Doubles tennis drills are highly undervalued and this is partly why there is so much potential in doubles these days. Tennis doubles is NOT singles. Although it is still tennis, I think few will argue that it is not a completely different set up.
So, in the same way one would practice their drills in singles. He or she will also need a completely different set of specific doubles tennis drills and tennis doubles tactics , to improve in tennis doubles.
This is what so many people seem to turn a blind eye to! Practicing tennis and hitting with a partner is going to have a very limited effect on improving your dubs! That is why you have come to the right place to improve your doubles.
So.. Bring on these specific for doubles tennis drills!
In doubles the guy at the net has to be an animal. He or she has got to try and get every ball to finish the point off. This is called poaching. It puts huge pressure on your opponents. It will make your opponents think and doubt before every shot they hit, and that is where their errors will creep in.
Not only that, but the first volley is crucial to successful tennis doubles. After all if you do not make the first volley, you give your self no chance of winning the point.
Doubles tennis drill #1
… will work to improve both of these critical areas.
Firstly, you will need four people. Two people will be at the net and two people at the baseline, just like when you start a point.
Secondly, instead of serving… Feed the ball in cross-court. The player at the back on the other side of the net will move forwards from the baseline, split step and play the volley cross court back to you. Thus, he works on his first volley.
Too easy?, this is where your partner at the net comes into play. As soon as the opponent plays the first volley he steps forwards (to close the angle) and then explodes crosscourt to intercept that first volley!
The opponent who hits the first volley has to try and read if your partner is crossing or not. If he thinks he is, then he can volley down the line. But watch out, your partner may have just bluffed his poach!
NOTE: This first doubles tennis drill is extremely realistic. It works on First volley, poaching, and reading the doubles game
You will see this situation arise in your doubles matches many many times, and after the practice you should feel comfortable and confident. Learning to employ it in matches will be natural!
The second of the doubles tennis drills can be done with two people and is often referred to as the Bryan brother drill. It works on your volley control.
You and your partner will both stand on your forehand service lines so that you are diagonally opposite to won another.
Start hitting volley to volley diagonally. After each volley that you hit, take a step left until you are eventually hitting backhand to backhand volleys . Then, return taking steps right. See how long you can go without missing.
Doubles tennis drill #3
Basically, two people stand at the net and another two stand at the baseline. The person at the baseline feeds the point however he or she wants (make sure the feed is not to easy).
NOTE: The pair at the net must start behind the service line, they are not allowed to move before the ball is fed into play.
Play best out of three points. If you win then you go to the net. Score only the “best out of 3’s” that you win at the net!
Doubles tennis drill #4
Pressured doubles tennis drill. This drill will put a whole new pressurized spin on your tennis doubles practice. Four people are needed.
You and your partner diagonally feed in the ball at the same time, and begin hitting cross court against your opponents. There should be two balls in play at this point in time. If your opponent misses, you shout POINT!
Now there is one ball in play! And, the point is now open. Try getting at least one of you to the net, or employ your best tactics to win that important point.
If you win the “open” point, you and your partner get 1 point. If you loose the “open” point, then neither team wins anything. This game can go on for a while! And you may start to feel anxious to win or save those “open” points! It’s all great practice under pressure.
Have you ever wondered?… Why players, that are unheard of in singles, are killing the doubles?!
Its because tennis doubles is a separate practice. Maybe even more importantly… Doubles has completely different strategies and tactics, that you will need to match up with to achieve your fullest potential in doubles!