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When developing a game plan, players should keep in mind five basic offensive shots. When players develop each of the following shots, they will have a package of offensive strengths with which to build an overall offensive game plan.
The Tennis Drill Book covers every aspect of the game, with the best drills for groundstrokes, volleys, serves, returns, singles and doubles play, offensive and defensive strategy, and conditioning. More than 260 drills and games to ace the competition!
The world’s best tennis drill book returns—bigger, better, and more comprehensive than ever. Building on the strengths of the popular first edition, this second edition of The Tennis Drill Book includes more drills, expert instruction, advice, and analysis for today’s players and coaches.
The Tennis Drill Book is your complete collection of drills, games, and tips for improving stroke technique, match strategy, and everything in between. Inside you will find
progressive technique drills for mastering every stroke and shot combination;
tactics drills for winning with aggressive or defensive strategies in every game situation;
mental training drills for staying focused when the pressure is on;
warm-up, cool-down, and conditioning drills for increasing speed, agility, and endurance; and
game-based drills that simulate singles and doubles match play.
With insights, recommendations, and performance tips from teaching pro and former WTA player Tina Hoskins-Burney and veteran coach Lex Carrington (coach to Vera Zvonareva), The Tennis Drill Book is an essential reference that belongs in every tennis library.
Key to Diagrams
Part I Strokes and Techniques
Chapter 1 Grips
Chapter 2 Groundstrokes
Chapter 3 Volleys
Chapter 4 Serves and Returns
Chapter 5 Lobs and Overheads
Part II Tactics and Strategy
Chapter 6 Offensive Play
Chapter 7 Defensive Play
Chapter 8 Equalizing Game Styles
Chapter 9 Strategic Game Planning
Chapter 10 Court Surface Tactics
Chapter 11 Mental Mechanics
Part III Competition and Match Play
Chapter 12 Singles Games
Chapter 13 Doubles and Multi-Player Games
Chapter 14 Match Simulation Games
Part IV Court Movement and Conditioning
Chapter 15 Endurance Training
Chapter 16 In-Season Maintenance
Part V Competitive Group Games
Chapter 17 Teaching Group Games
Chapter 18 Backboard Drills
About the Authors
Tina Hoskins-Burney is a former professional player on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and satellite tours and is a certified professional from the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). She has trained and traveled with top pros, including Arthur Carrington, Lori McNeil, Zina Garrison, and Rodney Harmon.
Hoskins-Burney has more than 30 years of experience in both playing and teaching tennis to all age groups and ability levels. She has helped many young players achieve USTA rankings, find jobs as teaching professionals, and achieve college scholarships. For over 20 years, Hoskins-Burney worked as the head tennis instructor at a prestigious racket club in New Jersey before relocating to Nantucket, Massachusetts, where she continued her teaching at a private club before branching out on her own to offer instruction and equipment through the Tennis Loft.
Lex Carrington has over 20 years of experience coaching both recreational players and athletes who have gone on to play for top Division I, Division II, and Division III varsity tennis teams. He has spent the majority of his career working with junior players. In addition to several other professional players, Carrington coached Vera Zvonareva for four years. Achieving a career-high No. 2 world ranking by the WTA, Zvonareva was a finalist at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2010.