Contact point at non volley zone (learning thru progressions)
Improving the contact point at the non-volley zone line is an area of great opportunity for beginners and more advanced players. This video will demonstrate the proper contact point at the non-volley zone area.
The purpose of this video is to demonstrate the correct contact point fundamentals at the non-volley zone for the non volley zone area. Use of
progressions from ball to ball to ball to paddle and then paddle to paddle allows players to focus on the mechanics of the movements reducing the learning curve.
The focus of this drill is to maintain a proper stance and get into the ready position and contact point.
The first progression is ball to ball using an orange low-compression tennis ball. One player will toss the ball from in front of their body (mirroring the proper contact point) by hinging from the shoulder and pushing the ball to the second players' hands which are in front of them mirroring the proper contact point. However, their hands are in an alligator catch position. The second player will catch the ball and mirror what the first player did, tossing the ball back to the coach. Repeat until successful.
Once successful, the coach will then have the players pick up their paddles and then dropping the paddle down and forward from the ready position, turn the paddle with the face at a 45-degree angle to the ground and with the paddle face pointing towards the coach. The coach will toss a pickleball to the middle of the paddle, and the student will lightly hit the ball back to the coach by hinging off the shoulder and pushing the ball back without using their elbow or wrist to assist. Repeat until successful.
Next is for both players to use paddles and cooperatively hit back and forth with soft shots to get them to bounce before the opposing player. The goal is to ensure the contact point remains in front of each player at all times.
Using paddle to paddle, have players hit cooperatively, focusing on consistency, and use cones if needed in front of each player representing the contact point. The initial goal would be to get ten shots in a row; however, if the player hits a ball behind the cone they would need to start over again. An alternative for more advanced players is to set up a drill with cones or spots for lanes, targets, etc., (especially if hitting cross court) for an accuracy drill. For the more advanced players, you can set up multiple scoring options such as one point for one lane and two points for the other lane, etc.).
Players can easily practice the contact point on a regular basis. If any players have difficulty with their contact point, you can easily go back from paddle to paddle to either ball to paddle or ball to ball. You can always use pickleball for ball to ball, however low compression tennis balls have a nicer weight and seem easier to catch.
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