BASKET Tennis Drills

creative tennis basket drillsThe “basket” drills allow a coach to feed balls while looking at and correcting the student’s technique and footwork. Also, they are great to work with students on shot selection and tactics.

  • Power and Finesse (ground-strokes, drop shots)
  • Hit-Run-Finish (ground-strokes, short ball, overhead)
  • Plus 5 / Minus 5 – Ground-Strokes (consistency under pressure)
  • Plus 5 / Minus 5 – Overheads (consistency under pressure)
  • Pattern Play with the Coach (ground-strokes accuracy)
  • Lead Serve (serve accuracy) 
  • Return to Spot (serve return accuracy)
  • Hit Away (3) (ground-strokes consistency, accuracy) 
  • Hit Away (2) (ground-strokes consistency, accuracy)
  • 3 + 3 + 3 (ground-strokes accuracy)   
  • Serve Up / Serve Back (serve warm-up drill)
  • Serve, Play and Put-Away (serve, ground-strokes)
  • Drop and Lob Chase (sprint, body/racquet control)
  • Ground-Strokes Marathon (ground-strokes, stamina)
  • Pick and Put (dynamic balance, ground-strokes)
  • Up and Back (stamina, quick footwork)
  • Blackjack Serving (serve accuracy, power)
  • 3 Along the Line / Backwards (ground-strokes practice)
  • How Long Can You Last – 1 (ground-strokes consistency)   
  • How Long Can You Last – 2 (overhead consistency)          
  • Accuracy and Touch (ground-strokes & volley placement)    
  • Volley and Overhead – Low, High, Higher
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (overhead practice)
  • Serve Pressure (second serve practice)
  • All Inside Baseline (short ball, volleys, overheads)
  • Ground-Strokes in Circles (quick feet/conditioning)
  • Kind and Rough (touch & power ground-strokes)     
  • Catch and Volley (hand-eye, ball tracking)
  • Three-Part Aggressive (short ball put-away)
  • Drop-Shot Accuracy on the Run
  • 11 Balls Drill (transition from baseline to net)
  • Volley Approach Drill (volley and body control)
  • Short Power Ball (short ball aggressive approach)
  • Bermuda Triangle (great movement drill; ground-strokes)
  • Hit Away (ground-strokes placement)
  • V-Drill: Offense (ground-strokes; movement; stamina)
  • V-Drill: Defense (ground-strokes; movement; stamina)    
  • V-Drill: Forehand Offense/Defense (movement; stamina)     
  • V-Drill: Backhand Offense/Defense (movement; stamina)   
  • Rally on Six (competitive game; group)       
  • Back-Short-Over (court movement; strokes practice)
  • Pain – 1 (consistency under pressure; conditioning)       
  • Break the Cup (serve accuracy)       
  • Cross-Down-Drop (shot direction control & feel)
  • Controlling Depth (ground-strokes control/placement) 
  • Hand-Fed Deep & Short (ground-strokes, cardio)
  • Court Transition (4)
  • Court Transition (5)
  • To Short / To Deep (cardio, quick feet/recovery)
  • Deep-Shorter-Short (ground-strokes)
  • The Pyramid (net strokes, footwork, conditioning)
  • Volley Circle (volley accuracy)  
  • Ground-strokes Placement (1)
  • Ground-strokes Placement (2)
  • Ground-strokes – deep/high and put-away
  • Court Transition (1)
  • Court Transition (2)
  • Court Transition (3)
  • Overhead – tap and run
  • Attack and Retreat (ground-strokes, conditioning)
  • Ground-strokes Forever
  • Ball Attack (ground-strokes)
  • Short and Volley (ground-strokes and volleys)
  • Overhead, Swing and Volley
  • 7 Balls Drill (ground-strokes, footwork)
  • Serve and Volley
  • Cone’s Eight (ground-strokes, footwork)
  • Inside-out along the Alley (footwork, ground-strokes)
  • Slide-over Ground-strokes (ground-strokes)
  • High Forehand and Smash (ground-strokes and overheads)
  • Inside Forehand & Inside Backhand (ground-strokes, cardio)
  • Back, Forth, Back (ground-strokes)
  • Approach, Poach and Volleys
  • Double Drop Shot (speed, control)
  • Volley Approach and Put-away (volley placement)
  • Forehand Approach and Volley Cross-court
  • High and Low (volley, overhead)
  • Six Balls Placement Count (ground-strokes)
  • 20 Balls from Hell (ground-strokes placement, conditioning)
  • Quick Change of Direction (ground-strokes, footwork)
  • Cardio Basket Drill (ground-strokes, cardio)
  • Corner, Center, Corner (ground-strokes, ball placement)
