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How to Master 3 Basic Tennis Strokes

Hi, my name is Dustin Hedger. I’ve been playing
tennis for 25 years now and coaching for 17 years. I’d like to teach you the three most
fundamental strokes in the game of tennis today. The first shot I’d like to teach you today,
is the volley. The volley is a shot that you hit in tennis when you’re close to the next,
inside the service court area. You’re either hitting the ball in the air or, after the
bounce, and the three most important parts of the volley are 1. Stance. 2. Proper Grip.
And 3. Proper contact point. The stance for the volley is referred to as
the athletic position. Feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent, heels off the
ground, weight forward, racket out in front of your body, tilted upward. When hitting the volley, it’s critical that
you use the proper grip. The proper grip for the volley is referred to as the “Continental
Grip” or “The Hammer Grip”. To get the hammer grip or continental grip, simply slide your
hand down the side of your racket, as if you’re holding a hammer. The last step of the volley
is making contact. In the athletic position, when the ball comes to one side, simply turn
your body to that side, step and block the ball back in play. Notice that when you make
contact with the volley, the racket head is going to freeze. You don’t want a big swing
on your follow through. On the backhand side, the same principal applies. The ball comes
to your backhand side, turn, step and block the ball out in front of your volley. When you’re hitting a shot from behind the
baseline from the back court of a tennis court, you’re hitting what’s called a ground stroke.
And when you’re hitting a ground stroke, it’s important to be able to impart topspin on
the ball. This enables you to hit the ball hard without hitting the ball long. In order
to hit top spin, you must create a path of the racket whereas the racket starts at a
level below the ball and finishes at a level up above it. This creates a rainbow effect
on the ball, such that you hit the ball hard, but the ball will still go in play. When hitting a forehand topspin ground stroke,
there are three things to keep in mind. One, Proper Grip; Two, Proper Beginning; And Three,
the proper finish to the stroke. The grip that you want for a forehand topspin ground
stroke, is the same grip that you use to pick up a pan from the ground. When the ball comes
to you, in ready position, you’re behind the baseline, simply take the racket back. When
the ball comes, step, swing from low to high, rushing up the back of the ball, following
through the opposite shoulder. When hitting a backhand topspin ground stroke,
there are also three things to keep in mind. The grip, the beginning, and the finish of
the shot. First, the proper grip. Your right hand is going to slide right down the side
of the racket, your non-dominant hand will slide down the racket, and rest gently on
top of the dominant hand. When the ball comes, we’re going to turn our body, step, swing
from low to high, brush the back of the ball, follow through on the opposite shoulder. The last shot I’d like to teach you today
is the shot that many consider to be the most important shot in tennis, the Serve. When
tossing the ball, put the ball in the throat of the racket or on the strings, and your
hands can go down together, up together on the wind up. You’re going to release the ball
with your left hand, or non-dominant hand, such that the ball is going to be at least
6 inches above how high you can reach with your racket. Maybe higher, but never any lower.
I want you to think of a motion that’s probably very familiar to you, that of throwing a baseball.
Because in fact, the baseball throwing motion, is the same motion we want to use when serving
a tennis ball. The racket is going to come back behind her head, reach up over at the
ball, coming up over the upper right hand corner of the ball and following through on
the left side of our body. Altogether, it will look like this. Down together, up together,
hooray, and throw the racket at the tennis ball. And there you have it. If you follow my concise
tips on how to volley, hit a ground stroke, and hit a serve, you’ll have conquered the
primary skills that you need to play the game of tennis. Happy hitting, hope to see you
on the courts.

David Frank



  1. Janet Posted on July 28, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks, short, sweet and to the point.

  2. Darlene Richardson Posted on October 17, 2015 at 7:28 am

    what if you are left handed

  3. Aaryan Kumar Posted on January 9, 2016 at 2:07 pm


  4. Nik Sankovich Posted on April 4, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Very helpful tips, thanks Dustin!

