Drills, Games, and Practice Routines
The Reaction Drill
Learn how to run the Reaction Drill, a favorite among intermediate and advanced players, and how to make drop tubes for feeding the balls.
Round Robins: Calculating Time and Choosing a Scoring Unit
Learn how to figure out how long a round robin tournament will take based on the number of players and available courts and how to choose whether to score by points, games, or sets.
Round Robin Tournaments: Advantages and Disadvantages
Round robins are fairer and more fun for most players, but the tournament director must be wary of a few common problems.
Tennis Control Drill Series
A series of ten control drills that progress from easy to quite challenging.
Best Games: The Attacking Game
The Attacking Game provides outstanding practice on hitting approach shots and winners on short balls.
Pure Fun Games: Giant Tennis Golf and Tennis Spud
Giant Tennis Golf and Tennis Spud are two of the best tennis games for pure fun.
Best Games: Tennis Academy
Tennis Academy is one of the best games for juniors at the advanced beginner through advanced intermediate levels.
The Two Best Aiming Drills for Beginners
Full explanations of how to run the two best beginner tennis drills that work on aiming volleys and forehand and backhand groundstrokes.
The Two Best Consistency Drills for Beginners
Full explanations of how to run the two best beginner tennis drills that work on consistency of forehand and backhand volleys and groundstrokes.
The Two Best Levels Drills for Beginners
Full explanations of how to run the two best beginner tennis drills in which the player works through increasingly difficult levels as she progresses.
The Three Best Net Drills for Intermediates
Full explanations of how to run the three best intermediate tennis drills for net play, including volley and overhead skills.
The Three Best Contest Drills for Intermediates
Full explanations of how to run the three best contest drills for intermediate in tennis, including a lob contest and two types of overhead smash contests.
The Two Best Levels Tennis Drills for Intermediates
Full explanations of how to run the two best intermediate tennis drills in which the player works through increasingly difficult levels as she progresses.
The Two Best Scored Tennis Drills for Intermediates
Full explanations of how to run the two best intermediate tennis drills that give the player a score through which she can track her improving performance.
The Best Serve and Return Drills for Advanced Players
Full explanations of how to run the two best advanced tennis drills for aiming and spinning serves and returning the full range of spin serves.
The Three Best Contest Drills for Advanced Players
Full explanations of how to run the three best contest drills for advanced tennis players, including a drop volley contest, side pocket contest, and drop shot contest.
Animated Tour of Tennis Footwork Exercises
Animations illustrate a sequence of tennis footwork exercises you can use to warm up and as agility training.
Mini tennis is an extremely lively, interesting game that helps develop control, accuracy, and especially the ability to think two shots ahead.
Volley Drills and Games
How to improve your net play by practicing with a friend.
The Lob Game - A Great Tennis Game for Medium-Large Groups
A great game for 4-10 intermediate or better tennis players.
Best Practice Games: "Five Person"
The most popular game for groups of three to five intermediate to advanced players.
Best Practice Games: "Smash and Volley"
A great game for one intermediate to advanced player and two beginner to advanced players.
Group Games: Jail and Around the World
Two great tennis games for large groups of kids.
Playing Tennis Without a Court
Games and fun drills for when you can't get a court.
A More Tennis-Like Platform Tennis
A variation on platform tennis that gives great practice for full tennis groundstrokes.
Platform tennis is the one racquet sport you can play outdoors year-round, even in snow country.
Winter Tennis Without a Court
How to keep playing tennis in winter with snow on the ground and no indoor courts nearby.
Tennis Footwork Warmup - Footwork Drills
A sequence of footwork drills for use as a warmup and to improve court coverage in tennis.
The best tennis drills for beginners, intermediates, and advanced players, as individuals or in groups, providing fun, skill-specific practice on forehands, backhands, serves, volleys, overheads, quickness, footwork, power, depth, placement, and consistency.
Paddle mini is a high-energy cross between pickleball and mini tennis.
Best Tennis Groundstroke Drill-Games
These drill-games improve aim and footwork and encourage using your current shot to set up the next one.