Tennis: Slow the ball down

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DESCRIPTION

Coach serves the ball from the ad side.

Player then has to return the serve using a backhand slice return cross court between cones/ markers.

COACHING POINTS

In this drill, the player works on his/her backhand slice when returning the serve.

The player should maintain a low position and 'cut' under the ball to clear the net and land the ball deep in the court.

Practising returning in a cross court direction is a tactical option, and when played correctly will allow the player to get into a good position for the next shot and increase their chances of winning the point.

PROGRESSION

As a player's skill level increases make the area they have to return the ball to smaller by moving the cones.

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