Tennis: Pattern III: Check opponent's backhand

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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 down the line and the coach feeds second ball to the ad side. The player runs around and hits forehand inside in.

COACHING POINTS

Many players are successful using only one pattern. This approach doesn't guarantee big achievements because good rivals will quickly neutralize the strategy that makes them lose many points. Players have to develop different patterns to make sure that they can compete well against various styles of play.

In this drill, the player works on the pattern using serve to the T and forehand skills. Most of the players have weaker backhands than forehands so players have to use this information to make own chances bigger for winning. Hitting serve and first forehand into the ad corner put a lot of pressure on the opponent's backhand as also it forces the rival to cover this side more. That is why last shot should be directed into the deuce corner. Even if this shot won't be a winner, the player has another chance to place the ball into the opponent's backhand and start to dominate again.

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