Sample Drills

Private Lesson

Name: Switch Drill

Focus: Ground strokes

Skill level: Intermediate, Advanced

Setup: Both the player and the instructor start at the opposite baselines in the middle.

Description: The instructor and the player start rallying crosscourt on the deuce side. The instructor can only hit the ball crosscourt, but the player can decide to go down the line at any time. However, from that point on the instructor can also hit the ball anywhere he wants to. The goal is to win 10 points from the deuce side and the ad side.

Length: 12-15 min

Variation: The instructor can also switch down the line at any point. This is only recommended with advanced players.

Switch Drill

Semi-private Lesson

Name: Master and Servant

Focus: Ground strokes

Skill level: Intermediate, Advanced

Setup: Both players start at their baseline in the middle. The player on side B is the “master”; the player on side A is the “servant”. The instructor feeds the ball from side A.

Description: The instructor feeds the ball to the deuce side on side B. The player on side B has to hit one shot to the deuce side and one to the ad side. The “servant” has to return every ball to the deuce side. Only half courts count on both sides. The first player to 15 points wins a round. Switch roles after each round and also play the ad sides.

Length: 15-25 min

Variation: Include the doubles alleys for more running.

Master and Servant

Three Player Lesson

Name: Ruler of the Court with Serves

Focus: Serve and return

Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Setup: One player starts in returning position on the deuce side on side B. The instructor can decide the starting player by asking a trivia question. The other two players line up in single line behind the baseline on the deuce side on side A.

Description: Players can only score points from the receiving side (on side B). The players on side A are the servers. The servers need to beat the receiver both on the deuce and the ad side to become receivers. If a server loses the point, he goes out and the next server takes his spot. If he wins the point, he stays in and plays the other point. The receiver scores a point every time he wins a rally. The first player who wins 15 points is the winner.

Length: 15-20 min

Variation: Servers become receivers immediately by hitting the winner.

Four Player Lesson

Name: Attack and Retreat

Focus: Net approach

Skill level: Intermediate, Advanced

Setup: The players are divided into two teams and start at the opposite baselines. The instructor feeds the ball from the net post.

Description: The instructor feeds the ball to one of the teams, who play out the point. The winning team gets a short ball and attacks the net. If they win the point they score a point and stay at the net. If they lose the point, they retreat back to their baseline, and the other team gets a short ball to attack the net. Teams can only score points at the net; baseline teams do not get points even if they win the rally. The first team to get to 10 points is the winner. This is a fast paced and fun drill that players love.

Length: 5-10 min

Variation: Teams can score points after each rally.

 

Clinic

Name: Capture the Flag

Focus: Ground strokes

Skill level: Intermediate, Advanced

Setup: The players form two teams. Each team lines up behind the baseline in single line on opposite sides. The instructor places 10 balls at the net post (5 on each side) and feeds from there.

Description: The instructor feeds the ball to a random team. The first player in each team plays out the point. The losing player goes to the end of the line. The winning player stays in and plays the next point from the service line. If he wins again, he plays a third point from the net position. Once a player wins a point from the net position, he can collect a ball from the net post for his team. The players keep rotating in the same fashion. The instructor always feeds to the baseline player. The first team to collect all five balls is the winner.

Length: 10-15 min

Variation: The player who hits a winner can collect the ball immediately for his team and go to the end of the line.

Fun Drill

Name: Wipe-out

Focus: Fun

Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate

Setup: Divide players to 2 even teams to side A and B. Each team forms a single line behind their baseline. The instructor feeds from the net post.

Description: The instructor feeds the ball in, and the first players in each line play out the point against each other on the singles court. The losing player goes out and to the end of the line. The winning player stays and brings in the next player in line to help him win the next point. If they win again, they can bring in a third player and so on. The team that can bring all its players into play wins the game. Any time a team loses a point, they go back to one player.

Length: 8-15 min

Variation: If teams are not even in numbers, the team with fewer players has to win one extra point to win the game.

Multi-Court Drill

Name: 21 Point Drill

Focus: Ground strokes

Skill level: Intermediate, Advanced

Setup: The drill is played on two courts. One player starts at each baseline on both courts. The rest of the players line up between the courts at the net post. The instructor observes from between the courts.

Description: The players on both courts play out the point against each other. The winning players stay in and the losing players go to the end of the line in the middle. The first player in line replaces the losing player. Players collect points individually. The first player to reach 21 points is the winner.

Length: 15-20 min

Variation: The instructor can feed the balls in from the middle.

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