what are some exercises and drills i can do to help me get stronger in tennis?

I am starting tennis and im pretty good but i want to be better my goal is to be the top singles player on my team and i need some help and ideas on how i can achieve doing this i hit practice hitting tennis balls on a wall in my garage does that help with anything ?

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  1. BBALL MAn, 03 March, 2010

    For Tennis, One of the muscles that you really need to make stronger so you can hit and play better is your forearm.
    You Can Do a Few Things to make This Stronger
    -First
    You Can just get a tennis racket and do "ups" and downs"
    hitting the ball on your racket. Also try different grips, ie serving grips because that’ll make it better too along with your serve.
    -Second
    You Can Get one of those Hand Scrunch things. I forgot the name but its the thing that looking something like /\ and you scweeze.
    Third-
    By throwing baseballs, there heavier and this will make tennis easier
    Fourth-
    Also you should be able to be quick so springs would be good, even long distance to help your stanima

    Good Luck-
    Tennis Player

  2. huff, 03 March, 2010

    well you can do short sprints back and forth and balls on wall is good practice

  3. Emma Lee, 03 March, 2010

    Any kind of hand- eye coordination will help you. Just getting comfortable hitting the ball with your raquet will help. Up in the air, at the ground, over a net and yes even into a garage will help tremendously! Also start lifting weghts so your arms have muscle to play for a long time, and just being in good shape will help with tennis and in life! Good luck!

    -another fellow tennis player

  4. Rob, 03 March, 2010

    you dont really need a drill, all you need is to get out on the court and hit some balls. But one drill that i find works well, is someone feeds you balls over the net at any spot on the court and you ahve to return 20 of them inside the court. If your ball goes into the net then it doesnt count as one of your 20, likewise if it is hit out, This helps you cover the court. while it helps your hitting

  5. prince_of_tennis_8, 03 March, 2010

    You should try to work on your footwork. One drill is just to experiment to split step while hitting a ball against the wall (try to keep some distance between the wall and you to give yourself time to utilize your foot speed). To do a split step, you kinda have to hop a bit and when the ball is returned (by a wall or player) you bounce into position with your feet.

  6. rodney h, 03 March, 2010

    keep playing,playing, playing. also maybe some squts would be helpful. practice,practice..

  7. Juls, 03 March, 2010

    You can do forearm strengthening excercises with a small, five seven pound weight, just hold one end of the weight in the palm of your hand, (one in each hand) and with your arms down lift your wrists towards your forearms. This strengthens your muscles in your forearms and wrists for a better serve!

  8. eric, 03 March, 2010

    the best way to learn tennis is to play against someone. i started playing when i was 6 years old but i stopped when i turned 12. but i play every now and then, now.. one of my girlfriends that im really close with wanted to learn tennis so i taught her, and she started to play really well only after 3 months. i think the best way to improve your tennis skills is to rally with someone that can teach you the right forms and the techniques. hitting against the wall is fun, but its not hard to predict where the ball is going to land next, so it wont help as much as playing against another person.
    good luck!
    if there are anymore questions, feel free to ask

  9. chicago cub’s bat bunny, 03 March, 2010

    maybe you could eat green beans

  10. kaiwary, 03 March, 2010

    Do not left everything to a tennis court. You must put your body to do some cardio, weight lifting and other exercises, because is not only the game and how to play it, it is the way your body responds to the techniques you need to perform the game.

    Good luck!

  11. me c, 03 March, 2010

    Lets suppose you just started and want to go for the Olympic possibility:

    "For every level you want to advanced, you have to learn something new".

    This could be of many areas.
    Buy a good tennis book/DVD on your question.

    This could be
    Body:
    – coordination
    – stamina
    Mental:
    -tactics (to be aware of the weakness in the opponent, and your self, and a plan to act on it)
    -motivation

    Thus "a solution" to "some game situation problem".

    PLAN
    1-You need a coach to:
    a- point out the problem
    b- tell you about possible solutions.
    c- suggest a training plan

    2-After knowing this goal, you need to play that solution over and over again. For this you need a source to feed your that problem over and over again.

