In this drill, Player works on successfully responding to the opponent's lob. Lobs happen when we play at the net or are responding to a drop shot; therefore there can be many situations during the match when players will have to face the ball going over their heads. Coach should teach players that it is priority to run as fast as possible (not with the pace of the ball) to be able to stop and hit the ball in front of the body. Without a solid sprint, the point of contact will always be behind the player, therefore reducing the control of the shot. Additionally, Player should be aware of the fact that many opponents will move to the net after an effective lob, so responding with a well-placed shot down the line is an effective tactical solution to increase their own chances for winning the point.
-Start off by placing a hoop in between the service line and the net(as shown in the picture).
-Players 1 and 2 are playing out the point whilst player 3 is trying intercept the ball that player 2 is hitting.
-The person at the net has to have at least one foot in the hoop at any one time.
-The player on their own has to avoid the person at the net by hitting all the balls wide or lobbed. If the point is won by a volley extra points are awarded.
-First one to 11 points and then swap around.
Player 1 is working in the full court and player 2 in half court, starting with the backhand corner.
The coach (or player 3) feeds a very short ball/ dropshot that player 1 must chase down and push back deep into the corner where player 2 is waiting.
Player 2 must then attempt to hit a winning topspin lob aggressively over player 1 who has moved to the net after playing the dropshot.
Player 1 can try to chase down the lob if it goes over their head or smash/ volley it away into the backhand corner if the lob is not good enough.
Players switch ends before repeating the drill to the other corner.
The coach feeds a deep ball to hitters.
Players must hit a topspin lob and then return to the back of the line after their shot.
With more advanced players the coach should feed the balls from the back of the opposite side of the court.
"It is not only useful for staff who are experienced but a valuable tool for those subject staff who have to take teams."
The variety of sessions across sports - sometimes we steal session ideas from one sport and use them with another.
As we enter the business end of the competition, we take a look at the remaining eight teams and the key talking points surrounding each side.
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