The 6 Athletic Skills
My research shows that there are only 6 athletic skills needed to mastered tennis ground strokes and only 15 PURE, EASILY IDENTIFIED Contact moves that exist.
The athletic skills needed and there relations to the contact move are:
1. Pivoting the hips – 4 contact moves that involves pivoting of 1 or 2 feet.
2. Spinning the hips – 3 contact moves that involve spinning the hips.
3. Transferring the weight – 2 contact moves that involve transferring the weight in a elevated movement from the back foot to the front foot.
4. Multi-directional hopping – 4 contact moves that uses a hop in a forward, sideward or backwards direction.
5. Shifting the weight – 1 contact move that requires a shifting of the hips.
6. Lunging sideways – 1 contact move that requires a lunging (preferably) at an angle movement
In summary, that is, 6 athletic skills which encompass 15 contact moves.
These 15 Contact moves can be divided into 4 types of tactical intentions and generally occur at 4 different contact regions on the court. (upcoming Blog).I call it the ABCD of tactical intention i.e . . . . Attacking, Building, Counter-attacking and Defensive contact.