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Groundstrokes I

Serena Williams

Lesson time 13:00 min

Consistency is key in tennis. Experience the drills Serena’s father ran for her as a kid—drills she still runs every day as a pro.

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Consistent ground strokes are fundamental to controlling a match. My backhand is a really good asset for me. When I play tennis, it's one of my favorite shots to hit. I love seeing a crisp winner off of it, and I love hitting it. I think when I was younger, I used to always hit backhand, so I just love it when I connect the ball at the right spot and at the right point. It's more unexpected on the backhand than on the forehand, because everyone's forehand is usually a little stronger and a little bigger, and I like it, because it's the unexpected. My forehand to my game is extremely important. The forehand can set you up for great positioning, enabling you to hit winners. [MUSIC PLAYING] You shift your body weight roughly the same way for the forehand and the backhand. Just to break it down a little bit, it's important to have your body weight going in the direction you're hitting the balls. So in my forehand, it's important to have a good turn, a good shoulder turn. I really turn really far. It might look like my racket's far back, but it's really more of my body weight, and that's what enables me to hit the ball harder, because I use a lot of my body weight. I'm not so much arm, and that's why I don't really have a lot of shoulder injuries-- knock on wood-- because I do use more body weight than arm. When I'm playing well, and I'm doing all the right things, I always have a really fast turn. That way, I'm able to get the ball back. I can see the ball faster, and I'm able to move a little better. Make sure you get the racket under the ball. If you look at all the top players and all the pros, we all have our racket here. Some players hit here. This is a recipe for disaster, because it's going to go flat, and you're going to miss a lot of shots. So it's important to drop your wrist and have the racket under the ball, and then stepping forward, you can just get your body weight through the ball. And it also adds a lot more power without having to use your arm and use your shoulder. So if you use your body weight, you have more weight in your body than you do in your shoulder. What makes a good follow-through is that whatever you do, make sure your elbow is high. That way, you can get a lot of lift over the net. If you have a long follow-through, you can see naturally your body weight goes through the shot. That is what makes, I think, a really forehand. [MUSIC PLAYING] It's so important to look at the ball and keep your head still. Obviously, there's some famous players who've made that really, really, really popular. And my dad always said growing up, keep your head down, keep your head down. That's something I've never really been able to do. Hopefully, my dad won't be too disappointed in me, but we grew up. He taught us to keep our head here. And I do that very well sometimes in practice, and maybe the first fe...


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I'm a beginner and have watched it all through for some background. But now want to watch several of them again to really dissect how to hit a good forehand, backhand, volley and serve! So I can totally nail it on the court!

I was really inspired by how Serena puts a lot of focus on perfecting her game than over-analyzing the opponent. I've learned how humble and gentle a person she can be off court, yet be the most focused power-player on court. I was surprised to know she cut out red meat completely; I am also going to try this to increase my energy level throughout the day. Thank you Serena, thank you Masterclass!

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Traci

I've never actually played tennis but have always wanted to. I play golf and we tend to be around tennis players too. I enjoyed this lesson because I like the way Serena explains it. I can tell already he's going to be a great instructor. Glad I took this class.

Imgn

Turn Back, Reach, Head (Hit), & Follow Through; I'm just starting and I've been doing this, and it feels great. :) So grateful to have some simple but definitive since I don't have a teacher/coach.

Dan U.

She has great over all form, foot work and power/precision. Chris Everett was very smart out there as was Billie Jean King and Tracy Austin a precision player...Austin one of the best ever. Ball placement, setting opponents up like a chess game, forcing them to hit the ball when they are off balance...McCenroe was keen on this. Continue.

A fellow student

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A fellow student

Back to basics, I like it. Sometimes you need to get back to technique even after playing for years

Dee S.

Will try to incorporate the moonball progression when I'm hitting into the net.

Marguerite P.

The biggest standout for me in this lesson came simply from observing Serena's feet during both her forehand and backhand. I've always been taught to step into the ball but that's not quite what I'm seeing Serena do. All her weight seems to be on her back leg. Sometimes her front leg isn't even on the ground when she's hitting the ball! This may be the key to getting the power I've been looking for!

Hussain C.

she is truly a great inspiration for a pakistani like me. the best that ever is

Rosei G.

I've picked up my racquet after 15 years and have been back on the court for about a year. Great to hear about the position of my racquet and looking down. I will give it a whirl at my next session. I don't want to be the queen of unforced errors!

Ioannis M.

I cannot find class workbook for the whole seminar. Any help? Or is it really only lesson 10?