Tennis Drills – How to Improve your game

I have managed to gather some very useful information on the web….

Ten Drills for Intermediate Players

Are you struggling to beat that pesky player at your local club? Do you get the lead midway through the game, but always seem to come up just a bit short at the end? Don’t get discouraged. Tennis is a game where small improvements can reap big rewards, and one of the best ways to advance your game is through a consistent drill routine.

This guide outlines some basic drills to improve the weakest areas of your tennis game while also strengthening what you already do well—but remember that tennis is a sport that rewards practice and repetition, so plan a schedule for the exercises and stick to it.

Drill 1. Deep Rally

Intermediate players often struggle to hit consistently deep in the court, but hitting shorter balls that land before the service line allows the opponent to take control of the point. This drill, called “deep rally” is designed to make you more comfortable hitting deeper and longer strokes which will even up the momentum of play.

  1. The drill takes two players, so you will need a partner. The goal of the drill is to have each player hit the ball past the service line a certain amount of times in a row.
  2. Before starting the rally, set a goal of 10 balls in a row—meaning each player must hit the ball past the service line five times in a row before the drill is over. By concentrating on the depth of the stroke, each player will be forced to practice consistently lengthening their swing.
  3. Once the goal is reached, change up the number from 10 to 20 and so on.

Drill 2. Down the Line Cross Court

This drill is executed exactly how it sounds—it forces each player to hit the ball in a designated area, regardless of where the player is positioned on the court. Although the direction of hits is predictable, the drill forces both players to hustle into position while still staying in control of their shot.

  1. Each player stands on opposite sides of the court.
  2. Assign one player to hit the ball down the line, while the other player hits cross-court.
  3. Pick a number of required consecutive shots, preferably beginning with no less than 10 balls in a row.
  4. After 5 or 10 minutes, alternate assignments.

Drill 3. The Approach Shot

Many players at the intermediate level only practice hitting groundstrokes from the baseline. The following drill forces players to hit balls from different positions on the court and emphasizes the necessary footwork required for each move.

  1. The drill begins with a rally between the two players.
  2. The pair must hit five balls back and forth before a player can win the point.
  3. After the fifth groundstroke, the players must approach any ball that does not cross the service line.
  4. The player attacking the short ball must hit an approach shot and come to net. If the player fails to hit an approach shot and come to net, that player loses the point.
  5. The first to 11 wins the game.

Drill 4. Down the Alley

The down the alley drill limits the size of the court to just one doubles alley, with a set number of hits required per rally in the designated area. This forces players to concentrate on consistency and accuracy, instead of just power.

  1. Each player stands on opposite sides of the court in the doubles alley directly across from their practice partner.
  2. The pair must hit between 10-12 shots in the space in order to complete the drill. As you build accuracy and complete your goal, increase the number of consecutive balls.
  3. Practice this drill for 10 minutes.

Drill 5. Overhead Smash and Run

The overhead smash and run drill is for any player who struggles to put away the point. There is nothing more disheartening in the game of tennis than losing a point you controlled until the final shot. The goal of this drill is to use the proper footwork and technique needed for the overhead smash that so often wins the point.

  1. One player starts at the net. The other player should stand on the baseline on the opposite side of the court.
  2. The player at the baseline has a basket of balls.
  3. The player at the net touches the net with his racquet to signal he is ready to begin.
  4. As the player touches the net, the player on the baseline hits a fairly deep lob.
  5. The player at the net then back peddles into position for an overhead smash.
  6. After the player hits the overhead, he sprints to the net and taps the net again with the racquet signaling they are ready for another overhead.
  7. Repeat this process until the player at the net is too tired.
  8. Switch roles allowing both players to practice the overhead and their footwork.

Drill 6. The Serve Drill

The serve is the one shot in tennis where a player has complete control, which makes it that much more important to practice and refine. The typical intermediate player or club level player will practice serving for maybe 5 to 10 minutes during the warm up for a match, but in reality, it takes much longer to perfect this aspect of play. Use the drill below to get in real serving practice.

  1. Grab a basket of balls and set up three targets (you can use cones or a pyramid of balls) along the service line on the other side of the net in both the deuce and ad courts.
  2. Number each target your head from left to right with the numbers 1-6.
  3. Before every serve, call out which target you are aiming to hit.
  4. Make sure to practice serving for at least 30 minutes.

