How do you train REACTION ...?

user92626

G.O.A.T.
When you are NOT at the court? (ideally).

Or, when you are at the court but not playing/hitting?

By REACTION I mean the part where you split step/read/land and move immediately to get the ball.

How do you train this part? Any assisting device that you can get to help?
 

SystemicAnomaly

Bionic Poster
I assume you are asking about Reaction Time training (what some ppl mistakenly refer to as reflexes). Some (behavioral) optometrists specialize in Sports Vision Training (SVT). RT training is an important part of SVT.

Some video games are pretty decent for developing a quicker RT. You can train Simple RT as well as Complex (Choice) RT. Also a good idea to develop Auditory RT in addition to the usual Visual RT.

There are plenty of apps available that will test simple RT. Some are better than others. My favorites are the ones that have you start with your finger already on the screen. As soon as you detect a color change (or some other stimulus), you lift your finger off the screen. You might also be able to find an app or two that tests/ trains auditory RT.

Look into training with a Z-ball.

There are quite a few videos that have various RT drills like the ones shown here:


 
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SystemicAnomaly

Bionic Poster
More ideas in this old thread:

 

user92626

G.O.A.T.
I assume you are asking about Reaction Time training (what some ppl mistakenly refer to as reflexes). Some (behavioral) optometrists specialize in Sports Vision Training (SVT). RT training is an important part of SVT.

Some video games are pretty decent for developing a quicker RT. You can train Simple RT as well as Complex (Choice) RT. Also a good idea to develop Auditory RT in addition to the usual Visual RT.

There are plenty of apps available that will test simple RT. Some are better than others. My favorites are the ones that have you start with your finger already on the screen. As soon as you detect a color change (or some other stimulus), you lift your finger off the screen. You might also be able to find an app or two that tests/ trains auditory RT.

Look into training with a Z-ball.

There are quite a few videos that have various RT drills like the ones shown here:


Special thanks to you, SA.

I'm too not in control of my mind at the moment to process your post and give feedbacks. :) Will do as soon as I can.
 

user92626

G.O.A.T.
Intensity and alertness , both physical and mental. Won’t happen with straight legs, flat feet.
That's athleticism which is ok for me. What I need is a proper cue or a proper mental/physical process. Something that is reliable most of the time.
 

tennis4me

Hall of Fame
There's also this "Irregular Shape, Rubber Reflex Ball for Improving Reaction Time and Hand-Eye Coordination". (search for that keyword)

I've seen a few coaches used that on the court.
 

johnmccabe

Hall of Fame
I've done a few reaction speed training, while recovering from injury. They are useful for sure. After returning to court, I found the most limiting factor is how fast my brain translates the signal to my next movement e.g. FH vs BH during ROS, or moving up vs back as soon as the ball left opponents string during baseline rally.
 

Johnny505

Semi-Pro
Walk around when doing your daily chores with a gold Rolex on your wrist and latest Iphone on show and wait for someone to rob you, your reaction to anticipate and react develops in no time naturally and can easily be translated onto the court without a split step, it worked for me.
 

slipgrip93

Professional
When you are NOT at the court? (ideally).
I'd heard one possible way is basically going back and forth on purpose, hitting a wall, split-stepping when the ball hits the wall.
Another is volleying on a wall close up (or if in some house with marble or stone walls) and switching direction for volleys.
Or, when you are at the court but not playing/hitting?
Maybe a ball machine set on random direction, speed, spin, etc. for each ball with little delay between balls.
 
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Curious

G.O.A.T.
Walk around when doing your daily chores with a gold Rolex on your wrist and latest Iphone on show and wait for someone to rob you, your reaction to anticipate and react develops in no time naturally and can easily be translated onto the court without a split step, it worked for me.
Good tip. Where can we buy a fake Rolex?
 

user92626

G.O.A.T.
Could that possibly be detrimental to your reactions???? ;)
Maybe. Why did I not realize this? I almost never try to promote clarity for the mind. Always like to go away from overthinking, being too self-conscious...

Now you and some other person suggest alertness. Cool.
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
For me it starts with split-step and footwork. I use the ball machine and randomize FH and BH shots to different degrees, with a return to neutral. Does good enough for me to keep training to be more upright in my split and reactive to the ball.
 
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