This is the final training video that we want
to go over which is the probably most advanced way of training which is when you’re hitting
live ball to live ball in a second. What I’m going to do is all we’re going to do is work
on hitting cross courts. I’m going to continue to work on hitting the ball in my strike zone
and because we’re going to be hitting cross courts, you have a lot more things to deal
with. We went from the volleying to me being on the baseline. Baseline to baseline, we
both have to control it and put it in a certain location. This is a great practice to get
out and hit a lot of cross courts and also you can make this drill as advanced as you
want, meaning that we can go, let’s say, a combination of three cross courts, one down
the line. We can go three cross courts, one down the line, and then she can take the ball
cross court and we’re back into doing the same thing on the backend side as well. You
can make this drill and come up with an infinite number of possibility and combinations you
could use to get better. The biggest thing you want to do when you’re
trying to hit live ball with somebody is first of all, find a pace that you can both work
at. This isn’t a competition, we’re not trying to play a match or win point, we’re trying
to get better here. To get better, you have to find a common ground where we can both
work at a speed that helps you to get better. I know we talked about hitting bigger forehands
and more power, but the thing about tennis is making more balls. You have to go and hit
maybe a bigger forehand within the speed you can make, but in this drill in particular,
we’re talking about keeping the ball in play. If you really want to take it to another level,
keeping the ball in play past the service line and if you can take it to that highest
level is keeping the ball in play between the service line and the base line. We want
to add depth and to do that we might lift the ball, but right now we’re just working
on keeping the ball in play back and forth. All we’re going to do is keep moving, adjusting
to each ball based on what we need to do, work on my technique, work on my contact,
and when we make a mistake, just go back and do it again. I made a mistake of hitting the
ball in the net, so I’m just going to go a little higher next time. Each time you do
make a mistake, learn from it and adjust. Remember, tennis is a game of mistakes, but
it doesn’t mean you’re not going to make any mistakes. The whole point is we’re working
on reducing mistakes. If you have the mindset that you’re never going to make a mistake
and that you’re never going to lose points, you’re in the wrong sport, because I guarantee
you are. The best way of dealing with that is learning how to manage your mistakes, meaning
that every time we make one, figure out a way to reduce the error. If you continue to
work hard and work on your stroke, what will happen is you’ll get more consistent. Remember,
the name of the game is to not make mistakes and be consistent.
Keep working on your game and you’ll find yourself getting a lot better. Thanks for
hanging out and watching this video, but if you want more content on how to improve your
forehand’s power, consistency and placement, make sure you check the link below and check
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3 thoughts on “Tennis Forehand Lesson: Practice The Right Way To Improve Your Consistency Part 5”

  1. Kevin, can you talk about recent trends of ATP / WTP pros hitting the balls around service box line areas instead of down the line? 

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