Drill 7. Charging the Net

Intermediate players are generally more confident hitting groundstrokes than they are hitting volleys at the net. The most common mistake intermediate players make when volleying is to wait for the ball to come to them, instead of charging the net to catch the ball at its highest point to maintain control of the shot. This drill will improve a player’s movement and aggression at net. The general rule is that the faster a player can get to the ball, the easier the volley will be to control.

  1. The volleyer stands three feet behind the service line, while the feeder stands in the doubles alley with a basket of balls.
  2. The feeder hits a ball with relatively little pace and with a net clearance of 6 to 7 feet. The goal of the feeder is to hit a ball short and high enough, to allow the player time to sprint to the ball in a forward direction and hit the volley before the ball drops in height.
  3. If the player volleying does not reach the ball in time to hit it at the highest point, that player must either run a lap around the court or do some jumping jacks. By acknowledging where the point of contact was made, the player is made aware of the height at which to hit volleys.
  4. Repeat the drill until the net player is tired.
  5. Switch roles

Drill 8. The Basic Return Drill

Hip Turn – My return is based 100 percent on a simple hip turn. Imagine the butt of the handle of your racquet is taped to your stomach, so the racquet points at your opponent as you face him. Now if you just turn your hips, your racquet is going to be prepared to hit the return. A good drill to teach a quick hip turn is simply to stand as if you’re about to return serve and have somebody shout “forehand!” or “backhand!” and you react instantly with a hip turn, without a ball. The hip turn is an easy way not only to be prepared quickly, but also to keep yourself from swinging too big at a ball that you don’t need to swing hard at.

Andre Agassi

Add the basic return drill to your practice schedule to become a bit more like Agassi.

  1. The drill consists of two players, one standing at the service line with a basket of balls, the other on or near the baseline on the other side of the net.
  2. The player at the service line hits serves to the baseline/returning player.
  3. The server alternates between different types of serves: slice, flat, topspin, and kick. By switching up, the returner will be forced to improve the return on all types of serves.
  4. It is recommended that the server stands at the service line because it is easier to consistently hit serves from this position on the court. The goal is to hit as many returns as possible and to become comfortable with returning different types of serve.
  5. Practice returning from both the deuce and advantage court.
  6. Rotate server and returner.

Drill 9. The Pepper Game and the Ball Drop Drill

As your game develops and the level of play advances, the shots from your opponent will also increase in speed and difficulty, so improving your reflexes and reaction time will become crucial for staying competitive. Below are some drills that can help you improve hand-eye coordination and speed up reaction time.

The Pepper Game

  1. One player stands in a volleying position at the service line while the other player stands near the “T” (where the center of both the service boxes meets) on the other side of the net.
  2. The player at the “T” will feed the other player 10-20 balls in rapid succession. The goal is to have the player try and get a racquet on as many balls as possible with the focus on quick feet and hand coordination.

The Ball Drop Drill

  1. Have one player stand with his or her back to the net; the practice partner should stand on the same side of the court about 10 feet in front of the player whose back is to the net.
  2. The latter player will extend their arms out sideways at shoulder height with a ball in each hand.
  3. That player will then drop one of the tennis balls and the player standing with his or her back to net must sprint to catch it before the ball bounces twice.
  4. After the catch, the sprinting player returns to the starting position to repeat the drill.

Hot Tip: Watch the Racquet

Watch the angle of your partner’s racquet to help anticipate the direction of the ball.

Drill 10. Under Pressure

This drill will help players who get nervous or uneasy playing at a disadvantage during a break point or game point. It mimics a real match scenario with a beginning score of Love-15 of Love-30, which in turn allows the player to become comfortable and capable in high pressure situations.

  1. Begin a set against your practice partner with a rule that the server must begin each game down 0-15 or 0-30.
  2. The disadvantage in place forces each player to concentrate on every point.
  3. Other variations of the under pressure drill are to begin a set a 4-4 (4-All), or each player is allowed only one serve.
  4. Mix up the different scenarios or come up with your own so that you practice real match scenarios.

Get Out and Practice

The 10 drills discussed in this guide allow you to simulate real match scenarios to improve specific aspects of play to take your game to the next level. So grab your racquet and hit the courts, it’s time to practice.



How to Improve Your Tennis Game

At the advanced level, the athletic and technical aspects of tennis are only half of the battle—the other half requires mental toughness and the ability to execute a suitable strategy for the specific situation. This latter side of the game is often under-practiced as players tend to channel all or most of their energy towards improving technique, strength, and fitness.

