Groundstrokes Drills

The groundstrokes are the heart of the game. They are the foundation of tennis.

In this section you will find a great variety of exercises to help you improve your baseline game. Most of the drills can be modified into forehand or backhand drills.

  • Approaching: Practice groundstrokes on short balls so you can approach the net.
  • Feeding: Coach feeds balls to players to get grounstroke repetition.
  • Live Ball Drill: Coach or player feeds the ball and two people play the point out.

You can also search for terms like "forehand" or "backhand" to get drills specific to each stroke.

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Changing Hands

The coach tosses a tennis ball to the student. The player has an extra ball in his hand, which he does not throw back but has to change from hand to hand in order to catch the coach's ball with one hand after one bounce. To ge...

The Two-Shot Passing Shot

This basket drill focuses on a two-shot passing shot. Player 1 plays a forehand to the feet of the coach. The ball should bounce just before the coach. This is followed by a backhand with a diagonal track. To get access to the...

Control Stroke Game

Two players play points in the small field (without double field). Each player must first bump the ball in a controlled manner before it is played across the net into the opposing field. What is needed is good footwork, a feeling for the...

Drop shot Game with Recovery

Two players face each other in the service boxes. The players have to play a drop shot just over the net. After each drop shot, they sprint and touch the middle line with their foot and sprint back to the ball. To get access t...

Drop Shot Battle

Two players face each other in the min tennis court. The players have the task to play a ball just over the net as a drop shot. After each drop shot, they sprint back to the service line, touch it with their foot and sprint back to the b...

Forehand on the Run after Forehand Feed

Our u16 club players are in the following starting position: a female player on the very outskirts of her forehand side  (at the level of the alley), with the goal of playing the ball cross. To get access to the videos and p...

Footwork with Medicine Ball

Footwork with Medicine Ball

This is a great drill to work on footwork and can be used as a warm up, as a way to strengthen or as a tool to improve the anaerobic capacity of a player. A bouncing medicine ball is ideall for many drills requiring catching and throwing...

inside Out Forehand Tossing Drill

Inside Out Forehand Tossing Drill

The coach and the player face each other on the middle of the baseline. The coach hand feeds to the backhand side and the player runds around to hit a forehand. Pay attention to the movement cycle. To get access to the videos ...

Sprint to the Corner with High Five

Sprint to the Corner with High Five

The players will shadow the run without a ball to understand what they have to do. The high five is used to force a recovery. Once the player understands how to move, the coach will feed wide balls and the player will return them. ...

Coordination - Sliding

Coordination – Sliding

The players can first develop a feel for sliding, stopping, pushing off and doing the cross-over step, before they later implement this on court. The coach has an excellent opportunity to focus on correcting movements. To get...

Place and Pick up minitennis

Place and Pick up

Players play mini tennis in the service boxes. They have to hit the ball with slice and are not allowed to hit the ball hard. In addition, each player starts with a ball in the non-dominant hand. After each hit each player will either pl...

cross Game

Cross Game

The game is played in the two cross-court service boxes. Here is how to play: One player serves underhand from the service line. The other player is positioned at the service line. The server approaches the net immediately, and from this...

Crosscourt Slice Backhand

Crosscourt Slice Backhand

Players play a game crosscourt in the service boxes. Players can only use backhand slice. This drill can be used as a warm up or to develop the technique and feel for the backhand slice. Scoring Play to 8 serving underhand (7-7 the next...

Crosscourt Topspin Backhand

Crosscourt Topspin Backhand

Players play a game crosscourt in the service boxes. Players can only use topspin backhands, and they can hit the ball as hard as they want to as long as it lands in the service box. This drill can be used as a warm up or to develop the...

Crosscourt Topspin Forehand

Crosscourt Topspin Forehand

Players play a game crosscourt in the service boxes. Players can only use topspin forehands, and they can hit the ball as hard as they want to as long as the ball lands in the service box. To get access to the videos and premi...

Drop Shot Game

Drop Shot Game

Players play a game hitting drop shots in the alley. The players have to try to hit the ball over the net as close as possible to the net, always landing in the alley. The players have to run and touch the middle service line after each ...

Warming up at the Net

Warming up at the Net

Here, the focus is on warming up strokes with one player hitting groundstrokes and one hitting volleys. However, there is a small, yet vital change. The baseline player should stand slightly within the baseline. In general, a volleyer te...

Warming up: 2 Hits and Change

Warming up: 2 Hits and Change

Four players on the court, two at the net, two on the baseline. The coach feeds the first shot. All four players play with one ball. After two ball contacts, the players have to switch position. The active player always moves to the fron...

Warming up: Z Drill

Warming up: Z Drill

Players play from the baseline trying to keep the ball in play. One player hits only down the line and the other player only crosscourt. Players should change roles after a few minutes. The objective of the drill is to practice technique...

Half Court Points: Attacking Down the Line

Players play on half the singles court. The rally starts with a feed from the coach to one of the players anywhere the coach chooses. The player hits the first shot back to the coach. The coach volleys back to the side where the point wi...

