I have a guest blog today from my good friend across the pond, conditioning expert Nick Grantham.
OK, this is not a post about taking a false step to move forward (we can do that another time!). A colleague sent me a clip of a coach with a nice, very polished video of some ‘tennis specific’ speed and agility drills.
Knowing that I work with a group of young and talented tennis players, he thought I would be interested. I was…what I found really interesting was that all the drills were linear drills. There were some ‘lateral’ drills in there but the lateral drills were not lateral – facing forward at the start of the drill, then turning 90 degrees and running forwards is not a lateral drill, its just a linear drill in a different direction! I was also interested to see the distances covered (at least 20m)- the coach must have their tennis players playing on a huge court! Finally – there were no drills where the coach went backwards! This is one thing that really boils my P**S! The title of the blog post says it all, we need to coach our athletes to go backwards – but most books/DVD’s are packed full of drills that go forwards, or left/right – maybe I just live in an alternate universe where people do have to move backwards from time to time!