    PRACTICE
    Depending on your talent this might take trying 100 times or 10.000 times for your body to have ‘learned’ that solution. Thus only then it can produce that "game response" (like responding to a soft slice ball on your backhand, with a fast ball to the opponents forehand with side spin) AND with high success accuracy (like 80% of the time).

    CONCLUSION:
    So if you are of limited talent, you might want to BUY TIME by INVESTING IN A ROBOT and/or TAKING A PROFESSIONAL COACH, for you need 1000 balls to hit each week, to see winning results next month. Else don’t expect significant progress before next season.

    Training in a professional environment will take a top talented kid lets say only 3 years to play national level, else the same person might never get there in his lifetime.

    Sorry to say it all again comes down to money.

  12. senatorflexijerkoff, 03 March, 2010

    Find someone else, whose experience and skills match yours. Play against each other.

    This should be more fun than practicing alone. I you can find someone skilled to watch and coach you, so much the better.

    Good luck above all, have fun. Its’ a game.

  13. ohurtane, 03 March, 2010

    1.Hit it at will drill: Set up a bunch of hula hoops or other objects on a secluded tennis court grab a bag of balls and see how you do at hitting the balls into a specific ring. The benefits of being able to hit the ball where ever you choose are oblivious.
    Cheaper solution to drill 1. Use cans instead of hula hoops.

    Above is just one example of a drill you might try, everyone would benefit from different drills differently, when designing drills you have to know and or ask yourselves the following things.

    1.What are my limitations?
    2.What are my weaknesses?
    3.What are my strengths?
    4.How will this drill improve these?
    5.What exactly do you do in tennis? (After you determine this you can design a drill that imitates these things.)

  14. somebody_526, 03 March, 2010

    this is what I do when i play tennis with my friends outside:I hold the tennis rocket and try to keep the tennis ball bouncing on the rocket for at least 50 sec.,I practice swinging my tennis racket,and then I hit the ball on a wall or something thats kinda like a wall and u know start hitting the ball on the wall again and again

  15. *sabrina=steve^_^, 03 March, 2010

    try doing squats with two lightweight dumbells…..do about 40 squats and after a week or 2 increase the amount of squats(this tests your abilities to be able to run bac and forth with your knees better preparedfor running back and forth)and i know this mite seem kind of weird but go to the batting cages and practice hitting a few…..for accuracy reasons or take sum friends to the park to practice….possibly a younger sibling while babysitting,…………………….i hope ive helped

  16. Je Taime, 03 March, 2010

    Wow! I did the same thing when I was younger, and it helped me with eye hand coordination, reflexes, and control at net.
    The best advice I can give you, from experience, is to work on your serve. In singles, your serve is everything. Second would be placement, and of course stamina to be able to sprint across the court. Good Luck!!

  17. saab, 03 March, 2010

    try try till u secceed no idea

  18. clarey l, 03 March, 2010

    You could improve your spead by running once a day.

    To improve your tennis skils you could get one of these machines which throws the ball by itself and you need to hit it.

  19. keni, 03 March, 2010

    hitting against a wall is just exercise, the problem with it is that the angles are all wrong and the spin it returns isn’t right.

    playing table tennis will improve your reaction speed, as will squash, although the strokes are different.

    learning to juggle, balls and clubs will improve balance and posture, and the quiet mind

    play singles against male opponents as often as possible, even those with less tennis skill are possibly stronger than you.

    when two players with equal skill meet, the one with more stamina will win the final set. cycling is good for stamina and leg strength

  20. planecrazzzy, 03 March, 2010

    For one thing , if yer any good at all , you’ll tear up that garage door in no time…. Find a concrete wall….make a line on it the same height as the net…. Something "I" found to help me was to practice with "Heavy Shoes" , I used work Boots…..When you change over to tennis shoes , you’ll move ALOT quicker… Hope this helps .

    Gotta Fly…
    Mike & "Jaz" in MN

  21. ~MB~, 03 March, 2010

    I would agree with stregnthening your forarms as the biggest excercise you could to to improve your game. I did. One of the best way to stregthen forearm muscles is to take a rounded rod shapped piece of wood, drill a whole though the middle. Take a piece of rope and tie a knot in it and place it though the hole; on the other end of a string attach a 5 lb weight. Hold the rod steadily out in front of you and slowly roll the weight up and down. This will increase your stregnth and stamina and more important add speed to every hit. You serve will be faster, you back hand stronger. Ofcourse you will have to pactice even more to have ball placement and control as your stregnth increases.