Half Court Points from Offense to Defense

Players play on half the singles court down the line. The rally starts with a deep feed from the coach to one of the players into the playing area. The player hits the first shot crosscourt back to the coach. The coach volleys short into...

Blind Game

Two player on the baseline and one at the net line up.  The player without partner hits one groundstroke left of the net player, one at the net player and one right of the net player. To get access to the videos and premium m...

Backhand Slice on the Run

Points to 11 without serve The point starts with a running slice backhand. The slice player starts in the forehand corner. After the slice, the point is played out on the whole singles court. To get access to the videos and pr...

Learn how to Lob Against an Overhead

We believe - no, we know - that one of the main reasons girls have a difficult time learning to hit overheads is due to the fact that their training partners are usually not able to control... To get access to the videos and p...

Points Starting with a Defensive Backhand

Points Starting with a Defensive Backhand

The player sprints from the middle of the baseline to the intersection of the service line and the sideline and touches the ground with the racquet. His opponent sprints laterally, parallel to the baseline, and touches the doubles sideli...

Complex Training - Agility Ladder on Court

Complex Training – Agility Ladder on Court

If a player wants to run around a shot and hit an optimal forehand, then precise and well coordinated footwork is a must. As a right-hander, the player runs around the shot from right to left between the rungs on the ladder. T...

Complex Training: Backhand and Rotational Throw

Complex Training: Backhand and Rotational Throw

The players should stand about three to four meters apart. To start with, they should adopt the open stance. The player should then hold the medicine ball with both hands and bring it so far back behind the body that it is behind the lin...

Open Rally from the Baseline

Open Rally from the Baseline

Feed an easy shot to the opponent, aiming at the center of the court. The players should alternate feeding, since the player feeding has the advantage of being the first one allowed to attack. The opponent hits the ball back to the feede...

Tactic: Running around the Backhand

Tactics: Running around the Backhand

The feed is underhand and to the opponent’s backhand. The feed should be slow enough to allow the opponent to run around the backhand. The players should alternate feeding. The opponent has to play a forehand to start the point. He can...

Down the Line Backhand Drop Shot

Down the Line Backhand Drop Shot

Description The coach sets up the mini net in the forecourt, parallel to the net. The players then have to play the following combination of shots: Backhand cross-court (to the coach) Forehand down the line (to the coach) Backhand drop s...

Good Angle: Crosscourt with the Mini Net

Good Angle: Crosscourt with the Mini Net

The coach places two mini nets in the forecourt, diagonally from the left and right side lines to the middle of the net, creating the ideal corridor for short, cross-court shots. Each player should practice the forehand and backhand shor...

Groundstrokes in the Short Court Alley

Groundstrokes in the Short Court Alley

Ground strokes in the alley (mini tennis) Improving the contact area Players try to keep their shots in the alley. The player is trying to hit the forehand precisely down the line. The player in the back plays down the line backhands. ...

Controlling Speed and Length

Controlling Speed and Length

Very often we find that inexperienced players are not able to control the speed or length of the ball, even when we know they are technically capable of doing so. This is a great drill to practice hitting the ball softly and with differe...

Place and Pick up from the Baseline

Place and Pick up from the Baseline

Players rally from the baseline. They have to hit the ball to each other slowly, with control. In addition, each player starts with a ball in the non-dominant hand. After each hit the player will either place the ball on the ground or pi...

Baseline Rally - Crosscourt to Down the Line

Baseline Rally – Crosscourt to Down the Line

Players play from the baseline trying to keep the ball in play. The rally starts crosscourt and continues crosscourt until one of the players hits the ball down the line. The opponent will play the down the line shot crosscourt to start ...

Slice One Crosscourt, One Down the Line

Slice One Crosscourt, One Down the Line

Players play in the service boxes. Only slice is allowed. One player will hit the ball only down the line and the other player only crosscourt. Players should change roles after a few minutes. The objective of the drill is to practice th...

Stroke Training: Forehand Inside In

Stroke Training: Forehand Inside In

Each player hits three consecutive shots. First, a cross-court backhand to the coach then a forehand down the line to the coach finally a forehand winner from the backhand corner. This forehand should be played “inside in” away from ...

Stroke Training: Forehand Inside Out

Stroke Training: Forehand Inside Out

Each player hits three consecutive shots. First, a down the line backhand to the coach then a forehand cross-court to the coach finally a forehand winner from the backhand corner. This forehand should be played “inside out” away from...

Points: Master of Slice

Points: Master of Slice

Slice (half the court vs. topspin (whole court). You start the point with a feed to the backhand-side of the court after that the point is played out slice vs. topspin. You are not allowed to hit drop shots or to come to the net. ...

Using Body Rotation on the Forehand

Using Body Rotation on the Forehand

The coach tosses a ball and the first player hits a forehand (cross-court) and then moves immediately to the back of the queue via the middle of the court. The players should jump and rotate during the stroke. Players often make mistakes...

Using Body Rotation on the Backhand

Using Body Rotation on the Backhand

Three players stand in line on the baseline. The coach tosses a ball and the first player hits an offensive backhand stroke (cross-court) and moves immediately to the back of the queue via the middle of the court. The players should atta...