For this drill the player start on the middle of the baseline and runs to the singles sideline as if going to hit a shot. He then recovers back to the middle.
When running to a short ball it is very important to keep the racquet in front of the body, close to contact.
The players will shadow the run without a ball to understand what they have to do. The high five is used to force a recovery.
Since the timing of the split step depends on the contact point of the opponent, practicing the movement cycle is usually more effective in a live ball format.
The drill focuses on short diagonal sprints forwards and backwards with quick changes of direction. The coach has absolute control…
The player starts at the sideline and has to sprint almost across the entire court to reach the ball and put a volley away if possible.
The goal is to keep the ball in play at any cost.
The coach calls the color of the cone that the player should touch. After 3 touches he feeds a short ball, which the player has to hit over the net with solid technique.