Tennis: Fence Controls The Swing

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DESCRIPTION

The player starts by standing close to the fence, with the coach throwing the ball to the backhand side. The player then executes a backhand volley back to the coach, with the fence preventing the player from taking too big a backswing.

COACHING POINTS

Taking too big a backswing is a common mistake made by junior players, and also by typical baseline players. They try to add extra power by taking the racquet back but they forget that the ball will be coming at them with more than enough speed, so all they need is control. A short movement of the racquet guarantees consistency so players have to learn how to control their backswing.

This drill helps the player work on shortening their backswing. The player stands close to the fence so that it is an obstacle that prevents the player from taking the racquet back as they will simply hit the fence if they do.

PROGRESSION

At the beginning of the drill, the coach will throw the ball to the player and catch it. As the drill progresses, incorporate this into a rally.

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