Have you heard of the game tennis baseball? Tennis baseball is a game that is especially conducive for large groups. In tennis baseball, the kids are divided into two teams. For an extra kick, kids are encouraged to choose a team name. The instructor "pitches" a tennis ball to the batter. The batter aims to hit a forehand. If the batter misses the shot, then a strike is called. The ball doesn't travel into fair territory, then a foul ball is called. The batter is instructed to run the bases until the other team has successfully fielded his hit.
There are several technical aspects of tennis that can be improved as a result of playing tennis baseball. Many times people make the mistake of hitting the ball upwards because they take their eye off of the ball. By calling foul balls and allowing the fielders to "catch" pop ups, it forces people to keep watching the ball and flatten their strokes.
In baseball, it's beneficial to hit the ball as far as possible. Line drives are essential to winning records. In tennis baseball, contestants, are forced to use their legs, shoulder, and hips to rotate through their shots, in order to produce line drives that travel into the outfield area.
In addition, the field aspect, helps contestants work on footwork and ball tracking.
Esther Forrester is the founder/ owner of ElfTennis. For more information on how she teaches tennis go to www.elftennis.com.