Tennis Quick Tips | Fun, Fast and Easy Tennis - No Lessons Required

Welcome to my Simple Serve Tips series! In this series, we're getting up close and personal with the tennis serve. We all know that there are so many moving parts to the serve and it can be hard to get a handle on all of them. So, in this series, we're going to looking at the entire serve picture - every little bit of it and how each piece can be improved upon to make your serve a better, more reliable tool in your game. In this second episode, we're talking about how to hold the racket when you serve. Specifically, I'm going to tell you exactly what type of grip you should use when you serve.

How do you hold your racket when you serve? Are you using on Eastern forehand grip? A Continental grip? Do you not even know or care what grip you're using?

Definitely, when you first start playing tennis, the grip you use on your serve is the grip that gets the ball in. Since the purpose of the serve is to get the point going, you initially need to make sure that you have a serve that goes in the service box consistently. Because if you can't get your serve in, things like power and spin are pretty irrelevant.

But once you do develop a pretty consistent serve, adding more power and spin to that serve is definitely worth working on. And a great way to add power and spin to your serve is to use the Continental grip. In fact, for the vast majority of tennis players, the best grip for serving is the Continental grip. In this episode you'll find out exactly why and how to use this grip.

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Hi, it's Kim! Thanks for listening! You can leave me your comments or suggestions by going to the show notes for this episode and leaving a comment at the bottom of the page. Those show notes also include an edited transcript, links to resources and tons of other tennis info. You can find them at:

http://tennisfixation.com/quicktips105

GET MY FREE EBOOK:

If you're interested in getting my very best tips on how to "fix" your serve, I've put them all together in an ebook that you can get for free.  It's called "!0 Quick Fixes to Improve Your Serve: No Lessons Required" and you can get instant access here:

http://tennisfixation.com/freeservebook

MORE TENNIS FIXATION INFO:

If you enjoy this show, I hope you'll subscribe and download a bunch of the episodes. And I would be so grateful if you would take just a minute or two to review this show on iTunes. You can easily do it on your computer but you can also do it on your phone by searching for the "tennis quick tips" in the Podcast app, clicking on the Tennis Quick Tips artwork, and then clicking on "Reviews" (it's easier than it sounds!).  I would love to highlight reviews on the podcast so if you leave one, listen in for me to read it! And thanks in advance for doing that!

CONNECT WITH ME!

You can find me and get more of my tennis stuff in all of these places:

My Tennis Fixation website: http://tennisfixation.com

My Tennis Mini-Courses website: http://www.tennisminicourses.com

My Amazon book: Real Tennis Tips For Real Tennis Players at http://tennisfixation.com/tipsbook

My Facebook: www.facebook.com/TennisFixation

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My Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/TennisFixation

My Twitter: @TennisFixation

My Periscope: Kim - @Tennis Fixation

If you're still reading this - thanks so much! You're like me - I always read these notes. I hope you have a great day and, as I always say because it's how I feel . . . Happy Tennis!


What is the I Formation and how do you use it in doubles without messing your own play up? In this episode of Tennis Quick Tips, I talk to tennis pro Ian Westermann of Essential Tennis. Ian explains what the I Formation is, what the Australian Formation is, and just how you can put both of those formations to work in your doubles matches. He even gives some insider tips on hand signals. Guess what? They're not as hard to use as you might think!

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Hi, it's Kim! Thanks for listening! You can leave me your comments or suggestions by going to the show notes for this episode and leaving a comment at the bottom of the page. Those show notes also include an edited transcript, links to resources and tons of other tennis info. You can find them at:

http://tennisfixation.com/quicktips104

GET MY FREE EBOOK:

If you're interested in getting my very best tips on how to "fix" your serve, I've put them all together in an ebook that you can get for free.  It's called "!0 Quick Fixes to Improve Your Serve: No Lessons Required" and you can get instant access here:

http://tennisfixation.com/freeservebook

MORE TENNIS FIXATION INFO:

If you enjoy this show, I hope you'll subscribe and download a bunch of the episodes. And I would be so grateful if you would take just a minute or two to review this show on iTunes. You can easily do it on your computer but you can also do it on your phone by searching for the "tennis quick tips" in the Podcast app, clicking on the Tennis Quick Tips artwork, and then clicking on "Reviews" (it's easier than it sounds!).  I would love to highlight reviews on the podcast so if you leave one, listen in for me to read it! And thanks in advance for doing that!

