Tennis Hand Toss Drill for Better Reaction Time

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Tennis is more than a leisurely country club pastime. It's a game that requires keen balance, nimble movement and cat-like reflexes. All athletes—tennis pros and Average Joes alike—can improve their footwork and reaction time with Club Med's Hand Toss Drill. It forces you to be quick on your feet to reach the ball in many places across the court, and requires you to adjust your swing to make a solid return.

Hand Toss Drill

  •  Assume a ready position at the baseline
  •  A partner, standing 6-8 feet in front of you, bounces balls randomly around the court
  •  Adjust your feet to meet the ball and complete a groundstroke
  •  Continue making forward, backward, and lateral movements to reach each ball

Sets/Reps: 2-4x10-12

Coaching Points: Stay in a ready position by bending your knees and standing on the balls of your feet//When the location of the ball changes, move to the ball and make the necessary adjustments to your swing//Return to ready position after each groundstroke


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Topics: TENNIS | DRILL | SWING