Tennis Lesson Review

Here’s another great option to add more value as well as market your lessons!  In the last blog we mentioned the Activity Download section on where you can take and edit tennis tips.

Here’s the new idea: with most people carrying their cell phones you can spend the last two minutes of the lesson with your player(s) filming you as you provide a review!

Tennis Lesson Follow Up


Tennis Lesson Follow Up

Here are some ideas to add more value to your lessons!  In the Activity Download section on you can find tips and images you can easily edit and save to your computer and then send as a follow up.  Here’s an example:


Your power zone for your forehand and backhand is between your knees and chest, approximately two feet away from your body. Hitting balls in this zone will allow you to add the most control, spin and power.

During a match the main reason you will hit balls in your power zone will be your footwork.  Through footwork (making split-steps, taking little steps as you get closer to the ball and a quick recovery) you can change different types of balls (high, low and wide) to shots you will hit in your power zone.  Keep your feet moving and consistently hit balls in this zone to turn the power on.



DoSPr585 Doubles Volley Drill

Here’s a new drill just added to with a video coming soon!

Here’s an opportunity for your players to work on two volley scenarios that happen often in doubles.  The first is moving in and hitting approach and volleys crosscourt.  The second is moving on a diagonal to hit volleys when at the net.

Start with your two players in a line at the baseline on the deuce side. The first player receives a short feed and hits an approach shot crosscourt, moves in and then volleys crosscourt.  The next player repeats the same sequence.  The sequence is then repeated with the coach (or the other player) playing the ball back crosscourt after the approach until a mistake.

The first player then starts at the net on the ad side, the coach feeds a ball down the alley and that player moves diagonally and plays a volley, the coach then feeds a ball towards the middle of the court and again the net player moves diagonally and hits a poaching volley, the last feed is even wider as the net player moves over and plays a volley back to the coach and the point is played out crosscourt.  The next player then rotates in and the sequence is repeated.  Players then start back and repeat the original sequence starting at the baseline on the ad side.

Better Doubles – Better Watch Out!

hs-doubles-visionDoubles is a faster game than singles and as a coach you can help your players improve their doubles by improving their vision!  Not their 20-20 vision but their “who” vision, what player they should be watching when their partner is hitting.  For example, when your team is in the one up and one back position and the ball goes crosscourt to the back player the net player should watch the other net player and not turn their head to watch their partner hit.  The opposing net player is the player that can “hurt” your net player first and by watching that player your player has a better chance to react to their movements and shots.

Two drills (with a video clip) to use to help players improve their vision and their doubles:

  • DoC543 Volley to the “T”
  • DoC544 Volley to the “T” II