Tennis: Zone dictates the shot

I have used many of the tennis drills and as a result my two High...
Linsent, Tennis coach

DESCRIPTION

2 zones are set on player B side (deep corner and angle). Players rally together in cross court direction. Player A can pick one of 2 options. If the player hits deep zone 2 times in a row, he finishes the next ball with a down the line shot. If the player hits an angle zone, he finishes the next ball with a drop shot down the line.

Drill specifications:

1 min and switch

Only 2 players can work on one court so time changes are working perfectly for this type of drill. Rest of the players should perform physical exercises e.g footwork on the ladder or jumping rope while waiting for own turn.

COACHING POINTS

Having an idea in mind while rallying cross court is a necessity to make proper tactical decisions. Building the point means that every ball has a purpose and is connected with the next one. By repeating the same decisions during the practice session players create patterns that can be used automatically during the tournament matches. Giving players the opportunity to pick between two different options (power vs control) is an important step to create responsible and successful athletes. The best players in the world like Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic know a lot of patterns that they are using according to the situation or to the opponent. Having different possibilities and not relying just on one shot is a skill that helps to beat different rivals.

In this drill players work on offensive methods related to the power or control. By setting the zones players have a visual feedback about their accuracy so they can constantly adjust their shots according to the previous ball. Coach should observe which options are chosen more so he can understand each player’s approach. By incorporating 2 different options players start to understand that there are a lot of variations to win the point so if something is going wrong there is also another shot that can lead to the win. Coach should explain to players that each shot needs a purpose so players should never just hit the cross court shot.

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