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Line Drive Warm-ups
Line Drive Warm-ups
(article Player Level B-C)
I snuck out of work early the other day to hit the
courts…(I know most of you have done it yourselves so no ridicule please).
I usually end up getting there after everyone has already warmed
up…but not this time. What I saw made me laugh…so let’s see what we can learn
from that laughter today.
I often talk about hitting line drives.
Simply stated this means the height you contact the ball above the
floor is about the height you want the ball to hit the front wall.
This simple statement requires a lot of little pieces to work in
unison to pull off a consistent stroke.
In this article we’re going to learn to start hitting line drives
during warm-ups. We’re also going to make sure you’re not cheating the
line drive process like I watched so many do.
Here’s what transpired.
“Jim” walks on the court to his forehand side. He starts hitting balls into the front wall from three feet
behind the short line along his forehand side (right handed player).
He starts off slow…then proceeds to pop the ball.
He’s standing straight up and from waist high keeps hitting until he
gets the “angle” right to hit a couple inches off the floor into the
front wall. Ten shots with this
perfect “angle” and he is good to go on that side and repeats the process
on the backhand side. He
finishes up with a couple ceiling balls and he’s ready to play.
I hear most of you screaming…”keep the ball away
from that three foot zone behind the short line”…and you’d be correct.
Jim comes off the court and can’t believe how many he skipped after
hitting so well during warm up. My
laughter occurred much earlier watching his warm up because there was no
other way his day would turn out. Hearing
the complaint after the fact was just the icing.
Admitting you have this problem is the first step to
fixing it. “Angle” is the problem. Standing
straight up while hitting is a major cause of this problem.
Allowing your muscle memory to only associate with a certain distance
from the front wall and repeatedly skipping the ball is a result of the
It’s perfectly fine to start your warm up three feet
behind the short line. After
7-10 shots, move back 4 feet. Contact
the ball at the same height and hit for the same height.
Move back another 4 feet…then the last 4 feet. Your goal is to have the same mechanics, the same contact
height point and to hit the same height on the front wall. It sounds simple, but you could spend a lifetime with this
simple warm up drill. Don’t
forget the backhand side.
While running through your warm up have these couple
thoughts in the back of your mind. The
only way to hit lower line drives is to get your mid section lower.
The only way to get your mid section lower is to flex and use your
legs. The mid section is
important because this section represents the path of your racquet during
your most consistent, non-pendulum swing.
Don’t worry…we’re about to add video to most of
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Catch you on the court!