Poor accuracy, consistency or stamina? Improve all three with this fun singles drill! 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| Related Posts Leave A Comment Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 18 Comments W.Bill April 17, 2017 at 11:53 am - Reply really appreciate your tips, insights,etc. I would love some suggestions regarding how to best support aging partners(I'm 73) who have no clue about how to shrink our side of the court. I'm thinking they're afraid to miss. How would I nicely encourage them to follow their shots? I've been told that I'm not to good at "nicely". Thanks James allen April 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm - Reply Just a thank you all for these lesions. It helps us all. Noushin Kananian April 14, 2017 at 9:57 am - Reply Many thanks for sharing your experience! Karyn April 13, 2017 at 11:46 am - Reply Great drill – accuracy, consistancy, stamina….and focus! You actually have to think about where you're hitting and how many balls! More challenging than you'd think on some days 😉 Ian Westermann April 13, 2017 at 12:35 pm - Reply It's tougher than most people would think on most days! haha Joyce June 9, 2016 at 10:50 am - Reply I am the Head Tennis coach at a small high school. We utilize your drills and tips to increase my players ability all the time. My main problem is that we are not a heavy Tennis community. With that said we have players that come out in February that have never touched a racket before and want to be the next Federar!! Do you happen to have any tips or suggestions that can increase their play quickly. We have 3 months to go from beginner to an average player before our district finals. Any help would be great.Thanks Dag January 23, 2016 at 11:33 am - Reply What does 'down-the line' mean? Which line do you mean – the back line? the side line? Craig January 22, 2016 at 3:44 pm - Reply Excellent demonstration of a drill I use to help my daughters build consistency off the ground. The only downside I've noticed is that younger players often anticipate the direction of the incoming shot and move in an unrealistic manner to their next shot. I saw Ira pre-emptively running around his BH before Ian struck his shot. If you stress the importance of getting back to recovery position and using split steps, this helps reduce the temptation to move in the direction you know the ball is coming. Great video! George January 20, 2016 at 3:39 am - Reply Hi Ian, great drill. I just want to add a general comment for recreational players (like me) who may struggle with time and/or motivation to practice instead of have fun by hitting some tennis balls when on the court. I found that drills like this are the best way to force myself to practice. In theory it's not the best possible practice, but it's good enough. I found that learning a tennis skill generally goes like this. 1. understand it, 2. shadow swing, 3. drop & hit, 4. hit easy feeds, 5. hit tough feeds or competitive shots. For me it all breaks down at 3 and 4. When I am at the court I want to have fun and not drill. Such drills force you to hit easy feeds in a way. And the first feed is a drop and hit. You just need to be careful to properly hit and not push the ball. Slow it down as much as you need to or even come a bit forward into the court. You need to be able to consistently hit at least three well placed shots in a row for this to be meaningful. As a progression we start hitting harder co-operative shots until we get to the point where we hit solid shots. The type of shot of shot that won't do any damage to the opponent, but is deep and has enough speed and spin to ensure that he wouldn't hurt you. Increasing the number of co-operative shots as suggested is also good, especially if you can't hit harder without sacrificing consistency. PS for this drill it's more fair if the down the line player gets the first competitive shot. Chris January 19, 2016 at 11:24 pm - Reply Hey, Kirby, the ET corporate line is a good one; "… for passionate players, just like you." You gotta get corporate here! Thanks for your presentation, guys. You have a very effective team. I'll get into this excellent drill asap. -C. BV January 19, 2016 at 2:33 pm - Reply Ok is tha your sister, cuz, niece IOW she's the pretty version of you😂😂. Nice drill, I have to many partners trying to hit winners on the first ball. How do u break that habit Ian Westermann January 19, 2016 at 3:36 pm - Reply I think the perfect way of breaking that habit is simply to start introducing high focus drills like this one, BV. If you allow them to set the tone then productivity will not be high. If they stop practicing with you as a result then it's worth the effort to find other partners who enjoy this type of hitting! Susan McCrank January 19, 2016 at 1:07 pm - Reply Liked very much! Thank you! Ian Westermann January 19, 2016 at 3:34 pm - Reply You bet, Susan! Richard January 19, 2016 at 11:17 am - Reply I would like to see your commentary (and any drills) about dealing with short, low balls landing between the net and the service line (how to be more aggressive with the return shot) and dealing with softly hit balls that require the returner to generate his/her own power. Thanks. Ian Westermann January 19, 2016 at 12:22 pm - Reply Check out this video if you haven't already, Richard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5KjzDwtckc subbarao cherukuri January 19, 2016 at 10:45 am - Reply Thank you for your vigeo. Good drill for me to practice. Ian Westermann January 19, 2016 at 12:23 pm - Reply You're very welcome, Subbarao.