GAMES USING RALLIES
Rally is the ultimate enjoyment in tennis. How many times do we hear players that they “just want to hit”?
These drills not only give a different perspective to learning the skills of tennis, but also make it more challenging and fun for players.
1. BOUNCE IT RALLY
Play mini-tennis. Before players hit the ball over the net, they have to bounce-hit the ball (their shot) on their side of the court and get it over the net and in the court and play the point out. It’s a “bounce-hit-on-my-side” rally
2. SWITCH-IT-UP RALLY
During the rally, both players have to switch their racquet from their dominant hand to their non-dominant hand after each hit.
3. ROTATE RACQUET RALLY
During the rally, both players have to rotate their racquet around their body after each hit. The racquet can be rotated in a clockwise direction for a designated number of times and then the rotation direction can be switched to a counterclockwise direction.
4. TAP-UP RALLY
During the rally, both players are hitting back and forth, however, when each player is getting ready to hit the ball, they have to hit or “tap” the ball up off the racquet and then allow the ball bounce on their side of the court before hitting the ball back over the net.
5. LOBSTER RALLY
Both players have two racquets (one in each hand). During the rally, the player must trap or catch the ball between their two racquets, allow it to bounce on the court by releasing it, and then hit the ball back over the other side of the court.
6. TWO_RACQUET RALLY
Both players have two racquets (one in each hand). During the rally, the player has to bump the ball up with the non-dominant hand racquet and hit the ball back with the dominant hand racquet. This can be done by letting the ball bounce after the bump or by hitting the ball out of the air.
7. UNSTRUNG RACQUET RALLY
Both players have two racquets. The non-dominant hand holds an unstrung racquet and the dominant hand holds a strung racquet. During the rally, the player must swing with the unstrung racquet first making sure the ball goes through the racquet. Immediately following this, the same player hits the ball with the strung racquet (in the air) in an attempt to continue this cooperative rally.
8. TWO-BALL RALLY
Each player has a ball in their non-racquet hand. On “GO”, each player delivers their ball back cooperatively to the player on the opposite side of the court. Thus, a rally with two balls going at the same time occurs. See how many balls in a row are kept between each pair of players.
9. TWO-BOUNCE RALLY
This is a rally where each player has to let the ball bounce twice on their side of the court (instead of the traditional one bounce). See how many balls in a row are kept between each pair of players.