Tennis Drills: Improve Your Game
This article will give anyone who plays tennis some good drills to work on when trying to get better at tennis. Repetition, Repetition, Repetition.
In order to improve your tennis game there are many drills that you can do alone or with a partner. Some of the drill wills test your accuracy, some will test your power and others will show your sheer skill. Repetition is the key to excellence in the game of tennis.
If you are having trouble with your groundstrokes or volleys a good drill that can be done alone is called the “box-wall.” All you need is a wall, and a piece of black tape. Make a square that you think is challenging yet feasible and try to aim within that square. First try to hit 5 shots in a row within the boundaries of the square. Then try to do it 10 times in a row. Finally try to hit the ball 20 times in a row within the box. This drill will train you in accuracy, and it will also teach force you to work on your concentration.
A good drill to do in order to work on your serving requires a couple cones and a tennis court. You don’t even need cones; you can use 4 balls to make a target. Set up a couple targets on the other side of the court. Place the targets in the corners, or areas of the box that you aren’t too sharp on hitting. Give yourself a goal and try to hit the cone or target in a certain amount of shots. This drill will give you incredible accuracy and increase percentage of getting your serve in.
A good drill to do with a partner is the “Alley Drill.” Stand within the doubles' alley of the court and try to hit a certain amount of shots with your partner making sure the shots stay with the narrow alley. This is an advanced drill, but it produces great forehand and backhand groundstrokes.
Another good drill to warm up with a partner is to play “mini-tennis.” This is a great warm-up drill to do before a match or practice. Stand in the service boxes and keep the ball in a rally within the service boxes. This drill will add a tremendous amount of touch to your game.
A good drill to do with a partner to work on your game is the “back-and-forth” drill. Each player stands at the baseline and you start the point off with an easy feed. The point must be started with 4 shots back and forth and then you can try to win the point. This drill requires patience, and teaches players how to work the point. When you get into real point scenarios you will be a little more calm and relaxed.
A good drill to work on the return of serve is called the “quick-hands” drill. One person stands by the baseline ready to return a serve. The other player stands at the service line and serves to the other player. The serves will be coming much quicker since the server is standing so close to the net. This will give the returnee very little time to hit the ball. By doing this, when it comes time to really return a serve you will be more than ready to whip a return back.
All of these drills will help the beginner, intermediate, and advanced player become a better, smarter tennis player. Do not forget that the key for these drills to work is repetition, repetition, and repetition.