Conditioning & Hitting Drills For Tennis.

Check out these great conditioning tips and hitting drills for tennis players! Learn how to improve your agility and ability to hit the ball!
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20-Ball Suicide

One player stands in the center of the court on the baseline. The other player has a bucket of balls and stands in the middle of the court anywhere from the baseline to the net. The person with the bucket of balls feeds the balls to the other player. The goal is to make the person on the baseline run as much as possible. Each ball the player successfully runs down and hits in the court is plus one. Each ball he or she misses or cannot retrieve is minus one. Once the player reaches plus twenty, the drill is complete. Although the returning player will soon tire, coaches should stress strong fundamentals and effort. Points within long matches can run long and those who are strong in the end will succeed.

Submitted by: Brandon Kramer

Backhand Cross-Courts

Each player begins in the center of the court on the baseline. The ball is fed the other player's backhand. The other player then hits the ball cross-court to the opposing player's backhand and then they rally back and forth. If the players are right-handed, they stand in the add court. If the players are left-handed, they stand in the deuce court. The better the players become at rallying cross-court, the harder they can hit. The players can opt to play a game in which the first player to reach eleven wins. The game is played only cross-court and the doubles alleys do not count. This drill stresses developing the backhand, so use only that stroke.

Submitted by: Brandon Kramer

Cross-Court And Down The Line

Both players begin in the center of the court on the baseline. One player is going to hit cross-court, and the other player is going to hit down the line. The way to make the drill work is for both players to hit at a medium pace and under control. Once both players try to hit too hard there are no rallies. One player feeds the ball cross-court and the other player returns the ball down the line.

The player who fed the ball shuffles his feet and returns the ball cross-court. If the drill is done properly, both players will be very tired after this drill is complete because both players are doing a lot of running side to side. After a few minutes, the player who was hitting cross-court should go down the line, and the player who was hitting down the line should go cross-court.

Submitted by: Brandon Kramer

Down The Lines

Each player begins in the center of the court on the baseline. One player feeds the ball down the line to the other player. That player then returns the ball down the line and the two players rally back and forth. One person should be hitting forehands and the other person should be hitting backhands. If one player is right-handed and the other is left-handed, then both players should be hitting only forehands.

The better the players become at hitting down the line, the harder they can hit. They can also play a game where the first person to eleven wins. Doubles alleys do NOT count. Once the players complete this drill, they can switch sides. The player who hit backhands before should now be hitting forehands, and the player who hit forehands before should now be hitting backhands. If one player is right-handed and the other player is left-handed, both players should now be hitting backhands.

The key to this drill is learning the baseline and getting used to hitting winners down this line. Try to land the ball as close to the line as possible but don't get too fine.

Submitted by: Brandon Kramer

Forehand Crosscourts

Each player starts in the center of the court on the baseline. The ball is fed to the other person's forehand, and then the two players rally the ball back and forth cross-court. If the players are right-handed, they hit from the deuce court. If the players are left-handed, they hit from the add court. Remember, this drill is designed to work specifically of the forehand. The better the players become at hitting crosscourt, the harder they can hit the ball. The players can opt to play a game in which the first player to reach eleven wins the game. The game is played cross-court and doubles alleys do NOT count.

Submitted by: Brandon Kramer

Hit To One Corner-Baseline

One player stands in the middle of the court on the baseline. The other player stands in the deuce court on the baseline. The player standing in the deuce court is able to hit anywhere on the court and the player in the center of the court should only hit to the corner in which the other player is standing. The goal is to have one player move side to side while still keeping the ball in play.

This will improve that person's stamina due to the running, and it will improve that person's accuracy because he or she is hitting to one corner. After five minutes the player in the deuce court moves to the add court and the drill is repeated. After five more minutes, have the players switch sides so the other person will get to work on his accuracy and stamina.

Submitted by: Brandon Kramer

Hit To One Corner-Net

One player stands on the deuce side on the baseline. The other player stands in the center of the court on the service line. Either player can feed the ball. The player at the net should only hit to the deuce side. The player on the baseline should move the person at the net around. The goal is to get the net man a good workout while improving his volley skills. The person on the baseline should hit under control so that the rally is able to be maintained. After five minutes, the person on the baseline should move to the add side and then the drill is repeated. After five more minutes, rotate and let the man who was on the baseline now volley.

Submitted by: Brandon Kramer

Passing Shot

One player begins on the deuce side at the net. The other player begins on the add side. The player at the net feeds a ball to the other person, which he returns back to the net man. The net man then volleys the ball cross-court. The player on the baseline then runs after the ball and hits down the line to the open court. The net man remains in place. The process is repeated one after another until the player is tired. After a minute-long break, the next part of the drill is started. This time the net man begins on the add side while the other person remains on the add side. The net man feeds the ball cross-court to the other person, which he returns cross-court. The net man then volleys the ball down the line. The player on the baseline then runs after the ball and hits it cross-court to the open court. Repeat this one after another until the player is exhausted, and then switch positions.

Once both players have gone it is time for the second half of the drill. This time the net man begins on the add side and the person on the baseline begins on the deuce side. The net man feeds a ball to the person on the baseline, which he returns back to the net man. The net man then hits the ball cross-court. The player on the baseline then runs after the ball and hits it down the line to the open court. Repeat until the baseline player is tired. After a minute-long break, the net man moves to the deuce side while the baseline player remains on the deuce side. The net player feeds a ball cross-court, which the baseline player returns to the net man. The net man then volleys the ball down the line. The player on the baseline then runs after the ball and hits it cross-court to the open court. Repeat this until the player is exhausted, and then switch positions.

Submitted by: Brandon Kramer

Two On One With One Person On The Baseline

Drill Description: Two players stand at the net and the other player stands in the center of the court on the baseline. The two players feed the ball the one player and the two sides rally back and forth. The goal of the drill is to move the player who is alone from side to side while still keeping the ball in play. The players at the net get to work on the consistency of their volleys. The lone baseline player gets a good fitness work-out, while also working on hitting the ball on the run, cross-court and down the line. After 5-10 minutes, the players rotate clockwise and a new player is by himself. After 5-10 minutes, rotate again so the other player is able to be by himself.

The two players at the net should attempt to keep the baseline player moving while also keeping the ball within reach. Do not smash winners from the net.

Submitted by: Brandon Kramer

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