Sometimes, you really want to train, but you don’t have anyone to train with … Has this ever happened to you?
Becoming the best player possible comes with repetition and hard work.
That’s why I wanted to share with you three ways you can progress on your own.
# 1: Train your serve
It is one of the most important shots in the game. This is how the point begins and you set the tone for the point!
Good news: you can train him alone, but not many train him enough. Here’s how you can train the serve yourself and make it an important part of your training in a fun way: take at least 10 balls with you and set a goal. This could be to put in 6 out of 10 serve primes in each section. It could be hitting the back fence with the second bounce on the second, or the side fence on a slice serve (a number of times), knocking down a target, or hitting an area in the service area. There are endless ways to make your service session more fun and purposeful.
When you play for real, you have to be ready for the next ball so after the serve don’t stop !!! But get ready right away as if the response ball were to come to you. . I like to use video when I train with the serve. By recording myself hitting, I can verify that I am in the right positions. This is ideal if you are working on something technical! No court? No problem!
# 2: Play against the wall
Playing against a wall can be a great way to get a good workout … never go wrong! If you have access to a wall, with a large flat surface, you can practice most of your strokes and footwork patterns. Make sure you always have a plan (it could be to just hit the forehand, hit a certain spot on the wall, or work on your initial preparation).
Using a block is ideal for developing footwork and accuracy. If you only have a small space, you can stay close and practice your game on the fly, touch and reactions. This style of session can also be done on a tennis court if you have access to a ball pitcher.
# 3: Train footwork
Your footwork is one of the most important components of your game. How often do you train your footwork? Here’s one way to do it yourself: set the timer at 30-second intervals. You will do 30 seconds of work followed by 30 seconds of rest. Choose 5 exercises and perform each of them 3 times to create a 15 minute intense workout. Eg:
1. To move to strike by law, to recover.
2. Move to the backhand, hit, recover.
3. Alternate forehand and purl with split passes in the middle.
4. Approach to the net, two or three times forward and you can even put a smash.
5. All together: forehand, backhand, volley, smash, repeat!
Here it is! Now you have no more excuses not to train, even if you don’t want anyone to train!