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April 19, 2013

Basics of Tennis

Filed under: Toastmasters — mani @ 2:54 am

Basics of Tennis – The Demonstration Talk – Speaking to Inform

A demonstration is the best effective way to explain a process, activity or product.  I have decided to demo on basics of Tennis.  The demo includes basic tips & techniques required to play tennis.

I just want you all to know that I am not a trainer, I am not trained in Tennis, but I do play tennis for fun.  Before I give any demonstration, I take a chance to explain you that tennis is one of best sports anyone can choose to play.

Tennis has historically been called the sport for a lifetime.

  1. People who participate in tennis three hours per week cut their risk of death in half from any cause, according to physician Ralph Paffenbarger of Harvard University School of Public Health. (Paffenbarger studied over 10,000 people over a period of 20 years)
  2. Tennis players scored higher in vigor, optimism and self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes or non-athletes, according to Dr. Joan Finn and colleagues in a study done at Southern Connecticut State University.

I play tennis in the Weekend.  I do see bunch of Junior, Senior and couples play next to us.

Let us get into Demo.  There are 3 basic techniques are critical in Tennis.  First grip of the racquet, Second Stroke and third your foot work.

Grip: Let us learn the various grips. There are 4 types of grips.

Eastern: It is for the beginner.  It is shaking hand with racquet.  V of your hand sees the top of your racquet.

Back-hand grip: First knuckle of fore finger on top of the racquet.

Continental: It is in between eastern grip and back-hand grip.  It is used by advanced players many times to play volley on both sides.

Western: “Pan handle grip”. Used by many young players to create extra top-spin.

Stroke:  I like to show what is the forehand and backhand stroke.  Take away and follow through action.  On both stroke your back foot is up on the toe through the shot.  Always emphasize the wrist is higher than shoulder.

Foot Work: Tennis footwork plays a key role in the game of tennis.  If your tennis footwork is immaculate, you can become a better tennis player.

Ready position, Split position, long steps, shot steps.

Ready position:  Ready to play position. Keep your racquet in front of you, center of your body.  Have your knees bend and wide.

Split position: When you hit the ball from ready position, you should start with split steps.  Split steps helps you move any direction quickly.  To perform a split steps you bounce slightly from ready position.

Long steps: helps to cover the court.

Shot steps: Shot steps are vital part of your game.



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