want to get some tennis in and cannot find a hitting partner,
I go to a university that has a nice block wall for a backboard
on their tennis courts. Hitting against the wall is some of
the best practice you can get to simply work on your strokes.
You can hit the ball to whatever side you would like to work
on, (forehand or backhand) and also control the speed in which
the ball will be returned. Even if you hit too low or too
high the ball still comes back. It's plain and simple, the
wall never misses.
Hitting against a wall will never be able
to simulate a real match point, but it can give you the practice
you need in terms of consistency and placement. When hitting
against the wall I like to practice my volleys, ground strokes
and even drop shots. The wall is not for you to go see how
hard you can hit the ball and try and look cool, use it for
more than that. Practice your spins, your placement, your
depth, your power and your consistency.
I must admit, the wall is not very exciting
to hit against. In about 30 minutes I am bored out of my mind
and ready to go home. However, in those 30 minutes you can
hit more balls than you would of in a regular 2 or 3 set match.
Here is what I favor in a tennis backboard.
I prefer the concrete block walls. First of all they are quieter
than wood! However, I have only ever seen a few concrete block
walls on a tennis court. Wood backboards are fine, but a lot
of them are old and when the ball hits the wall it does not
come back with much speed, the wooden backboards absorbs a
lot of the impact. This is where a concrete block wall is
perfect, it does not budge when the ball hits the wall, so
it comes back a faster. Second I prefer that there is a line
painted on the wall representing the height of the net. If
there is no line, find a way to create one. Bring a piece
of chalk, string or tape. Just make sure you have something
to help your height and depth perception. I also like to bring
some tape and create a few 1 foot wide squares on the backboard.
This gives me points to aim for rather than just having a
12 foot tall 40 foot wide target.
I would recommend a real person any day over
hitting against a wall, but if you cannot find a hitting partner
there is no better substitute than the wall.
Good Luck on the