If you've ever wondered why the Spanish players are able to fight
forever on clay, then this drill will make it clear to you.
a) Two players play at the time. If there are more, then they rotate
and pairs count together.
b) The point starts either from drop feed or with serve.
c) Players play the point and they count how many times the ball
goes over the net. It's even better if someone else counts - the
coach, the free player - so that they can focus on the game.
d) When the point ends, the winner of the point gets as many points
as the number of times the ball went over the net.
If the two players play the first point and the ball travels 8
times over the net before one misses, then it's 8:0 for the winner.
If they play the next point and play the ball 27 times over the
net and the other player wins the point, the score stands at 27:8.
We can see that every point counts the same as the number of balls
that went over the net.
Play to 100 or more, depending on the skill level of players.
- The player fights more and more because he knows the value of
points increases. This is very similar to actual emotional meaning
that players attach to long rallies. If the player learns to fight
and to persist in long ball exchanges, he may put a lot of psychological
pressure in his opponent.