Tennis: Use court geometry

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DESCRIPTION

The coach feeds balls to the forehand side and the player alternates hitting deep forehand down the line and angle forehand cross-court.

COACHING POINTS

A lot of players know how to use depth to create advantage on the court but only some of them are skilled enough to open the court with angle shots. Hitting balls that are placed closer to the sideline is a big opportunity to force the rival to leave the full court open so players are able to easily finish the point within the next hit. Knowing why we should use angles is the first step before we delve into how to do it.

In this drill, the player connects deep balls with angles. The coach has to explain to players that to hit effective angle ball they have to put the opponent deeper behind the baseline. That is why it is important to be confident with deep down the line shot and if the opponent responds with easier ball it is a great opportunity to execute angle shot. If the coach has many players on the court some of them can work on angles while others learn how to respond to them.

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