Tennis: React After The Serve

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DESCRIPTION

The player stands on the baseline and serves the ball against the wall. After serving, the player must recover quickly and hit a forehand stroke against the wall.

COACHING POINTS

This exercise is the best tool to improve tennis skills without having a hitting partner. Adding next shot after the serve is a must for every player to feel confident while serving during the match. Placement of the serve is important to deliver next ball to the forehand side so player has to control where the ball goes from the beginning. Forehand after the serve will force player to react quickly and prepare for the next shot.

PROGRESSION

More advanced players can stay closer to the wall while serving to make reaction time shorter. Additionally, player can serve harder to force himself to move back before hitting forehand. Intermediate players can work successfully with this exercise by staying further away from the wall and delivering easier serves to get time to prepare the next shot. To make it more realistic, player can draw a net line on the wall to have indicator of the proper clearance.

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