In this drill player works on offensive running volley. Playing on the run is risky because player has to control body in motion but it also has many tactical benefits in tennis. Being at the net is a situation that player can use to win points in shorter time but wrong execution or late reaction can transform easy opportunity into really difficult task. Many players don’t have a habit to play short balls on the run so they allow ball to drop below the net level. From tactical standpoint player has more opportunities for offensive play while hitting volleys from above the net so coach should teach players what they can do to do it consistently. One of the options is to quickly react to short ball and play this shot on the run. Players should learn how to use physical and technical skills to play running volley with high effectiveness.
-The Coach feeds (i) long then (ii) short.
-Each player has two shots,both must go down the line.
-Player is aiming for the targets.
Forehand & Backhand Drill
Coach feeds 3 balls to the player's deuce side down the line. Standing on the base line, the player moves to their right to meet the ball on their forehand side. The player then returns the ball hitting forehand cross court to the corner of the deuce side between cones. he/she then moves back to the centre of the base line. The coach then feeds the next ball on the players deuce side service line. The player moves foreward and returns using a forehand cross court short to the corner of the deuce side. Player then returns back to the centre of the baseline. Coach then feeds the third ball a few feet beyond the net. Players moves to meet it and agins, using a forehand cross court shot, returns the ball beteen the cones set up on the cross court shot side.
Player serves from the deuce side. Coach feeds short ball to the deuce side. Player moves forward, sets up close stance and hits offensive forehand.
Player serves wide from the ad side. Coach feeds 2 balls to the ad side. Player executes pattern using forehand inside in and forehand inside out.
The player serves from the Deuce side, aiming for the body of the imaginary opponent. The coach then feeds the ball to the player's backhand side. The player then has to hit an aggressive forehand inside out by running around to get into position to hit the shot.
Player serves to the T from deuce side Coach feeds the ball to the ad side Player takes forehand and hits it to the ad side
Coach feeds first ball deep to the forehand side. Player hits deep forehand down the line. Coach feeds second ball short to the backhand side. Player quickly runs around and hits offensive forehand inside in.
Coach feeds the ball to ad side Player hits backhand slice down the line Coach feeds the ball back with higher topspin Player finishes with forehand inside out
Coach feeds 3 balls to the ad side Player hits 2 backhand slices cross-court and 1 forehand topspin inside in
The coach and player maintain a rally whilst volleying The player puts their non-dominant hand behind the back and hits all the volleys using only their dominant hand
Coach stands next to the player. Coach drops balls at regular height. Player executes backhand at the fastest speed possible.
Coach stands in front of the player. Coach tosses the balls in front of the player, with every ball shorter. Player hits a forehand from close stance and moves through the shot to be closer to the net after every shot. Player continues until he reaches the service line.
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The variety of sessions across sports - sometimes we steal session ideas from one sport and use them with another.
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