Reaching a new level of play can be achieved off of the court—and sometimes, it is the one thing standing between a good player and a great player. It is important to take the time to evaluate yourself as a player in all aspects of the sport in order to have a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses on the court. By analyzing the different parts of your game, you can get a better understanding of yourself as a tennis player and how to take your game to the next level.

This guide is a step in the process of self-evaluation. All it takes is a sheet of paper, or player log if you have one, a pen or pencil, and 10-15 minutes of your time. Rate yourself on a scale from 1-10 for specific components in the following four categories: mental approach, strategy and tactics, physical ability, and technical skill (a 10 means you have perfected the skill, 1 implies that you currently struggle and need improvement in that area).

The Mental Approach to Tennis

Rate yourself in the following areas to determine the strength of your mental game:

  1. Determination: Do you play hard till the end of each match? Do you give 100% effort on almost every point? Or do you frequently want to give up?

If you have the tendency to give up when the going gets tough, give yourself a 1. If you are give it your best on every point, give yourself a 10.

  1. Ability to handle pressure: Are you able to consistently stay calm and in control throughout the duration of a match, and more importantly, during high pressure situations?

A rating of 1 means you are frequently overcome with nerves and emotions; a 10 is awarded for Roger Federer-like nerves of steel and the ability to thrive under pressure.

  1. Confidence: Do you remain confident even when playing a statistically superior or higher ranked opponent? Do you get discouraged when playing someone who is favored to beat you?

A 1 means you take the rankings to heart and assume defeat, while a 10 implies you step into every game like you are favored to win.

  1. Priorities: How well are you able to focus on winning more often than the fear of losing?

Give yourself a 10 if your focus is on winning every point and the fear of losing doesn’t cross your mind or distract you.

  1. Emotional Control: How capable are you of managing nerves and emotions that occur before and during games?

Do nerves heavily and negatively impact your level of play? If so, rate yourself a 1.

  1. Focus: How capable are you in focusing on the task at hand?

Give yourself a 1 if you are easily distracted by things that are out of your control (such as wind, noise, and opponent’s reactions). Give yourself a 10 if you can remain focused on the point being played.

  1. Dealing with loss: How do you handle defeat? Do you sulk and worry about the result, or do you bounce back quickly after a loss?

Give yourself a 1 if you almost always let a loss get the best of you; a 10 means you take each defeat as a chance to improve your game so that you won’t lose the next time.

A player with a firm grasp on this side of the game should score at least in the high 50’s. If you are score in the 30’s or below, your mental game may be preventing you from reaching the next level.

Now that you have completed the mental approach portion of the evaluation, take some time to look over your scores to see what you do well, and more significantly, where you score the lowest and therefore what areas you need to work on.

The Strategic Component of Tennis

The ability to execute the right strategy in a game-time situation is key for any tennis player. Using the same scale from 1-10, rate tactical capabilities for each of the following questions.

  1. Shot choice: How comfortable are you in knowing which shots to play and when to play them?

Give yourself a 1 if you usually hit the ball without clear purpose; a 10 if you frequently hit the right shots at the right time.

  1. Interpreting your opponent: How well do you read your opponent’s game? Are you always a step behind knowing where your opponent is going to hit the ball?

If the latter part of the question rings true, give yourself a 1. If you are able to pick up on your opponent’s pattern and predict where he or she is going to hit the ball under different circumstances, award yourself a 10.

  1. Adapting: Do you effectively change your game to exploit the weaknesses of your opponent?

Give yourself a 10 if you often take advantage of your opponent’s weakness(es) to further your own game.

  1. Disguising your own weakness: Are you able to hide your own weaknesses in game time situations?

If you find your opponents can quickly catch on to and exploit your weaknesses, give yourself a 1.

  1. Body awareness: How aware are you of your positioning on the court?

If you consistently lose track of where you are positioned on the court, give yourself a 1. If you are always aware of your court position and understand a neutral, offensive or defensive situation, give yourself a 10.

  1. Versatility: Do you utilize different strategies for different types of players?

If you only have only one go-to strategy or no strategy at all, you’re a 1. If you take the time to develop a strategy for each type of player you face, award yourself a 10.

  1. Ability to adjust: If your “A-game” is a little off, how capable are you of switching tactics to implement a new strategy of play?

