Tennis: Backhand 3 Wide Balls

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DESCRIPTION

Coach stands in front of the player. Coach tosses 3 different balls to the backhand side. First ball is close to the player; second ball is between the middle and the sideline; last ball is close to the sideline. Player hits and recovers after each shot.

COACHING POINTS

Using different stances in tennis is a skill that coaches should work on with players. Tennis is a reaction game where players have to decide about many factors (stance, technique, tactic etc) in a short period of time. Knowing when to use a particular stance is a necessity to achieve confidence during the matches. In this exercise, player is under pressure so they have to react quickly. Different distances of balls will challenge players to run various distances and use different stances to succeed. Keeping in mind that no 2 shots are the same in tennis, coaches have to push players to hit different balls most of the time.

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