Tennis: Movement to and from an inside out forehand

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DESCRIPTION

Players are working in groups of 3, with players 2 and 3 feeding and player 1 'working'.

Player 1 is hitting one forehand cross and one forehand inside out to player 3.

Player 2 is hitting one forehand down the line aiming for the red cone.

Player 3 is hitting one backhand line into the target zone.

The drill continues in this way with players rallying co-operatively for a certain length of time, 3 minutes for example, before rotating.

COACHING POINTS

As this shot tends to leave players exposed it needs to be played aggressively, with speed and precision.

Focus in particular on fast-feet, getting your player into position for the shot they are about to play.

Coaching Tips

This drill is physically demanding for player 1 as the movement needs to be very fast and sharp in order to move from the forehand cross-court to getting around the inside out ball with space and balance.

Player 2's feeding needs to be especially accurate at the red cone to ensure player 1 has enough time to get there to hit a forehand. Player 2 should not be looking to hit the forehand close to the tramline for this reason.

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