Tennis: Start deep, finish short

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Linsent, Tennis coach

DESCRIPTION

The coach serves to the T from deuce side. The player hits deep backhand return cross-court and the coach feeds shorter ball to the deuce side. The player then finishes with forehand drop shot down the line.

COACHING POINTS

Baseline skills are crucial but we can't forget that return is a different stroke than regular forehand or backhand. The ball comes with different trajectory and with different spin so without proper practice time, even the best backhand won't be effective while returning. That is why it's important to work on specific patterns that start with serve and return, to make sure that players are confident not only during rally but also at the beginning of it.

In this drill, the player works on backhand return and next shot. After a good deep return, most of the opponents will be back behind the baseline, so it's important to capitalise on every short ball that comes on our side. Moving the opponent is not related just to playing from left to right but you can also use this strategy with deep and short variation. Pushing the opponent deep behind the baseline is a great opportunity to hit the next shot with drop shot. This sequence will not only give you easy winners but it will also force to the opponent to try to play more risky shots to avoid short balls.

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