Tennis: Deep and short

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Linsent, Tennis coach

DESCRIPTION

Cones are set on the deuce side (deep and short). The player stands on the service line and the coach feeds high ball to the forehand side. The player executes forehand drive in the air deep cross-court and moves forward, before the coach feeds another ball to the backhand side.The player finishes with backhand drop-volley down the line.

COACHING POINTS

Many players make a mistake by hitting great forehand in the air and not moving quickly enough to the net. This lack of movement creates great opportunity for the rival to put the ball into player's legs and quickly move from defence to offence. The coach should teach players to move to the net as quickly as possible to maintain offensive position and put more pressure on the opponent.

In this drill, the player works on pattern with forehand drive and backhand drop volley. Moving quickly to the net after drive volley has to be an automatic habit to make sure that this strategy will bring many points during the match. Additionally players have to be aware that controlling depths of own shots is a big tactical weapon that is more important than sheer power. Hitting deep forehand drive forces rival to move further behind the baseline so the next short shot will almost always become a winner.

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