Advice wanted on solo practice methods

#1
Hey all,

I have just signed up for a membership in my new area. And I couldn't believe the value. It was USD $60 for a whole year. I get to access the courts between 6 am and 10 pm, plus access to an indoor gym. But I won't have many playing partners until I start socializing and networking with the other members.

For the meantime, can anybody provide me with some methods they practice alone with that have been useful? They have a practice wall with plenty of space so I will be using that to start off with. And on occasion I can use a ball machine.

Your suggestions are appreciated :)
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
#2
Practice wall, just hit forehands and backhands at least 40" off the ground, but no more than 7' high off the ground. Try to control your swings until you can hit at least 25 in a row without missing, then add power and spin.
Ball maching, set it where you want if you're a complete beginner, and start hitting forehands into the opposite court. If you are better than beginner, set it for random and move around hitting balls into the opposite court.
 
#3
I find the practice wall to be terrible. I can't hit normal strokes with it. If you don't have a ball machine, just get a bunch of balls (I usually use 10) and just toss them up and hit them off the bounce. To spice it up, you can:
- Add in footwork drills
- Add physical targets on the court to aim for
- Go through hitting patterns
- Work on very specific shots or parts of shots

etc
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
#4
While a wall is not perfect for pure technique practice, what it provides is an opponent who can always get the ball BACK to you, so you work on your anerobic and aerobic fitness besides swinging the racket.
 
#5
Cheers @LeeD and @beltsman - Appreciate the feedback. I had a 90-minute session with the wall today and hopefully another one later. Once I start hitting the wall consistently I'll start using a ball machine occasionally.
 
#6
Cheers @LeeD and @beltsman - Appreciate the feedback. I had a 90-minute session with the wall today and hopefully another one later. Once I start hitting the wall consistently I'll start using a ball machine occasionally.
Yeah what I'm saying though is that hitting the wall consistently =/= great strokes. Hitting the wall and having it come back to you is really difficult, often rushes you, and forces you to hit a high launch angle. Just my 2 cents. I don't like walls.
 
#7
Yeah what I'm saying though is that hitting the wall consistently =/= great strokes. Hitting the wall and having it come back to you is really difficult, often rushes you, and forces you to hit a high launch angle. Just my 2 cents. I don't like walls.

I understand what you mean 100% - this was happening to me constantly when I was rushed. So I am starting slow and gradually building up the pace. Also I am keeping track of where the ball hits the wall and considering if I have overhit the ball or not, depending if I managed to make a clean topspin connection. Hitting low backhand slices is also something I could work on with the wall and learn to keep them just over the line. But I have a feeling applying these shots into the open court later on is going to provide some reality checks and adjustments needing to be made.

Also the pavement of the wall I am playing on has line markings so as I improve I want to set myself challenges to hit the ball from certain areas only, trying to work on my precision and control.
 
#8
I understand what you mean 100% - this was happening to me constantly when I was rushed. So I am starting slow and gradually building up the pace. Also I am keeping track of where the ball hits the wall and considering if I have overhit the ball or not, depending if I managed to make a clean topspin connection. Hitting low backhand slices is also something I could work on with the wall and learn to keep them just over the line. But I have a feeling applying these shots into the open court later on is going to provide some reality checks and adjustments needing to be made.

Also the pavement of the wall I am playing on has line markings so as I improve I want to set myself challenges to hit the ball from certain areas only, trying to work on my precision and control.
Yeah, I mean those are all good points. It helps on hand-eye coordination and "seeing" the ball and everything. Good luck!
 
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