Tennis: Make them hit difficult backhand

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DESCRIPTION

Coach feeds ball to the 'ad' side. Player hits high backhand topspin cross-court and moves to the net. Coach feeds easier ball to the deuce side. Player finishes with forehand stop volley cross-court.

COACHING POINTS

In this drill, Player develops a strategy based on high topspin shots to give the opponent one of the shots that is really difficult to execute: a backhand shot with the point of contact over the shoulders. Proper physical and technical preparations are needed to be able to execute this stroke effectively so knowing its difficulty level, players should try to make their opponent hit this kind of shot as much as possible during the match. By hitting high topspin backhand cross-court, we achieve this goal. Coach should make players aware that most of the rivals will hit the ball up in this challenging situation so moving to the net after first shot is a proven strategy to gain further advantage in the point to finish the next ball with an easy volley or smash.

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