If you are able to adapt when things aren’t going your way, and still find ways to win, give yourself a 10.

Using the right strategy against an opponent is a valuable tool for any tennis player. At the advanced level, strategy will often affect the outcome of a match. The player that best adapts to their opponent will have a better chance at pulling out a victory.

If you scored in the high 50’s for this section, you probably have a strong grasp on the strategic aspect of tennis, but if you are scoring in the 30’s, this is an area of weakness for you as a player.

The Physical Component of Tennis

Rate yourself using the scale from 1-10 to see where you stand in the following categories for physical and athletic capabilities.

  1. Endurance: How is your stamina? How well do you handle long, grueling matches that go deep into the third set?

If you are exhausted and drained after the first set, give yourself a 1. If you consider yourself a third set player, pick up a 10.

  1. Speed: How is your speed? Are able to quickly get to balls returned to different areas of the court?

If you frequently find yourself getting to shots too late in the point, you’re probably a 1.

  1. Reflexes: Are your reflexes sharp? Are you able to adapt to shots of different speeds?

A 10 goes after each ball and reacts well to different shots and speeds.

  1. Coordination: How is your hand-eye coordination? Are you seeing the ball clearly and consistently? Do you make solid contact with your strokes?

If you struggle to make consistent contact with the ball, give yourself a 1, but if you see the ball clearly and often strike in the center of the racquet, add up 10 more.

  1. Agility: How agile are you on the court?

Tennis requires players to be fast over short distances, with the ability to move in multiple directions using explosive, quick steps. Give yourself a 1 if you find yourself off balance, a 10 if you can get to balls and change direction quickly.

Tennis is a physical sport. The better shape you are in, the more likely you’ll last for three grueling sets. There are seven main categories in this section, so once again, analyze your answers for each individual category, and then tally up your score for the section as a whole. A score in the 40’s reflects a strong physical game; a score in the 20’s reveals you need to get into better shape to stay in the game.

The Technical Component of Tennis

Technique is a key component to success. Rate your own technical game using the following prompts.

  1. Mechanics: Are there flaws in your mechanics? Are you capable of repeating the same strokes consistently in terms of swing motion, preparation for the shot, and contact point?

If your mechanics are causing you injury or you are having difficulties using the right techniques, give yourself a 1. If your mechanics are generally flawless and can be consistently produced throughout a match, give yourself a 10.

  1. Footwork: How is your footwork around the court? Are you taking the right path to the ball? Are you able to sprint to the ball with time to prepare for the shot using quick steps?

If you find yourself off balance and behind the play for a majority of the points, give yourself a 1.

  1. Positioning: Are you usually in the right location to hit different types of shots from different positions on the court?

If you find yourself out of position for nearly every ball rate yourself a 1. If you are usually get into position with time to spare, award yourself a 10.

Good technique is essential in the game of tennis, and the right mechanics, footwork, and court positioning often determines the match winner. Look at each item individually, and then tally up the total for the whole section. A score of 24 or above means that you are mechanically sound; a score below 20 indicates that you need to improvement in this area.

Analyze Your Game

The ability to pick apart your own game and analyze your own strengths and weaknesses as a player is one of the hardest aspects of the sport. How can you improve if you do not know what you need to improve? How can you understand the type of tennis player you are without analyzing your style of play? If you do not understand what poses the greatest challenges for your game it will be difficult to get to the next level.

By taking the time out to evaluate yourself as a tennis player, you have just improved your game without stepping foot on to the court. Now it’s time to put that to good use.
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Tennis Elbow Could Originate in the Neck

Very useful article for people like me…

It might seem funny but tennis elbow (also known as lateral epicondylitis) could be caused by a problem in the neck. In other words, it may not be coming directly from the elbow. True lateral epicondylitis occurs as a result of local trauma and tissue inflammation. Overuse of the extensor carpi radialis brevis tendon causes microtrauma where the tendon attaches to the elbow.

That same spot along the outside of the elbow is where pain can be referred when pressure is placed on the C67 nerve root. This condition is referred to as cervical radiculopathy. The C67 nerve root leaves the spinal cord in the lower cervical spine and travels from the neck down the arm. When this nerve gets pinched or compressed, neck and arm pain can develop with pain traveling down to the elbow and below.

