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Applied Science: Tools for your volleys, serve and return

January 10, 2013 09:56 AM
Low compression balls are great tools for fine-tuning volley technique.
To better time your swing to contact, have a partner hold up a towel for you so you can practice making a strong impact where it counts.
Have a partner use a resistance band or jump rope to hold you back as you practice service returns.
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By Mark Dalzell and Pat Dougherty
 

Use these three low-tech tools to work on your volleys, serve and return.

 
1. Soft Ball Volleys: Low-compression tennis balls aren’t just for the kids. Because they don’t have as much bounce as regular balls, they’re a great tool for fine-tuning volley or groundstroke technique against a hitting wall.
 
CLICK HERE for a video demonstration.
 
2. Towel for Serve Power: A big problem club players have on the serve: They don’t reach maximum acceleration soon enough. To better time your swing to contact, have a partner hold up a towel for you so you can practice making a strong impact where it counts.
 
CLICK HERE for a video demonstration.
 
3. Resistance Return: Have a partner use a resistance band or jump rope to hold you back as you practice service returns. Not only will this teach you to drive your legs into the return, it help you shorten your take-back and hit the ball out in front as well.
 
CLICK HERE for a video demonstration.

Mark Dalzell and Pat Dougherty both teach at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy.
 
 
 

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