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Court divider can be useful teaching tool

by David Kamisar, USPTA

November 2012 -- Use the tennis court divider net to make your student a better player. Although hard to believe, the tennis court divider curtain can help your game a lot. Since all divider nets are see-through (they are made out of mesh) and have the ability to stop your racquet, they are one of the best teaching aids around for the following two shots:

  1. The volley – The biggest problem with people who are trying to learn or perfect the volley is that they swing instead of block the oncoming ball. That is where the divider curtain comes in. All you have to do is place your student one foot from the curtain on the opposite side, then toss the ball to your student (who is looking through the curtain). As soon as the student hits the ball they are forced to block the volley since the curtain acts as a barrier, stopping the racquet. Now you are teaching blocking the volley correctly through muscle memory.
  2. Topspin groundstrokes – The biggest problem with learning topspin is people move their racquet forward instead of upward. As a result, they don’t get the feel of brushing up the back of the ball, which imparts the spin. The divider curtain can cure this as well.
Once again, simply place the student one foot on the opposite side of the divider curtain and bounce the ball to the student (who is looking through the curtain). When the student goes to hit his or her groundstroke, their racquet swing must go upward and not forward (as again, the curtain acts as a barrier) resulting in the perfect topspin swing.
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