Tennis For Beginners – The Timing Or When to Hit the Tennis Ball
By “timing” I mean estimation of time to the precise instant when to hit the ball.
There is a regulation timing to tennis just as there is in music. It gives rhythm and smoothness to your strokes. It is also your check on your tennis swing.
Timing is used on all balls. When you’re on the court next time try this:
The ball is sent to you over the net. When it bounces on the court, count one. When it has dropped to the level of your waist line, count two. On two, hit the ball.
This is the correct tempo and height to use on the great majority of strokes both forehand and backhand.
Count out loud at first and make your call a clear, firm command. By slowing down your timing, you let the tennis ball drop low. Speed it up, and you can hit the ball at the top of the bounce.
You will discover however that on the regular one-two count the ball drops to the most comfortable level for you to hit it – opposite your waist line.
Stick to the regular tempo in the beginning until the regular one-two count has become your almost subconscious timing.
You cannot employ timing if you lose sight of the ball. Therefore keep your eye on the ball. Watch it land in the court, one. Watch it bounce up and drop to the level of your waist line, at which precise instant the actual hit is made, two.
It is interesting to note that the tennis pro’s swing never varies in its timing. The swing therefore is smooth and accurate. Tennis beginners as well should never under any circumstances hurry it.