Tennis: Side to side safe defense returns

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DESCRIPTION

Hitting on the run is a skill that has to be practiced often because players must learn to control the distance between the body and the ball and how to hit the shot while still moving.

In this exercise, the player aims for the middle of the court because it is the best defensive tactical return. This is because there is more court to aim for and the middle of the net is lower.

Players should also know that hitting on the run forces them to lose time as they stop, change direction and recover.

So tell your players to aim high over the net to gain additional recovery time while the ball is in the air.

COACHING POINTS

Hitting on the run is a skill that has to be practiced often because players have to learn to control the distance between the body and the ball and how to hit the shot while still moving.

In this exercise, the player aims for the middle of the court because it is the best defensive tactical return. This is because there is more court to aim for and the middle of the net is lower.

Players should also know that hitting on the run forces them to lose time as they stop, change direction and recover.So tell your players to aim high over the net to gain additional recovery time while the ball is in the air.

This drill is a great exercise to improve technical (slice), tactical (middle of the court), physical (endurance) and mental (perseverance) skills.

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