What Are The Best Tennis Lessons For Beginners Drills? Know It Here!

Just like in any other sports, tennis requires practice and drills so that the players can learn the proper form, techniques, and fundamental moves. This will not only build their confidence but also improve consistency and performance in the court.

In order to become a pro at tennis, you should be able to combine different skills like agility, coordination, speed, and more. Each of these can be honed and improved through practice and different drills. By gradually mastering the moves and techniques one by one, players can better combine them for optimum gameplay.

However, not all drills are great for both advanced athletes and beginners. The skill levels of the players also determine which types of drills are appropriate for them. If you use drills that are too easy for skilled players, they will soon lose interest and become bored. On the other hand, expecting and forcing beginners to acquire advanced skills through advanced drills way beyond their level will cause them to become discouraged and frustrated.

So, what drills are best for tennis lessons for beginners? Keep reading to find out!


What You Will Need For This Tutorial

To do the drills and practice to play tennis both by yourself and with some friends or teammates, make sure you have access to the following:

  • Some tennis rackets
  • Tennis Shoes and proper sports attire 
  • Tennis balls 
  • Tennis ball machine (optional). You can simply have someone like a teammate or your coach to throw balls towards you. You can also practice tennis by yourself such as what is taught in this video:

A Tennis Court

How To Practice Tennis At Home

If you cannot practice in a tennis court, you can still do the drills in a gymnasium, a parking lot, a garage, or any place with concrete or paved surface where the tennis balls will bounce.

Instructions for easy beginner tennis drills:

These drills help improve different aspects of your playing skills. Aiming drills improve how you focus and aim for volleys and backhand or forehand groundstrokes to develop the spin, depth, direction, power, and consistency of your strokes.

Levels drills gradually increase in difficulty level by becoming quicker or harder to build skills and speed in the long run. Consistency drills are meant to help you sustain a rally and maintain consistent strokes.

Running The Lines (Warm-up)

How To Practice Tennis At Home

This warm-up routine used by many coaches to get the players’ blood flowing and their heart pumping.

  • Step 1: After some stretching, stand while facing the net at the rightmost net post. Place one hand on the net.
  • Step 2: Backpedal all the way to the baseline. 
  • Step 3: Sidestep to the left towards the singles sideline then jog towards the net and touch it. 
  • Step 4: Sidestep towards the service center line to your left and go to the net and touch it again. 
  • Step 5: Go back to the service line again and sidestep to the far singles sideline to your left then jog towards the net to touch it again. 
  • Step 6: For the last time, backpedal to the baseline, sidestep to the doubles sideline on your left, and go back to the net.

If you want to increase this warm-up, increase your pace and get low with bent knees. You could also race another player or touch the bottom part of the net instead of the top.


This drill enhances the player’s hand-eye coordination and can be practiced almost anywhere.

  • Step 1: Hold the racket in your dominant hand and a tennis ball on the other hand.
  • Step 2: Drop the ball in front of you and hit it with your racket towards the ground, allowing it to bounce back up so you could hit it again with a steady dribble. 
  • Step 3: You can try moving around while dribbling and keep doing this for as long as you can.

To increase the intensity of the drill, make a contest out of it by timing how each person can maintain the dribble. The one who lasts the longest is the winner. You can also start slow and gradually pick up the pace and then slow down again.

To get a better idea of how to do dribbling drills, this video can help you:

Ball Toss Forehands and Backhands

This will help improve your ability to judge the ball’s speed, improve your timing, and enhance your footwork. It is also a nice way to simulate an actual game.

  • Step 1: Position a loaded ball machine on the center service line about two to three feet away from the net on the opposite side of the court. You can also have your coach or teammate stand in the same position with a basketful of balls.
  • Step 2: Stand at the center of the service line on your court and prepare for backhand and forehand hits. 
  • Step 3: Let the ball machine or the person on the opposite side of the court throw balls at you in a way that it bounces as high as your waist. Have the balls thrown randomly to your forehand or backhand side. 
  • Step 4: Hit the balls as they come to your court. Adjust your footing and speed accordingly. 
  • Step 5: Have someone count and record the number of balls you can keep inside the crosscourt section without a miss.

For ball machine training, you can simply alternate hitting the ball with forehand and backhand strokes such as how it is shown in this video:

Hit And Run

This drill enhances your agility and speed. It also teaches you how to recover, get back to position, and prepare for the next shot.

  • Step 1: Position yourself in the middle of the service line while another player or your coach stands on the opposite side of the court.
  • Step 2: Allow your partner or coach to toss a ball to the farthest side of the court. 
  • Step 3: Go after and hit the ball and then go back to the starting position as fast as you can. 
  • Step 4: Your coach or partner then throws the ball towards the other far side, and you should repeat what you did the first time. As training, you and your teammate can alternate throwing and hitting the ball.

For more effective drills and tips on how to practice tennis at home, watch this video:


As a beginner, it is your responsibility to improve your game. It should not cost a lot of money, but it sure requires a lot of your time, energy, and effort.

So did you find these drills and tutorials helpful? If so, don’t forget to share it with your friends and teammates and also feel free to leave a comment down below!

Emily Brathen

Hi there! I'm Emily Brathen. I am a fitness and yoga instructor and a mom of one. Despite my hectic schedule, I still find time for doing the thing I love most - fitness and yoga. I love doing and teaching fitness and yoga because in my own little way, I am able to encourage people to take health and fitness back into their own hands.

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