Tennis: Unusual Tactical Choice - Backspin Down The Line

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DESCRIPTION

  • Player stands behind the baseline.
  • Coach stands in front of the player.
  • Coach feeds challenging balls to the deuce side by hitting the ball into the ground.
  • Player sprints and hits defensive forehand slice down the line.


COACHING POINTS

  • In this drill, player works on defensive solutions with forehand slice.
  • Hitting in cross-court direction or to the centre of the court are proven ways to play percentage game but these are also the ways that opponent expects.
  • By hitting the ball down the line with backspin, opponents will be surprised as they will be expecting another ball cross-court.
  • That is why keeping the ball low with good slice will make difficult for the opponent to hit the winner and will increase the chance of getting to the next ball and get out of the defensive situation.
  • Coach should pay attention both to the depth and height of the balls and give players feedback about the quality of their responses.


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