Drill partners... how to get one.

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by BSousa, Jul 23, 2004.

  1. BSousa

    BSousa Rookie

    Jul 5, 2004
    Is it only me, or 99% of the people that want to play tennis don't care or do drills?

    I have training twice a week with a coach, where I do a limited set of drills, and during the rest of the week I play around 2-3 times depending on schedule. Unfortunally, I can't find one single person to do drills. They all want to play games, most without even warming up properly.

    Even racquet-less drills with medicine balls or something they don't want to do.

    It gets rather fustrating whenever I want to practise one stroke (down the line backhand topspin for example) to have to use a backwall, when there is one, or play a game and force most shots to be the ones I want causing me to lose points. I'm not keen on winning, bu tI hate losing to someone worse than myself 6-1 or 6-2. And no, it isn't because I suck, I tend to win these games 6-0 with my baseline game.

  2. Camilio Pascual

    Camilio Pascual Hall of Fame

    Feb 11, 2004
    Ball machine. OR
    I like to do drills. Approach it this way: you have to go out and recruit people to drill with you. How? Give them something they want. What? Coaching, if you know how to observe and teach. Look for players who are not quite as good as you, but not due to lack of co-ordination or being inathletic. A lot of tennis players are snobs who won't deal with inferior players, a lot of people out there don't really know how to get better and don't know how to get into the tennis subculture. Be their mentor. These people can improve to be as good or better than you and you will also have a fresh batch of playing partners. If you love the sport of tennis in the manner I do, you will also get a tremendous sense of satisfaction from helping people be better tennis players and knowing you had something to do with it. Good luck.
  3. kevhen

    kevhen Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Yeah, you are lucky if you can find someone who is as motivated to improving their game to want to spend much time doing drills. If you can find someone, and eventually you will, keep the drill interesting and maybe competitive so both players can enjoy it. Don't spend more than 10 minutes on one drill though but do that drill every time you meet with that partner.

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