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Racquet Preparation Drill – Tennisnerd Academy

by Jonas Eriksson
Racquet Preparation Drill

I was in Marbella, Spain, about week ago and did a tough training session with coach Luis Perez. Luis used to be ranked within the top 500 players in the world so he knows what he is talking about. He quickly noticed my takeback was a bit long and complicated and devised this racquet preparation drill.

This racquet preparation drill video is a short excerpt from my full training session with Luis, that I have posted further down. There are a few key things I learned from this drill.

  1. Prepare your racquet well before the ball bounces.
  2. Move with your racquet prepared.
  3. Drive through the ball with a straight follow-through (Luis mentioned Federer style).
  4. On the cross-court ball you want to kill, hit the ball on the rise not to let it loose energy.

Here is my full session with Luis, called a Tennis Lesson with a Pro:

Racquet Preparation Drill – One of several new videos from Tennisnerd Academy

Luis is currently coaching Karl Adrian Ringdal to become a pro player. I have a few videos from Karl’s training sessions on the YouTube channel so you can watch his drills and follow his journey to become a tennis professional. It is not an easy path to take, but why not go for it while you’re still young? And Karl is extremely dedicated and works hard several hours every day.

Karl’s best attributes are his footwork, stamina, and speed, two key things that I think we all need to work on. Since he has a strong physical ability, Luis is focusing on building his mental strength, his point construction, and decision making. These areas will be key in making Karl a successful tournament player. Another important area to work on for any competing tennis player is the serve. The serve is truly the most important shot to master in tennis, because if you do, it will give you free points much easier than if you have a powerful forehand or a great drop shot.

I have made two videos of Karl’s progress so far: 

What do you think of these videos? Are they interesting? Do you want to see more content like this?

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Christoforos Giatzakis August 2, 2019 - 11:22

These videos are pure gold!
Please continue like this.
Equipment reviews are good content but when coupled with this new type of content it takes tennisnerd to another level. Drills, excersises, advice from pros of the sport are invaluable.

Speaking of equipment I think I saw somewhere in one of the videos that you were using a new string from Head named “experimental” coupled with hawk or hawk touch. Could you share some more info on experimental string? Is this what Thiem was using earlier? Your impressions on the string? Do you know when it’s coming to the market?

Thank you and keep up the good work!

Tennisnerd August 4, 2019 - 06:32

Thanks a lot! Thiem was testing the HEAD Experimental earlier and it is a very nice string not dissimilar from Luxilon 4G. Not sure when it is coming to market, will keep you posted. Regards / J

PS. If you feel like my advice is really useful, please consider becoming a patron for $2 at patreon.com/tennisnerd and get exclusive content every week. DS.

Michael Nesland August 3, 2019 - 14:33

Great content!!!

Tennisnerd August 4, 2019 - 06:31



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