Tennis: Backswing Loop

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DESCRIPTION

The coach stands next to the player and keeps their racquet in a horizontal position.

The player moves their racquet over and under the coach's racquet to imitate a forehand stroke.

COACHING POINTS

Most players' techniques differ when taking the racquet back, but we can find some similarities in this motion. The loop is the most visible factor that can be observed. Players take a bigger or smaller loop because it helps to generate topspin in a more natural way.

Players who take the racquet back in a straight line prefer to hit flat shots and have problems developing a heavy topspin response.

In this drill, the player quickly gets an idea of how to make a loop by avoiding hitting the obstacle, in this case the coach's racquet.

PROGRESSION

If the player is comfortable with shadowing, the coach can toss some balls to see if the motion is controlled while hitting the ball.

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