Tennis: Make use of cross-court shots

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DESCRIPTION

The coach feeds the ball to the deuce side. The player hits forehand cross-court and moves to the net and the coach hits the ball back down the line. The player finishes with deep backhand volley cross-court.

COACHING POINTS

Most of the time, it is recommended to hit the balls down the line while approaching the net but players shouldn't be limited only to this scenario. Hitting the ball cross-court and moving forward have own benefits like putting the opponent on the run or forcing the rival to go with more difficult down the line passing shot. Knowing that players have to develop variety of approach shots to be able to win against different opponents.

In this drill, the player works on basic strategy based on cross-court shots. It is important to make players aware how they can vary approach shots (depth, power, spin) and make sure that they focus on the first shot because without good approach shot they won't have a chance to win significant amount of balls at the net. According to the volley being able to control the ball with deep cross-court is a simple scenario and put the lowest possible risk on net-game player.

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