Learn how to anticipate your opponent’s every move so you can win more matches – Click Here! Develop your psychic powers so you can know exactly what your opponents will do next – Click Here! Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for… Ira and I face off in one of my favorite games of all time, called ‘Ultimate Touch’. Check it out to see who comes away with the win! Play this game with your teammates and hitting partners to work on your quickness, touch, anticipation, and craftiness. Comments? Questions? Leave them down below. Thanks for watching! Learn how to tell the future on the tennis court – Click Here! For Fun, Short Court| Related Posts Leave A Comment Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 53 Comments Ash September 24, 2015 at 4:55 am - Reply hi guys, I'm a passionate tennis player as well but really SUCK at it 😛 I have recently found your works and videos on Youtube and really enjoyed your works. I appreciate if you could focus more on drills as well as off court exercises to build up skills and stamina as well. absolutely loved this video, "ultimate touch"; I assume it should be kinda similar in doubles as well. keep up the good work lads, Akash July 24, 2015 at 8:35 pm - Reply Hi Ian, My names Akash I'm 15 from Melbourne, Australia and I saw your video for exercises before a match and that's helped a lot but because I am In an a lot higher grader a recreational tennis matches tend to go for a lot longer . At the end, I may do few stretches but by the time I go home I am so sore and my legs hurt quite a lot and then I have my part-time job after that and requires a lot of standing and so by the end of the day I am in so much pain and the stiff pain will drag on through school the next day. By any chance could give myself and maybe others who may be going through the same thing some exercises for after the match to relax the muscles and relieve pain? Hope to here from you soon. By the way I'm one of your biggest fans and have been watching you since I was 12 and please keep going, its good to see someone so passionate about a sport like myself and is giving free coaching !!! Your the best ! Thank-you Akash Deo 🙂 Ian Westermann July 24, 2015 at 10:05 pm - Reply Great to hear from you, Akash. I'll shoot you an e-mail with some suggestions. Keep up the amazing work on your game. Akash July 24, 2015 at 10:13 pm - Reply I cant believe you just Ian replied to my message your someone I have been looking up to for a long time !! Im in tears right now ! Akash July 24, 2015 at 10:19 pm - Reply Would it be to much to ask to make a video? please. Dario Miranda July 22, 2015 at 10:28 am - Reply Hi, Ian and Ira. Very nice game and demonstration that with a fun game we can train both shots and footwork. My son and I use to play a variation of this fun game: we use only one of the sides of the court always within the serve boxes; serve is the same as you demonstrated; we include volley shots, but if you do a volley you're not allowed to do a consecutive volley but you have to leave the ball bouncing once before attempting to do a second volley; this pushes you to do extra footwork to position yourself adequately to defend the point. Whatever the game is what is important is to find variations to have fun and to train when you're enjoying with your partner… Ian Westermann July 22, 2015 at 11:09 am - Reply Very interesting, hadn't heard that variation before. Thanks for sharing! Miguel July 22, 2015 at 8:59 am - Reply Hi Ian, can't wait to try it! Two questions: 1) Is it soft touches only (if I get a chance, can I hit it harder?), and 2) What if the ball falls on my side of the court after I serve? Loss of point, or do over? Ian Westermann July 22, 2015 at 9:12 am - Reply 1) You can play either way but I like to play soft touch only…no hitting "hard". 2) Just a do over. Have fun! StanSteel July 22, 2015 at 5:22 am - Reply Really fun guys……It's so nice to see great players do this. Sometimes you play folks that are not as good as you and this is where I love to show them that it does not always have to be bass line rally's, but smiles and fun. As u mentioned lots of feel and strategy involved. (Great for a lung buster to if you can keep the ball in play). Looking forwards to seeing what other mini games you have up your sleeves. Keep these videos coming guys….I always pick up something new to add to my game. Ian Westermann July 22, 2015 at 8:25 am - Reply Thanks so much for the feedback, Stan. We appreciate it. Carol S July 22, 2015 at 5:14 am - Reply What a great game for foot work. You have to be quick and sure-footed to return those balls on the other side of the court. Thanks for teaching us a new practice game. Ian Westermann July 22, 2015 at 8:25 am - Reply You bet, Carol. Thanks for watching! Armand July 22, 2015 at 2:20 am - Reply Absolutely love your videos!! Use this for warmup almost always but have never practice match.. Im gonna give it a try. Great work guys! Good come back Ian! Ian Westermann July 22, 2015 at 8:25 am - Reply Good to hear, you're going to love it, Armand. Thomas July 22, 2015 at 12:26 am - Reply Hi Ian, Thanks for the video, indeed very helpful to practise the touch. Also Ive been watching your videos for quite a while now and Id like to say a general thank you, I love watching them and you re doing a great job. I love Tennis and if I was living in the US it d be a pleasure to be coached by you 🙂 Thomas Thomas Ian Westermann July 22, 2015 at 8:26 am - Reply Thank you so much for your support, Thomas! Pete Riggs July 21, 2015 at 6:20 pm - Reply I'll definitely use that one with the players I coach. Ian Westermann July 21, 2015 at 9:02 pm - Reply Good to hear, it's a lot of fun. steve July 21, 2015 at 5:37 pm - Reply good exercise for warm-up Mike July 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm - Reply Been playing this one for years, great game. Just introduced it to my USTA team for practice…got interesting reactions from some of the guys who initially thought this game wasn't hard – and quickly learned otherwise. Also found that a couple of guys that rely heavily on volleys got frustrated with it (since this game removes their favorite weapon!). Ira, smart move letting the boss win 🙂 Ian Westermann July 21, 2015 at 9:01 pm - Reply Haha….definitely a smart play! Susan McCrank July 21, 2015 at 4:16 pm - Reply Liked Very Much! gerry heck July 21, 2015 at 2:28 pm - Reply I have been using ultimate touch for about 15 years. It is liked be everyone ( kids, teen, adults). I learned the game with some differences. I use just one service box on both sides, the serve is setting the ball on the top of the tape, hold with one finger and no pushing the ball. The other rules are the same. I enjoy your videos and advice. I also live in the Milwaukee area Gerry Ian Westermann July 21, 2015 at 3:16 pm - Reply Nice, that's a great version! Janice July 21, 2015 at 1:54 pm - Reply I like that–would be good training for my friends that don't play that well yet. Michael July 21, 2015 at 12:50 pm - Reply Play a game of 11 involving only groundstrokes from the baseline. Start with a rally and play from the third stroke. Ian Westermann July 21, 2015 at 3:14 pm - Reply We'll definitely do some baseline points in the future. Bob C. July 21, 2015 at 12:45 pm - Reply Ian, I need to work on every aspect of my minicourt game: fitness, agility, footwork, anticipation, strategy, court sense. Of course, the juniors I was playing were 16 or 17 years old and almost ready for the pro tour. Great as your coaching is, I don't think it could get me up to their speed. But you're welcome to try. bob Ian Westermann July 21, 2015 at 3:13 pm - Reply Ah, well then the reason you're losing isn't due to age, but rather due to the skill level of your opponent. Those things are often connected, but definitely not always. Can’t beat yourself up for losing at anything related to tennis vs somebody with the ability to compete at a professional level… Bob C. July 21, 2015 at 6:34 pm - Reply Oh, no worries. It was all in fun. Better to play against players who are better anyway! Dennis July 21, 2015 at 12:07 pm - Reply We play this too, but start each point with a simple bounce serve – you stand inside the service box and bounce the ball on your side first before it crosses the net and bounces on your opponent's side. Ian's "serve" looks a lot trickier than ours. Ian Westermann July 21, 2015 at 3:12 pm - Reply That's a great way to play as well. The "serve" that I like to use gets the action started a bit more quickly. Robert July 21, 2015 at 11:55 am - Reply I've played similar games using facing or diagonal service boxes, and they are terrific to get the feet moving and handle contact with the ball. This one looks much more demanding. Ian Westermann July 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm - Reply With two good players this game is actually quite demanding fitness wise. Another reason why I love it. Will July 21, 2015 at 11:02 am - Reply Yep, tennis can be fun. Ian Westermann July 21, 2015 at 11:45 am - Reply Absolutely. Ann Marie Sharp July 21, 2015 at 10:45 am - Reply Ira, Ira , Ira! We miss you and hope to see more of you in Essential Tennis ! (Rematch!) BTW, Essential Tennis is a great learning tool for my game! I look forward to each day's lesson! Ann Marie (Dominion Tennis Center, SA) Ian Westermann July 21, 2015 at 11:45 am - Reply Sorry I stole him, Ann Marie 😉 Chris July 21, 2015 at 10:25 am - Reply Can't wait to try this out! Thanks Ian and Ira. I always learn something from your videos. Ian Westermann July 21, 2015 at 11:45 am - Reply Definitely try it, lots of fun. Bob C. July 21, 2015 at 10:22 am - Reply Great game! I see the juniors doing this a lot. They usually beat me. Can't figure out why. Age? Terrific for fitness, movement, footwork, anticipation. Tell me what you think about one more rule: no spiking. No smashes. Keep it touch, placement, agility. bob Ian Westermann July 21, 2015 at 11:45 am - Reply Never blame age, Bob! We typically do play "touch only" rules, didn't specify that for this video. I'd have to watch you play a game to say what you need to improve on the most vs the whipper snappers. Burt Hurst July 21, 2015 at 10:17 am - Reply I love it for eye and hand/racket contact Ian Westermann July 21, 2015 at 11:44 am - Reply Yup, absolutely. Brian July 21, 2015 at 9:57 am - Reply This is one of the most fun and challenging games. We just refer to it as the "Djokovic game" It favors those with fitness for sure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9eNJBzptZ0 People always say it looks easy… and then they try it 😉 Ian Westermann July 21, 2015 at 11:44 am - Reply The game Novak is playing in that video is actually quite different, the ball has to hit your own side first before going over. We plan on doing a video for that one as well….I've historically called it "Down and Out" but there are a bunch of different names for it. Also excellent! richard July 21, 2015 at 9:47 am - Reply fun. Thanks for the drill. Ian Westermann July 21, 2015 at 9:55 am - Reply You're welcome, Richard. John M July 20, 2015 at 11:41 am - Reply Great video! Must win by two! Rematch! Getting depth and pushing your opponent back is key to getting point control. Ian Westermann July 20, 2015 at 3:13 pm - Reply I actually gave Ira the choice (James left that out of the video I think). He chose sudden death….ouch. Dan July 17, 2015 at 11:55 pm - Reply I love this game and sometimes play it as a warmup, not just for the strokes but for footwork as well. Ian Westermann July 20, 2015 at 3:26 pm - Reply Yup, it's one of my favorites!