Hey everyone! If you coach or play on a competitive league team you know the importance of your singles positions. Singles players are a breed of their own. They have to be patient, super fit, mentally tough, and fast on their feet. I call them marathoners because great singles players have the mentally to be on the court for the long haul.
In laying out the groundwork for recreational singles play I have developed a strategy called 3 on 3: three zones, three levels.
The 3 on 3 singles strategy:
Zone 1: Behind the baseline to the base line.
Level 1: Groundstrokes, making your opponent move 2 feet in any direction. create openings, try to make your opponent hit short.
Zone 2: No man’s land to service line:
Level 2: Transition into changing the direction of the ball, more aggressive play. Take control of the point.
Zone 3: Closer to the net, in between service line and net. “Red Zone”
Level 3: Winners. The Put away shot. This shot has to be a winner or the court is left open.
**Doubles players, consider incorporating singles into your game. You’ll be amazed how quickly you’ll improve!**
And remember… you don’t have to be a pro to train like a pro!