Singles Strategy: The 2- 1 Groundstroke Play


Do you want to learn a reliable singles strategy that you can use against any opponent to play solid and winning tennis?

Well, in today’s article I’m going to share a powerful singles strategy called “ The 2-1 Groundstroke Play”.

This simple tennis tactic will give you the edge against your opponent’s from the baseline, and get you playing smarter tennis right away.

Let’s get started.


Tennis Forehand Crosscourt

First, you’re going to play two balls crosscourt and on the third shot, you’ll go down the line.

This pattern will teach you how to build the point and give you the proper time to change directions throughout the point.

On the first shot, you want to aim deep crosscourt and then go back to the same spot for the second one.


Tennis Forehand Down The Line

Next, your goal on the third shot is to get your opponent moving to the backhand side for a righty, or to the forehand for a lefty.

You’re not going for a winner on this third ball, instead, you want to force a mistake from your opponent by having him or her stretched out.

Hence, you want to aim at least two feet away from the sideline and play your down the line shot with good net clearance and topspin.

Let’s recap, you can use this tennis singles strategy on both your forehand and backhand wing to stay aggressive and keep your opponent on the move.

The moral of the story is be patient on your first two shots before you change direction, aim to safe targets, and stay proactive during the point to play smarter and winning tennis.

This tennis singles strategy can be employed by advanced players, intermediate and beginners.

I’ve seen the best tennis players in the world use it over and over successfully, so it’s definitely worth practicing it on the court and have it as part of your tennis arsenal.


By Jeff Salzenstein, Founder Tennis Evolution
Jeff is a former top 100 ATP player and USTA high-performance coach
committed to helping players and coaches all over the world improve.

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  1. Sam

    Excellent denouement

  2. Angie

    Loved it!

    • Jeff Salzenstein

      Thank you, Angie!


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