Feb
21
Tennis Coaching – 8 Serve Drill


Alright so today the drill I’m going
to do is the ‘8 Serve Drill’ which basically is to master hitting the
different serves and then going to the right spot on the court after your serve
so there’s going to be a serve from regular ,I’m going to spot for the returner
to return cross-court and there’s going to be a serve regular but you’re
going to poach so you need to get across to the other side of the court, where to
be on that court and then we’re going to do two serves from ‘I’, one with poach and
one with no poach, and then we do that from both sides and we’re working each time
on getting to the right spot on the court after the serve. Okay so I’m now
going to demonstrate the four serves that we need on the deuce court with the
right movement patterns. Okay so now I’m going to demonstrate regular serve but my partner at the net he’s going to cross so I need to get myself onto the other
side of the court towards where the water bottle is. This time I’m going to
serve from ‘I’ but we’re not doing a poach so my partner is going to go back to his
original side and I need to get to the water bottle on the deuce court. Okay finally the forth serve I’m going
to serve it from I-formation and then I’m going to go left, my partner’s going to
poach, I need to get to the water bottle on the ad court. So one of the mistakes
that happens when people are serve and volleying is that they serve and then the
run to the direction that they’ve served the ball, so for example
for right-hander on the deuce court when they serve wide they will then
naturally come into the middle of the court and in doubles that makes you very
vulnerable to the cross-court return because you’re far out position and then you end
up having to do some sort of big lunge or dive to get the first volley and it
makes a lot harder shot so we have to practice to almost go against the
natural instincts and to serve wide but still to run straight afterwards. So I’m going to show you for example how people make that mistake. So I’m going to
shadow as if I was a right-hander and where I would run to on the court and
I’m going to shadow as a right-hander with a wide serve and where I should go to
on the court. So I serve normally from here and I would serve here and I would
come to here, but then look how much space there is for someone to return
into so someone returns back cross-court on an angle
I should way too much ground to cover and it’s easy to get the ball passed me, so
I have to practice or right-hander has the practice, because I’m left-handed
obviously, to serve wide but still run to the water bottle here and
I’m in a perfect position to play my first volley and to cover any balls that
come back short cross-court. Okay now I’m going to demonstrate the four serves with the four different movement patterns required on the ad court. Okay so you’ve seen me do the 8 different
serves that are required to be a top doubles player, let me know how you get on when
you go and try it.