learned an incredible rallying exercise today. I call it the monster rally drill.

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  1. spacediver

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    To make a long story short, a very wise, fit man in what is probably his 50's or 60's had a hitting session with me and my hitting partner.

    It took us a while to take him at his word, partially due to his heavy eastern european accent coming to the both of us from the other end of the court, but he was telling us to go FULL out on the ball. He basically told us to forget that the baselines existed, and stand about 6-8 feet behind the baseline (he did the same on his end, and there was one of him and two of us).

    He wanted us to hit the ball so that it would only have to bounce once before landing in the receivers hitting zone. This often meant landing the ball beyond the baseline.

    He said that this exercise is excellent for just letting loose. After 10 min or so of this, he said to go back to normal rallying dimensions.

    From what I understand, the wisdom of this exercise is the following:

    In order to hit that far, it's harder to get away with arming the ball. You are forced to utilize your entire body's kinetic chain in as efficient a manner as possible, so you are essentially forced to discover good technique!

    Amazing stuff, and I wonder if this is a well known exercise.

    Another thing: this guy was more than holding his own against us. He was running down the ball even if it landed wide (like well beyond the outside doubles alley!). Incredible speed and power on this man.

    I made a stunning observation halfway through this drill. Every time we went to collect the balls (we were using about 6 of them), they were on our side of the net - about 95% of them!
     
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    It's a typical rally you do when you first start out. I did that several times in the beginning, fortunately with another advanced hitter by my side. That was how I observed their strokes and power, and also did my own discoveries.

    These days I still drill rally all out but I would stop at a grossly out ball. Those shots would usually stretch you out wide and screw up your form. Also, I like my rally partners to stop and let me know when the same thing happens so I'd know and adjust instantly, cuz basically you train to be absolutely familiar with the correct power level, hitting range and make minimal mistakes.
     
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    thanks, I'll try it sometime
     
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    very interesting!
     
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    I will definitly go try this out sounds like it works thanks!! =)
     
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    That sounds like a lot of fun! I had a similar experience once. My hitting partner would hit to only one side of the court e.g deuce court (so that I would be more consistent) and told me to go all out and disregard the singles lines. I would try to hit a winner off his feed, and he would run everyyything down and hit it right back to me. Good 1 on 1 practice imo
     
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    The one thing I really appreciated about this drill (and the mindset of this zen master we were in the presence of) was the element of self discovery. He did keep telling us to use our hips and to drive through the ball, but he emphasized that we must discover the proper mechanics for ourselves.

    I tell you, it really helped my 1hbh, as the only way to survive in this drill was to use proper rotation and linear transfer through the arm.
     
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    This is how i started. but to complicate things the one who was teaching me gave me a racquet with very low power and tight strings and he challenge me to hit the ball as hard as I can. definitely works because it makes you feel the impact of the body movement when hitting the ball
     
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    I do something similar. My hitting partner and I will start out volleying at the net. We will gradually move back until we are way past the baseline. Then one of us will slowly move back up to the net and then we will switch (person at net moves back and other person moves forward). My friend taught this to me and it really helps with depth control. Sometimes I get into a rut of hitting at the same depth and pace. this really helps me use the full spectrum of power and control.
     
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    wow shiver - that sounds pretty crazy! Looking forward to trying it :)
     
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    I had a girlfriend who had me do something like this.

    She had only played tennis a little while, so she wasn't good enough to push me if we played sets. But, she had really good hands and reflexes from previous sports experience.

    So one day, to test her own abilities, she told me to start hitting everything as hard as I could. I was a bit hesitant at first, but after a little while, we got to the point where I was hitting every shot as hard as I could possibly hit a ball, trying to keep them going down the middle (though a bunch flew way out), and she was blocking the ball back to me.

    First, I was shocked at how quickly she adapted and was able to block the ball quite deep back to me; most of the women around here aren't nearly that good, and they've been playing for years.

    Second, I was surprized to see how much my footwork and technique improved by the end of the day. To get everything I could into the ball, I really had to get set up properly and use my whole body.

    It's I great rally drill to do.
     
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