Ask tennishead: Bemused by balls?
Originally published on: 14/02/12 12:27
I am bemused by the array of balls out there, how do I make a choice? Are there any tactical advantages to any particular balls?
If you do want the full lowdown on balls, we visited the ITF headquarters to uncover the ball-testing process last year. Read the full feature here.
Armed and dangerous
Commentators talk about the importance of using the non-playing hand when pros hit a double-handed backhand. What do they mean?
Although the Spaniard plays with his left hand, he is naturally a right-hander (he uses his right hand to write with, brush his teeth etc) which means he has two phenomenally strong arms to use when he hits a two-handed backhand. He is particularly effective when he is pushed out wide on his backhand side and has to pull the ball back across court. This is when he really needs the strength and control of his right forearm to drag the ball back into play. Look out for it the next time you watch him play.
Pump it up
My son is 12, and itching to get into the gym to train. When is it safe for a youngster to start doing serious stuff in the gym?
In a flap
I struggle to concentrate during matches – I go walkabout at the worst possible times! Can you help?