CONNECT WITH ME!

You can find me and get more of my tennis stuff in all of these places:

My Tennis Fixation website: http://tennisfixation.com

My Tennis Mini-Courses website: http://www.tennisminicourses.com

My Amazon book: Real Tennis Tips For Real Tennis Players at http://tennisfixation.com/tipsbook

My Facebook: www.facebook.com/TennisFixation

My Instagram: @TennisFixation

My Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/TennisFixation

My Twitter: @TennisFixation

My Periscope: Kim - @Tennis Fixation

If you're still reading this - thanks so much! You're like me - I always read these notes. I hope you have a great day and, as I always say because it's how I feel . . . Happy Tennis!


This is the first episode in my brand new series, Simple Serve Tips. There are so many moving parts to the serve and it can be hard to get a handle on all of them. So, in this series, we're going to look at the entire serve picture - every little bit of it and how each piece can be improved upon to make your serve a better, more reliable tool in your game. Maybe you're happy with your serve. Maybe you think your serve is perfect and needs no adjusting or tweaking. But even at the pro level, we see players constantly working to improve their serve. So I encourage you to listen in no matter what the quality of your serve because sometimes just re-thinking what you're doing when you're serving can have a huge impact on the quality of your serve.

In this first episode in the Simple Serve Tips series, I talk about where you should stand when you hit your serve and how you can take best advantage of your serving position on the baseline.

GET THE SHOW NOTES:

Hi, it's Kim! Thanks for listening! You can leave me your comments or suggestions by going to the show notes for this episode and leaving a comment at the bottom of the page. Those show notes also include an edited transcript, links to resources and tons of other tennis info. You can find them at:

http://tennisfixation.com/quicktips103

GET MY FREE EBOOK:

If you're interested in getting my very best tips on how to "fix" your serve, I've put them all together in an ebook that you can get for free.  It's called "!0 Quick Fixes to Improve Your Serve: No Lessons Required" and you can get instant access here:

http://tennisfixation.com/freeservebook

MORE TENNIS FIXATION INFO:

If you enjoy this show, I hope you'll subscribe and download a bunch of the episodes. And I would be so grateful if you would take just a minute or two to review this show on iTunes. You can easily do it on your computer but you can also do it on your phone by searching for the "tennis quick tips" in the Podcast app, clicking on the Tennis Quick Tips artwork, and then clicking on "Reviews" (it's easier than it sounds!).  I would love to highlight reviews on the podcast so if you leave one, listen in for me to read it! And thanks in advance for doing that!

CONNECT WITH ME!

You can find me and get more of my tennis stuff in all of these places:

My Tennis Fixation website: http://tennisfixation.com

My Tennis Mini-Courses website: http://www.tennisminicourses.com

My Amazon book: Real Tennis Tips For Real Tennis Players at http://tennisfixation.com/tipsbook

My Facebook: www.facebook.com/TennisFixation

My Instagram: @TennisFixation

My Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/TennisFixation

My Twitter: @TennisFixation

My Periscope: Kim - @Tennis Fixation

If you're still reading this - thanks so much! You're like me - I always read these notes. I hope you have a great day and, as I always say because it's how I feel . . . Happy Tennis!

