Tennis Drill Demonstration

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Develop your player's skills to move the opposition around the court with this session, working on key skills such as coming to the net, ready to take the advantage!

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Players rally together. Player A hits 2 backhands cross-court and 1 backhand down the line. Player B responds with all shots to the backhand corner.

Coaching points

Moving the opponent is a basic tactic in tennis at any level of performance. By playing the shots to different sides, their opponent needs solid skills to maintain the rally and control the direction. At a decent level, most of the players can hit from the static position but where the running starts, mistakes also get bigger.

In this drill, the player works on changing direction while using backhand strokes. Being able to be consistent while rallying in cross-court direction is a primary skill to create advantage on the court. Well-placed shots down the line ball can result in straight winner or it can be a reason why opponent responded with ball that is easy to finish. For more advanced players, the coach can set up zones (for cross court: deep or angle, for down the line: deep) to make sure that players are able to hit specific targets on the court.

Drill tags: backhand, cross court, rally, tennis

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