tennis_contact1The contact point is a key component in hitting and controlling a tennis ball.  Just like golf and baseball if you don’t have a good “feel” and visual impression of where the contact point is you are going to have trouble making good contact and hitting the ball in the direction you want your shot to go.  Here are a few tips on the contact point for tennis forehand and backhand ground strokes:  

  • Your racquet should be 2 – 3 feet to the side you’re hitting on and a foot in front of your body. Your body will be behind the ball and the weight will be transferring forward into the shot from the legs, hips and shoulders.   
  • The wrist should stay quiet and the grip relaxed. Your wrist should be firm but not too tight.  
  • Aim to hit the ball in the sweet spot. The sweet spot is right in the center of the strings on the face of the racquet. 
  • After contact, the face of the racquet should follow in the direction you want the ball to go for about foot to a foot and a half.

This all takes practice, good preparation, getting the shoulders turned before the ball bounces and timing your swing to make contact out in front. When you hit the ball with the correct contact point and in the sweet spot it will feel effortless and clean. Good luck and see you on the courts! Stop by the Pro Shop, visit InclineTennis.com, or call 775-832-1235 to purchase Tennis Memberships, clinics, gear or get more information.

This "IVGID Tip" was provided by Serena Quarelli, Director of Tennis at the Incline Tennis Center, and originally appeared in the North Tahoe Bonanza and online at SierraSun.com. “IVGID Tip” is a bi-weekly feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides.

This tennis tip is a part of a series of instructional videos and articles from the Incline Village Tennis Center. Tune into our youtube playlist or Facebook for more videos and tips in the future. All tips are also posted on the Incline Village Tennis Center Pro Shop & Tips page