Section 05 – The Ready Position Practice Methods

The ready position is actually one of the easier things to master in the sport of tennis. In training, players will tend to spend a lot of extra time in the ready position as they await the next ball. There are several training methods that work well in helping players master the ready position.

Obtaining the Proper Ready Position

An easy way to get the proper ready position is to do the following. Hold your forehand grip, stick the edge of your racquet on your nose.

ready_position_shortcut_nose_comboNext, put the butt of the racquet on your belly button.

ready_position_shortcut_belly_combo Finally push out.

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Sounds silly and can look a bit funny while you are doing it, but surprisingly it works really well.

Practice Tip #1

Stand in front of a mirror and hold the ready position. Check to make sure that you are doing the key points correctly. Hold this position for 60 seconds or longer to make sure that you are not getting any kind of muscle fatigue.

Practice Tip # 2

Stand on the baseline and get into a ready position. Have someone take a picture of you from the front and the side and compare to the ready positions in this course.

If you are not doing some of the key points, go back to tip # 1 and practice. Then repeat tip #2 until you are doing all the key points correctly.

Practice Tip #3

Starting from a stationary position hold the proper ready position for a few seconds then shadow swing a forehand. Return to the proper ready position and hold for a few seconds. Now shadow swing a backhand. Return to a ready position and hold for a few seconds. Repeat this 25 times.

Practice Tip #4

Starting from a stationary position hold the proper ready position for a few seconds then have someone toss you a ball to hit. Do the swing and then return to the proper ready position and hold it for three seconds. Repeat this drill for 25 forehands and then 25 backhands.

Practice Tip #5

Stand in the middle of the baseline in a ready position. Turn and run to the sideline that would require you to hit a forehand. Shadow swing a forehand then return to the middle of the court and return to a ready position. Hold for a few seconds then run to the other sideline and shadow swing a backhand. Return to the middle of the court and hold the ready position for a few seconds. Repeat 25 times.

Practice Tip #6

Stand in the middle of the baseline in a ready position. Have someone throw you a ball near the sideline that would require you to hit a forehand. Run and hit the ball then return to the middle of the court and get into a ready position. Hold for a few seconds and have the person throw to the backhand side. Run and hit the backhand and return to the middle of the court and get into a ready position. Repeat this 25 times.

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