Tennis drills for beginners are a great way to take your game to the next level and quick start tennis play.
Whether you’re starting out, or already have some experience, are a tennis woman or man…
… here are instructions and explanations of my favorite drills. That will help you practice effectively and ultimately improve. A lot of the drills are also commonly considered, the most beneficial tennis drills for beginners!
There are, of course, faster and slower ways to improve as a beginner! However, practicing some good drills will help you maximize your improvement and begin to beat people you have never beaten before.
Please note as a beginner it is very important to get your technique right, before it becomes a habit.
With that in mind I recommend that you also browse through the tennis strokes section if you have any doubts about your technique. It explains, how to hit the strokes while the tennis strategy section explains how to use them in match play.
Ground stroke drills for beginners are essential. Think of it as the dough of the pizza… “It’s just gotta be there!” these shots will become your bread and butter shots that you will always need, so sharpening them up is well worth the effort!
Tram Line Precision Training!
Is being accurate in tennis important? You bet! and this tram line tennis drills for beginners is a simple drill to work that much needed accuracy.
Ok, enough of my rambling, here’s what to do!
You and a partner line up on the tram line. By the way if you don’t know what the tram line is or any other term you can look it up in the Tennis Terms.
Next aim to hit the ball in between the narrow lines of the tram line! Keep a rally going for as long as you can, set a target of 10 balls or more and try to make it.
All Out Attack
Yes! Hitting the ball hard… it’s fun! Or at least I enjoy it. However, attacking tennis drills for beginners are not just for fun, there working on dealing the final blow to win the point 🙂 No matter how good you are, if you can’t hit winners your either going to be out there for a grueling amount of time or your going to find it difficult to advance your game to higher levels!
So get rallying! The player is not allowed to back up behind the baseline, forcing him to keep the attacking position. When a ball bounces in the service box the player is obligated to move up and hit a offensive ball to one of the sides, the point then begins. If the offensive player wins the point he or she gets two points!
To play the game correctly, should mean that you are also working on your deep defensive balls… because hitting short can really ruin your day! So to speak.
So Much Spin
These two tennis drills will help you gain the whip you need behind the ball. Top spin is a must. Even players that are said to play flat actually play with spin, just less of it.
The first exercise that will help us get that much needed spin is to be fed balls at the baseline and try to whip the ball so that it lands in the court and bounces once before it hits the fence. Forget about accuracy for now (bye tram line drill, for now) Just keep working that feeling!
The second exercise is to stand closer to the net, just inside the service line is great. Have your coach or partner feed you lower balls. Try brush up the back and hit the service line on the other side. This means that your going to create that curve with the topspin. Keeping trying again and again. Tennis is a game of feeling, and that is how you will learn to play tennis fastest! Did I mention easier?
Both these tennis drills for beginners require you to create that rainbow arch that only top spin can provide!
Net Tennis Drills
Vollying is not a place for everyone. In the tennis court picture to the right I would personally prefer to be stood nicely on the baseline! Nevertheless, its great if you enjoy the idea of coming to the net or if you feel comfortable with your volleys.
Here’s how you can practice your net game. Play first to 20 points with your partner.
- Every point that is won at the baseline, is 1 point
- Every point that is won coming into the net, is 2 points
- Every point that is won with a volley, is a big 3 points
Needless to say if you want to win this drill you are going to have to practice coming into the net and volleying! It is one of the best net tennis drills for beginners and upwards.
In this simple but effective tennis drill you will stand on the service line and hit volley to volley with your coach or partner.
After each volley, you take a step closer to the net, as does your partner. See how close you can get! It gets intense and your reactions will become honed to the pace. That’s great, for ball eye racquet coordination!
Nail A Serve… Pop A Return Drills
The tennis serve is an area that the majority of beginners really struggle with… and rightly so! One arm is going up with a ball the other is going half way up with a racquet in it. All while bending the legs and rocking backwards, tossing the ball and jumping to hit it, wow!
But once improved… I promise it will really quick start tennis play. If you’re having problems I can assure you that you are not alone and also recomend you read the
Anyway, back to the drill! (which is going to be you vs the service box)
Firstly, hit your first serve. If it goes into the service box you go up 15-0. Then you have a second serve. If you make that in the service box, you keep the 15-0. If you miss it, you go back to 0-0!
If you miss the first serve, you simple go down 0-15. Then you have a second serve. If you miss that then you go down 0-30. If you make it in the service box you remain at 0-15.
Great game to quick start tennis and get your serve consistent and reliable under pressure. Try playing a set or first to 4 games. It is not easy to win, so good luck!
The return of serve tennis drills for beginners are ones that you have the partner or coach serve from the service line.
It may seem scary at first, but there is no need for your partner to nail you. Heck he’s already 10 or more feet in! Next we’re going to put two cones down, one in the backhand corner and one in the forehand corner.
What is the single most important factor for placement of the return?!
Before the serve is hit mentally decide, “If it comes to my backhand I’m going to go down the line” or “If it comes to my forehand Im going crosscourt” or vice versa. Stick with your plan as being indecisive on your return of serves can cause weak, inconsistent returns. You will find that you will not be surprised as much when returning big serves.
Many players find it helpful to briefly visualize the return before the server serves.
P.S I hope you have enjoyed my page on tennis drills for beginners, feel free to check out the rest of the site. It should be good fun and helpful in improving your tennis game.