Tennis: Pattern II: Move your opponent

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DESCRIPTION

The coach kneels down on the player's side. Players serves to the T from deuce side, and the coach throws first ball to the deuce side. The player hits forehand cross-court, and the coach then feeds second ball to the ad side. The player runs around and hits forehand inside out.

COACHING POINTS

Using own strengths during the point is the most basic strategy that all professional players try to use all the time. That is why working on combinations of serve and forehand skills are crucial to become confident using these strokes even when the pressure is on.

In this drill, the player works on the pattern using serve to the T and forehand skills. Using own forehand after the serve is a great way to put the pressure on the opponent on each shot. Hitting one ball to the deuce side and one ball to the ad side will force the rival to run a lot so the quality of his shots will decrease over the course of the match. The coach should tell their players to try to achieve balance between good power and precision of the shots.

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