Tennis: Backhand on the rise

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DESCRIPTION

Coach stands in front of the player between the service boxes. The player stands close to the baseline.

The coach feeds the ball from their own side to the backhand side of the player. The player needs to move and respond with a backhand around shoulder height

COACHING POINTS

In this drill the player works on hitting balls around shoulder height.

Staying close to the baseline means players will end up hitting a lot of shots at this height, so they will have to feel comfortable with these shots.

Coach should encourage players to work with whole body (bending knees, turning hips and shoulders etc) to generate maximum control and power in each shot.

Note:

Tall players use their physical abilities to their advantage and often base their game on powerful shots from the baseline. This means that coaches have to spend practice time on offensive groundstrokes that are played close to the back line.

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