STAR TENNIS | Neutralising (Defending) – Top Tips
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Neutralising (Defending) – Top Tips

Neutralising (Defending) – Top Tips

We hope the Tsispasas V Federrer has inspired you to get on the court this week. academy session will be working on neutralising (defending) in singles and doubles , here are some tips for defending going through the 4 performance factors…

Tactics…
hit cross court when you can to give you more time to recover
hit high balls down the middle to reduce angles
recovery using cross over steps
after hitting on the run minimise steps to 2 after the hit

Physical
Work on open stance medicine ball throws (side lunge)
agility runs e.g. shuttle runs, practice staying low when changing direction
balance is key for recovery , head still on contact
Technical…
steep swing path to help lift the ball
advanced players should be hitting topspin – drop the racket below the hip and ideally follow through up and across
get back to the middle before the bounce – ‘beat the bounce’
Mental …
work hard and chase every ball
showing a willingness to chase puts fear into the opponent
do not get disheartened when someone hits a winner , it may just be a fluke, keep digging deep!!
don’t get too defensive as being on the back is tiring and requires high stamina levels. attack when appropriate

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