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Make your own net at home using regular items from around the house. Get creative, but make sure to ask for permission from a parent. No tennis balls: use balloons! No tennis racquets: use your hands!
Works on your grips, specifically a continental grip. Using your racquet with a continental grip, try and see how many times you can hit the ball using the outer edge of your racquet. You got this! Do it up, do it down, mix it up, and have fun with it!
Improve consistency and control. Work to bounce the ball up on your racquet and you can build a rally by yourself. To work on forehands, hold the racquet palm up. To work on backhands, hold the racquet palm down. Try to get 2x your age, or better!
HIGH FIVE GAME
Tennis players need rhythm for all aspects of their game. To work on yours and improve coordination, grab a sibling or a parent and play the high five game. Get creative and make up your own high-five streaks and see how fast can you go!
Work on hand-eye coordination, core strength and shoulder stability. You can start by passing the ball back and forth on your hands and knees, then try moving to a full plank position. Be sure to listen to your body and take breaks as needed.
See if you can master this activity called "Body Volley." You bounce the ball off the racquet and then off a body part to work on hand-eye coordination and your creativity. Challenge yourself and see how many you can get. This is a tough one!
Work on your ready position, contact point and swing path. You can get creative and find your own materials to create a barrier. Once you are comfortable with lobster trap, you can make it more challenging by hitting it back to your partner.
Playing against the wall is likely the most difficult type of practice. Control is key. Take it easy because the wall always wins! See how many consecutive balls you can rally alone. Switch from forehand to backhand, volleys, groundstrokes, and serves!
Graduate from the High-Five Game to Hot Hands. Passing tennis balls from left to right or right to left with your partner will help improve your hand-eye coordination and reaction time. Get creative, come up with your own combinations and keep up a fast pace!
Great for hand-eye coordination and racquet control. To make it more challenging, try spreading your arms out wider or letting the ball bounce higher. Try to see how many you can get in 30 seconds. No racquets? No problem, use your hands!
Looks easy but it is a challenging activity that you can try in the backyard or any flat surface. Players will work on improving their hand-eye coordination. You can even do this with a partner using 2 or 4 tennis balls. Make it fast, make it fun!
Great for gaining control of the ball, using your continental grip, and working on creating backspin. You can use a red, orange, green or yellow ball, and try it in the driveway, parking lot, tennis court or anywhere you can play. How many can you get?