How to Hit with Depth in Tennis


Master Professional Jorge Capestany shows you his favorite drill for teaching players how to hit with more depth.

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  • Date October 2, 2018
  • Tags Baseline Play

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  1. Bryan
    January 2, 2020 at 3:19 pm · Reply

    HappyNewYear and thanks for all you do for tennis and coaches !! Thoroughly enjoy the tips and videos and wonder what 2020 holds for us as we grow !!! Be well 🎾🎾🎾

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 7, 2020 at 8:53 pm · Reply

      Thanks Bryan!

  2. Dee Henry
    January 1, 2020 at 8:02 pm · Reply

    I had my top junior wheelchair player do the baseline coding drill. He became more aware of when he could add pace to the ball and make better decisions. Thanks

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 7, 2020 at 8:53 pm · Reply

      Awesome to hear that Dee… It really does work wonders for most players!

  3. Alan Richter
    March 30, 2019 at 2:28 am · Reply

    Great drill and congrats on your PTR award !

    Coach Alan
    Santa Barbara, Ca.

    • Jorge Capestany
      April 27, 2019 at 1:21 am · Reply

      Thanks Alan!

  4. Jim McGarry
    March 30, 2019 at 1:37 am · Reply

    A tried and tested PBI drill from Burwash’s Tennis For Life book! Slightly modified.

    Still a Classic. Thanks for resurrecting this one Jorge!

  5. Larrry Weidman
    February 19, 2019 at 12:48 am · Reply

    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!!!

    • Jorge Capestany
      February 19, 2019 at 6:32 pm · Reply

      Thanks Larry!

  6. Laura Kubiak
    January 6, 2019 at 1:13 am · Reply

    Great information, something to really focus in on!
    Thanks Jorge

  7. Pablo
    November 29, 2018 at 10:07 pm · Reply

    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.
    Many thanks

    Pablo Rossi
    Buenos Aires

    • Jorge Capestany
      December 2, 2018 at 3:42 pm · Reply

      Thanks Pablo!!

  8. Venkat Subramanyan Pushpaturai
    October 4, 2018 at 9:26 am · Reply

    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?

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 4, 2018 at 5:55 pm · Reply

      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…

  9. Allan tan
    October 4, 2018 at 6:32 am · Reply

    Great drill love it

  10. Doug
    October 4, 2018 at 2:35 am · Reply

    Thx guys. Love it. Can’t wait to try

    3.5 Doug from Florida

  11. Kathy Loeffler
    October 4, 2018 at 1:21 am · Reply

    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!

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 4, 2018 at 5:56 pm · Reply

      You’re welcome Kathy

  12. Ernesto
    October 3, 2018 at 8:39 pm · Reply

    Muchas gracias!!
    Haces mi trabajo mas fácil y divertido!!

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 4, 2018 at 5:56 pm · Reply

      de nada

  13. Lynda
    October 3, 2018 at 8:31 pm · Reply

    Your presentation would be more meaningful for me if you began the video with the active demonstration and verbal definitions being simultaneous. Ly

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 4, 2018 at 5:56 pm · Reply

      Will try to do

  14. tim brielmiaer
    October 3, 2018 at 8:18 pm · Reply

    Great game for depth awareness. All your tips are great because they are simple, and understandable Thanks Jorge. USPTA coach Tim

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 4, 2018 at 5:56 pm · Reply

      Thanks coach Tim

  15. Dave Smith
    October 3, 2018 at 7:42 pm · Reply

    Excellent drill and great for getting your players thinking and figuring it out for themselves. Many thanks Jorge. Dave Smith Belfast.

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 4, 2018 at 5:57 pm · Reply

      Thanks Dave

  16. Sandy Badillo
    October 3, 2018 at 6:34 pm · Reply

    Great drill for depth and consistency!
    thank you,

  17. Heidi King
    October 3, 2018 at 5:52 pm · Reply

    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
    Frisco Texas

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 4, 2018 at 5:57 pm · Reply

      Thanks Heidi, good luck to your team

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