Category: Improve your Game

Improving your Doubles Game

Trying to find the perfect practise to improve your Doubles Game?

Doubles practice session

Kevin Wentworth

This drill is a tried and tested method which I learned at the Saddlebrook Tennis Academy. Saddlebrook is a truly fantastic resort located in Wesley Chapel near Florida. Over the years the resort has been the home and training ground for many famous pro tennis players including Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati and Mardy Fish.

The following drill is a great way to start your next session of doubles. It will help you improve the following:

  • Ground strokes
  • Volleys
  • Footwork
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Teamwork

How does it work?

  • 1 team at the net and 1 team at the baseline
  • The net players feed the ball to either of the players on the baseline
  • The baseliners aim to get the ball past the players at the net, either down the tram lines or down the centre of the court
  • I would suggest at the start to not allow lobs to count unless you want to practise smashes
  • Once the ball is in play, continue to play the point out

Play first to ten points and then swap positions so each team has had an opportunity to play at the net and at the baseline.

This drill really helps to improve your doubles play!

Novak Djokovic’s Coaching Tips

This was filmed some time ago, but we love the tips from the tennis champ. Novak goes through each of his shots in great detail giving a clear and concise breakdown of the technique. The video includes:

Serves – Height of ball toss, moment of impact

Forehand – Importance of footwork and follow through

Backhand – Weight transference into the shot

Drop shot – One of Novak’s favourite shots showing how to change the pace for the rally

Volleys – Positioning and control

Smash – Footwork and preparation

Returns – Split steps and short back-swing

FINALLY

A John McEnroe impression!!

Improving your game

Wimbledon has got everyone enthusiastic about improving their games. How do we find that extra dimension that will take our game to the next level?

There is no substitute for hard work on the tennis court, but with minor adjustments you can improve the chances of winning your next match.

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