Guruvi Tennis

Down-The-Line Baseline Drill

This drill develops consistency in down-the-line forehand and backhand groundstroke shots. Divide the court in half, and imagine extending the middle line from the service line to the baseline.

1) Start by playing out down-the-line points on one side of the court as shown in the below picture; doubles alleys are considered in. There are no serves in this drill, so start a point with two cooperative groundstroke shots (winners or errors don’t count during the first two shots.) Each shot should land in the red shaded areas of the court as shown in the below picture otherwise it is considered out (an error.) The point is over once someone hits a winner or error. As you and your partner hit the down-the-line shots, try to hit the ball deep enough to keep the other player pinned on the baseline. First person to 7 points wins (you can also play to 11 points or 5 points if you would like.) Every point should be played on the same side of the court. It is important that after every shot, you and your partner move back to the center of the baseline (to the baseline tee.)

Drill Diagram

2) Now play the second game to 7 points (or 5 or 11 point if you would like) on the other side of the court. Same rules as above and each shot should land in the red shaded areas of the court as shown in the below picture otherwise it is considered out (an error.) Again make sure you are moving back the baseline tee in the center after every shot.

Drill Diagram