Tennis/Terminology

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Basic Tennis Terms

Volley
usually deflecting the ball at the net.
Serve
usually an overhand hit used to get the ball in play.
Forehand
a hit with the inside of the hitting hand facing the court, almost always a one-handed shot.
Backhand
a hit the back of the hitting hand facing the court. Can be a one or two-handed shot. The two-handed backhand, though difficult for some, if mastered, offers good power, direction, and spin. The one-handed backhand offers power, speed, and flexibility.
Racquet
the stringed bat used to hit the tennis ball.
Backspin
when the ball is literally spinning backwards while traveling forwards. Produces a low bounce and/or less forward motion after the bounce.
Topspin
when the ball is spinning forward while traveling forward. Usually produces a high bounce.
Slice
hitting the ball with left or right side spin, produces a low or sideways bounce.
Rally
hitting the ball back and forth.