Tennis: Forehand 4 directions

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DESCRIPTION

The player starts from the middle. The coach tosses 4 balls into different directions (deuce side, short middle, ad side, deep middle). The player hits all the balls with forehand stroke.

COACHING POINTS

Tennis is a game of movement so learning all strokes has to involve proper movement. Without great footwork skills it is impossible to effectively compete against top players. Many mistakes in the forehand stroke are caused because of poor movement skills so coaches have to analyse this aspect all the time to make players improve.

In this drill, the player works on forehand quality with the strong emphasis on footwork skills. The coach should make sure that the basics are right (wide and low position, split step, explosive first step) as also he should teach different movement patterns according to the specific tactical situation.

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