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How to Train on a Tennis Wall With Targets

October 10, 2019


In this video, I’m gonna show you how to
optimize your wall practice. I’m going to show you some great drills where you can
improve your accuracy on the wall and all you need is tape. In this case I
prefer using blue tape because regular tape kind of blends in with the wall and
the first target I’m gonna make is a big rectangle. The next target is an upside-down
triangle and the purpose of this drill is to work on net clearance. Basically
you want to aim for the top part of the triangle and it’s going to give you a
nice height over the net. Here we have a regular triangle. This is
great for low trajectory shots such as the backhand slice and basically you’re
gonna aim for the bottom piece of the triangle. Here we have two rectangles and the
purpose of having two is that now we can alternate between forehands and backhands and we can also get a little bit on the run. Make sure not to put the
rectangles too far apart from each other or it’s going to be impossible to chase
down the balls. Having them this close is already going to be hard enough. And here we have a small rectangle that’s very close to the net and this is
perfect for practicing serves. You can set this up anywhere along the wall but I
prefer to work on wide serves. So now what’s going to happen if I hit a serve
into the rectangle the ball is gonna ricochet off the wall and it’s gonna go
right to me and I don’t have to pick it up. You want to make sure that the
rectangle is as small as possible it could be even smaller than this, because
if we make it too high and we’re hitting the top part of the rectangle it’s a
good chance that serve is going out so as small as possible and very close to
the net. What I recommend at the very end of your
target practice is to actually remove all the targets and just hit against the
wall and check how your consistency and accuracy is. There’s a good chance it’s
going to be a lot better.

11 Comments

  • Reply Intuitive Tennis June 14, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Set up the targets according to your level of play. Advanced players can start with big targets and then progress to small ones. Beginner and intermediate players can make the targets even larger than the first target in my video (double the size).

    Try this out! Aiming for targets can improve your accuracy.

  • Reply sfbusinessfinancing June 14, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Thank You for the exceptional tutorials. Using a tennis wall always gives me a great workout and continues to be helpful in learning/training for proper techniques.

  • Reply Dane Marach June 14, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Are you from croatia

  • Reply Brett Erickson June 15, 2019 at 2:15 am

    I’m not familiar with the dimensions of racquetball courts (I don’t have an available outdoor tennis wall for me to use), do you think racquetball courts would be sufficient (or squash courts)? Thanks!

  • Reply George Oberlander June 15, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Some great suggestions for using the wall, Nick! I'm a great believer in the utility of the wall, not only for general practice but for pre-match warmups. I find, for me at least, that I hit a little bit differently on any given day. Warming up with the wall gives me the chance to immediately recognize any of those differences and to make small adjustments before heading out to the court.
    One interesting thing I noticed in your video was how much harder it was to hit in the two squares when you were doing the alternate forehand/backhand drill.

  • Reply Natachi Nnate June 15, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Outstanding Nick! 🎾

  • Reply analogkid8 June 19, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you! Can't wait to try it out later today

  • Reply analogkid8 June 19, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I noticed an X on the ground where you stand for the serve practice. Can you tell us – is this equivalent to the distance from net to baseline? My local wall doesn't have lines on the ground so I'm going to mark the ground. Also, how far off-center is your X ?

  • Reply Patrik Hidefjäll June 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    How much does training on the wall translate into better on court match performance in your opinion?

  • Reply Reset Case June 22, 2019 at 5:13 am

    Gracias colega.
    Por compartir.
    Ojala se den las cosas y pueda seguir entrenando.
    Mientras disfrutar de mi goso y plenitud humana.
    Espero que estés muy bien y felicidades en tus proyectos.

  • Reply Da Da July 14, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Da li je ovo u Hrvatskoj?

  • Reply Alexander July 24, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Great idea with the triangles. I did have much fun with the wall, but at some point hitting topspin forhand and backhand and not getting back a spin shot discourages me. I invented a training method to simulate some winning shots (practising a controlled forhand topspin winner) by just hitting a normal ball into the wall and make it so that it would bounce high and then playing next shot as a winner (full topspin into the wall , which comes back as a low fast ball, then stop practise and repeat – just practice this shot, focus on a clear swing and hit

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