Tennis: Respond to the lob with control

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DESCRIPTION

The player stands on the baseline, and the coach is at the net. The player feeds high ball to the coach. The coach hits overhead to the deuce side, whilst the player hits forehand slice lob cross court.

COACHING POINTS

Many players try to hit winners off rival's overheads and it results in many unforced errors. Big pace of the smash shorts the reaction time so players should focus solely on controlling the ball.

In this drill the player works on forehand slice while hitting the lob off overhead. Forehand slice technique is the best method to control the ball because open racquet face helps to take the pace off the ball and hit it easily over the rival's head. The coach can make this drill more competitive by giving points to players who hit good forehand slice lob into the zone.

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