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A free tennis lesson from ElfTennis: what you can learn from hitting against a wall. September 23, 2013

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A free tennis lesson from ElfTennis: what you can learn from hitting against a wall., Manhattan, New York

No court, no problem!

The last couple of days, I haven't been able to find someone to hit with due to a chaotic schedule. So I decided to do what I always recommend to students hit against a wall.

In New York City, we know that there are very few tennis courts. But guess what? There are walls! Now here is the $64,000 question. What can you learn from hitting against a wall? Even an advanced player like myself can improve their game from hitting against a wall. A wall will always reflect back exactly what you hit to it, so when hitting against a wall you can witness the effect of striking the ball with a certain technique. Observe how the ball comes back. Does it come back hard, soft, with topspin, with back spin, etc? How does hitting the ball earlier, later, with more racquet speed, with more wrist snap, effect the shots that are returned to you by the wall? It is likely that the shots returned to by the wall reflect the initial shots that you produced.

In addition, use the wall for target practice. Pick a certain spot on the wall and always aim to hit that spot. Are you looking to hit the ball higher, lower, cross court or down the line. Try to reach those goals by aiming for certain spots on the wall. Sometimes the has visual markers on it.

The wall could also be a good place to work on a topspin lob. Aim to hit over the top of the wall. Of course, make sure that you can get to the other side of the wall.

For more tips like this, enroll in classes with ElfTennis. Go to www.elftennis.com/classes_offered.html. Email info@elftennis.com for more information on this article. 

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