Todd Widom of TW Tennis shares his thoughts about bucket or hand fed tennis balls for tennis training. Here are some of his thoughts:
- both bucket and hand fed tennis balls have their place in beginner training to develop skills the individual child needs work on
- it is important to note that in live play, balls come at you from with different spins, heights, trajectories etc., making it important to be exposed to a variety of balls coming at you
- live ball practice is an important component as it trains a child to read the ball and works on their anticipation skills
Here are some things that live play practice works on:
- as ball speeds differ in live play, your child will learn to adapt their swing and move around to meet the ball
- seeing a ball coming from the opponent's racquet allows them to prepare for their own racquet and movement response
- live ball play imitates tournament matches more closely and therefore provides an opportunity for more realistic training exercises
For full article: Has your Child Been Bucket or Hand Fed Too Many Tennis Balls?
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