A diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine, Kevin Buckwalter, MD, provides care to patients at his eponymous Las Vegas practice. In his spare time, Dr. Kevin Buckwalter enjoys playing various sports, including badminton and tennis.
A sport requiring agility, strategy, and precision, tennis takes time to build endurance and skill necessary for winning a match. While the sport can be initially frustrating, integrating the following tips can greatly improve your performance.
1. Wait for a tennis ball to fall at waist-level before hitting. This gives you time to plant your feet to follow through with a stroke and apply the necessary force to send a ball to its intended location.
2. Skip with a jump rope around the court to work on coordination and footwork. This exercise prepares you to quickly react to an opponent’s serve and return shot.
3. Work on stamina by completing aerobic exercises or playing different sports frequently. Aerobic exercises keep you from losing energy following a few games.
4. Consistently use one pattern of play. Instead of mixing up shots for the sake of creativity, stick with strokes and shots you can effectively execute throughout a match.
5. Apply all weight to the back leg before swinging. Positioning the back leg behind the ball and shifting weight to that leg allows for easier weight transfer and a more precise shot.
6. Record one’s own matches during practice and competition. This gives you direct insight into how your body moves during a match to determine what you can adjust in subsequent matches.