Tennis elbow is nothing to laugh at…but , you know, seriously. Would you really go to a doctor and complain about tennis elbow? I mean it’s not like going in for a concussion because the pitcher lost control of his high heat and knocked you straight down onto home plate where you lost two incisors thanks to the theory of gravity not being disproved. Tennis is a game of little moves that can kill you even if you’ve got all the right moves when it comes to the big ones. A few lessons here and a few tips there are all you may need to improve your game enough to take on Rocket Racquet Rick next time you two hit the courts.
Tennis Tip 1:
Watch a boxing match and study the way that the winner of it has used his jab to attack his opponent mercilessly. (True story: I was the only person at the Monsanto factory I worked at in the early 90s who said that Evander Holyfield would beat Mike Tyson. I just throw that in there because, as the author, I can.) You want to approach a forehand volley like a champion boxer who jabs with the talent of an Ali or Holyfield. Head up toward the net and literally jab your racquet head forward to hit the ball…before it has a chance to bounce. Your tennis game will immediately improve if you learn to watch boxing matches from the perspective a tennis player.
Tennis Tip 2:
Pick up your tennis racquet and hold it up above your head. Take the time to stand there holding the racquet thusly and look at it. I mean really study the position of your tennis racquet. This spot where your racquet is? That’s where I want you to get your tennis racquet the next time you hit a lob. The worst thing possible to do with a lob is to not have a follow-through. Consequently, the best thing possible is to have a complete follow-through.
Tennis Tip 3:
Don’t avoid having to showcase your weaknesses during a game. Pick an opponent who won’t laugh at your backhand and get her-him to purposely return the ball to your weakness. The only way you will learn to improve your lazy backhand or your terrible forehand smash is through practice. The court is no place to worry about how you look if you really want to improve your game.
Tennis Tip 4:
Keep your eye on the ball. This may seem like a pretty stupid and useless piece of tennis advice, but you’d be surprised to find how often your attention is distracted. Remember that Albert Finney movie Looker? (A movie that is RIPE for a remake by the way.) There was a scene in that movie that showed where he was looking while watching a TV commercial. Try to get that technology and find out just how often you look away from the ball during a game of tennis. Let’s move from the court to the course and paraphrase the advice of Chevy Chase’s character in Caddyshack. (And that’s the last movie reference you’ll find in this article.) See the ball, Danny. Seeing the ball is the only way you can ensure that you will hit the ball. Learn to master your distracters.