Accuracy is important in tennis, and in my opinion, it is more valuable than power. A true master of accuracy is able to send the ball to any zone or lane with any type of spin, height, direction, speed and distance while at the same time receiving the ball at any spin, height, direction, speed and distance. Basically, no matter what type of ball is being received, you are able to send it back with the shot of your choosing. Of course, it is important to consider your shot selection when receiving different shots in various positions and scenarios, but in theory accuracy is defined by the above.
A few fundamental things thatwill determine your accuracy
1. Your contact point – What angle is your racket at on contact? Are you late, early? Why?
2. Your response (shot selection) – What kind of shot are your receiving and what are you sending back? If you are receiving a very hard and deep down the line approach shot it will be much harder to get your racket in the correct position if you are hitting a full-sized groundstroke. Instead, try shortening your swing and blocking it back or lobbing it. Yes, you might be able to respond with a full swing and still be accurate, but you better be fast! Understand that even if you are fast, your percentage of making these shots will still go down. Your percentage of actually winning the point will be even lower.
3. Stance – If you are in a closed stance on the run in the outside lanes of the court you will most likely have a very difficult time returning the ball accurately. Instead, make sure your stance matches your intended response. In this scenario open stance would help you return the ball more effectively and accurately.
4. Spin – Spin will be your best friendwhen trying to hit the ball where you want and will enable you to hit a large variety of targets from anywhere on the court. It’s important to choose the right type of spin though. For example, you do not want to use slice above the shoulder or on high shots, and you do not want to try and put topspin on the ball when it is below the knees or on low shots. Generally speaking, for topspin you will want to swing as horizontally as possible. Closing the racket face will not give you more spin, it will however make the ball land shorter.
- Carlos Bermudez Tennis