Overheads Tips & Drills
Up & Back Overhead Drill
One person, the ball-feeder, stands on the baseline. The other player starts at the net. He touches the net with his racket, signaling the person on the baseline to feed him an overhead.
He side steps back to hit the overhead. After he hits the overhead, he runs up and touches the net with his racket. When he does this the person on the baseline feeds him another overhead.
Repeat this until ten overheads have been hit. Then switch and have the person who was feeding balls now hit overheads. Repeat drill three times or more if necessary.
This is a good drill to work on moving back for your overheads and to work on the scissor-kick jump that is necessary to jump for some overheads.
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Serving Tips & Drills
Serve & Volley Cross-Court
One player serves and the other player returns. The point is played out cross-court. One player serves the ball from the deuce side to the opposite deuce side and follows it into the net. The other player returns the ball and can either come to net also, or stay back.
The players then proceed to play the point out cross-court, as if playing on half-courts. Doubles alleys do count. You can play a game to eleven if the players want to have a little competition. Once one player reaches eleven, repeat the same thing on the add side. Once this is complete, switch and have the person who just served return and the person who just returned serve.
This drill works on both serving accuracy and return accuracy. By limiting the area to play with, the players must concentrate. Using competition also helps to keep the players motivated and working hard.
Serving To Cones
You need to take six tennis ball cans and set them up as targets. Place three cans in each service box. One should be located at the corner of the service line and the middle line on the deuce side. One should be placed in the middle of the box and the other should by place where the sideline meets the service line.
The targets should be placed in the same places on the add court as well. Now take a basket of balls and practice serving at these targets.
Hit approximately 15 balls at each target. If you want to work on your wide serve you can move the cans that are where the service line meets the sideline. Move the cans about 18 inches toward the net.
Serving at these targets will give you something to aim at when you play a match.
Repetition is outstanding practice for serving. A player can serve until he knocks down each can or stick to a certain number at each target.
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