  • Inside Out/In Forehand around Cone (ground-strokes, footwork)
  • Heavy Topspin (ground-strokes)
  • Short Ball and Footwork (ground-strokes, footwork)
  • Doubles Serve Return (serve return practice for doubles)
  • Volley Work (volleys, footwork)
  • The Lob Game (lobs practice)
  • All to One Area (target practice)
  • Drop Ball Feed Recovery (ground-strokes, proper footwork)
  • Ball Machine – Court Transition and Accuracy
  • Ball Machine – Ground-stroke, Low Volley, Two Put-Away Volleys
  • Quick Recovery Drill (practice recovery after each shot)
  • The Depth Game (ground-strokes depth)
  • Changed Direction (ground-strokes placement control)
  • Bounce and Not (conditioning, ground-strokes, volleys)
  • Low-High-Higher (net play control)
  • Big Square (conditioning, ground-strokes)
  • Move-Stop-Hit-Recover (open-stance, balance, quick recovery)
  • Service Delivery (serve accuracy)
  • Charging and Conquer (volley, footwork, speed)
  • Cross and Put-Away (foot speed, quick recovery)
  • Defend Cross-Court (defensive ground-strokes)
  • Master the Lob (topspin lob practice)
    Cross-Deep-Attack (ground-stroke accuracy, footwork)
    Footwork and Ground-Strokes (footwork, ground-strokes practice)
    Approach and Aggressive Volley (approach and volley practice)
  • Ground and Sky (ground-strokes, lobs)
  • Serve and Put-Away (serve; attacking short balls)
  • Back and Away (ground-strokes accuracy; put-away shots)
  • No Tap (ground-strokes and lobs accuracy)
  • Serve and Volley – attack and retreat (serve, low volley, overhead)
  • Serve and Volley – attack and finish (serve, volleys)
  • Strategic Forehands (forehand ground-strokes on the run)
  • Hit and Shadow – side to side (ground-strokes, footwork)
  • Team Attack and Poach (court transition and shot selection in doubles)
  • Approach and Finish (transition volley; put-away high volley)
  • Fast Feet and Control (ground-strokes on the run; accuracy)
  • Ultimate Serve Return (return of serve consistency)
  • High Ball Practice – 1 (movement, placement, execution of high balls)
  • High Ball Practice – 2 (movement, proper footwork and execution for high balls)
  • Short-Angled Ball – practice (ground-strokes control and placement)
  • Move and Reach (ground-strokes; overheads)
  • Low to Drop (low volley; quickness at the net; balance)
  • Deep-Short-High (for doubles teams practice; court positioning)
  • Hit-Drop-Hit (cardio drill)
  • Over the Hills (cardio; ground-strokes)
  • Deep & Angle Shot – 1 (ground-stroke placement; tactic drill; advanced players)
  • Deep & Angle Shot – 2 (ground-stroke placement; tactic drill; advanced players)
  • Serves from Anywhere (serve accuracy; fun serve drill)
  • Run-Push-Reach (speed, racquet control, overheads)
  • 1 + 5 (consistency under pressure)
  • Follow the Deep Ball (ground-strokes depth; court transition; volleys)
  • Waiting for the Overhead (volleys and overheads practice)
  • Need for Spin (practice under-spin and topspin under pressure)
  • Return of Serve Ultimate Drill (serve return to targets)
  • Punch-Smash-Push-Swing (volleys, overheads, ground-strokes, footwork)
  • Come Up – Come Clean (court transition; ground-strokes and volleys consistency)
  • My Invisible Opponent (serving game for beginning players)
  • Ultimate Serving Drill (serve accuracy; for advanced players)
  • Return to 10 (serve return consistency)
  • Hard to Read (serve practice)
  • Down-the-Line Put-Away Backhand (aggressive backhand)
  • Net Comfort (transition to the net, overheads)
  • Arm Strength (serve practice)
  • Serve in a Row (tennis serve accuracy)
  • Pyramid Blow (tennis serve accuracy)
  • M-A-S-T-E-R Volley (volley placement; fun game)
  • Poaching Drill (volley movement and placement)
  • Short and Deep (movement; conditioning; ground-strokes)
  • Enough is Enough – the Lob (ground-strokes consistency; lobs)
  • Enough is Enough – the Pass (ground-strokes consistency and placement)
  • Serve Rolling (serve under pressure; workout)
  • Lob the Weak Wing (approach, overhead)
  • Four Balls Approach Rally (transition to the net, rally)
  • Approach 4×4 (transition to the net, rally)

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