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Practicing tennis drills with a fellow tennis lover is a great way to spend some free time and improve your tennis game. There are different types of tennis drills you can use, depending on what part of your game you want to work on.

There's nothing more frustrating than getting out on the tennis court only to be chasing every shot off the court. Some trainers will tell you that it's a good idea to start out small, hitting the ball short distances before you attempt to shoot clear down the entire tennis court. Here are a few effective hitting drills that you can do with a friend:

Tennis Drill #1 - Catch and Volley.

Player 1 stands at or near their net, racquet at the ready, and Player 2 stands just inside their own service line - no racquet necessary.
Player 2 throws the ball to Player 1 with a gentle, underhand toss.
Player 1 returns the ball with a light volley.
Player 2 lets the ball to bounce one time and then catches it.
Repeat 10 times and then switch, so Player 2 gets to practice volleying the ball.

Tennis Drill #2 - Small Stroke Catch.

Same starting position as above.
Player 1 throws the ball this time, and aims for Player 2's forehand.
Player 2 waits for the ball to bounce once and then returns the ball with a small, controlled stroke that Player 1 can easily catch.
Repeat for 10 catches and then switch jobs.

The above two drills are meant to help you gain control of your swing. By having one player toss the ball to you, you are concentrating simply on returning the ball to their hand. Then play stops and you try the same thing again. This helps you get used to handling your racquet and accurately hitting the ball.

Tennis Drill #3 - Short Distance Rally.

Players stand at their respective service line, racquet ready for action. With short and easy strokes, each player hits the ball, aiming for the ball to bounce about halfway between the net and the other player. The other player returns the ball, aiming for the same spot. Continue to rally until you achieve eight to ten consecutive hits.

Tennis Drill #4 - Medium Distance Rally.

Players move back behind their service lines, halfway to the baseline. Swinging just a touch wider this time, Player 1 aims for the ball to bounce at the service line. Player 2 should return the ball, using a little more power than in the previous drill, and also shoot for the service line. This drill is considerably more difficult than the earlier ones, but try for at least five or six consecutive hits.

You can follow these drills up with some practice hitting the ball back and forth down the entire court. Remember, learning the game of tennis takes time, but these tennis drills will help you improve your swing control, shot accuracy and game as a whole!



 

 


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