Tennis: Close it on the line

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DESCRIPTION

In this drill, the player works on close stance while hitting backhand and standing behind the double alley. The coach throws the ball in front of the player, the player has to step on the line with right foot (sideways position) and hit backhand.

COACHING POINTS

Proper positioning is crucial to improve consistency and precentage of hit balls. Many players use too many open stances because their footwork is poor. Close stance helps to keep point of contact in front of the body so it helps in minimizing the possibility to hit the ball late.

In this drill, the player works on close stance. Visual feedback (stepping on the line) helps the player to self-correct after wrong positioning. It is important to precisely throw the ball because bad feed can stop the player's improvement.

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