Safe Spots Recovery

This tennis drill is all about an important tactical fundamental being safe spots. A safe spot is an area within the court where a players who is in a defensive situation should hit back to in order to turn the rally back into a neutral position in order to get back into the point. The ideal safe spot in a rally situation is deep into the centre of the court. The reasons behind this are:

1. A deep shot takes time and space away from their opponent, putting a tougher shot back to them than which they would get from a short ball

2. A deep shot with height over the net will give more air-time in order for the player who is in a defensive situations outside the court to get back to the recovery position for the next shot.

3. Hitting it back down the middle reduces the angle for the player who is in command of the point to hit back a shot with increased aggressive angle

4. Hitting back down the centre of the court provides margin for error when making a difficult defensive shot.


In this drill the coach should feed wide balls to their player, who should then hit high, loopy shots back into the safe spot at the back of the court that is indicated by the cones.

Private tennis Lesson Drill Safe Spots

  1. August 9, 2016

    Why hit high loopy shots?

    • April 20, 2017

      Hi Craig, high loopy shots allow more time for recovery, while giving greater height over the net, reducing the rate of errors into the net. I hope this helps 🙂

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