Intro: Dribbling and tossing, backhand and forehand. Players work alone, but everyone is on the same 1/2 court. Dribble tennis balls straight down 20x, the keep ball in the air 20x. 3 minutes standing still. 3-5 minutes moving around the 1/2 court. Start with forehand, continue with backhand.
Lesson: Break up one hand and two hand backhand players. One hand players: assess grip, reiterate stroke for a slice (or Australian?) backhand. Stroke starts high and finishes high.
One-handers: Coach is on one side, two or four players on the other (if four, two players active, two players shadowing). Coach feeds backhands to players. Work on technical: weight transfer, shoulder turn, finish perpendicular to net. Keep the head focused on point of contact all the way through the stroke!
Two-handers: Work on form - backswing hands are together and close to body, shoulders hard turned to ball, right shoulder is pushing to the chin and player looks forward. Inside-out swing, hands are away from body as the ball is struck, left hand dominant, finish swing with a totally open stance, inside left elbow coming across the face.
Play: 2v2, 1/2 court hitting. Working on control. Focus is on weight shift: loading up weight on the back foot, transitioning weight to front foot, keeping shoulders perpendicular to the net on finish (one-handers) or being open to net (two handers).
Close with this activity.