It is well known that when playing from the baseline the player should always cover the cross-court.
In order to do so, have three sets of two “marking spots” ready:
– one set (of two spots) is blue,
– one set (of two spots) is yellow,
– one set (of two spots) is red.
(You can use any colors for the spots so long as you have two of each). Take three spots (one of each color) and place one yellow directly in front of player A, one red three feet to his left and one blue three feet to his right, all inside the baseline.
On the other side of the net, the matching spots are positioned also inside the baseline:
– the blue spot is on the left side of player A (his cross-court)
– the yellow spot is directly in front of player A’s opposite baseline
– the red spot is on the right side of player A (cross-court)
Player B is the rallying partner (or coach). He is on the baseline opposite A. The two players begin a rally where player A always recovers behind the spot that matches the ball placement.
For example, if player A hits a ball that lands close to the blue spot, then he will recover behind the blue spot on his side. If the ball lands close to the opposite yellow spot, he will recover behind the yellow spot on his side of the court, and so on.
In this way player A learns the correct court recovery and proper position in order to cut his opponent’s possible angles.