Preparation to Play

Miss-hits and frame-shots at the start of practice are clear signs of a lack of focus and intensity. Rarely is there so much time wasted during a training session as in the warm up. Many players seem to believe that the training really starts after the warm up but the truth is that: “The warm up is already part of the training.”

The goal is to utilize the warm up to improve.

The standard warm up, which normally includes a couple of minutes of stretching and a few rallies is not enough. An effective warm up starts off the court combining activities that will not only get the body ready to perform but will help the players improve their athleticism. It will then progress to an on-court warm up in which players will slowly hone their rhythm and technique and at the same time get mentally ready to perform. Finally, a fun mini tennis game can serve as a great transition to the start of the main section of the training session.

In this section you will find clear examples of warm up activities that will help maximize a player’s on court performance.

Preparing the Body

Players will not only warm up their muscles but will also be mentally prepared to perform. Of course, TennisGate also offers warm up drills for large groups. The newer and more creative the drill, the easier it is to motivate the players to work hard during this often tedious part of the training.

Tools and ideas to motivate players for this important part of the training

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Rhythm and Timing

We value a dynamic and play oriented warm up such as Volley and overhead in motion, groundstrokes in motion with changes of direction, intensive use of footwork and the practice of the first few shots of the point.
Off course, all the TennisGate tips to warm up strokes are ideal for team practices.

Designed drills to force the players to move and use all their strokes

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Mini Tennis

Whether in individual training or team training, playing mini tennis is a great way to practice important coordinative elements needed to play on the full court, without even realizing it.
TennisGate offers coaches a great variety of mini tennis drills to improve their players’ games. These drills address many important technical elements such as fast topspin shots with feel, high and low volleys, forehand and backhand slice, precise passing shots, long rallies and rhythm and direction changes.

A great variety of mini tennis drills which address many important technical elements.

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