Some players just walk onto the court and start hitting the tennis ball for a league or tournament match. Others have patterns they go through to warm-up for a match or practice on off days. Here are some thoughts…
When To Do It?
Seems like the pros have a serious on-court hit several hours before they play a match. After that, they have whatever their pre-match meal is.
For me, I feel most comfortable warming up within a half hour of tournament match time. And perhaps different from others, I actually prefer warming up on a practice wall instead of on the court with another player. The wall gives me a chance for better mental focus and a series of shots that I want to work on for warm-up.
What To Use?
With a tip from veteran Evert Jonsson, I tried using the “Green Dot,” lower compression ball to hit on the wall … and really liked it! The lower compression has the ball come off the wall in a better hitting position and pace than the lively “regular” ball.
What To Do?
In addition to the obvious forehands, backhands and serves, I like the wall to work on reflex volleys. If you stand within five feet of the wall and hit volleys on the fly, it will really improve your hand-eye coordination and especially prepare you for a high-level doubles match.
Also, if you stand close to the wall and hit the ball DOWN in front of the wall, it will come up and give you some practice overheads to hit. There will be less ball chasing if the practice wall has side walls on it – and you can do this exercise parallel to the main wall.
How about YOU, what are your warm-up steps?
Florida Tournament Update
If you are interested in playing in the Florida Super Senior Grand Prix tournament series, the 2021 schedule should be ready for release by mid October, according to Mark Taylor, USTA Florida.
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