Basic Practice Drills
1 Hit forehands cross court for fifteen minutes
Hit forehands down the line for fifteen minutes
Hit backhands cross court for fifteen minutes
Hit backhands down the line for fifteen minutes
2 Volley and overhead drill
Player A is at the net and player B is at the baseline; hit three drives out of player B’s hands to player A to hit volleys and then a lob for an overhead. Repeat over and over, then switch.
3 Overhead drill
Player A hits lobs to the player B practicing overheads. In between each overhead player B must run to the net and touch it with the racquet, at the point of the touch another lob is hit so that player B must back pedal for the shot. Repeat over and over, then switch.
4 Three ball drill
Both players are at the baseline, player A is the feeder and player B is practicing moving forward to net. Player A will hold three balls and feed them to player B; first ball to the baseline for a ground stroke, player B moves forward, second ball when player B is almost at the service line for a volley or half volley and third when player B is at the net for a winning volley. Repeat for fifteen minutes and then switch. Even if player B misses a shot complete all three balls before returning to the baseline.
5 Volley and reflex drill
Players A and B are on opposite sides of the net at the service lines, practice volleys. Do not try to put the ball away, aim for each other.
6 Serve and service return
Player A will practice serves while player B practices return of serve.
Variations: 1 Player A, the server, will return player B’s return to practice serving and anticipation of the next shot.
2 Player A, the server, will serve and volley, player B will try to keep the return low.
7 Play points
A great way to practice a match situation and still work on strokes or strategy is to play out points, but not keep score. Player A serves five points and then player B serves five points.
Whether you use these basic drills or others, practice with intensity, it will be fun!!
Good Luck-Have Fun