once a staple of all tennis clubs, are harder to
find these days. Previously, the backboard was a
very important part of a player's repertoire, but
now very few players can experience their benefits.
It is very sad, because in the history of tennis,
the best players in the world were great enthusiasts
of practicing against the wall. Repetition of strokes
enhances consistency and ball skills.
of my favorite drills on the backboard is serving
at targets drawn on the wall. Pace off 13 steps
from the wall, and draw a line to represent the
service line. See how many in a row you can serve
into the circle drawn 3 ft. from the ground (the
height of the net). If you do this exercise in
sets of 10, you will find your percentage of accurate