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Tennis Drill – Improve your Groundstrokes by Improving your Timing

off the bounce a player practices hitting us deep
bouncing ball off the bounce at different heights. This
is a great drill to improve timing the ability to take the racket head to
the ideal contact point precisely at the right
time. A good warm-up is to have to advanced players rally with each other catching the ball off the bounce every
time. If the players cannot do this themselves,
then you can start with the next step which is the off the bounce. For this step a player or a coach will hit a high bouncing ball the the other player or to his partner. The player going to try to catch the ball right off the bounce every time. Practice
on the forehand side practice on the backhand side. it’s important that the ball is very, very high and that it
bounces steeply up. The players will have to move their feet, adjust and swing exactly at the right time. The next step is to do exactly the same thing, a
very high ball but try to catch it at the waist level. So the player moves sets up and then hits the ball at waist level. Then you try it at shoulder level. It is important that the preparation is right behind contact. so if you’re trying to catch the ball at
shoulder level you’re going to take the racket up, right at
shoulder level and wait for the ball to come by right
in front of the racquet to swing. So keep your swings compact, set the racket high and make sure that you
may contact in front of the body at shoulder level. Finally you’re going to mix it up. The players are going to be asked to catch the ball right off the bounce first, the next shot is going to be at
waist-height, and the next shot at shoulder level, off the bounce, waist-high and shoulder level. Just mix it up. Do some forehands. Do some backhands and try to get the ball right at the ideal contact point every
single time. If done often this really will teach the players
exactly when to swing to get the racquet to the ideal contact point.

David Frank



  1. Jason De La Costa Posted on February 23, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Good stuff ! 

  2. Japanair333 Posted on March 9, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    This is a very good drill! I really like all your videos!I 'vebeen using all the tips and drils that you have promoted.Thank you a lot Edgar!

  3. didanhtennis Posted on March 13, 2015 at 9:26 am

    This is great, thanks.

  4. David Van Wickler Posted on August 30, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    My tenth grader is on varsity doubles and would like some drill advice so the two of us can practice together and improve/refine fundamentals. While I did not have professional training I learned from parents in the 80's and in college club tennis. any drills videos you could recommend as a sequence would be great. We appreciate your clear explanations!!

  5. TNToncourt Posted on October 12, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    I say "bounce hit" for these shots.

  6. HowardC Posted on January 20, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Nice video and advice!
    What surface is this? The audio sounds like a ping pong table??
    Just wondering – not being critical.

  7. Stomo1709 Posted on February 7, 2016 at 6:25 am

    I will try this. I have been trying years to improve the consistency of my forehand, but it is always a case of good one day, bad for the next two weeks.

  8. riccardo ragazzo Posted on May 31, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Very good video! Nice drills!

  9. Nick Stiver Posted on October 23, 2016 at 3:05 am

    The guy in the black has absolutely beautiful ground strokes

  10. Me ofc Posted on November 25, 2016 at 5:27 am

    What's the weakness for a two handed forehand and backhand player?

  11. A. David Imperial Posted on December 12, 2016 at 7:36 am

    What an awesome drill! very difficult too. I guess the main difference between contacting the ball at different heights is how close you move your feet to the bounce of the ball. love their compact backswings. Thank you for sharing. Will try this for my daughter.

  12. Paco Nguyen Posted on March 24, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Dear Mr Giffennig,

    I have watched all of your videos and must admit these are the best ones for me as an amateur player — always straight and to the point.
    Have fun and keep doing this great job!

    Paco from Saigon.

  13. MyJedi007 Posted on July 15, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    This is good to start with but can you show us how the kids deal with feeds with high balls that explode off the court up high with spin? Thanks

  14. Haameem Rathore Posted on December 29, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    this is like a drill for half volleys

  15. Carl Frederick Coupet Posted on January 6, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    European coaches are the best. Danke sehr schone.

  16. lucy louise Posted on February 17, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    How often would you work on timing? Would you work this progression with beginner/intermediate/advanced players? Nice video!

  17. Shawn McDermott Posted on June 6, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Really clever drill!