Tennis: Mini close-stance slide

I have used many of the tennis drills and as a result my two High...
Linsent, Tennis coach

DESCRIPTION

The coach rallies with a player from the service line and the player stands behind the cone. The player moves to the ball, slides using close stance and hits forehand. After each shot, the player has to recover behind the cone.

COACHING POINTS

Tennis is a multi-directional sport so players have to be ready to move effectively in many directions. Sliding to the side, back and forward are variations that make tennis players not limited on tennis court. Being able to maintain balance while sliding using left or right leg is a necessity to pick right decisions during the match - not the ones that we are comfortable with.

In this drill, the player works on close-stance forehand sliding while rallying. The coach should make sure that players have enough time to slide, hit the ball and recover back. If the pace of the rally is too quick, the player can start making technical mistakes so the whole purpose of this drill can be wasted. For more advanced players, the coach can set up zone and tell them number of balls that they have to hit into.

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