In the beginning, learning the tennis drills seemed much tricky for newbies, but after reading this entire guide, the beginner will not remain the same but a confidant who found it easy to practice the drills.
Everything evolves over time, so the tennis drills are. That is why tennis drills seem harsh for those players who are just starting out. However, there is no need to get confused anymore because today, you will understand the entirety of drills and how to practice them sufficiently.
So, let’s get into the basic drills, which you must learn and practice to improve your game.
You must be wondering that how professionals stay long and conquer in the court? I have an answer for you. Because they pay attention to warm-up exercises and then play in the court. Now, what do you all newbies do? No warm-up exercises and always rush to play in the court; this is what you shouldn’t do. When you are in the court, don’t start to play instantly. Instead, take time to warm up your body to perform energetically. Stretching, pushups, sprints, planks, and high knees are tennis’s most important warm-up exercises. Always practice these warm-up exercises before going to the court; you will definitely see the difference in your results.
If you are a beginner in tennis and want to improve your court positions and footwork, then an isolation drill is what you need to work on. In this drill, the player plays with the pro or coach on the court. This a kind of competition, between a pro and a beginner in the practice court. The player covers the entire singles court, and the coach mostly covers one side of the court. Coach volleys randomly and made newbies do forehand and backhand strokes. The newbie player faces some unpredictable volleys and makes himself ready to swing all of them back to the coach or pro. When you have done this drill a few times, you will isolate and differentiate many strokes like forehand, backhand, volleys, and serve. While training yourself in this drill, you monitor your own swing back ability, and by doing so, you also recognize your weaknesses. Undoubtedly, the isolation drill is going to make you a pro in tennis.
2. Hand feeding
In this drill, the coach feeds the ball to the player’s forehand side and backhand side. After the coach feeds the ball, the player runs to the ball to play the shot and swing it back to the coach. For one stroke, you will have to play 3 or 4 shots continuously. Then the same pattern will go with the next stroke, either forehand or backhand. The primary purpose of this drill is to make the player active and conscious enough to swing back each and every shot feed by the coach.
Mostly the feed pattern is a 4 ball pattern such as 1short forehand, 1 short deep forehand, 1 shot backhand, and 1 shot deep backhand. The player should be at baseline. After returning the shot, the player moves to the baseline again and becomes ready for the next shot. You can practice this drill alone or with 1 or 2 partners; the other partner will be on the service line. And the coach will serve you the balls one by one. You will have to alternate the positions with other players after playing some shots.
Dribbling is another important drill practice that will improve your grip on the racket and the ball. This is a convenient drill; you can do this by yourself at home. All you need is a racket and a ball.
Now I am going to tell you how you can practice it. For dribble, hold the racket in one hand and the ball in the other. Remember, you don’t need one to feed you the ball. So drop the ball in front of you, and hit it towards the ground. You will see the ball will bounce up after hitting the ground. Do it consistently for some time. After practicing it at the same speed, change the speed and repeat the process. Count the hits, changing the speeds of your dribble. First, do it slowly, then increase the speed. Again do it slowly; this will train your arms to hit the shots at different angles with different speeds.
4. Racquet Feeding
Before this, we were feeding by hand; now, we will contact the balls fed with the racquet. In this drill, the coach will feed balls to you using a racquet and holding the stick above the bridge. Use a flexible racquet to swing for hours; you will learn to control the racquet precisely. First of all, make sure you have the proper grip on the racquet, don’t hold it stressfully. Next, focus on the coach hits, and then contact the ball and swing it towards him. The main purpose of this drill is that the coach will make you do different strokes accurately.
Suppose yourself in a friendly environment and try to learn every bit of coach tips and tricks. This is the best drill for beginners who struggle with the ball hits coming from the opponent player. After practicing the racquet feeding drill for some time, you will see yourself beating your opponent on the court effectively.
5. side to side drills
Another vital drill for newbies to practice for becoming a pro is a side-to-side drill. In this drill, your coach is going to feed you the balls unpredictably. All you have to do is to hit the ball coming from any direction. The aim of this drill is to make you capable of returning either forehand or backhand. You will also learn how to split steps. You will have to make minor adjustments to practice the side-to-side drills. Don’t worry about plenty of footwork movements.
You will start from the ready position and then, according to the feed from the coach, move from the forehand to the backhand. And then from backhand to the forehand. Another advantage of this drill to the beginners is that you will learn the footwork movements, going from one side to the other in the rally. The more you practice side to side, the swifter you will be in the court.
6. Backspin and topspin
Newbies mostly don’t know how to control an opponent’s high kicking shots. And how to manage the pace of the rally. But after practicing backspin and topspin drill, you no longer have to worry.
When you are in a rally, you must stop him from hitting wide topspin shots to beat the opponent. So backspin is a technique that you can use to control the opposite player’s shots. To maintain the pace of the rally, practice this as much as you can. Another technique to bring the ball down towards the ground is topspin. When you start to make the topspin, this will increase the chance of errors for the opponent. But your margin of error will increase.
Beginners are not that experienced in controlling games in the rally, so that’s why they have to pay attention to backspin and topspin drills.
7. Forehand and backhand
Beginners mostly don’t go deep into game’s drills. All they do is, rush into the game and start playing impatiently. So what you should do, beginners? First, practice these mentioned drills continuously; these will make you a pro.
In a forehand drill, use only one hand to contact the ball properly. You can swing back from the right hand or left hand using a racquet. Make sure that you have a precise grip on the racquet. Don’t hold it forcefully. The right way to hold the racquet while playing forehand is to place it on the ground and then left it. Hold it in such a way that your thumb is erect.
Secondly, we have a backhand; in this drill, you have to play with both hands. You return the hit, holding the racquet in both hands. Don’t grab the racquet inappropriately. There should be some space between your hands when you hold it. So everything about these drills is clear; start practicing this.
8. Hit and Catch
You all are definitely become comfortable with the previous drills; now I have one more for you. That is hit and catch. In this drill, stand in the center of the service line. Your coach will feed you the ball either forehand or backhand. The different thing about this drill is that coach will be holding a cone within many tennis balls.
When you hit the balls toward him, he will catch that hit in the cone. After some shots, change the position with your coach. Now you will be catching the shots of the coach. The primary purpose of this drill is to improve the eye-hand coordination that is necessary for tennis. In addition, catching random hits from your coach will make you realize the importance of hitting the ball in a specific direction. Hit and catch is not a tough drill; the cone is added to make it a bit challenging and exciting.
After reading this entire article, I am pretty sure that you all have understood how much these drills are essential to make you an experienced tennis player. But, honestly, no training is challenging or inconvenient. So start practicing it today.
When you are done with practicing these drills, don’t stop being hungry to practice more drills. The more you practice tennis drills, the more experience you will get. As you are a newbie, so don’t overburden yourself; try to go over them one by one confidently. Keep a high level of energy and positivity, and be sure that after rehearsing all these drills, you will be a next-level player.
Evaluate yourself accurately going through all these drills. And try to figure out what you need more to be a pro. Also, which drill you enjoyed the most? Let us know in the comments below.
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