Tip of the Week (Coach Steph): The Importance of The Ready Position July 26 2015, 33 Comments
Today, we are going to talk about the importance of the ready position!
The ready position is the stance a player takes before the coach or opponent hits the ball. It allows the player to move quicker around the tennis court in any direction.
This is why it is very important to implant the 'habit' of the ready position before and after every shot that your young superstar hits. Without the ready position, the footwork would be slower, heavier and less 'proactive'.
Coach Steph with her students (Imelia, Trisha, Olivia)
How to perform the ready position:
- Feet shoulder-width apart
- Knees slightly bent
- Both hands to be on the racket with your dominant hand at the bottom, and the other hand at the top
- Lean slightly forwards
If the player has only ever learned to be 'sideways' with the guarantee of a forehand or backhand, the movement will become more 'reactive' and rushed. Not only do mini tennis players feel 'professional' whilst copying their favourite famous tennis players, they and their parents will see the difference in speed and preparation for their shots (both forehand and backhand!).
Preparing mini tennis players from the start of their tennis journey is what we do here at Anyone For Tennis, re-emphasized during every tennis lesson. This will enable them to pick up good habits and routines, that will in turn allow them to progress other technical areas of their shots.
The encouragement of being 'proactive' over 'reactive' will always stand in good stead for increased enjoyment and improvement.