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Tips from former Denis Shapovalov teammate and Junior National/Provincial Champion, Claudia Poluga

Check out some tips to improve your Ground Strokes from our very own Nike Tennis Camps coach Claudia Poluga whose impressive pedigree, in addition to being a former teammate of Denis Shopavolov, has given her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the tennis world.  

Lesson 1: How to Improve your Ground-strokes

1) Set-up

Make sure your racquet is positioned head-up slightly away from your body. Also be sure that you are facing sideways at a 90-degree angle towards your dominant side. For better balance and impact point approximation, make sure your non-dominant (racquet holding) hand is positioned outwards as if you grabbed the ball just before impact. This technique ensures that you are not too close or too far from the ball at the point of impact. 

2) Impact

 At impact, make sure you aim to hit the ball at waist height, as this is the optimal impact point for a ground-stroke

3) The Finish 

After impact, accelerate the racquet forward and extend your arm forward as if you were reaching forward. Avoid hyperextension of the arm though as this could lead to a choppy swing, which will tamper with the final result of your shot. Finally, make sure to finish with the racquet over your shoulder after extension to ensure a nice clean finish to your shot (this part is the cherry on top)


 

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