Cardio Tennis Drills to try at Home for Kids
Is your child keen to practice tennis at home? Do they want to improve their skills and practice outside of their tennis lesson?
The good news is that they can without a tennis court. Here are some drills they can try at home:
Hit against a wall
Find an outdoor wall area where with plenty of room to swing a racket. Encourage your child to practice their volleys and ground strokes. Novak Djokovic, one of the best players in the world used to do this for hours when he was a junior. 'The best sparring partner you can have is a wall,' Djokovic says. 'Trust me, it never misses.'
Use string as a net
Find 2 trees and tie a piece of string between the two - this is your net! Find a partner and start rallying. This is a good way to practice rally skills and consistency. Alternatively, you can buy a mini-net if you have space in your backyard.
Bounce a ball on a racket
The drill only requires a racket and a ball. This is a fantastic way to improve hand-eye coordination. The game is to bounce a tennis ball up and down on a racket as many times in a row as possible. Count the number of bounces and watch your child improve!
Around the world on the Racket
Place the ball on the racket and then have the ball roll its way around the frame of the racket. Try it both ways and aim to get as many rounds as possible. This is a great exercise at any time of day.
The Serve Toss Drill
One of the most challenging parts of the serve is the ball toss. This drill is a great way to practice it! Toss the ball in the air with your non-dominant hand. Keep your arm in the air straight and try to catch the ball (your palm should be facing you. Resist the temptation to turn your hand to catch the ball). Toss the ball 20 times. Imagine after one week or one month how much better your toss would be?
Shadow Swing Drills
You can do this exercise at home. Just make sure you have enough space. This needs you to have good technique to begin with. If you have poor technique you may be reinforcing the same poor technique. In this case, copy your favourite pro player’s form, or watch a video tutorial on how to hit proper groundstrokes. Above all, find a coach who can show you good form. That way, you get personal feedback on how you are going. Once you have good form, you can shadow stroke.
From the ready position, start air swinging your forehand. shadow stroking your forehand. Do it at least 10 times. Start swinging slowly at first to make sure your form is good then gradually speed up the swing. You can use a racket as well. You can practice with low shots, medium and high shots. You can also experiment with open, closed and neutral stances and incorporate side-to-side, back and forwards. Pretend you are playing points.