HAND EYE COORDINATION
Before anyone attempts to
learn a sport that involves hitting a ball with a racket
or bat, it is necessary to do
some preliminary hand-eye coordination drills. These drills must be mastered before any progress can be made
for a beginner, these drills must be practiced until perfected before hitting a moving ball. For someone who
already plays, take a few minutes to be sure you can do these drills. An experienced player can do these
drills in one or two minutes.
Lesson 2: Developing Basic Hand-Eye Coordination
- Drill One: Using the
shakehands grip, bounce the ball repeatedly on the
forehand side of the
racket (the side of your thumb is on) fifty times without missing or moving the feet. The bounce
should be 8-10 inches above the racket. See photo 5.
- Drill Two: Same as
Drill One, but bounce the ball on the backhand side of
the racket (the side
with your forefinger). See Photo 6.
- Drill Three: Bounce the
ball repeatedly on the racket, first with the forehand
side, then with the
backhand side, then with the backhand side, alternating sides until 25 hits have been counted for
each side without missing or moving your feet.
Once you find these drills
easy to do, you should be ready to learn the basic
strokes. However, if you have
trouble contacting the ball as it moving, more hand-eye coordination drills are called for. Several examples
- Do any of the above
listed drills but move your feet by walking forward or
backward, or sideways,
either to your the left or right.
- Bounce the ball on the floor using your racket to dribble the ball.
- Hit the ball against
the wall, let the ball rebound off the floor then
strike it again. (Just like practicing
against a wall in tennis).
- Have a partner stand
about 10 feet apart away and hit the ball with your
racket so it strikes the floor
midway between you and your partner. Your partner will do the same. See if you can keep a rally going.
- Have a partner stand
about 5 feet away and volley the ball back and forth
without letting it touch
Photo 5: Basic Hand and Eye
Coordination Drill (Forehand
Notice that the racket is held with the shakehands grip in front of the stomach with the handle pointing toward the body. The ball is bounced only 12 inches or so above the racket, and the eyes follow the bouncing ball.
Photo 6: Basic Hand and Eye
Coordination Drill (Backhand
Same as Photo 5 except handle of the racket points sideways away from you, and the back of the hand is turned up, instead of down.