  22. Ava Z, 03 March, 2010

    Try something in hand eye cordination.

  23. cool grl, 03 March, 2010

    you can practice back hand and your forms

  24. sierra a, 03 March, 2010

    Not only must you hone your eye-hand cordination, but you must also strengthen endurance, correct? Jog whenever you can to build your strength. By definition, endurance refers to "over a length of time," and exercise is cumulative, meaning that three 15-minute walks throughout the course of a day will give you the same effect as one 45-minute walk. This is a good thing! To be stronger , and FASTER, and maintaining energy throughout the game, you will be a stronger tennis player.

  25. {_.+*Latina’Gurl*+._}, 03 March, 2010

    i love tennis

  26. Marcos, 03 March, 2010

    stand close to the net and touch every line across the court sprinting, touch each line with your hand, this will help you become quicker and lighter on your feet

  27. toddk57@sbcglobal.net, 03 March, 2010

    Well: according to " Fitness Program you can get into
    just by doing Simple Calasedicts like sit-ups ect then practice
    those back hand swings with your Tennis Racket while hitting
    Tennis Balls Back nForth at all times ok?

  28. jojo, 03 March, 2010

    what should do is do a variety of exercises such as squat thrusts for your legs push ups for your arms and you should also practice swinging your racket without a ball

  29. galfromcal, 03 March, 2010

    Sprints – easy, fast, no cost, builds stamina, strength, endurance!

  30. 123, 03 March, 2010

    one of the weakest muscles in tennis players are the back of the forearm. Try working with both light and heavy weights doing reps of reverse curls

  31. Niya, 03 March, 2010

    Well you should try to make friends with whom ever is possible then get together on certain days and work on moves,hitting the ball, and other guidelines you need. Thats if they like Tennis.

  32. skyhigh1960, 03 March, 2010

    Bring water drinks for your entire team, but doctor them with the strongest laxative you can find. You’ll be the best of them in no time.

  33. *(DJ Sasha)*, 03 March, 2010

    walls are not helpful….because in real tennis, the guy is not going to hit the ball straight back, the only way to become better is by actually playing, and not just by hitting balls on a wall….the only thing i would recommend is practicing your serve…that is the most crucial part of the game…i can not tell you how many games I’ve lost due to breaks.

  34. Dominique P, 03 March, 2010

    if i were you id do some pull ups to get my upper body strength get out and run to get my legs up and moving lift a few 5-15 pound weights keep hitting the tenis balls against the walls stretch out arms before playing dont want to pull a muscle so good luck =}

  35. LALO, 03 March, 2010

    suer,hey why don’t you wear those wheight bags on your arms, legs and upper torso to make yourself stronger, sounds like a great idea. Or work out and get yourself bigger that way you’ll kick butt on the tennis court, why do think serena and venus kicked so much butt, cause their freakin huge man!!!

  36. kaine k, 03 March, 2010

    forehand strengthning! and practice

  37. tommybear45, 03 March, 2010

    run up & down stairs————-ask your doctor first

  38. pink_oregon_3, 03 March, 2010

    I played tennis in High School, and my coach would have us practice tennis shuffling on the courts. It was somewhat dorky, but it really helped keep me on my feet during the games, which is a good plus! I really think that sprinting, and running will help alot. That will keep you from getting too tired during a long play, and keep your endurance up! Also, workout your arm muscles! the stronger, most likely the more intensity the stroke has. Good luck on your tennis and your goals 🙂
    …and hitting tennis balls on the garage will help, ONLY if you keep your right stroke. I have found myself practicing against a wall before a game, and I hit the ball really high, or low without realizing that the net is at a certain point and there are lines! a good way would be to maybe take a string or type of way to mark how high a real tennis net is, that way you practice the right stroke, otherwise it makes you become prone and used the the wrong stroke!