  5. Poonam Mahadik Posted on May 28, 2016 at 10:12 am

    tennis is a very good thing I just joined tennis and this was help full thanks

  6. Colin Bish Posted on June 10, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks, good video, helpful tips.

  7. Erika Perez Posted on July 5, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    so I decided to buy tennis rackets and I played once and I fell in love. I can't get over it. I want to play and get better and better. thank You for this video I will see you on the court!

  8. Linh Nguyen Posted on July 25, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Very good video! Thank you very much!

  9. Rix Jung Posted on October 24, 2016 at 8:41 am

    This really helped

  10. Krishna Soni 8398 Posted on December 11, 2016 at 7:12 am

    best video ever on YouTube for tennis you should do more

  11. Everything's Here Posted on January 29, 2017 at 2:40 am

    Excellent video

  12. Aryaman Mehrotra Posted on February 1, 2017 at 10:06 am

    that guy was just awesome

  13. Mohamed Soliman Posted on April 27, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Aw yea ima ground stroke all da tennis hoes now son

  14. TheGeektrick Posted on May 30, 2017 at 2:22 am

    what's the name of the background music?

  15. hardeepkd Posted on June 13, 2017 at 3:39 am


  16. Katajya Hersey Posted on July 25, 2017 at 12:08 am

    thank you

  17. Rasmus Juhlin Posted on August 3, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    his technique is dreadful

  18. JB 6000 Posted on August 12, 2017 at 7:02 am

    I don't see the point of tennis when badminton is so much easier. All you need is the badminton bird as they call it, lighter rackets and not a huge wide court that needs to be maintained regularly. All you need is a standard gym or outdoors somewhere where theres the minimal amount of space. I played pickleball with a friend of mine who wanted to set up tennis courts. He said it was a miniature table tennis game to get the people used to real tennis. Table tennis makes more sense as what you need is a much more mobile, versatile table and it can be done indoors in bad weather. So I tried real tennis with him and you know what? I didn't care about it. Much harder on the arm, much more difficult to master, and they always make it competitive unlike the other 2 games. Also with tennis to learn how to play at all you have to be a ridiculously young age like a kid and only a select few have the interest. If you start playing as an adult for the first time, your coordination will never be good enough. I have tried it with cousin and acquaintances I knew who liked it at the local outdoor summer clubs and thats what I can tell anyone. So I am far too old to learn now and have little interest. Although I suggest replacing tennis with badminton or table tennis as anyone can enjoy them and still get some exercise. Tennis is mostly all about having to get better and better. Don't care for that

  19. Jefferson Domingo Posted on August 12, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I'm just watching This vid coz my Dad wants me to play tennis

  20. Aditya Raj Singh Posted on August 27, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Which kind of racket should use for control in power……????

  21. JumBros Sales Posted on September 11, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Newbie tennis player here, Is this website also good at tennis coaching? www.inspiretennis.com.au/

  22. Vladut Tudose Posted on October 15, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Great video BUT take your sun glasses off, thats sugests you don t respect your viewers !

  23. 2000coco Posted on October 16, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    The volley is my weakest 😬😏 … Nothing like hitting from the baseline😆

  24. Slime Boy Posted on November 5, 2017 at 4:38 am

    I started playing tennis since I was 7 years old and this really help me well after all that year, I've been training and I still don't get the hitting… So thanks

  25. Laura Huynh Posted on November 5, 2017 at 4:52 am

    I'm starting tennis next week!!

  26. Harsh Banthia Posted on November 25, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Watch this video if you want to learn tennis. It has great examples and awesome tips to succeed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyOROnSdTo0&t=10s – subscribe if you liked it 🙂

  27. Julia Posted on January 1, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    I can’t get myself to follow through when hitting the ball ugh

  28. Michael Dude Posted on January 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Been playing tennis since I was seven. Never looked back, it's the best sport for hand eye coordination since like EVER.

  29. Yousof Shakir Posted on February 12, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Very sunnny

  30. Zulfi Ali Posted on March 8, 2018 at 11:23 am

    i like tennis and these are he best techniques to play thnx all of u for the videos

  31. stupidstomp Posted on March 17, 2018 at 4:42 am

    im 14 and im starting to learn the basics of this. wish me luck lol!!!

