The importance of solid point of contact

Point of contact. Everybody knows how important this part of tennis technique is. Some coaches say that point when you hit the ball with your racket is decisive in technique. It clearly has an impact on quality of the shot so it is crucial to learn how to contact the ball in proper position while using different strokes in tennis.

 

We all know that if we have point of contact in front of the body we have more control over the stroke. Why does it happen? Firstly we can see the ball so it is easier to aim at something visible. Secondly hitting in front of the body helps us with transferring the energy into the ball what results in using and playing with proper kinetic chain.

 

Tennis technique is complicated but we have to remember that some parts of it are responsible for crucial aspects like direction, power, control or spin. Point of contact also has major special function. It is control. We can control the ball by keeping proper angle of the racket and hitting in front of the body.

 

As we know, racket angle is responsible for direction of the shot. If our racket angle directs towards cross-court we will hit exactly in this direction. On the other hand, if our racket angle directs towards down the line our ball will go there. Point of contact and racket angle combined give us good control over direction of the ball so every competitive player should do a lot of work to make these technical parts solid. However should we always try to achieve the same point of contact while hitting from different areas on the court? It is not always possible but the fact is that the higher we can contact the ball the easier it is for us to continue consistent and offensive shots.

 

Examples of benefits of hitting the ball in the highest possible point of contact:

 

Groundstrokes:

When we hit the ball in the highest point we have to struggle less with playing over the net. Net is the worst mistake so competitive players should avoid it all the time. Secondly, when we don’t allow the ball to drop we have more options to put pressure on the rival like angle shots, different power or variety of spins. Thirdly, by contacting the ball higher we take away our opponent time for reaction because he has less time to recover after the last shot.

 

Serve:

When we hit in the highest point we have more margin over the net. We can hit harder or closer to the sideline and still make it in. Serve in modern tennis is a big weapon so making over 50% of good first serves and having consistent second delivery are goals that can be achieved by contacting the ball in the highest point.

 

Net game:

When we hit in the highest point we can take control over the point at the net. Volleys should be aggressive and should be difficult for the rival so we have to hit them fast and with proper control. If we contact the ball below the net level, we have to hit them up so it immediately changes our approach more to neutral or even defensive shot. Additionally the higher the point of contact the more options we have at the net related to depth, speed and spin of the volley/overhead. Thirdly when we hit at the highest point we take our opponent time away for reaction because he has less time to recover after the last shot.

 

As you can see point of contact has 2 major roles: technical and tactical. Point of contact in technical world means hitting and controlling the ball in front of your body. On the other hand, point of contact in tactical world means more options and less mistakes. Watching the ball, reacting quickly and moving effectively can be solution for everybody who wants to improve own point of contact and see better results on the court without any technical changes with the racket.