

  • Reply Menzo September 22, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for these tips 🙂 I recently gave tennis a shot for the first time and it was much harder to hit the ball, much less the direction, than I thought. Positioning definitely helps along with how to hold the racket.

  • Reply DCo107 January 25, 2009 at 7:30 am


  • Reply grubbytron February 10, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Ok, one thing I forgot to mention is your distance to the ball when you try to hit it. You'll probably miss, I always do, but here's the distance you need. 300000 X 10^-5ft, no wait, 914.4cm. Ok, so like I said you need that distance to the ball, this is crucial. You need 0.0000026 X 10^6ft to about 30 X 10^-1. Good luck, and I'll see you on the bench!

  • Reply vincentthecure April 19, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    i agree dude!

  • Reply Vikram Kadi May 14, 2009 at 5:57 am

    haha funny how the kid rides the bicycle……..thats how serious the lessons are

  • Reply Markus July 3, 2010 at 1:05 am

    For beginners this video is very helpful. When I coach beginner tennis players they need to know this information to help space themselves between themselves and the ball. Obviously alot of the people commenting on this video are not tennis coaches and are probably not good tennis players either.

    Good Job

  • Reply Lia Love August 6, 2010 at 8:52 am

    great video, thanks for sharing =)

  • Reply Jivan Hovsepyan September 29, 2010 at 4:20 am

    @AceGuitarR7 *cough* it's not rated by star anymore *cough*

  • Reply WakaiBi May 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I'm going to my first tennis lesson tomorrow and looking up as much info as possible that might help me. Thanks for putting this video up, i hope it'll help me tomorrow :).

  • Reply Wounded Ego October 15, 2011 at 1:35 am

    I appreciate this video, but it seems your stance has you parallel with the ball.. shouldn't you be perpendicular?

  • Reply Oliver Jiang April 2, 2013 at 2:27 am

    me too

  • Reply sunshine May 31, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    I think this video is very helpful. I don't anything about tennis and i have learned do much from it.. Thank you.. And for those that think this video is for idiots perhaps they should be ones teaching since they know so

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