Dynamic balance is a player’s ability to maintain their balance while their body is in motion. It’s vital for athletes and people in everyday life – not just tennis players. However, for a tennis player, it’s critical! Developing a player’s dynamic balance improves their agility efficiency when rapidly changing direction on court.
This great warm-up or skill builder gets your players working together to develop and maintain dynamic balance.
Remember to make sure that player’s keep their feet apart and their centre of gravity low as they move, to help give better balance. When the ball goes higher (and young player’s get taller) player’s can use their opposite leg as a counter balance.
In our short clip we show you the basic drill using fast feet and side-stepping to develop dynamic balance. The clip also shows you a way to challenge the players balance by moving the ball during the exercise. However, we like to encourage to think outside the square! You can try this with exercise with a beach ball, or with both players using rackets and a sponge ball trapped between the two rackets!
When to use the drill
Dynamic balance is skill that you can, and should, start building early. So, You can use variations of this drill with children from 8 years old through to adults. For younger players try using a bigger ball (like a beach ball or football) so that children have to hold the ball with 2 hands.
This drills is a lot of fun! So, it’s a great ice-breaker for new groups and for groups of children.