Direct download: 103_Simple_Serve_Tips_-_Where_Should_You_Stand_When_You_Serve.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am PST

I recently started teaching adult beginner tennis.  I really don't consider myself a tennis pro, however, because I'm teaching ladies who have never played the game before and I'm teaching them the most basic aspects of tennis.  I was thinking about these beginner tennis players when I was looking through my tennis books (as I do) and was wondering what book would I have liked to have read when I was starting to play the game.  And that book is, without a doubt, Tennis Beyond Big Shots: The New Power Game by Greg Moran, and that's the book I'm reviewing for you today.

GET THE SHOW NOTES:

Hi, it's Kim! Thanks for listening! You can leave me your comments or suggestions by going to the show notes for this episode and leaving a comment at the bottom of the page. Those show notes also include an edited transcript, links to resources and tons of other tennis info. You can find them at:

http://tennisfixation.com/quicktips102

GET MY FREE EBOOK:

If you're interested in getting my very best tips on how to "fix" your serve, I've put them all together in an ebook that you can get for free.  It's called "!0 Quick Fixes to Improve Your Serve: No Lessons Required" and you can get instant access here:

http://tennisfixation.com/freeservebook

MORE TENNIS FIXATION INFO:

If you enjoy this show, I hope you'll subscribe and download a bunch of the episodes. And I would be so grateful if you would take just a minute or two to review this show on iTunes. You can easily do it on your computer but you can also do it on your phone by searching for the "tennis quick tips" in the Podcast app, clicking on the Tennis Quick Tips artwork, and then clicking on "Reviews" (it's easier than it sounds!).  I would love to highlight reviews on the podcast so if you leave one, listen in for me to read it! And thanks in advance for doing that!

CONNECT WITH ME!

You can find me and get more of my tennis stuff in all of these places:

My Tennis Fixation website: http://tennisfixation.com

My Tennis Mini-Courses website: http://www.tennisminicourses.com

My Amazon book: Real Tennis Tips For Real Tennis Players at http://tennisfixation.com/tipsbook

My Facebook: www.facebook.com/TennisFixation

My Instagram: @TennisFixation

My Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/TennisFixation

My Twitter: @TennisFixation

My Periscope: Kim - @Tennis Fixation

If you're still reading this - thanks so much! You're like me - I always read these notes. I hope you have a great day and, as I always say because it's how I feel . . . Happy Tennis!

Direct download: 102_Tennis_Beyond_Big_Shots_Book_Review.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am PST

What is up with people and the crazy things they do before they serve? Some of the antics we see on court these days seem less about serve preparation and more about playing mind games. In this episode of Tennis Quick Tips, we're going to talk about something we've all faced at one time or another, or at least we think we've faced it. Sometimes it's hard to be sure. We're going to talk about gamesmanship on the serve - what it is and how you can deal with it.

GET THE SHOW NOTES:

Hi, it's Kim! Thanks for listening! You can leave me your comments or suggestions by going to the show notes for this episode and leaving a comment at the bottom of the page. Those show notes also include an edited transcript, links to resources and tons of other tennis info. You can find them at:

http://tennisfixation.com/quicktips101

GET MY FREE EBOOK:

If you're interested in getting my very best tips on how to "fix" your serve, I've put them all together in an ebook that you can get for free.  It's called "!0 Quick Fixes to Improve Your Serve: No Lessons Required" and you can get instant access here:

http://tennisfixation.com/freeservebook

MORE TENNIS FIXATION INFO:

If you enjoy this show, I hope you'll subscribe and download a bunch of the episodes. And I would be so grateful if you would take just a minute or two to review this show on iTunes. You can easily do it on your computer but you can also do it on your phone by searching for the "tennis quick tips" in the Podcast app, clicking on the Tennis Quick Tips artwork, and then clicking on "Reviews" (it's easier than it sounds!).  I would love to highlight reviews on the podcast so if you leave one, listen in for me to read it! And thanks in advance for doing that!

CONNECT WITH ME!

