Wall drills... any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Buffster, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. Buffster

    Buffster Rookie

    Jan 2, 2010
    I've got a couple of weeks of from school atm and would like to use that time to practice as much as possible. Because most of my tennis buds don't have as much free time as I do, I'd like to fill some time hitting against the wall. Instead of hitting some braindead balls, I'd like to do some drills that actually improve my game.

    I searched around a bit, but only found a couple of useful drills. One of them is hitting a crosscourt shot (to either fh or bh), hit a down the line shot and go crosscourt to the other shot again and repeat that until I fail.
    Another one is serving against the wall (which I've never done) to work on service returns.

    I'm pretty sure that must be some more good drills that I'm not aware of though and if you guys happen to know any I'd be happy to hear them.

  2. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Feb 13, 2009
    If it is a long wall, you can hit several balls wide working your way down the wall and back again. You can do this with both groundstrokes and volleys.

    Work your volleys and half volleys.

    Serve and volley, or serve, hit a "return" and several groundstrokes, then come in on a "short ball" and continue to volley.
  3. rk_sports

    rk_sports Hall of Fame

    Mar 19, 2006
  4. supineAnimation

    supineAnimation Hall of Fame

    Nov 25, 2009
    I like to stand about 25 feet away and try to pick up the balls right off the bounce. I'll start hitting moderately-paced balls and gradually increase the pace. Even though you kinda know where the ball's coming, it's good practice for early preparation and reaction time. I find it helps me to pick up deep balls right off the baseline in matches. I also practice serve a lot. Getting away from the serving at targets and focusing solely on tossing the ball in the right spot and hitting that ball in the air the right way has helped my serve tremendously and I recommend serving away from the court to all of my students.
  5. Ripper014

    Ripper014 Hall of Fame

    Sep 2, 2009
    Work on form and technique... hitting the ball hard would be silly... the harder you hit it at the wall the faster it comes back. Just work on form and technique... you can only get so much out of hitting off a wall anyway... it does not give you any feedback as far as depth control goes. You can only get that on the court.

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