I recently had to get creative to keep my
tennis game fine-tuned. I went down to the basement, cleared
out a 10'x10' area and started hitting volleys and half volleys
against the basement wall. I know that this sounds boring,
but let me explain. Instead of driving 10-20 minutes to the
court, I walk downstairs in 10-20 seconds. Within 10 minutes
of being downstairs in the basement I can hit more balls against
the wall than I would have hit in a match. You can hit well
over 500 volleys or half volleys in 10-15 minutes and call
it a day. I am done before I would of been able to drive to
This is by far and away no substitute for
the real thing, but this helps me to keep some of my timing,
brush up on my volleys, work on my touch and hand eye coordination.
If I had enough room in the basement I would clear out enough
space to hit ground strokes too. However, my basement is not
tall enough to hit the follow through as I doubt most basements
That is one simple idea. What can you think
of to work on your game during the cold season? Venus and
Sernea Williams used to practice tossing the service toss
at a mark on the ceiling to help perfect their service toss.
There are all kinds of things you can do. Just a couple of
times a week and you may do just enough to keep your game
One thing that can always help is those
rare days in the winter where the weather breaks and you can
go out and hit outside. Unfortunately a lot of places take
their nets down for the winter. When I was in college they
always took their nets down early and then put them up really
late. I tried hitting once without a net and all depth perception
is lost. We took some police tape off of a dorm somewhere
and used it as our net. It actually worked really well. You
do not need the bottom part of the net to hit balls. You do
however need that top stripe. If you cannot afford a net find
something to substitute. You may be able to get out and play
4-5 times this winter outside.
Look for tournaments during the winter. If
you cannot afford to play indoors all winter due to membership
fees look for some indoor tournaments. These may cost $15.00
to play and you could potentially get a few matches in. That
is cheaper than regular court time for one match where I play
in the winter. You may not do too well from being slightly
rusty but court time is court time so grab what you can.
Exercise is another thing that always helps
a tennis game. Be sure to stay fit and keep those holiday
calories away. It is double tough to get back to the court
after time off and not only have to worry about your game
being way off, but having to worry about being out of shape!
Stay tough in the winter, your summer game
will love you for it!
Good Luck on the