Drills by yourself

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Jay Welvaert, May 23, 2004.

  1. Jay Welvaert

    Jay Welvaert New User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Hey, I was wondering if there was any drills that you guys know of that you can do by yourself. I do have a backboard to use but is there any drills that you can work on while by yourself? Also, my friend told me that just dropping the ball and hitting it would improve your strokes is this true because it doesnt seem like it would help much?

    Thanks, Jay
  2. Smashlob

    Smashlob Rookie

    Mar 30, 2004
    Get right up to the wall and work on reflex vollies, has helped me a ton.
  3. kevhen

    kevhen Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    You can drop balls on both your forehand and backhand side from different spots on the court and try to get them to land on different places on your opponent's side. This is good if you play opponent's who don't hit with much pace. Otherwise work on your serve and it's placement. Put a can of balls on the other side maybe 6 inches inside the lines and try to knock the can over. Maybe hit balls up in to the air and try to hit overheads out of them. Not sure how much this stuff will help, but you can do them on your own.
  4. Zoroaster

    Zoroaster New User

    Mar 22, 2004
    I practice serving by myself and can say it has helped a ton. I am a lot more consistent with my serves now. I tried practicing forhands and backhands but they were so different than actually playing with someone I figured it wasn't worth it. Maybe it was just the topspin that was screwing me up, cuz the kid I usually play with puts a lot of top spin on his shots, but my shots didn't react the same against him as they did with just dropping a ball. Doing it yourself is really the only way to know, though.

  5. tylerchadwick

    tylerchadwick Rookie

    Mar 16, 2004
    I know how you feel. I always have time between my classes to play and never have anyone to play with. I became best friends with larry the wall.

    If you an athletic type player who loves to run and use eplosive moves like I do, you can do a lot just on the wall. simply hitting forehands and backhands is a given, just are hitting relfex volleys. What I like to do is working on my angles. It's easy to just tand there and hit the ball against the wall. What makes you better is hitting the ball while out of position. Try hitting modest agles into the wall to where you have to move around a lot to get to the balls. Try playing like your controlling the point as you inch up closer and closer to the wall until your eventually hitting reflex volleys.(If your not hitting some defensive shots, then your not working the ball around enough)

    I know it sound corny, but It has helped me tons.
  6. Kobble

    Kobble Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    Besides hitting against the wall, I also do some solo drills to help me play against people who hit with no pace. I setup a tennis ball can at opposite sides of my cross court forehand approximately a ball can length inside each line, then I try to hit the ball can at the opposite end. It is a good way to learn how to hit a tough target.

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