Importance of Ball Control in the Game of Tennis

Importance of Ball Control in the Game of Tennis
April 25 14:31 2017 Print This Article

Tennis is racket sport which is played between two players or even between two teams comprising of two players each on each side (doubles). It is a game which tests the stamina, as well as application of brain, which is required for controlling the ball and putting the opponent in pressure. A tennis racket is used to strike a ball over the net into the opponent’s court. The objective of this game is playing in a manner that an opponent cannot pass a proper return. Playing tennis properly requires skills, ball control, power and stamina which can be developed with practice. It was first played in Birmingham, England and thereafter, it has become an Olympic sport.

Hitting the ball in tennis with power is fun but ball control is much more imperative. There are five different elements which a player must master in order to control a tennis ball. This will help the player to vary the shot according to the situation and strike a score against the opponent.

First and foremost is the height. The height of the net is the first obstacle which the tennis player must deal with. The beginner tennis players should focus on clearing the net from their baseline on the shots they take. Understanding depth is another way to control the tennis ball. Unless and until, a player does not understand how deep or how short the shot is, he will never be able to put the opponent under pressure and make it fail to pass a valid return.

Sometimes, a tennis player must hit the ball short in order to make the opponent run and loose on stamina and power. In general, it is considered that a ball which lands deep into the court is a better shot than a shot which is short.

The third element which a tennis player must master after mastering height and depth is the ‘direction’ of the shot. The beginner tennis players must try to direct the ball either to the left or the right side.

After mastering all the three elements and with vigorous practice, one can move on to the fourth element of ball control which is spin. Learning to make a ball spin is surely an advance concept. The power is the last element of ball control in tennis. Only after mastering the previous elements, the player should move on hitting the ball with power.

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