Hello guys and welcome to today’s training
session. In today’s session we want to introduce
you to on-court tennis drill that aims at improving the inside-out forehand, lateral
movement on the court and also court awareness, depending on where you are hitting a shot. So stay with us and Alexander is going to
demonstrate the drills for us. First I’m going to show you how the setup
for the drill works, where you need to put the cones and what you need to pay attention
to and while the drill is going on I will also explain what’s important, why we are
doing it and the benefits associated with this drill. We hope you stay with us and enjoy. Ok, this is how the drill is setup. We basically have two target areas you can
setup with the cones. One is here at the corner end where we hit
the groundstroke down the line and then over here we have the target area for the backhand
cross-court or the inside-out forehand cross-court depending on which ball is coming. This will be the neutral zone that Alexander
needs to return to in order to be ready for the next shot depending on where the opponent
is going to hit the ball. So this will be the neutral zone here where
we have the orange ring, which is important for court awareness after you hit the groundstroke
down the line. Now, one thing I want to point out regarding
the footwork for the inside-out forehand is the following: The way we do it is that we are moving in
sidestep fashion this way. Then we are doing a posterior cross-over and
then we step into the ball all the way. Now, I’m aware that Nadal has a different
technique, which is also ok, and both techniques have their advantages and disadvantages. For example, Nadal move this way backwards.
Quick steps and then hits the shot. Now, this way, when you move backwards this
way, it is more difficult to maintain dynamic stability. When you go really really fast it’s more
difficult Nadal’s way than our way because during our way the base of support is wider
so are more stable during the movement. So, you are more stable this way and you can
load on the right leg, or the posterior leg so to speak, to then rotate in and follow
through the action. That’s the reason why we move laterally,
then do the posterior cross-over and then hit fully through the shot instead of moving
backwards with fast steps and hitting this way. Now, when you move backwards quickly like
Nadal does it the advantage is that you can fine-tune your movement and the distance to
the ball but the disadvantage is that it is much more difficult to stable during the shot
or while you are moving this way. I hope you find that information useful and
can make your decision on how you want to move for the inside-out forehand. So first ball to the forehand side, good,
second ball you feet to the backhand side, middle, third ball again to the forehand side
and now again towards the middle cone there for the inside-out forehand. And again. Bravo. Afterwards, after you hit the four balls you
want to give him 20 seconds rest because that’s what we mimic during a match, where, after
each point, we get 20 seconds rest. If you work with beginners you might give
them a little longer rest period so that they can recover and still be able to maintain
the drill in perfect form.

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Dennis Veasley

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