  32. Stuart D Posted on April 22, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Holy shit did you see that guys balls? 0:40

  33. Lauren Kramer Posted on May 2, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Buen video hombre gracias. Me gusta los anteojos del sol. Pienso que jugaré tenis mejor despues de este video.

  34. dolfo10564 Posted on May 7, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    That easy huh

  35. pineapple ish Posted on May 11, 2018 at 2:20 am

    I played tennis for two years 7 years ago…

  36. your mom buster Posted on June 11, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    I don’t like

  37. AroMaticOner Posted on July 1, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Wow. thanks so much. I followed your tips and have been winning all my matches!

  38. Sassy Gerard Is The Way To Go Posted on July 28, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    I'm 13 (almost 14) and my parents want me to play tennis because I have long legs lol😂. It looks like a lot of fun! I have one question though… Will it be harder for me because I'm left handed?

  39. Benny Nunag Posted on August 12, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Who else is a filipino lawn tennis player?

  40. Grace Dorothy Posted on August 16, 2018 at 11:49 am

    im joining my school’s tennis team- thank you!!

  41. AARON GAMER Posted on August 19, 2018 at 11:46 am


  42. Nick Posted on August 22, 2018 at 4:04 am

    When this mans my tennis coach and my spanish teacher

  43. Official Coleslaw Posted on August 29, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    I just started high school and I need a sport to play so I picked tennis, this rlly helps

  44. Fiery Monkey Posted on September 12, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Lmao me and my friends just randomly joined the tennis team in our school so just seeing the basics cuz you know I might start getting into tennis.

  45. Astro Posted on October 18, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I’m 23 and will start at the beginning of the next month

  46. Duchess Chérie Posted on November 26, 2018 at 4:46 am

    I want to do tennis because I’ve been getting tired of doing dance. As much as I love hip hop and color guard, it’s getting boring. I don’t like volleyball, basketball, softball, and more. But I do adore tennis.

  47. Duchess Chérie Posted on November 26, 2018 at 4:47 am

    I’m already a pro, I’ve played Wii sports tennis.

  48. Red_VulcanBody Kit- Forza & More! Posted on December 10, 2018 at 2:46 am

    I’m 8 and my dad told me I would play tennis until I’m so good at it. My dad has the same tennis racket

  49. pavit sohal Posted on January 6, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    is it me or does he look like young richard nixon!?

  50. and that’s the tea Posted on February 1, 2019 at 12:40 am

    my friend wanted me to try out for tennis, and now i need to learn everything because i actually made the team 😂

  51. ManicSalmon 13 Posted on February 1, 2019 at 12:42 am

    1:35 free shivers

  52. Dandelion Sky Posted on February 1, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    When I first started tennis, my coach taught me how to serve by saying: “cut the toes, scratch the back, and toss the ball” he means use your racket to pretend you’re doing that. Look at the way he serves in the video and you’ll understand the steps

  53. rebecca dyer Posted on February 9, 2019 at 2:43 am

    I was convinced to join my schools tennis team and I’ve literally never played so im looking through every vid on yt rip

  54. Liet Posted on February 10, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    This was probably the best instructional video I've seen.

  55. Jolt Gaming Posted on February 12, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Join boys soccer

  56. Hassan Abdi Posted on February 17, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    This isn’t a real sport 🤷🏾‍♂️

  57. Joseph Clement Posted on March 9, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    You look like Andy from the office

  58. FunnyRoblox Girl Posted on March 14, 2019 at 12:03 am

    i swear if i get hit in the face im suing

  59. Been She Posted on March 19, 2019 at 4:07 am

    I dont even play tennis, I need to go to bed😑

  60. Scarlet jevoni Xenna porras Posted on March 29, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Is it Hard in reality guys? Anyone?

