Hi students! One thing i learnt while training and growing as a tennis player, is the importance of depth in your tennis ground strokes. As a young tennis player i struggled to understand how important it was to hit deep ground strokes, often hitting fast but short balls, wondering why they had no effect on my opponent.
So Why hit Deep?
As you get better as a tennis player, it is really important that you understand the reason to why hitting deep shots are much better. The deeper your shots are, the further away you keep your opponent away from their baseline, which in turn gives u a chance for them to return a shorter ball for you to take advantage of.
Your role is to ensure that you constantly pressure your opponent by keeping them behind and giving you easy balls to attack.
Now, there are a few points on why hitting deep shots are important.
Now that you know why it is important, let us move on to what kind of deep balls we are talking about.
When hitting deep balls, it is important to make sure it bounces high as well and should not be slow.
Why? Because if you hit a low net clearance deep ball, your opponent does not need to move far back because the ball is in their strike zone, especially if you are playing with someone tall. Also, it cannot be slow as it is easy to go for an on the rise shot when a ball is moving slowly. It will be easy for the opponent to cut in to take it on the rise.
Some deep ball drills for your tennis lesson or personal practice