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Tennis Tips: What You Can Learn From The Pros

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This article was updated January 27, 2011, at 7:32 p.m. ET

One of the best tennis tips I can give you is to start watching the top touring professionals on television. It is easy to learn when you really study the top pros in the world. They are technically sound, efficient with their movement, master tacticians, and so strong mentally. Best of all, the best players in the world make it look so effortless.

Just look at arguably the best player of all time, Roger Federer.  He flows around the court with such grace and ease but he combines that with the ability to create effortless power from just about anywhere on the court.

To improve your tennis technique, study where Federer and the other pros finish their follow throughs on all their shots. If you focus on where they finish, you can model them and create better results. 

Most coaches will tell you to focus on your contact point and footwork. Even though those elements are very important, if you start to focus on how you finish every stroke with incredible balance, you will notice rapid improvement.

When looking at the movement of the top pros, notice that they stay more open to court and avoid turning sideways as much as what most coaches teach.  They will turn sideways, however, if they have to run a good distance to a ball that is hit near the sideline.

You also want to take a a look at the top pros strategy and notice that they rarely plays close to the lines. The pros bring their margins way in through the middle of the court until they get the right ball to attack.  The best players rarely miss wide, something that is often overlooked.

From a mental toughness perspective, take a look at how composed players like Federer and Rafael Nadal stay during points. They may get upset when they are losing, but they rarely let their frustration linger.

Start watching the pros play more on TV and in person at live events like  Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and model their every move the best that you can. When you model these pros, you will take your tennis to the next level.

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