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Tennis Tips - Groundstrokes
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Don't Feed the Net
I have just returned from the US Open, where the best tennis players in the world were playing, and I noted that even these top players sometimes hit the ball in the net. When you think about how high the sky is, it seems silly to hit a ball into a barrier of only 3 feet. I thought about the signs at the zoo that tell you not to feed the animals, and decided it was appropriate for tennis players as well. I now have a sign on our training courts "Do Not Feed The Net."

To break the habit of hitting without enough clearance, string a rope 6 feet high over the net. Rally with a partner and try to hit over this barrier. You win a point every time you hit over, and 10 points if you hit the rope. This should do it.

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