Tips From The Pro:Dealing with Uncertain Conditions

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With the spring weather still a little unpredictable, remind yourself to use your feet and early preparation to help allow for some adjustments if the ball does not do what you expected.

Adding to this issue is the fact that many people have been playing indoor tennis with very little change in conditions. The cool weather, the wind, and inconsistent conditions will test you even if you are an experienced and accomplished player.

Try to make a slight change to the swing (if necessary) but still keep most of the basics as normal. This will allow you to hit the ball consistently even in difficult conditions. Keep the follow through the same and watch the ball all the way through the point of contact. A solid hit solves a lot of the issues you face when the conditions are a little challenging and unpredictable.

Try not to get frustrated-everyone will feel the effects of the conditions but the better players handle the adversity well and usually come out on top.


Steve Annacone, USPTA Elite Pro, is the Director of Annacone Tennis (http://www.annaconetennis.com). For details on lessons and camps in Sag Harbor and throughout the Hamptons this summer contact sannacone@annaconetennis.com or management@annaconetennis.com