With six WCI communities throughout Florida offering fantastic tennis programs, our love of tennis can't be denied. Throughout the year, our Residents and Members have a number of opportunities to play in great tournaments, Round Robin and Drill Clinics, leisure play with friends and Club Challenge tournaments to show off their superb tennis skills.
That said, it's always good to continue with lessons to improve your game. So, whether you're just getting started in the sport or are a tennis fanatic, we gathered up some of the top tennis tips from our WCI Club Tennis Professionals to share with you below.
• Importance of Good Balance: Balance and level shoulders are very important in tennis. Keep your feet wider than your shoulders-similar to an Indy racecar. This is critical in tennis play to prevent injury and to strike the ball cleanly. A still head and level shoulders are keys to great play.
• Technique Improvement: The best way to improve technique is through repetition of the proper stroke. Taking a tennis lesson on a particular skill is a great way to start. The ball machine is another helpful asset in improving through repetition of the proper stroke.
• Conditioning: Conditioning in tennis is a necessary component for enhanced speed, reaction time, recovery time and overall endurance. Additionally, improved fitness will help decrease your risk of injury. Finally, good conditioning often leads to increased confidence on the court.
• Volleys: A common error on the volley is to over swing or to break your wrist too much, causing point of contact inconsistency. To fix this, try to hold your non-dominant hand close to your hitting hand during both your shortened back swing and follow through.
• Proper Footing: Mark the court approximately 4-8 inches in front of you. As the ball approaches you from the ball machine or hitting partner, try to take a step toward the mark on the court. This should help you self-adjust and get in the groove of moving into the ball instead of falling onto your back foot.
View more tennis tips on our Pinterest page here or contact your WCI Club for information on lessons.
WCI Communities offers a host of lifestyle communities throughout Florida, with tennis programs at Lost Key in Perdido Key, Tidewater Preserve in Bradenton, Venetian Golf & River Club in Venice, Pelican Preserve in Ft. Myers, The Colony Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs and Heron Bay in Parkland.