The coach feeds the ball to the backhand side, and the player hits backhand drop shot down the line and moves forward. The coach comes then to the net and feeds the ball to the backhand side. The player finishes with backhand volley lob cross-court.
Using different depths in own shots is a big tactical opportunity to make the opponent work really hard to win the point. Hitting short and deep balls is a basic but effective strategy that top players in the world use on a daily basis. Agnieszka Radwanska is the best example of a tennis star who uses the pattern drop shot-lob to win against players who have much more powerful shots than she has.
In this drill, the player works on drop shot and volley lob. Hitting a drop shot is a good way to bring baseline players to the area that they don't feel as comfortable. We have to remember that drop shot is a good option to take advantage on the court but we also have to learn how to answer the next ball. Moving forward and hitting volley lob cross-court is the most effective strategy because we hit it diagonally (more distance for the ball - less chance for mistake) as also we put it over the opponent's backhand which is really hard to finish even if the lob is not played well. The coach should remind their players that few points with this strategy can expose weak fitness preparation of our opponent and it can produce more unforced errors from the rival's side.
Player 1 must feed player 2 with a lob (deep if possible).
Player 2 must hit the smash and play out the point.
NOTE: The ball must not bounce on the side of player 2 throughout the point. Player 1 can hit drives or lobs after the initial lob feed.
First player to reach 11 points wins.
The coach stands at the centre of the court at the net. He/she then feeds the ball to the player's ad side and lifts the racquet up above their head.
The player has to move toward the ball and hit a backhand lob cross court. The aim of this drill is for the player to get the ball to pass above the coach's racquet.
Cones (stations) are set on the player's side. The player starts from the first cone and the coach feeds the ball. The player then tries to hit the ball into the deuce zone. If he makes it he is allowed to move to the next station. If he doesn't he tries until he makes a successful shot.
-The game has two teams of four players each.
-Each team consists of two lobbers and two smashers.The smashers must stand in their respective service courts.
-Points are scored every time a lob falls between the base line and the service line.The baseliners must hit the ball after one bounce. Points are lost as in normal tennis.
-First team to 5 wins.
-The baseliners and the smashers swop over for the next game.
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