Paul’s Drills

Focus on ready position, technique, smooth slow arm action, preparation for shot, contact point

Dinking:

  1. Stand inside the NVZ line and dink softly/slowly into the first half of the kitchen. (squats)
  2. Stand at the NVZ line and dink softly into the first half of the kitchen. (lunge/reset dink)
  3. Stand at the NVZ and dink face to face to the back half of the kitchen.
  4. Locational dinking (1 to 1, 2 to 2, 3 to 3, 1 to 3, 3 to 1)
  5. Placement dinking / reset – one player dinks to any location – the other resets to 2. Switch
  6. Cross court dinking (use all locations). Both sides.
  7. Movement dinking: together back and forth, window wiper
  8. Dink game

Volleys:

  1. Two touch drills (dinks, volleys)
  2. Control volley
  3. Quick hands – control volleys from inside the NVZ line
  4. Dink volleys
  5. Cross court.  Both sides
  6. Block volleys – defend drives from transition and baseline (keep it deep or drop in kitchen

Resets:

  1. At the NVZ line, one side “attacks”, the other side resets (block volleys and dink volleys)
  2. 3 dinks – 3 volleys – reset (repeat).  Play the same game with no pattern (ie speed up and slow down)
  3. Resets from the transition zone – drops and dink/reset volleys.  Try cross court too.
  4. Slinky – drop or reset volley and move forward then move back, then forward…….

Third shots:

  1. From baseline continuous drop shots
  2. Slinky – move forward from baseline to transition to NVZ line then back, then forward…(repeat)….. Use drops on all shots.
  3. up/back game:  as a team move forward from baseline to NVZ
  4. Drive and drop. Try some lobs.  Make good decisions based on height and location of feed.

Serves – returns:

  1. Serves  from both sides: target specific areas
  2. Serve-return:  deep returns – target specific areas
  3. Two shot drill:  Serve and step back – Return and run (stop at the bounce)
  4. Three shot drill: serve-return-third shot drop – stop at bounce play a smart 5th shot move to NVZ under control (play out point at net with dink rally)

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