Tennis: Alternate hitting volley and smash rally

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DESCRIPTION

The player stands at the net on the ad side and the coach stands on the baseline on the ad side. Players rally together. The player at the net alternates hitting backhand volley and overhead.

COACHING POINTS

Volley and overhead skills are important not only for individual competition but also for team format of tennis. A lot of players love to play doubles so it is a smart move to learn how to feel comfortable with shots in the air. Players who add these weapons to their repertoire are more dangerous and have more tactical solutions to use during tournament.

In this drill, the player works on technical and physical improvements. Being able to control backhand volley and overheads is a skill that guarantee good quality in singles and doubles. Keeping the rally as long as possible puts emphasis on solid footwork and endurance so players can get better in these areas too. The coach has to explain to players how to use these combination in singles and make players understand that this scenario (moving forward to hit volley and moving back to hit overhead) happens many times during doubles match so players have to feel comfortable hitting these shots. For more advanced players, the coach can set the zone target or set number of shots in a row to achieve to put more emphasis on focus and ability to deal with pressure.

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