View more drills to solidify your tennis skills in Tennis: Steps to Success. Practice drop-and-hit backhands, with your partner dropping the ball on your backhand side. This is an excerpt from Tennis: Steps to Success edited by Jim Brown and Camille Soulier.
Build a strong base with your forehand, and it will support all of the other strokes. Your forehand can demoralize an opponent with its consistency, and if it’s strong enough, the forehand can be your finisher—your closer. A good forehand tells your opponent that your forehand is a dangerous place to go.
Intermediate and advanced players can use the full-swing serve (figure 3.6) to put the ball in play. Move the ball slightly downward toward the front thigh before the toss at the same time the racket goes down. Time the toss so that the ball drops to a point above your head and slightly in front of your body at the same time you extend your racket arm to make contact.