You can find me and get more of my tennis stuff in all of these places:

My Tennis Fixation website: http://tennisfixation.com

My Tennis Mini-Courses website: http://www.tennisminicourses.com

My Amazon book: Real Tennis Tips For Real Tennis Players at http://tennisfixation.com/tipsbook

My Facebook: www.facebook.com/TennisFixation

My Instagram: @TennisFixation

My Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/TennisFixation

My Twitter: @TennisFixation

My Periscope: Kim - @Tennis Fixation

If you're still reading this - thanks so much! You're like me - I always read these notes. I hope you have a great day and, as I always say because it's how I feel . . . Happy Tennis!

Direct download: 101_How_to_Handle_Gamesmanship_on_the_Tennis_Serve.mp3
Category:Tennis -- posted at: 2:30am PST

When you think about the mechanics of your strokes in tennis, you may spend a lot of time thinking about your grip, your racquet position, your contact point, even your footwork. But most of us don't spend much time thinking about our follow through. And I think that's because the follow through is what happens after we've already hit the ball. Failure to think about or care about the follow through is a really common error among beginners. But it can also affect advanced players. So let's talk about the follow through - what it is and why it's so important.

GET THE SHOW NOTES:

Hi, it's Kim!  Thanks for listening!  You can leave me your comments or suggestions by going to the show notes for this episode and leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.  Those show notes also include an edited transcript, links to resources and tons of other tennis info.  You can find them at:

http://tennisfixation.com/quicktips100

GET MY FREE EBOOK:

If you're interested in getting my very best tips on how to "fix" your serve, I've put them all together in an ebook that you can get for free.  It's called "!0 Quick Fixes to Improve Your Serve: No Lessons Required" and you can get instant access here:

http://tennisfixation.com/freeservebook

MORE TENNIS FIXATION INFO:

If you enjoy this show, I hope you'll subscribe and download a bunch of the episodes.  And I would be so grateful if you would take just a minute or two to review this show on iTunes.  You can easily do it on your computer but you can also do it on your phone by searching for the "tennis quick tips" in the Podcast app, clicking on the Tennis Quick Tips artwork, and then clicking on "Reviews" (it's easier than it sounds!).  I would love to highlight reviews on the podcast so if you leave one, listen in for me to read it!  And thanks in advance for doing that!

CONNECT WITH ME!

You can find me and get more of my tennis stuff in all of these places:

My Tennis Fixation website:  http://tennisfixation.com

My Tennis Mini-Courses website:  http://www.tennisminicourses.com

My Amazon book:  Real Tennis Tips For Real Tennis Players at http://tennisfixation.com/tipsbook

My Facebook:  www.facebook.com/TennisFixation

My Instagram:  @TennisFixation

My Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/TennisFixation

My Twitter:  @TennisFixation

My Periscope:  Kim - Tennis Fixation

If you're still reading this - thanks so much!  You're like me - I always read these notes.  I hope you have a great day and, as I always say because it's how I feel . . . Happy Tennis!

 

Direct download: 100_How_to_Follow_Through_When_Hitting_the_Ball_in_Tennis.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am PST

It's time for another tennis rules episode (hooray!).  This week, I'm answering the question of a Tennis Fixation follower who asks about where doubles partners can stand when returning the ball.  This is a pretty interesting episode as it turns out the answer is not just about what the rules allow, but also what the best court positioning may be for the returning doubles team.

GET THE SHOW NOTES:

Hi, it's Kim!  Thanks for listening!  You can leave me your comments or suggestions by going to the show notes for this episode and leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.  Those show notes also include an edited transcript, links to resources and tons of other tennis info.  You can find them at:

http://tennisfixation.com/quicktips99

GET MY FREE EBOOK:

If you're interested in getting my very best tips on how to "fix" your serve, I've put them all together in an ebook that you can get for free.  It's called "!0 Quick Fixes to Improve Your Serve: No Lessons Required" and you can get instant access here:

http://tennisfixation.com/freeservebook

MORE TENNIS FIXATION INFO:

If you enjoy this show, I hope you'll subscribe and download a bunch of the episodes.  And I would be so grateful if you would take just a minute or two to review this show on iTunes.  You can easily do it on your computer but you can also do it on your phone by searching for the "tennis quick tips" in the Podcast app, clicking on the Tennis Quick Tips artwork, and then clicking on "Reviews" (it's easier than it sounds!).  I would love to highlight reviews on the podcast so if you leave one, listen in for me to read it!  And thanks in advance for doing that!

