Helle Video Tips – Tennis
COVERING 100% OF THE COURT (PART 1: Divide the Responsibilities)
Helle shows how to divide the responsibilities between the “Workhorse” (cross-court
from the ball) and the “Terminator” (net person in front of the ball).
COVERING 100% OF THE COURT (PART 2: The Job of the “Terminator“)
The job of the “Terminator” (net person in front of the ball) is to cut off any cross-court shot she can and to cover the down-the-line shot, which is the only shot her partner (the “Workhorse”) can’t get.
COVERING 100% OF THE COURT (PART 3: The Job of the “Workhorse”)
The “Workhorse” (cross-court player) has 3/4 of the court to cover. When
she changes direction of the ball, she makes her partner the “Workhorse”
and she becomes the “Terminator”.
“TERMINATOR” (PART 1: Get in the Same Zone”)
The “Workhorse” (cross-court player) needs to get up to “Offense Zone” with her partner. It’s important for the “Workhorse” to look for the lob and to not overclose.
“WORKHORSE” AND “TERMINATOR” (PART 2)
Every time the ball changes direction, you and your partner go to your new
positions and assume your new roles in order to defend different parts of the court.
MOVING WITH YOUR PARTNER AT THE BASELINE
You divide the court into thirds and partners move side to side together on the baseline.
Get off the baseline to defend overheads; give up on the top part of the court, it’s not likely to be a drop shot. Often you have to go to the side or back fence to defend an overhead.
PROTECT THE “T”
You should move diagonally to the “T” when your partner is hitting.
TAKE THE NET WHEN OPPONENTS LET LOB BOUNCE
When opponents’ backs are facing you because they are chasing a ball (letting a lob
bounce), don’t stand and watch them! It’s like they are saying “follow me” so take over
the net. The “Terminator” should especially be ready to go in to take the next ball.
HOW AND WHEN TO POACH
How and when to poach in tennis. It’s like the letter “Y.”
WHERE TO HIT THE POACH
Helle shows the best targets to aim for when you poach. Generally, it’s in the direction you’re going.
DEFENDING SHOTS DOWN THE LINE
How to close in to the net to cover the opponent’s down-the-line shot.