This may be the first study to show that elbow pain occurs as a result of muscle weakness because the C67 spinal nerve is compromised. The elbow pain and dysfunction aren’t caused by local microtrauma of the tendon at all but from altered muscle function as a result of the cervical radiculopathy. When nerve innervation of the muscles is interrupted, then weakness can make even everyday activities seem like overuse resulting in what looks like traditional lateral epicondylitis.

Making the differential diagnosis is important because the treatment differs from trauma-induced (overuse) tennis elbow and cervical radiculopathy. Instead of just treating painful elbow symptoms locally (at the elbow), efforts are directed toward the neck as well. Unnecessary surgery can even be avoided.

Out of 102 patients involved in this study, all had a confirmed diagnosis of cervical radiculopathy. Two-thirds also had tennis elbow. The tip-off that it was linked with the cervical radiculopathy (neck) was the fact that the symptoms of elbow pain, weakness, numbness and tingling were present in both arms. MRIs confirmed pathology in the cervical spine. EMGs and nerve conduction studies ruled out local nerve entrapment at the elbow.

The authors concluded that lateral epicondylitis is more common with cervical radiculopathy than was previously recognized. Anyone with tennis elbow should be evaluated carefully to look for underlying cervical radiculopathy. Women are affected more often than men. When cervical radiculopathy is present, symptoms of tennis elbow can be present on just one side but it’s more often the case that symptoms are bilateral (present in both elbows).

When lateral epicondylitis occurs as a result of cervical epicondylitis, treating it with traditional tennis elbow therapy won’t resolve the symptoms. That’ another clue that something more than tennis elbow is the problem. A comprehensive treatment program for both the cervical radiculopathy and the lateral epicondylitis is needed to resolve all symptoms.

A physical therapist will evaluate the individual and design a program specific for that person. Most likely the plan of care will include postural and strengthening exercises and manual therapy to restore normal neck alignment and movement. If needed, nerve mobilization techniques can be applied to help the affected nerves slide and glide smoothly. Neuromuscular training during daily activities and while performing work duties are incorporated until the individual can return to normal function.

Buy to Let: Ltd Company v Personal Investment

Extremely useful post by Mark –

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One of the most frequent questions asked by landlords is whether to buy investment property in their own name or through a ltd company.

It’s a great question and there is no simple answer.

It will depend on a number of factors surrounding the particular circumstance of the buyer such as how long the properties will be owned for, when to extract the cash, how much income the investor wants to extract and what other income sources they may have.

Whilst Im not an accountant, have no formal qualifications in this area and therefore can’t offer Property Investment Tax Advice I can talk about my experiences and how this has affected me as a property developer/investor.

Lots of our Progressive delegates have found these Property Investment Tax Tips useful.

Before we go into any details about should it be a Property Investment company or individual lets set the scene. The majority of investors buy property in their personal names because there are less hurdles to jump over.

The vast majority of buy to let lenders will only lend to people who buy properties in their own name and therefore for those starting out this will be the determining factor that will make the decision easy.

Buy to Let mortgages are designed for people who are earlier in their investing journey and can be simpler to obtain. Commercial Lenders/mortgages are more flexible in this regard, usually being available for property investment through ltd company, LLPs, Personal names or even trusts.

You see when you buy property through ltd company, this is seen to have a separate legal status to individuals.

So when you search on Land Registry, the company’s name will appear as the owner rather that the individual’s.

This can be useful if you want to keep your details private and might be useful in protecting your personal credit status against utility providers who register late payments for bills you haven’t received and other civil claims.

But owning in a Ltd company/LLP will mean you have to publish publicly available financial accounts on your portfolio, which whilst not detailed when small will become quite clear as the size of your company/portfolio grows and the reporting requirements increase.

Personal Guarantee…
Mortgage lenders will often ask for a personal guarantee (some probably wont such as Lloyds) if you own the property investment through ltd company meaning that whilst you protect yourself personally from other creditors you are personally liable for all debts to the mortgage lender anyway so this does not change by having a Ltd company.

If you want the benefits of limited liability but want to use the personal tax regime try using LLPs, this is what i do as I feel it gives the best of everything.

You only need one shareholder to purchase through a ltd company so you can hold the only share and still be the sole owner. And if you’re a shareholder you are of course entitled to the share of the profit and this will be paid out in dividends.

You don’t need to own a vast property portfolio to benefit from a corporate structure, one property is enough.

When you have the property investment through ltd company you pay corporation tax which is likely to be around 20% of the profit generated (but not drawn out) of the business.

