Overlooked Tennis Improvements Ron McDaniel October 16, 2014 Tennis Skills Many tennis players are always working on improving their tennis game. However, once you are in a routine you may be overlooking key things that could improve your tennis game a lot if you changed your focus on these things in your practice. Here are five tennis improvements you should look carefully at. 1. Depth – It is not enough to hit the ball hard. Can you land it deep in the court consistently? Greater depth takes away a lot of opportunities from your opponent. 2. Net Play – Even if you are a hard hitting base liner, you should still develop net skills that are dependable in case people draw you in or so that you can take advantage of those short shots and hold your ground. 3. Put Aways – When someone drops that short ball right in the middle of the court, how confident are you at moving up and putting it away? Do not let those opportunities pass you by when you could be passing your opponent by. 4. Intensity – There is always people playing at another level, and those a level up from you are most likely playing with a greater intensity and energy. To address this issue, practice with more intensity so your tennis game will have the energy and attacking mentality you need to win matches against advanced players. 5. Second Serves – Having a good second serve is critical to winning against better players. If you are just tapping that second serve over, you are probably winning very few second serves with a player that is good at attacking. Develop a dependable kick serve for your second serve to at least make it a bit harder for your opponent. The important thing is to remember that your routine may be keeping your skills at one level, but by exploring other areas to improve in, you can improve your game and start winning more at a higher level.