When To Play Offensive & Defensive Tennis

In Tennis many of the things matter like tennis racket, shoes, balls etc. But the way you play tennis is the important one. In tennis there is a time for offense and a time to play defense. The key is learning when to be offensive and when to take a more defensive stance versus your opponent.

Many beginners believe that they should hit every ball with the same amount of force and pace, regardless of what kind of ball is coming towards them. In reality, you should vary your pace, spin, and your swing depending on what kind of ball your opponent has given you.

Offense

Most of us would prefer to play offense all of the time. Unfortunately, this is unrealistic, even for the pros. These are two main factors to look for when you’re trying to take an offensive approach. First of all, you want a ball that is in your strike zone. It’s hard to be aggressive with a ball down by your feet or up above your head. Next, you to look at your court positioning. You want to make sure you’re up close to the baseline, inside the baseline is even better. Again, it’s very tough to hit an aggressive ball when you’re six or seven feet behind the baseline.

Learn Offensive &Defensive Tennis Strategy

Defense

Unfortunately, there are times in tennis that we must scramble around and play defense or hit more of a defensive shot. Most people’s strike zones range anywhere from their knees to their shoulders. When we make contact with the ball in this area, we can usually be aggressive or attack this ball. However, when we end up making contact with the ball up above our shoulders or down by our feet, it’s tough to be aggressive with these balls. In these situations you’re better off playing it a little safer, taking some pace off of your ball and concentrate on getting your ball back deep into the court. Don’t be overly concerned with speed or power when the ball is out of your strike zone. Another good time for a more defensive shot is when you’re either pushed far back behind the baseline or pulled wide off of the court. Again in these two instances, forget about power and focus more on getting that ball back high and deep to your opponent. This will give you more time to recover and be ready for the next shot.

Simply by being aware of what kind of ball your opponent gives you and focusing on whether you should attack that ball or play it defensively, will help lead to more success on the court.

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Defence In Tennis

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