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How To: Improve your footwork and coordination

Tennis professional Francis Ribeiro explains that there are three drills you can do to improve your footwork and coordination: footwork square, pick up drill, jog and slide. Doing the footwork square develops your speed and coordination while the pick up drill will improve your hand to eye coordination. Improve your footwork and coordination.

How To: Get mains started on a 1-piece string job for a racket

String a tennis racket yourself. Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to lace your mains on a one-piece string job for your tennis racket. The number of grommets in the yoke of the tennis racket determines where to start off. After dividing the number by two, if you yield an odd number, you would start from the throat. If you yield an even number, you start from the top of the racket.

How To: Remove the rattle in a tennis racket

The rattle coming from your tennis racket may be loose graphite that didn't get cleaned off when the grommets were being punched in. Take a look at this tutorial and learn how to rid your tennis racket of that rattling noise. Don't confuse the vibration sound of your strings as a rattle in your racket. If you can hear the sound only on impact, it may be the strings. Try adding a vibration dampener first.

How To: Understand main skips and cross weaving on the racket

So you just picked up a tennis racket. Have any idea what main skips are? How about cross weaving? These are two things you'll need to know if you decide to restring your tennis racket. Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to tell when to skip by counting the grommets. This tutorial also covers cross weaving.

How To: Install string savers on tennis strings

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to install string savers to your tennis strings. The string savers have a slat to put the main through and another slat for the perpendicular cross. These savers weigh around two or three pounds. If you feel the heavier difference, you can just adjust the tension to lessen it.

How To: Weave crosses on a tennis racket

String a tennis racket yourself. Take a look at this instructional video and learn what to do and what not to do as you weave your crosses on your tennis racket. When pulling the strings across the mains, don't just pull it straight across. Always move your hand and the tennis string.

How To: Find the continental grip in tennis for volleys

This video presents a lesson on finding the continental grip. Everyone suggests we use this grip for volleys because there is no change needed between the forehand and backhand volley. However, on the serve, I reserve it for my more advanced players as the grip requires you to turn the palm of your hand on impact for a flat serve and this is very difficult for beginners.

How To: Replace the grommet strips on a tennis racket

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to replace your bumper guard/grommet strips. This should be done for a number of reasons. One reason is if the bumper guard has worn through and you are now hitting graphite when you scrape it on the ground. Another is if the grommets are coming apart and the string has a chance at touching the frame. Or if you wish to add lead tape in a more conspicuous manner, replacing the strips and guards will help.

How To: Focus swing path in a tennis forehand

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How To: Practice backswing in a tennis serve

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How To: Practice the tennis serve knee bend

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How To: Follow through your serve in tennis

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How To: Build up a grip using a heat-shrink sleeve

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to use a heat-shrink sleeve to build up your tennis racket's grip. To do this you'll need a heat gun such as a standard blow dryer to warm the heat-shrink sleeve. Be sure not to heat it at one point, you'll want to heat it all over evenly. You should never use more than two sleeves, otherwise the bevels will completely disappear.

How To: Use a guide Awl on your tennis racket

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to use a guide Awl to pass string through blocked grommets on your tennis racket. Wax or chapstick can help the guide Awl ease through the block grommet. When attempting this, try spinning it as it'll help reduce the friction.

How To: Cut strings out of a tennis racket

Looking to take out the strings on your tennis racket? Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to properly cut the strings out of your racket. This tutorial explains two ways of going removing your tennis strings, as part of stringing a tennis racket.

How To: Serve a tennis ball with some basic rules

In this how to video, you will learn how to serve a tennis ball. Start off with an eastern forehand grip. You can pretend to shake hands with the racket to find this grip. The knuckle of the index finger should be on top of the handle. Make sure your stance is sideways to the net and the feet are shoulder width apart. Your foot should point at 1 o'clock. The back foot should be parallel to the base line. Your racket should start at pointed towards the net. The first step of the swing involves...

How To: Practice tennis serve pronation

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How To: Practice the leg push in tennis serve

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How To: Practice the tennis serve trophy pose

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