Guruvi Tennis

Down The Line Wall Drill

This drill helps to develop consistency in your down-the-line forehand and backhand groundstroke shots. The drill does not require a partner, but it does require a wall to hit the ball against.

A typical tennis wall should have a line drawn across it to represent the net and should indicate the width of the singles court. Using chalk or just masking tape, make two targets on the wall. Each target should be 1 foot (30 centimeters) above the net line and 2 feet (60 centimeters) from the edge of the wall that represents the singles court. See the picture below.

1) Stand on the right side and aim for the target on the right side of the wall. Hit the ball with medium strength; do not try to hit winners on yourself. Establish a nice and smooth stroke to allow you to hit at least 5 shots in a all row aimed at the target on the right side. Perform this drill for a few minutes.

Drill Diagram

2) Stand on the left side and aim for the target on the left side of the wall. Hit the ball with medium strength; do not try to hit winners on yourself. Establish a nice and smooth stroke to allow you to hit at least 5 shots in a row all aimed at the target on the left side. Perform this drill for a few minutes.