Tennis: Deep position returns

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DESCRIPTION

The player stands deep behind the baseline, with the coach on the service line (on the player's side of the court).

The coach then feeds the ball to the player so he/she has to hit a defensive forehand back over the net.

Once the player is able to hit forehands successfully ask them to return using a backhand stroke.

COACHING POINTS

A low position is necessary to control the ball, so the coach should tell players to bend their knees as low as possible and stay in this position throughout the whole shot. A player should not rise too early because it will change the point of contact.

The most important skill in defense is control; power we can get from the opponent. To make this particular drill more challenging, coach can stand closer to the baseline or hit the ball harder/deeper.

PROGRESSION

To make this drill more challenging, the coach can stand closer to the baseline to shorten the player's reaction time or hit the ball harder/deeper.

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