Should you leave all of the profits within the company this the only tax you will be liable to pay on profits. For those who don’t want to draw any (or much) of the funds personally to create a personal income this can be very useful and offers a definite advantage over owning property personally.

If you are like me and like to reinvest profits to create bigger profits the compounding effect of only paying 20% tax over time is huge. With some paying 40% tax on their rental income profits you could potentially generate a yearly tax saving of 20% which would snowball into big numbers if consistently reinvested over many years.

When owned personally, any property income would be taxed in its entirety every tax year giving no ability to defer.

Personal Use…
But the story changes if you want to draw these profits out as an income for personal use. If all the profits were drawn out in the form of dividends on a yearly basis you would end up paying around the same level of tax as if you owned the properties personally because whilst Limited Companies will pay Corporation Tax at 20%, and basic rate (20%) income tax payers wont pay tax on the dividends they receive, higher rate (40%) income tax payers then pay tax on dividends meaning there is little difference between owning personally or doing the property investment through ltd company if you draw all the profits in dividends.

“Compound interest really is the 7th wonder of the world, and I love it!”
For those who only want to draw a portion (rather than all) of their profits out of their Ltd company the snowball effect of the tax saved and reinvested could be huge in years to come.

Disposing the Asset…
When you come to sell a property rather than paying 18% (basic rate tax payer) or 28% (higher rate taxpayer) capital gains tax for properties held in your own name the ltd company would pay 20% corporation tax and you would then be subject to the same tax on dividends outlined above for higher rate taxpayers.

This coupled with the fact that you get no personal capital gains tax allowance (The first £11,100 each so £22,200 if you own it with your wife/husband/someone else of gains where you pay no capital gains tax) often means Capital gains is tax lower for properties owned in your own name rather than the tax regime afforded to Ltd Companies.

So if you are likely to sell a property every few years you are better to own it personally to reduce your capital gains tax bill.

Should this become too frequent however (say more than 1 a year) HMRC will claim you are property trading and charge you income tax anyway. An important consideration when deciding whether to have a Property Investment company or individual.

Remortgaging your buy to let investment
Another major benefit of owing properties personally and not doing the property investment through ltd company is as follows: Remortgage money is tax free.

Should you remortgage a property in your own name the cash would come to you and could be used for any purpose, no tax would be due until you sold the propert(ies).

Lets say you purchased 10 houses for £100k each or £1m. In 30 years they are worth £4M in total, you remortgage them over the years and take out £3M in remortgage cash – as this is borrowed money there is no tax due and these funds can be spent on whatever you want.

When you die it is only the remaining equity which is taxed (£1M in this example as long as the other funds have been gifted to others such as children or spent) meaning you have avoided paying tax on the £3M you released over the years, an amazing strategy – obviously this is an extreme example and you might want to only follow it on some properties as you will have a big tax bill should you have to sell your properties in your lifetime!

Should you own these properties in a Ltd company you would have to extract the remortgage money through Salary (if your company didn’t have enough profits to support dividends at this level, as is likely) which would mean huge income tax and national insurance, so it wouldn’t work. So a definite score to owning personally.

Capital Allowances…
Rob and I also like to claim capital allowances which are allowances on plant and machinery items on purchases of commercial buildings. Typically you get about 20% of the purchase price of such properties offset against your personal income (from any source) up to £50k.

So if you purchased a property for £300k you might be able to claim £60k in allowances, for someone that earns £100k a year as a salary you could use sideways loss relief up to £50k this would reduce their personal income by around £50k meaning that they pay their income tax on £50k rather than £100k which would usually be paid at 40%.

Should put the property investment through ltd company you will only be offsetting 20% corporation tax (and couldn’t offset it against tax on dividends) which is a definite disadvantage,

What’s the way to go?
So to conclude, which is better, a Property Investment company or individual? I think you can see that it depends who you are and what you want to do.

You may like us have a mixture of owning properties personally, within Ltd companies and LLPs and your decision will affect the amount of Property investment Tax you may massively so its worth spending time on this. What I do know is that It is rarely worth transferring properties out of your name into Ltd companies/LLP or visa versa as you will be liable for stamp duty and capital gains tax based on the gain you have enjoyed at the time of the transfer.

If you want to change your strategy just do it for future purchases.

Its important that you consult an accountant for Property investment Tax Advice before you make the final decision as your individual circumstances such as your portfolio, other income, age etc will affect your decision.