Tennis: Mini open-stance slide

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DESCRIPTION

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

COACHING POINTS

Many players can execute new movement while the ball is fed but they struggle when they have to do the same while rallying. That is why the coach should start rally from short distance between players to make sure that they hit with less power and more control to focus more on movement. The more repetitions they achieve during each rally the faster new habit will become automatic and players won't have to focus on movement consciously.

In this drill, the player works on open-stance forehand sliding while rallying. This drill can be used as a progression from the previous ones for intermediate players or as a warm-up drill for more advanced. The coach should pay attention to 3 aspects: sliding, hitting and recovering. If there are any flaws in one of these areas, the coach should immediately point them out. For more advanced players, the coach can give specific number of balls that have to be hit or give target to aim own balls at.

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