Master Professional Jorge Capestany shows you his favorite drill for teaching players how to hit with more depth.
Great drill and congrats on your PTR award !
Santa Barbara, Ca.
A tried and tested PBI drill from Burwash’s Tennis For Life book! Slightly modified.
Still a Classic. Thanks for resurrecting this one Jorge!
Thanks for the critical input on teaching tennis players why it is important to keep returns deep, and how to do it! Great drill!
Also, Jorge, congratulations on being named the PTR Professional of the Year!!!
Great information, something to really focus in on!
Hello. I am Pablo.
Very good presentation.
I shows one important ball control which is distance.
Hitting the ball with consistent “distance” it is one of the most difficult things to do in tennis.
Whenever you analize a rally of at least 8 to 15 strokes you will see this happen because they can not keep sending the ball at the same distance over and over. Why this happen?. Because distance depends on many factors such as hitting higher over the net, anticipate the opponent shot, play according to the ball you receive and make the correct decision, this means develop your receiving skills (and not only your sending skills), and all this will come practicing with a target or goal in mind every time you go into the court.
Remember that distance is a combination of height and speed of racquet, with the proper angle of the racquet at impact to impart the right amount of spin. So we will need to work on height, speed, spin, decision making and so on.
And I think this is good stuff to begin working on that.
Awesome tip, thanks! Have a question: what are the best strategies to use when I’m at the receiving end of a lot of zone-4 balls hit by a better player? Also, what’s the advice when playing doubles – especially the for rallies before you get a put-away opportunity at the net?
1) When it comes to dealing with zone 4 balls the best advice I can have is to make sure that you’re not falling backward as you hit. If you have to move back, make sure you plant your rear foot and push off… we call that load and explode.
2) Regarding advice for doubles, I think the best tips is to become adept at keeping it away from the net guy. I also have found that having players hit high loopy balls that are cross-court are fairly effective because the net man cannot get them. I hope that helps…
Great drill love it
Thx guys. Love it. Can’t wait to try
3.5 Doug from Florida
I loved watching this drill! This confirms how difficult it really is to hit into Zone 4 consistently. I have been working with a coach who gives me 5 minutes to hit 10 consecutive groundstrokes into Zone 4. The count starts over when I miss the zone. So far, I have made it as far as 5. It is quite the challenge for me, as I am only 18 months into the game of tennis. But I find it an excellent goal to have and I look forward to trying every week.
Thank you for your excellent video instruction!
You’re welcome Kathy
Haces mi trabajo mas fácil y divertido!!
Your presentation would be more meaningful for me if you began the video with the active demonstration and verbal definitions being simultaneous. Ly
Will try to do
Great game for depth awareness. All your tips are great because they are simple, and understandable Thanks Jorge. USPTA coach Tim
Thanks coach Tim
Excellent drill and great for getting your players thinking and figuring it out for themselves. Many thanks Jorge. Dave Smith Belfast.
Great drill for depth and consistency!
Depth Coding added more variety to practice. Also Encouraged court awareness. Enjoy your tips. My team is undefeated in a large tough district. Now District Champs. Thanks!
Heidi King, Uspta
Wakeland High School
Head Tennis Coach
Thanks Heidi, good luck to your team
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