DIY training aids - tips and pics

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by aarenes, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. aarenes

    aarenes New User

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    Hello all

    Wondering what kind of DIY training aids have the team members built or used to improve the ground strokes.... both during the beginner stage and advanced stage....like the products by oncourt offcourt ... but DIY

    My wife is definitely getting interested in Tennis and so is my daughter and I would like to get them to learn correctly. I cannot afford regular lessons at the tennis clubs for both of them...so reaching out for ideas. Once they get somewhat better, I can have them take clinics or lessons.

    Besides feeding balls, so far, I have used
    - A gutless 19" junior racket to swing through the ball toss (for my daughter)
    - An empty can to catch a ball and practice volleys (for my wife)
    - A plastic hairband wrapped in a Bandana to show them how to keep their head and shoulders steady (for both)

    Interested to hear what ideas the experts on this forum have used.
     
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  2. LakeSnake

    LakeSnake Semi-Pro

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    Well, not an expert, but a couple things:

    beach ball to play "hand tennis" (given to me by my coach for my daughter)
    wearing those flattened kind of cones on the head while swinging to keep the head from being too wild
     
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  3. aarenes

    aarenes New User

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    Nice ...

    I've used a volleyball to show how to exaggerate shoulder rotation.
    The idea of flattened cone is a great idea too...although any gear on the head looks funny, a flatted cone maybe better than a hairband wrapped in a bandana.
     
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  4. aarenes

    aarenes New User

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    I thought of making a DIY contraption to demonstrate using the left hand on forehands swings...

    Tear the bottom of the t-shirt to make a long rope... and then tie it around hands as shown on the oncourt offcourt site....

    You could use a rope but the tshirt material is softer.

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  5. 2ndServe

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    tape a target circle on a wall for everyone to hit. Pretty sure a ton of great players started out this way.

    Get one of those racket covers that only goes from the head to the top of the handle and have them swing it. The extra weight and wind resistance builds great wrist, arm and shoulder muscles.


    If you have a wii, kinect, playstation or similar game system get them those dance games, it's fun, they burn calories and develop footwork. I think if you develop great footwork it's a habit that doesn't leave you. Conversely if you have sloppy footwork like me it's almost an impossible habit to break.
     
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