I've been playing tennis for two years now and I'd like to think I'm a pretty decent player. Although I'm a male, I've modelled my game after Serena Williams because she was the first tennis player I was introduced to.
I've had private lessons in the past, and group lessons, and so I know HOW to hit proper strokes, and my groundstrokes can be quite punnishing when I'm on my game, but sometimes I collapse and I'm wondering if its my technique.
I've always always struggled with the second serve. It's just not something I really ever worked on. I'm hitting a second serve somewhere in between a slice and a kick. My private instructor was trying to teach me the slice, but I just couldn't get the hang of it. You use the continental grip, correct? (I'm right handed). It seems like everytime I hit it it has absolutely no pace on it and I'm lucky if it goes in.
I'm just confused on the backhand side. My instructor when he taught me the two handed backhand had me hold my right hand on the grip more to the left (towards the "lefty" side) of a continental and my left hand (on top) in more of an eastern forehand for a lefty (I think). This grip seems awkward for me, and I keep wanting to switch my right hand to the regular continental.
He also told me to keep my arms straight at impact.. I just can't do this, but when I do, I hit better. When I don't, I'm more likely to mishit it or hit it out. Serena bends her arms for what seems like the entire time. Why can't I?
Anyone have any tips? I'd appreciate it.