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Old 10-04-2012, 06:23 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by ace_pace View Post
Can you guys give me some ideas on developing the best training regime. Basically, whats the best way to use your training time?

I know someone with lots of potential and takes lessons but has trouble training by himself. Even though he's quite inconsistent, he has this ability to somehow turn a rally around so quickly as well as magical touch and feel. This inconsistency has also gone to his head and now he's losing matches that he used to be able to win fairly easily.

Im thinking that his serve is the most important thing he should train as of now, followed by serve return. His forehand is quite wonky, but its got loads of potential. He can put a tonne of spin on it and sometimes has good pace. His backhand is near perfect though, he just needs experience with it.

The one thing I noticed is that when he starts to get nervous, his strokes become different. They're no longer smooth and natural and he ends up consciously controlling he body and ends up dumping balls into the net or go flying out. I play with him a lot and Im actually willing to help him develop so thats why Im here. Any suggestions?
IMO, the three most important shots in tennis are the serve, return of serve and cross court ground strokes. If you have a like minded drilling partner, you can each spend 15 minutes practicing serves while the other practices returns, that's 30 minutes. Then practice cross court forehands for 15 minutes and cross court backhands for 15 minutes. That's a total of 1 hour. From there, if you have the time, you can practice cross court volleys while one practices passing shots. But, however much time you devote to drills, you should always leave time to play a practice set at the end. That's more important than more drilling, IMO.
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