Types of Tennis Shots

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Stephanie
Leagues Coordinator


In Tennis, there are many different types of shots and each one can be categorized in various ways. Here are some basic types of Tennis shots to get you started thinking about your Tennis game:

  1. The Serve: The opening shot of a point. Some players even say that this is the most important shot of the game! Thankfully for you we wrote an entire headline on this – which you can check out here.
  2. The Forehand: The most natural shot there is! The forehand shot is when the ball is struck from the dominate side of your body by swinging the racquet with your hand moving palm-first. Most players can easily master this shot and use it to their advantage in a game.
  3. The Backhand: This shot is a bit tougher to play than the forehand and can be accomplished with one or two hands on the racquet. The backhand shot is when the ball is struck from the non-dominate side of your body by swinging the racquet with the back of your hand showing to the opponent.
  4. The Volley: A shot that is executed inside the service line or at the net when the ball is still in the air (before it bounces onto the ground). There can be both forehand volleys and backhand volleys.
  5. The Half-Volley: This shot is similar to the regular Volley as it again is executed inside the service line or at the net but the shot is made by hitting the ball when it is on the rise just after it has bounced.
  6. The Lob: A shot that goes well over your opponents head. This shot can mainly be used when your opponent is playing up at the net. They’ll never see it coming!
  7. The Drop-Shot: A shot that is hit lightly so that it barley goes over the net. Fun fact: In Pickleball this shot is called a ‘Dink’.

Now that you’ve got some of the basic Tennis shots down, here are some other shots that you can try out at your next practice if you’re feeling brave and want to have some fun:

  1. The “Tweener”/Between-the-Legs: A shot in which you hit the ball between your legs, generally with your back facing the net.
  2. The Behind-the-Back: As its name would suggest – a shot where the ball is hit by crossing your dominate arm across your back without swinging. I’d suggest first trying this shot when you are stationary!

Good luck out there players and may the shot be ever in your favour!