Tennis Wall

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by USS Tang, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. USS Tang

    USS Tang Rookie

    Dec 29, 2011
    Will someone please give me some drills that I can use against a 15-foot high and 30-feet wide concrete wall?
  2. Avles

    Avles Hall of Fame

    Oct 14, 2009
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  3. TennisCJC

    TennisCJC Legend

    Apr 20, 2010
    Here are some tips:

    1. Feed yourself a ball and hit 1 good groundstroke. The wall returns the ball very fast and even faster if you hit a decent stroke. I see people trying to have long rallies on a wall and to me, you are basically screwing up your stroke because it isn't at the tempo of normal tennis.
    2. If you insist on having long rallies, stand back farther and play on 2 bounces.
    3. work on specifics like give yourself a high feed and work on hitting high ground strokes, or hit about 20 CC shots followed by 20 DTL shots, or 20 inside out or inside in. In other words, setup patterns and work a pattern for 15-20 balls.
    4. move in and volley off the way. Again, just 1 feed and 1 volley is best. Again, work patterns, 20 balls of CC volleys, 20 balls of DTL volleys, 20 high volleys, 20 low volleys. Back up a step and work 20 1/2 volleys.
    5. stand about 10-12 feet back and drive the ball into the ground with an overhead motion so it hits the ground, bounces up to hit the wall, then goes high into the air like a lob. Hit overhead on your FH and BH sides. Hit overhead out so they hit the wall about 4 feet high. Some people try to hit it back into the ground again to keep the rally going but you are just practicing missing your overheads if you continue to hit it into the ground.
  4. TimeSpiral

    TimeSpiral Professional

    Jul 9, 2013
    Gotham City
    Get a low compression tennis ball if you just want to work on your strokes. The rebound is significantly reduced and you can full swing at the ball and it will come back off the wall much slower; slow enough to set up and take another proper swing.
  5. anubis

    anubis Hall of Fame

    Mar 2, 2012
    This is what I do when I practice against the wall. Note: you should try to use fresh balls whenever possible, they help with judging distances.

    Firstly, know your lines
    If there are no court lines painted, then you should mark them off yourself with heavy duty masking tape. You should mark off:
    • Distance from net (wall) to baseline: 39 feet
    • Distance from net (wall) from service line: 21 feet
    • Width of court for singles: 27 feet

    In addition, you should tape the wall for the height of the net, if not already done so. Average height of net is around 3'3".

    Secondly, warm up
    Get warm, hit ground strokes, backhands, overheads, just get your shoulder warmed up in general.

    Depth drills
    First thing I do are depth drills. I try to stand 5 to 6 feet behind where the baseline would be (approximately 45 feet from wall) and I hit forehands and backhands repeatedly against the wall. You'll know that you're getting good depth on your shots if you generate enough force so that the ball never bounces more than twice back to you. Once is best, twice is fine. If the ball bounces three times on it's return route to you, then you didn't generate enough force, and therefore the ball was likely to land short on the otherside of the net.

    Always try to keep the ball as low to the net as you can. It may be difficult at first, but it gets you used to the amount of power you need when you're pushed beyond the baseline.

    Punch drills, aka point drills
    This drill gets you used to "turning up the heat" and trying to really go for that angle with an inside out forehand, or a crosscourt forehand, in the hopes of hitting a winner.

    The end goal is to rally against the wall at least four times, trying to move the ball towards the singles sidelines, near the baseline. When the ball is bouncing in that direction, run around the ball and setup to hit a hard inside out forehand, trying to imagine landing near the opposite baseline on the other side of the court.

    You may not know if it went in, but it gets you used to moving to the ball, seeing the opportunity, getting your footwork in line, and punching the ball in that direction. The more you do it in practice, the more comfortable you'll be when that opportunity presents itself in a real match.

    Longevity drills
    Hit the ball against the wall as many times as you can, begin with 5x. When successful, go for 10x, all the way up to 50x. A few rules:
    1. Keep the ball within the lines that you taped, so you know the shots are legit
    2. If you're standing within the baseline, if the ball bounces more than once, start over
    3. If you're beyond the baseline, you get 2 bounces
    4. If the ball falls below the net line, start over
    5. If the ball goes too high (over the wall, or close to the top of the wall), then it probably landed long, start over
    6. If you feel like you hit wide, start over

    You'd be surprised how difficult and tedious this drill can be. Some days I can get all the way up to 40 in a row. Other days, I struggle to get 10 in a row.

    Try to move yourself around, don't stand still. Take note of your footwork and the distance of your body to the ball.


    You can also do all the normal type of stuff, such as practicing volleys and overheads. I do that as well, but the above is what I focus on.

    Good luck!
  6. Fintft

    Fintft Hall of Fame

    Sep 28, 2007
    Glad that someone else confirms this for me. If I hit my regular hard groundstrokes I can't really keep the rally going against the wall past a couple of balls.
  7. Lukhas

    Lukhas Legend

    Apr 3, 2013
  8. Fintft

    Fintft Hall of Fame

    Sep 28, 2007
    But even one coach I usually train in Europe during summers (in Romania) wasn't necessarily recommending hitting against the wall.
  9. Power Player

    Power Player Talk Tennis Guru

    Sep 2, 2008
    On my iPhone
    I don't buy into distance much. When you go on a court after pounding a wall, it can be a pain to recalibrate.

    So what I do is aim to a box drawn in chalk about 3 feet over the net line. I just work on moving my feet and warming up and hitting the ball into that box as much as I can.

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