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Tennis Coaching Tips: The Ready Position

Updated: Feb 8, 2022

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In today’s lesson I am going to share with you the “ready position” when you are playing tennis.

Are you ready? Let’s dive into today’s lesson.

How To Get Into “Ready Position” When Playing Tennis.

The ready position is super important when you are playing points. You need to stay relaxed and get ready for the next shot. I have observed that some of the tennis players tend to be very tight and stiff when they have a ready position as shown in the image below.

I see them holding the racket handle with two hands and the racket is pointing to the front. By holding on to this position you will find that there is a lot of tension between the grip and you are very stiff to initiate your first move. When you see the pros playing tennis you don’t see them holding this position (shown in the image above). They stay in this position when they are about to surf. When they are playing they don’t adopt this position.

What you commonly see among the pros as shown in the image below, Federer, Wawrinka or Nadal, is that they are in a relaxed position. The racket is pointing more to the backhand side. Their arms are bent by the side and they are relaxed. When they need to make the first move they will do that switch step and initiate the shoulder turn. Therefore, it is very easy for them to move to the forehand or to the backhand.

Remember to adopt this relaxed position with arms by the side, racket pointing slightly to the backhand side and get ready to initiate the first move with the shoulder turn. I am sure you will definitely see improvement in your consistency.

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