How can you improve your tennis skills?

I know you should practice, but are there any other exercises or sports that would help my game?

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  1. xhbvi3tboix, 03 June, 2010

    Plenty of stuff you could do to be a better tennis player. Here a couple exercises that I do

    Stretch [ya super important]

    Usually if I am alone I work on my serve: I sit there and serve out a game just as if i was playing against a real person, 2 serves if I get the serve in 1 pt for me if I dont 2 pts against me and every time I change it up a bit try to add pace and spin to certain serves and just so that when I really do play out a match I can add some variety to my service game. [this for me lasts about 3 sets]

    If you are not alone you can bring your partner out and have him/her feed you balls theres this thing that my friend and I do when we play its called 20 ball suicide which is basically your partner hits a ball to your left and then your right, a lob and then a short ball <<<and you can even mix it up a bit too>>>and you have to get 20 balls over the net and in the court.

    If you wanna build muscle and stuff go to the gym do lat pull ups, pushups and stuff I do all that but yoga is quite hmm fun after a while and it helps your stretch your body.

    Dont do distance running it slows you down if you are going to run and gain stamina sprint, do the 100 meter dash or something really short because everything a person does in tennis is essentially a short sprint and not a 3 -4 mile run.

  2. britani, 03 June, 2010

    You just have to keep trying until you get better, or hire a coach.

  3. sally72006, 03 June, 2010

    Hand Ball, Cat chasing is a great exercise.

  4. alwaysmoose, 03 June, 2010

    Tennis is about conditioning and muscle memory. Short sprints and lots of them, changing directions quickly helps too. Then develop your stroke with the help of a professional. The more you practice the easier it will be for you body to remember what it feels like to hit correctly. Correcting a bad habit will take too long.

  5. ezgoin92, 03 June, 2010

    Table tennis (Ping pong) would be a good way to help your hand-eye coordination. Likewise, playing raquetball. (in addition to playing tennis, obviously)
    To improve foot speed, you can jump rope.

  6. tennis champ, 03 June, 2010

    Keep trying, never give up…..

  7. Yo Momma ~ $1,000 cash money, 03 June, 2010

    First I would stretch and loosen up, then run around the court(s) a few times to get your heart going. Practice with someone as good or better than you so you have a challenge and try to play on half the court to work on keeping the ball in the boundaries. At the end of your practice run a little bit more. Also I recommend trying to eat healthy and stay off the sugar and caffine. This can alter your game believe it or not. If you have a cheap racket I recommend buying something nice like a Head or Prince for over $100 (this is if you can financially afford it).

  8. Declan A, 03 June, 2010

    Go have a few lessons with a coach, get your basics right and then build on them

  9. dennisfortennis, 03 June, 2010

    basketball

  10. keychain collector, 03 June, 2010

    tennis is all about moving your feet and keep your eye on the ball, so any other sport or activity that relates to those issues will help improve your game. other thing is honing your tennis stroke which you knew that it needs practice and more practice.

  11. christian, 03 June, 2010

    i REALLY dont recommend table tennis to improve your game. not a good idea– it’s about the same theory, but it really messes with your coordination… ive been playing a long time and i know every time i play table tennis and then go out on the court it takes me a little while to adjust to it again.

    the best thing to do is practice against a wall (or better yet with a ball machine) or with someone better than you. when you practice against a wall or with a ball machine you get more shots in and dont have to worry about missing. rather, you are able to develop the coordination and muscle memory you need. also, practicing with a better player is always good for improvement– it really makes you step up your game.

    good luck!

  12. Jackk, 03 June, 2010

    If you are already in shape, either play with someone that is better than you or if you are just starting, get a coach. I wouldn’t recommend any other sports or ping pong really. Practicing a lot on a wall against yourself wouldn’t hurt anything neither.

  13. Lizzie, 03 June, 2010

    Yes, Either Practice a lot or get a book or video about it.
    And if you’re really not improving after that, get TENNIS LESSONS.

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

  14. ssydny, 03 June, 2010

    well i am a tennis player and as you do your forehand, dont run through the ball and bring the racket over your should

  15. wimbwin, 03 June, 2010

    Well the best practice is to play some one else.You never know what is goint to happen in a match and just practiceing like that helps. Swimming build mucle and endurance and the ability to have more energy to run.Run about 5 miles a week and you should be fine.

  16. B3@ch B@LL, 03 June, 2010

    its mandatory to have quick feet…its for positioning…

    simple answer: just keep playing alot 3x a week at least…then play competitively against family or friends…put bets like $5 for incentive…so it inspires the person to win…

  17. ——————————–, 03 June, 2010

    push up really help the stroke

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