Spacing: Part 2

Dave Hagler

In Part 1 of this new series, we looked at multiple drills I use with my players to create better spacing using multiple movement patterns. (Click Here.) Now let's continue with some additional, more complex drills.

2 Forehands 2 Backhands

The first more advanced drill: 2 forehands, 2 backhands.

The first version of this drill starts with the player just beyond the service line in about the middle of the deuce box. The player moves towards the sideline and hits a forehand crosscourt with extreme angle and lots of topspin.

The player then moves back towards the center of the court and hits another forehand inside in. Next the player moves back towards the sideline and hits a backhand inside out. Finally the player moves towards the center and hits a backhand inside in.

Now the player does the same drill from the midcourt, and finally moves back to the baseline to execute the same pattern. Again, the pattern is a sharply angled crosscourt forehand, an inside in forehand, an inside out backhand, and then a backhand inside in.

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Dave Hagler is a Tennis Professional based in Los Angeles, California. He works with players of all ages, but he has a special passion for junior development. He has coached numerous sectionally and nationally ranked junior players and several national champions. Dave is a USPTA Master Professional and National Tester, a PTR Master of Tennis – Performance, and was one of the first 100 coaches to complete the USTA's High Performance Coaching Program. He has been the USPTA California Division Pro of the Year and one of 5 National Recipients of the “Pro of the Year” award from Head and the PTR.

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