Tennis: Know Your Place - Backhand Cross Court

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DESCRIPTION

Coach feeds balls to the backhand side. Player hits backhand volley cross court and recovers to the cone. Proper spot after cross court backhand is on the deuce side. Coach should explain to players that they have to be on the same side where they hit the ball. This rule is crucial at the net because player has to cover first down the line passing shot (down the line crosses the net faster than cross court).

COACHING POINTS

Recovery at the net is of utmost importance. If we leave too much space for a skillful opponent, we can forget about winning the points. Coach has to explain to players that they have to position themselves on the same side where the ball is hit. This position is the best option because we have to cover down the line direction. Down the line has shorter distance to cross the net than cross court so this is a priority for a net player to intercept the passing shot. Many professional players (Sampras, Bryan's Brothers etc) win many points at the net not because they are great with volleys but because their position is so perfect.

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