Drills for hitting against a wall

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by jackzon, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. jackzon

    jackzon Rookie

    Feb 27, 2004
    I've worked out a routine this summer where I can get to a handball court for about an hour before I go to work on days when I don't have a chance to play real tennis.

    Usually I just stand back about 35 feet and try to hit about 50 forehands, 50 backhands, etc. I also practice volleys from about 6 to 10 feet out - got that suggestion here.

    I don't like hitting serves against the wall. They come back at me too fast. It disrupts my rhythm.

    What else can I do to improve my game, make the time more interesting?
  2. djones

    djones Hall of Fame

    May 19, 2004
    That's how I started playing tennis, and have practically learned everything from that.
    When I started playing tennis against the wall, I was actually playing real matches with myself :D
    I used to pretend I was Agassi and Sampras and the wall was the net.
    So I was thinking forehand (Agassi), backhand(Sampras).
    Btw Agassi allways won :D
    Later on I used to play some kind of racquetball with my tennis racquet, that was real fun!
    I did this untill 2 years ago, I'd be embarreced now to play tennis at some local school here.
  3. Backboards are fabulous. I hit against my garage almost every day, just practicing consistency. You've got to determine a line that would be about net height, and hit over that line, but I think backboards are great for drilling by yourself.
    As for drills, maybe take some chalk and draw targets to aim at for your backhand or forehand, or just practice hitting your groundies as hard as you can while keeping it over the 'net' to practice putting pace and depth on the ball.
  4. jackzon

    jackzon Rookie

    Feb 27, 2004
    Thanks BB.

    Any other ideas out there?
  5. Rickson

    Rickson G.O.A.T.

    Jun 16, 2004
    Hit the ball wide on the wall and see if you can catch up to it, it's a great way to improve your running forehand/backhand.
  6. Chanchai

    Chanchai Semi-Pro

    Apr 28, 2004
    I love and hate the wall. Generally, it's a wonderful tool.

    I hate it for the same reason I love it, it's a wonderful way to monitor and fix your recovery on your strokes. The ball is coming back at you almost twice as fast as normal (for obvious reasons), sometimes faster than that.

    So it's great at encouraging a clean and quick recovery, but sometimes I might get sloppy. I guess the only hate out of it is if I'm slow ona given day and catching myself hitting late on the ball too much and at risk for injury.

    I sometimes use the wall to practice volleys, but it's tough. Obviously, I'm probably not working on putaway volleys (though I guess you could practice low volleys --> putaway volleys --> low volleys --> putaway volleys). I'm wondering if there's a lot of potential for injury trying to cut your volley recovery short and jerking your body around like that. Comments on wall volley practice, anyone?

    I guess if you stand 2-3 feet further back from the wall as you would the net from a volley position, you can work on your doubles volleys (but it's a totally different thing to be responding to balls you hit to the wall, it's not like your opponents will be that predictable).

    I do make various targets with masking tape (easy to put on, easy to take off). For me, an ideal box has been about 10 sq. in. Actually, I left a square foot target on one of the backboards at school a year ago and nobody's ever taken it off and I generally see people working on it.

    It's not racquetball, but if you have friends, you can sometimes come up with games. What makes it all weird is how you guys will have to scramble and adjust to the other person's shots. You can do it as an open area activity or even an "around the world" line.

    Obviously, the ball will come at you with unique bouncing properties. So it's not really a tool to use to get accustomed to the types of shots an opponent will hit. But it's an excellent way to just get you focusing on the ball and contact in a good variety of situations. And again, an excellent way to improve your recovery from strokes.


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