CONNECT WITH ME!

You can find me and get more of my tennis stuff in all of these places:

My Tennis Fixation website:  http://tennisfixation.com

My Tennis Mini-Courses website:  http://www.tennisminicourses.com

My Amazon book:  Real Tennis Tips For Real Tennis Players at http://tennisfixation.com/tipsbook

My Facebook:  www.facebook.com/TennisFixation

My Instagram:  @TennisFixation

My Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/TennisFixation

My Twitter:  @TennisFixation

My Periscope:  Kim - Tennis Fixation

If you're still reading this - thanks so much!  You're like me - I always read these notes.  I hope you have a great day and, as I always say because it's how I feel . . . Happy Tennis!

 

Direct download: 099_Who_Can_Return_In_Doubles_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PST

Fall tennis league is just around the corner and I am preparing so that I don't show up at that first league match, when it counts, as the person who hasn't picked up a racquet in the last two months.  If you also don't want to be that person, be sure and follow my top tips for getting league and tournament ready.

GET THE SHOW NOTES:

Hi, it's Kim!  Thanks for listening!  You can leave me your comments or suggestions by going to the show notes for this episode and leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.  Those show notes also include an edited transcript, links to resources and tons of other tennis info.  You can find them at:

http://tennisfixation.com/quicktips98

GET MY FREE EBOOK:

If you're interested in getting my very best tips on how to "fix" your serve, I've put them all together in an ebook that you can get for free.  It's called "!0 Quick Fixes to Improve Your Serve: No Lessons Required" and you can get instant access here:

http://tennisfixation.com/freeservebook

MORE TENNIS FIXATION INFO:

If you enjoy this show, I hope you'll subscribe and download a bunch of the episodes.  And I would be so grateful if you would take just a minute or two to review this show on iTunes.  You can easily do it on your computer but you can also do it on your phone by searching for the "tennis quick tips" in the Podcast app, clicking on the Tennis Quick Tips artwork, and then clicking on "Reviews" (it's easier than it sounds!).  I would love to highlight reviews on the podcast so if you leave one, listen in for me to read it!  And thanks in advance for doing that!

CONNECT WITH ME!

You can find me and get more of my tennis stuff in all of these places:

My Tennis Fixation website:  http://tennisfixation.com

My Tennis Mini-Courses website:  http://www.tennisminicourses.com

My Amazon book:  Real Tennis Tips For Real Tennis Players at http://tennisfixation.com/tipsbook

My Facebook:  www.facebook.com/TennisFixation

My Instagram:  @TennisFixation

My Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/TennisFixation

My Twitter:  @TennisFixation

My Periscope:  Kim - Tennis Fixation

If you're still reading this - thanks so much!  You're like me - I always read these notes.  I hope you have a great day and, as I always say because it's how I feel . . . Happy Tennis!

 

Direct download: 098_Top_Tips_For_Getting_League_And_Tournament_Ready.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PST

Have you ever played against someone who wants to win the warm-up?  They angle their volleys off for winners.  They smash their overheads back at you, or maybe back at your partner who is not even paying attention to your opponent.  Some people play the warm-up as if its some kind of mini-match that they need to win before the real match even begins.  In this episode of Tennis Quick Tips, I'll talk about how to really "win" the warm-up, how to make the most of those 5 to 10 minutes before the match begins to get yourself physically and mentally ready to play.

