early groundstroke preparation

oreo47

New User
hello

I am doing a coaching tennis course and I have to set up a lesson where 2 players play in a half court (trams are in ) based on improving the ability of players to prepare early for groundstrokes. what tips are there to help them prepare earlier. the only thing i can think of is to get them to call out forehand/backhand and try and speed up the recognition. any other tips?

can anyone think of a game/exercise I could set up? it has to be in the context of serve,rally,score so there cant be any feeding in it and there has to be a scoring/point system
 

pencilcheck

Professional
Maybe emphasize footwork more? since it is easier to prepare your feet than actively trying to move your upper body somehow. At least in my case that's true.
 

ByeByePoly

G.O.A.T.
Shoulder turn (or at least turn sideways) by bounce on their side.

Keep it simple ... have them say “bounce” out loud at the bounce and say “hit” when they swing.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
Shoulder turn (or at least turn sideways) by bounce on their side.

Keep it simple ... have them say “bounce” out loud at the bounce and say “hit” when they swing.
Intersesting. I typed this up and was going to post, but figured this was more towards the stroke timing, beyond the prep timing. And I time the 'bounce/hit' as the racquet drop after the unit turn to keep from being late on contact. Can cause an initial hitch/pause in the stroke, but it works out as pace increases for beginners.


Here is what I had typed (just saw TTW saved it in the reply at the bottom):

I like calling forehand/backhand as they split step with the opponents stroke. Once they have the technique for setup and take back correct (as @Goof mentioned) you can work on getting the racquet drop In mini tennis with a 'Bounce/Hit' mnemonic. So have them vocally say 'bounce' when the ball hits the court and that is their cue to have the racquet drop, then say 'hit' as they start their swing to contact. Not really a scoring exercise, but usually you set a goal of X numbers of continuous rally strokes without a miss.
 

ByeByePoly

G.O.A.T.
Intersesting. I typed this up and was going to post, but figured this was more towards the stroke timing, beyond the prep timing. And I time the 'bounce/hit' as the racquet drop after the unit turn to keep from being late on contact. Can cause an initial hitch/pause in the stroke, but it works out as pace increases for beginners.


Here is what I had typed (just saw TTW saved it in the reply at the bottom):

I like calling forehand/backhand as they split step with the opponents stroke. Once they have the technique for setup and take back correct (as @Goof mentioned) you can work on getting the racquet drop In mini tennis with a 'Bounce/Hit' mnemonic. So have them vocally say 'bounce' when the ball hits the court and that is their cue to have the racquet drop, then say 'hit' as they start their swing to contact. Not really a scoring exercise, but usually you set a goal of X numbers of continuous rally strokes without a miss.
I just assumed beginners ... perhaps I should have suggested yelling "bounce" ... and then yelling "mishit". :p

The following keeps me from being late ... unfortunately I forget on fh between matches so it pretty much fh prep groundhog day every match. :cry: It's like I couldn't be late on the backhand side if I tried, and can't be on time on fh if I tried. Has always been this ... for 40 years ... no wonder why I hate FHs.

I am on time ... both fh and bh (any ... 1hbh, 1hbh slice, 2hbh) if:

1) unit turn by bounce
2) racquet up by bounce

2hbh has been good to go since I married top of backswing to the bounce. I am never as clear what the "by bounce" checkpoint/position should be with fh. Ironically I was looking at Fed FHs yesterday for this issue. Find video of full strokes from behind and you can freeze the video at the bounce. On most typical rally balls at the bounce he has just released the racquet with his left hand ... and racquet is pointed up. But with Fed ... this isn't one of those "always" things. On some balls hit very deep near the baseline ... he is in mid racquet drop by the bounce. I need something more simple (which I will have to re-learn the next match anyway), so "just released left hand racquet up" it is. I'm thinking about going back to the Goffin high vertical racquet, release left hand way early thing ... looks cool if nothing else.

My thinking is if you are turned and up by the bounce ... you must have figured out if it was a fh or bh. Also ... I am more of a just in time in rhythm advocate ... who wants to run around "locked and loaded" ... or "c @ cked and loaded" as one stable genius recently said. :eek:
 

moonballs

Hall of Fame
Emphasize to them to keep both hands on the racquet as they bring it back so that their turning their whole torso and not just using their arm.
I thought I got it down a long time ago, but no, just got reminded of it by a coach today!
 
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