Do you walk away from practice with NOTHING to show for it? Here’s how to practice and actually get BETTER. Hit the most ACCURATE groundstrokes of your life with this coaching series – Click Here! Comments? Questions? Leave them down below. Thanks for watching! Ground Strokes, Practice Drills, Short Court| Related Posts Leave A Comment Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 30 Comments Robert Schmit February 13, 2018 at 12:03 pm - Reply Hey Ian, great video! How many times do you recommend repeating the serve-return-and third hit part of this practice format? Oommen April 15, 2017 at 3:28 am - Reply Hi Ian, I am a recreational player who focuses a lot on continuous improvement. I watch a lot of your videos because they make very good sense and helped me improve many aspects of my game. I found this video on meaningful practice very much in tune with my ideas and the way I use my sessions and give the same advice to my partners also. Now I will concentrate even more on these points. Thanks a lot. Robert Gerber April 14, 2017 at 5:54 pm - Reply Liked this video .Wll stated as to integrity and consistency 👍 Patrick Brahana April 14, 2017 at 5:39 pm - Reply Great practice routine Ian. On the serve and return drill how many serves and returns should each player hit. Thanks Patrick Noushin Kananian April 14, 2017 at 2:16 pm - Reply Many thanks for sharing your knowledge! phil otero April 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm - Reply great stuff. Karyn April 14, 2017 at 11:51 am - Reply Another great video Ian, thank you! Steve Seward April 14, 2017 at 11:05 am - Reply As a relatively new player I find your instruction clear, concise and relevant. Thank you! Karen Constant July 26, 2016 at 10:08 am - Reply When you are using a ball machine to do this practice, and you are to do 10 in a row – do you count the ball machine as a stroke? Rudy May 22, 2016 at 4:51 pm - Reply Great practice formula with a partner. Do you have a solo practice routine? Thnks for sharing. Annie May 22, 2016 at 8:09 am - Reply H Ian, thanks for the video. I agree 100% with this practice. I've been playing for over 20 years as a high ranked doubles recreational player. I take my tennis very seriously and am lucky to have a pro who has taught me these same techniques. The problem I have is getting this warm up with other tennis players before playing practice tennis. I find that even during an easy warm up the person on the other side wants to win the warm up. All we are doing is chasing balls the entire time. Granted, I am giving them slow, easy balls as part of my warm up and they want to kill it. I've tried to explain to them, this is only warm up, lets just keep the ball in play. Nope, they can't do it because they are missing this essential part of their game. I don't understand and may never understand why but I'll leave that up to people like yourself to put out a video that covers that. Thank you for this video and all the great tips you have given me. Ian Westermann May 22, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply I had the same experience during my club teaching years, Annie. A common sentiment is "why would I practice hitting TO somebody?? Won't I then just do that during matches?". Most players have very little patience. Ken May 21, 2016 at 8:26 am - Reply Ian, Thank you for the very relevant and helpful video. This will help my practice time to be more purposeful. Since my work schedule is erratic, its sometimes difficult to find partners with whom to practice. I bought a used ball machine this past offseason to be my practice partner. It seems your points in this video apply equally even when working with a machine. I would be interested to know if you have any videos or suggestions specific to effective practices in that situation. Thanks Ian Westermann May 21, 2016 at 8:45 am - Reply Everything I said in this video goes DOUBLE for ball machine practices, Ken. It's so easy for tennis players to turn the machine on and just mindlessly hit balls for an hour. There's no partner on the other side so it really doesn't even matter where each shot goes. All the same principles apply: have a purpose, outcome goals, targets, and stay focused intently on those things. Noushin May 21, 2016 at 7:33 am - Reply Many thanks for sharing your invaluable experience! Ian Westermann May 21, 2016 at 8:45 am - Reply You're welcome, Noushin. John May 20, 2016 at 9:15 pm - Reply That's a nice lesson a a great way to think about practice. Thanks. Jim May 20, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply Because I know it's a weakness I always include some overheads. The point being practice what you are bad at – now what you are comfortable with! Ian Westermann May 21, 2016 at 8:46 am - Reply Love that attitude, Jim! richard horsley May 20, 2016 at 4:12 pm - Reply NIce, finally,appreciate the good practice 'template'—-thanks Ian Westermann May 20, 2016 at 4:48 pm - Reply You're welcome, Richard. firstname.lastname@example.org May 20, 2016 at 4:03 pm - Reply Sorry, I had a posting error…. The issue is matches vs. hitting vs. practice.. email@example.com May 20, 2016 at 4:01 pm - Reply Hi Ian, I've watched a number of your videos and like all the others this one has some great tips. Even though I'm retired I've found that I still don't have unlimited time to hit. At issue is hitting verses matches verses matches. For a number of years the small group of players I hit with no longer play matches, we warm up the short court from the service line, volleys from the service line and then back to the baseline warm up. We then play for points withouthe serve and honestly the workout and the intensity far surpasses match play. Particularly when it's the 1 v. 2 group… I think this also helps us to develop our overall game, less the serving. I get the impression you think this stalls our progress, based on a previous comment. I intend to try introducing some of the drills you've mentioned, first easy to add a count to what we already do and then introduce one or two of the others before we get to what we believe is the competition and fun of our play. Granted it's not packed into one session but I think there's merit… Your thoughts? Ian Westermann May 20, 2016 at 4:50 pm - Reply That's an excellent question, David. I'm going to answer it fully in a future episode of "Ask Ian", my Q&A show. Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you see it when it comes out: https://www.youtube.com/c/essentialtennis Sam May 20, 2016 at 3:32 pm - Reply When you talk about 20 in a row for short court is that total shots or shots per player? Ditto for the down the middle ground strokes? Ian Westermann May 20, 2016 at 4:49 pm - Reply Total shots, both players share responsibility! Ian May 20, 2016 at 12:13 pm - Reply Simple, logical effective. Thank you Ian Westermann May 20, 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply You bet, thanks for watching. Ryszard May 20, 2016 at 11:02 am - Reply You are right but – one bad hour on the tennis court is better than one good hour at the office. Ian Westermann May 20, 2016 at 12:12 pm - Reply Sure, it just all depends on your goals. If you're completely satisfied playing at the same level for decades, and tennis is simply a fun escape, then more power to you. This video wasn't created for people who fall into that category.