GET THE SHOW NOTES:

Hi, it's Kim!  Thanks for listening!  You can leave me your comments or suggestions by going to the show notes for this episode and leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.  Those show notes also include an edited transcript, links to resources and tons of other tennis info.  You can find them at:

http://tennisfixation.com/quicktips97

GET MY FREE EBOOK:

If you're interested in getting my very best tips on how to "fix" your serve, I've put them all together in an ebook that you can get for free.  It's called "!0 Quick Fixes to Improve Your Serve: No Lessons Required" and you can get instant access here:

http://tennisfixation.com/freeservebook

MORE TENNIS FIXATION INFO:

If you enjoy this show, I hope you'll subscribe and download a bunch of the episodes.  And I would be so grateful if you would take just a minute or two to review this show on iTunes.  You can easily do it on your computer but you can also do it on your phone by searching for the "tennis quick tips" in the Podcast app, clicking on the Tennis Quick Tips artwork, and then clicking on "Reviews" (it's easier than it sounds!).  I would love to highlight reviews on the podcast so if you leave one, listen in for me to read it!  And thanks in advance for doing that!

CONNECT WITH ME!

You can find me and get more of my tennis stuff in all of these places:

My Tennis Fixation website:  http://tennisfixation.com

My Tennis Mini-Courses website:  http://www.tennisminicourses.com

My Amazon book:  Real Tennis Tips For Real Tennis Players at http://tennisfixation.com/tipsbook

My Facebook:  www.facebook.com/TennisFixation

My Instagram:  @TennisFixation

My Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/TennisFixation

My Twitter:  @TennisFixation

If you're still reading this - thanks so much!  You're like me - I always read these notes.  I hope you have a great day and, as I always say because it's how I feel . . . Happy Tennis!

 

 

 

 

Direct download: 097_Winning_The_Warm-Up.mp3
Category:Tennis -- posted at: 2:30am PST

I don't know about you, but I have played numerous matches where, at some point, the players can't figure out what the score is. Or who's turn it is to serve. Or even what just happened. This is especially true in a doubles match where four players may come up with four different versions of what's happening on court.  So what do you do in this situation?  Continue playing with the error, even though you know it's wrong?  Start all over again?  In this episode of Tennis Quick Tips, I'll tell you how to deal with errors in your tennis matches.

GET THE SHOW NOTES:

Hi, it's Kim!  Thanks for listening!  You can leave me your comments or suggestions by going to the show notes for this episode and leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.  Those show notes also include an edited transcript, links to resources and tons of other tennis info.  You can find them at:

http://tennisfixation.com/quicktips96

GET MY FREE EBOOK:

If you're interested in getting my very best tips on how to "fix" your serve, I've put them all together in an ebook that you can get for free.  It's called "!0 Quick Fixes to Improve Your Serve: No Lessons Required" and you can get instant access here:

http://tennisfixation.com/freeservebook

MORE TENNIS FIXATION INFO:

If you enjoy this show, I hope you'll subscribe and download a bunch of the episodes.  And I would be so grateful if you would take just a minute or two to review this show on iTunes.  You can easily do it on your computer but you can also do it on your phone by searching for the "tennis quick tips" in the Podcast app, clicking on the Tennis Quick Tips artwork, and then clicking on "Reviews" (it's easier than it sounds!).  I would love to highlight reviews on the podcast so if you leave one, listen in for me to read it!  And thanks in advance for doing that!

CONNECT WITH ME!

You can find me and get more of my tennis stuff in all of these places:

My Tennis Fixation website:  http://tennisfixation.com

My Tennis Mini-Courses website:  http://www.tennisminicourses.com

My Amazon book:  Real Tennis Tips For Real Tennis Players at http://tennisfixation.com/tipsbook

My Facebook:  www.facebook.com/TennisFixation

My Instagram:  @TennisFixation

My Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/TennisFixation

My Twitter:  @TennisFixation

If you're still reading this - thanks so much!  You're like me - I always read these notes.  I hope you have a great day and, as I always say because it's how I feel . . . Happy Tennis!

 

 

Direct download: 096_Correcting_Errors_in_Your_Tennis_Match.mp3
Category:Tennis -- posted at: 2:30am PST