  61. Project Mercy Posted on April 3, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Swing from low to high.. got it😃 just sent the ball flying over the gate into the woods 😂

  62. Vima Christine Posted on April 6, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    I love tennis but I can't do it together with my sport gymnastics…

  63. a wood Posted on April 15, 2019 at 1:03 am

    I always had an interest in tennis but never really played and now I need to play a sport and I think tennis will be great for me so wish me luck

  64. Sophia Tace Posted on April 29, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    I'm planning to join my school's tennis team but i have NEVER played tennis before. Thanks for the help, I hope i do well on my first impression…

  65. Princess brylen squad Posted on April 30, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    This looks really hard but me and my kids will be giving it a try on today

  66. Zarah’sl Crafts and gaming Posted on May 3, 2019 at 2:30 am

    I am 11 I started to play it’s fun it’s my passion…

  67. Banana Girl Posted on May 4, 2019 at 3:02 am

    I’m in 5th grade and about to go to 6th grade, I want to tryout tennis, wish me luck

  68. Nath Lafleur Posted on May 4, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    I did not know that. Thanks for posting the video!

  69. Marlon Gutierrez Posted on May 10, 2019 at 1:39 am

    dude who are you so awesome ?? Thx man im trying to learn this beautiful game.

  70. A pretty Potato Posted on May 25, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks a lot

  71. bryan ess Posted on May 29, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you! Have been playing for a little while now and haven't ever actually looked up any proper techniques!

  72. Richard Joseph Posted on June 5, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Nice to see a prince O3 racquet 😊

  73. BlackAngloSaxon Posted on June 13, 2019 at 2:18 am

    I didn’t know Johnny Cage played tennis. 🎾

  74. Melody Carifelle Posted on June 16, 2019 at 4:17 am

    Could he be more of a dweeb

  75. Meli Munster Posted on June 17, 2019 at 2:07 am

    Andy Bernard?

  76. Nukri Samyurashvili Posted on June 19, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    i think grip is important guys. what yall think?

  77. Connor Freebird Posted on July 4, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Thank u. I’m already like fuckin Serena Williams

  78. Shut da fuck Up Posted on July 14, 2019 at 5:23 am

    Every time I hit the ball I hit a home run

  79. vivek gupta Posted on July 20, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Wear earphones while watching and be surprised

  80. AJStar8 Posted on July 21, 2019 at 7:41 am

    I have to go to tennis 🎾 camp and I have never played in me life so thx lol 😂

  81. John S Posted on July 22, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Grip is way to high up on the handle to effective serve. His snap loses speed on his serve due to an improper take back and extension and what I mentioned above.

  82. indu mathi Posted on July 27, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    superb sir!!!!!

  83. Twenty One Pilots Killjoyyy Posted on July 28, 2019 at 2:05 am

    So I played tennis in 7th grade but not in 8th grade and I’m just going into high school for freshman year for all 4 years of high school , and I haven’t had much practice for like a year so this really helps me!

  84. Justinas Mažuika Posted on July 30, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Strokes and these glasses

  85. KraftyKids Posted on August 12, 2019 at 3:03 am

    that moment when you’re a sophomore and decided to quit your lifelong sport and go to tennis even though you have no idea how to play and tryouts are tomorrow😌🤟🏻

  86. Ukeru_YT Posted on August 15, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks this really helped

  87. Vwi Vwi Posted on August 20, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Thank you! I'm a big fan of tennis because of the anime prince of tennis. I really hope to play real:)

  88. turt sippin Posted on August 26, 2019 at 4:47 am

    I signed up for tennis knowing nothing about tennis

  89. T-nice Titusdaplayer Posted on August 30, 2019 at 5:03 am

    I can barely throw a baseball so ig I’ll suck at this 😏

  90. Lewiski Posted on September 8, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    I really wish that net would stop blocking my serves.

  91. gummy nod Posted on September 9, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Another ball magically appears in his hand

  92. Good & Dumb Posted on September 10, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    bro this channel is just a bunch of hardware tips, why the heck did they decide to upload this?

  93. Fundamental Tennis Posted on September 18, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Hi! I think we can do some business together, what is your email?

  94. Ryan Rivera Posted on September 26, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    That’d my Spanish teacher

  95. An Na Posted on October 2, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    I'm only started playing tennis and it's was hard but never give up I tried and tried and it's the helpful ..

  96. Yosef Roth Posted on October 3, 2019 at 9:47 am

    I played tennis for the first time last night. Lets just say today I overslept :/

  97. Pander Posted on October 7, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Haven't played in a while, this is nice to refer back to.