Ultimate Drill Games:
Groundstroke Diagonals

Jorge Capestany

How important is it to be able to hit accurately and consistently crosscourt? Simple drilling can be boring. But drill games make it fun and add an element of pressure that translates to more success in match play. Here are 3 drills that are fantastic.

Crosscourt Forehands: The target area can be the diagonal halves of the court using either the singles or the doubles sidelines. The first player drops and hits and then you play out points. You can play games to 7, 11, or even 21. Variation: start the game with a serve.

Crosscourt Backhands: Same diagonal target areas but on the backhand side. Again drop and hit and play points. Like the crosscourt forehand game, a variation is to start the point with a serve. You can also specify that one or both players must hit all backhands.

Inside Out Forehands: How important is the inside out forehand in high level tennis? Extremely. But at lower levels many players never think of playing inside—even when their backhands might be weaker than their forehands. Again the game starts with a drop and hit. Or with a serve. Again you can specify that one or both players have to get around every ball and hit only forehands, which helps facilitate movement and positioning.

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Jorge Capestany is one of eleven people worldwide that have earned the distinction of Master Professional with the USPTA and International Master Professional with the PTR. Jorge is also a certified Mental Toughness Specialist through the Human Performance Institute based on the life work of the legendary Dr. Jim Loehr.

He is the founder of Capestany Tennis Inc. which runs tennis websites for players and coaches. His website TennisDrillsTV (Click Here) has thousands of subscribers in more than 65 countries worldwide and features over 1,000 videos of tennis drills that can be viewed online and also printed off in diagram form. His teaching website (Click Here) features free video lessons for players of all levels as well as a free Mental Toughness Video Course and eBook. Jorge is also the director of the Hope College Professional Tennis Management (PTM) program.

Jorge is a 6 time Michigan Pro of the Year and 2 time Midwest Pro of the Year. He is a member of the USPTA Midwest Hall of Fame and was named national pro of the year by the USPTA in 2015. Jorge’s programs have developed more than 180 High School State Tennis Champions in Michigan and Jorge has been the personal coach to many nationally ranked juniors in the US including three national champions. He speaks regularly at coaching conventions around the world.

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