Advice needed for a quality practice session

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by Nor'easter, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. Nor'easter

    Nor'easter New User

    Jun 25, 2010
    I have recently found a new hitting partner at the outdoor courts in my town. We have played a handful of times over the last several weeks. He is an older gentleman and has limited mobility in one of his legs. I enjoy hitting with him because it allows me to groove my baseline game and groundstrokes with rhythm and good pace. However, we do not play singles matches because of the leg issue and I also find that I am hitting most balls directly back to him.

    It's fun playing with him because it gives me a much different game than the ladies I play with. Our practice sessions are loosely structured. So far we have played points cross court to help me with my doubles game. We usually spend time hitting from the duece/ad sides and then I practice my serve and he returns. He also blasts a series of balls while I am at net for volleys. We usually end up playing for about 90 minutes.

    I am happy to have found such a fun, occasional hitting partner. Is there anything else we can focus on to make it a quality practice session?

    Serious replies only..thank you!:)
  2. tennis tom

    tennis tom Hall of Fame

    Jun 15, 2007
    Sounds like a great practice opportunity. Not too many people like to practice. Your're saving money on a ball machine and the hassle of setting one up. Just make sure you have a lot of practice balls so the older gent doesn't have to use up his cartilage picking-up balls. He would probably make a good mixed doubles partner, where mobility is not as big an issue as for singles.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2010
  3. mlktennis

    mlktennis Semi-Pro

    Feb 28, 2009
    practice serve and volley with half the court. Serve to him, come in split step and hit a good half volley to him, and take your position at the net. Take volleys at the net till one misses and repeat.

    There is an older gentleman who I occasionally hit around with who is much better than me and we do this drill. It has helped me out tremendously esp remembering to split step and be balanced and not just charging in like a maniac.
  4. Cindysphinx

    Cindysphinx G.O.A.T.

    Aug 31, 2006
    It sounds like you've found a lot of good drills already.

    Don't neglect your overhead!
  5. dizzlmcwizzl

    dizzlmcwizzl Hall of Fame

    Mar 24, 2010
    I have done this and I have also moved back and forth. Such as you hit a groundie, move in hit a half volley, move in hit a volley at your feet near the service line, and move in and hit a volley midway detween the service line and the net. Then once you have moved your way to the net then start moving your way backwards to your starting position. All balls are hit cross court with one player staying at the baseline and the other player moving.

    I dont like the moving back part of the drill but it really makes you move your feet and has help me on the awkward balls when you are caught in no-mans land.
  6. larry10s

    larry10s Hall of Fame

    Apr 4, 2008
    you can have him stay in one corner and he can hit the ball anywhere. you play a singles point you can approach but all your balls have to go to one corner. gives you a good workout.
  7. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    Best practice, if your partner is not at least equal, is 2 vs 1, with you being the ONE. For groundies. You may NOT hit up the middle.

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