Tennis: Saving the lob with slice

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DESCRIPTION

The coach feeds the ball to the forehand side, and the player responds with forehand volley. The coach hits the ball with lob to the backhand side, and the player runs back and save the point with backhand slice.

COACHING POINTS

Responding to the lob is not a skill that players spend a lot of time on. Reacting quickly, sprinting back and controlling the shot are 3 parts that have to be combined to guarantee effective result. Fighting can win many points for players so coach should implement this factor into many training drills.

In this exercise, the player works on responding to the lob with backhand slice. Endurance, speed, deceleration and control of the slice are just few skills that are included into the same action. Coach should make this drill more tactical by showing different possiblities with slice (high to get time for recovery, agressive to surprise opponent who is coming in).

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