Refresher notes from clinics and lessons. Latest revision: 28 February 2024

In 1933, Mercer Beasley wrote a book titled “How to Play Tennis.” Beasley was the coach of the tennis legends of his time, including Vines, Austin, and Parker. In his book, Beasley outlined the three greatest tennis tips of all time: 1) Keep your eye on the ball, 2) Get your racket back as quickly as possible, and 3) Move your feet!

Although there have been advancements in racket technology, court surfaces, and shot selection, the fundamentals of the game have remained unchanged.

Our Whisperer Notes provide a timeless reference for these three tips. We hope you enjoy reading them, and please feel free to share any questions or comments you may have. Most importantly, enjoy the game, as it is a great sport for all ages.

The three (3) key foundation biomechanics elements in any tennis stroke are shown below:

Watching the Ball is the primary fundamental in any tennis stroke because it ensures accurate timing and positioning, allowing for optimal contact with the ball and control over shot direction and power. This focus enhances a player’s ability to effectively execute strokes with precision, adapting to different shots and playing conditions.

Balance is crucial in tennis because it ensures stability and control during the execution of strokes, allowing players to accurately direct their shots while efficiently transitioning between movements on the court.

Rhythm is the Final element because it harmonizes movement and timing, ensuring fluidity and consistency in hitting the ball effectively across various shots.

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