We know that the “go to” slice serve that is taught most commonly by coaches is to take the player out wide. However, when we teach a player to understand slice on the serve, there are 6 serves the player can hit!
There is no one-volley-fits-all strategy for volleying at the net! Sometimes the ball comes in fast, sometimes the ball floats. Novice players, thinking they’ve understood the basic technique, can be frustrated when their volley launches the ball out of court (maybe out of the arena!), or drops like a stone into the net! In these Quick Fix clips we share 5 quick fixes and tips that you can use to improve your player’s volleying technique.
Reflecting on great points in Grand Slam events, the players often use angles to move their opponent out of court. However, maybe because of the way we coach, developing players will often hit returns down the centre of the court. This quick fix helps players to develop a feel for angles and coming around the outside of the ball.
This has got to be one of our favourite quick fixes!
To help players understand the stroke adaptations of the slice backhand depending upon where you are in the court, Nigel Hunter, i2c’s Head of Programmes, explains the family of back-hand slices; daddy bear, mummy bear backhand, big sister (or brother) backhand and lastly… the baby backhand! You won’t want to miss this! Your players will never forget this again!
As much as it helps musicians, rhythm is important to tennis players! So helping players understand and develop rhythm in their key shots is one of the most valuable things you can do; it’s especially critical to a player’s serve.
In this Quick Fix clip our test player demonstrates a serve that is too fast through the early part of the take-back. Too much speed early on will limit the players scope for acceleration through the throwing action.