Tennis Drills - Free Groundstroke Tennis Drills eBook
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Types of Drills in this Tennis Drills eBook Include:
1. Live Ball Tennis Drills
Live Ball Tennis Drills can simply be described as drills “where the point is played out.”
A tennis coach or player starts the drill by hitting a ball into the court and that ball is rallied between all the players. The situation is a very “open” coaching environment, as the players will be faced with unpredictable situations and will have to adapt appropriately. In this environment players will face both tactical and technical issues and, although the coach may modify the drill to work at a specific skill, it imitates match play. It is this realistic match environment that makes “Live Ball Drills” effective.
2. Feeding Tennis Drills
Feeding Drills describe a drill where the coach feeds in a ball which is hit but no rally takes place. This is a “closed” coaching environment where players may be working on a specific stroke or pattern of strokes.
Feeding tennis drills are usually very technical situations and the coach and player can specifically work at correcting a stroke weakness or developing a new stroke or grip. Feeding drills may be most effective in helping a player master a difficult skill, such as hitting a kick serve, a slice backhand or a skill that they are experiencing trouble grasping.
3. Live Ball vs. Feeding Drills
It is important that a coach recognise the various benefits of both methods of drilling. Live ball drills fit neatly in with the game based approach philosophy of teaching students technical and tactical skills simultaneously. Players of all ages and abilities enjoy this “game” situation and live ball drills can be adapted to work in any given situation.
There will be times when coaches may want to “close” the environment to work on a specific stroke or skill and feeding drills may be more appropriate. In our experience feeding drills may be used to give a player confidence and muscle memory when learning difficult concepts such as:
1. Learning a slice backhand
2. Learning to hit a single handed backhand after learning with a two handed backhand
3. Learning to hit return of serves
A good coach will learn what type of drills will suit their students. It should be noted that once a player has mastered a stroke during feeding drills the progression should be made to a live ball drill to practise the skill under match conditions.
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