Tennis: Full acceleration

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Coach stands next to the player. Coach quickly throws the balls. Player fully accelerates and hits all balls as fast as possible.

Max 4-5 repetitions per set

This drill is really demanding from the physical side so number of repetitions should be adjusted to the player fitness preparation. Too many reps will not bring good results because of the tired arm as also can be responsible for player’s injuries of the shoulder. Between the sets with the coach other players can work on specific drills with medicine ball/bands to strengthen the shoulder area.

 

COACHING POINTS

The problem of many players is their lack of racquet’s acceleration. Proper development has to include specific drills focused on all body parts integrated together as also on single movements to improve particular factors. Inability to accelerate the racquet right before the point of contact can result in lost of stored energy and inadequate power of a stroke. Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova are great examples of world class players who don’t slow down their arms and have a great timing of their acceleration.

In this drill player works on ability to accelerate the racquet. Close distance to the coach forces the player to use mostly the arm to generate the pace so he can narrow his focus just on this one particular aspect. Coach should teach players to look for a good timing to release the stored energy right at the point of contact. Low position of the body (knees bent) is helpful to be more dynamic and perform this exercise in the most effective way.

 

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