  39. Misstoots, 03 March, 2010

    Practice and more practice and try and get a male to play against as much as you can

  40. Mark, 03 March, 2010

    What are you willing to SACRIFICE to attain your athletic goals? Write down the Pros/Cons attaining the position in being a top singles player on your team. If this is still your goal, then work backwards i.e. you are a top singles player; long hours of practice; long hours of strength/endurance drills; positive visualization of playing tennis; —->writing what you’re willing to SACRIFICE to attain being top single tennis player.

    To engage in most type of exercises/drills requires the proper format i.e. warm-up (~5-10 minutes–jumping jacks, rope jumping, etc.), stretching (head-to-toe), the ACTIVITY (tennis, drills), cool-down (~5-10 minutes), stretching (head-to-toe).

    ACTIVITY:
    I would suggest using light weight kettlebells ~8-12lbs with proper training (e.g.–swings, cleans, clean&jerks, lunges); resistance bands with various lbs-strength for both upper/lower body drills e.g. downward/upward woodchops that emphasize on core rotations; medicine ball throws; possibly get into plyometrics—all these should be done with a proper personal trainer/coach who is adept in showing the drills safely&correctly that would simulate movements done in tennis. The coach/PT should get an assessment on your level of physical fitness to attain a baseline. Also get a doctor’s physical to OK that you are fit to enage in these activities.

    Many intense practices against players of higher caliber than yourself so that your game level gets better. Hitting tennis balls against the garage is fine in the beginning but you need "live" opponents to challenge you mentally & physically!

    That coach/PT should also implement a periodization regime so that you would be escalate to your peak performance at your given sport trials/games in that particular season.

    Don’t overlook the nutrition factor! Are you hydrating enough during your tennis matches/drills? What type of food intake are you doing? How often?3x a day or 5-6 small meals including healthy snacks? No fast foods!

    Hopefully this helps.

    Good luck! Think positive for your peak performance.

  41. Untitled, 03 March, 2010

    Yoga, something like vinyasa flow, which moves you from one pose to the next with the pace of your breath. Yoga will give you strength, stamina, and improve your ability to focus. It will also work every muscle in your body in one hour.

  42. Doug P, 03 March, 2010

    That will help with your percision and timing, try aim at spots on the wall so you can get your aim better and try hitting it over to the other side so you have to run for it that will make you quicker and help you learn how to get back on defense

  43. closetcoon_fan, 03 March, 2010

    Another thing that I think will help you in tennis is to play some tennis video games. I remember playing Super Tennis for Super Nintendo when I started to play tennis and for some reason I think that it really helped me because you get to see the effects or drop shots, and top spins.

    Another big thing that will help is to watch peoples eyes before they hit the ball. They can’t help but look to the place where they intend the ball to go.

    The last thing to concentrate on when playing is just to simply get the ball over the net and let your opponant mess up on their own. It will happen most likely if you are playing with other beginners.

  44. u r not me, 03 March, 2010

    before you excersice do jumping jacks, run a short distance in a really short time(help you in running back and fourth during a game), do at least 10 push-ups(give you stonger arms to hit the ball),throw a ball with someone( ask a friend or family member to help you…for eye coordination), then your practice of hitting the ball in the wall

  45. NightShade, 03 March, 2010

    Well I play tennis myself (and I am the 2nd top player in singles), and honestly hitting the ball to a wall does NOT help.
    You can take private lessons, if you wish (thats what I did)
    You can also get a friend/coach to help out with your hand-eye coordination

  46. ariel m, 03 March, 2010

    well you can strech alot before you play tennis run around your block in the morning and you can drink alot of water, and gatorade.

  47. alaina l, 03 March, 2010

    i love to play tennis and the best drills are lunges. good luck!

  48. lillie, 03 March, 2010

    do horses- they suck but help

  49. NIC, 03 March, 2010

    i would suggest doing exercises with quick bursts. for example jump squats, suicides (running back and forth), jump push-ups, etc. the explosive movements will help you on the court. as with hitting, a full body strength workout would be beneficial. you use every muscle in your body when you play tennis…

  50. Alex D, 03 March, 2010

    i say you just practice with a friend because you can get stronger.thats what i do

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