Game tennis

Tennis Doubles Positioning: Shading

Get your FREE membership to ET Academy and IMPROVE your game now:

Grab 15% off Diadem racquets, strings, bags and more using this discount link:
Follow this simple, free 7-Step checklist in your very next match for smarter, more effective play:
Looking for the perfect practice partner, match play partner, or qualified coach in your local area? PlayYourCourt will send them directly to the court of your choice! This is the greatest resource on the planet for passionate players looking to maximize their improvement:

Why Your Forehand is WEAK

Steal Roger’s Secret Strategy

World’s Most Annoying Tennis Opponent (and why they beat you)

Aim HERE For Easy Tennis Wins!

Stop Standing HERE In Tennis (why you’re losing)

Stop Beating YOURSELF At Tennis!

Hit WINNERS Like Djokovic

Bryan Brothers DON’T Cover This!






Google Play:





Slow Motion Camera:

Analysis iPad:


Wireless Mics:

Vlog Camera:

Ball Machine:

Camera Tripod:

Phone Tripod:


Essential Tennis is worldwide leader in digital tennis improvement resources. For over a decade their coaches have been publishing video, audio, and written instruction helping millions of passionate players improve at the game they love.

With content ranging from video lessons, to the first tennis podcast ever published on iTunes, to insightful long form emails giving insight into the improvement process Essential Tennis has the guidance you need to reach your goals and break through to the next level of play.

Their coaches also provide world class in person experiences including group clinics and their exclusive, Milwaukee VIP instructional package.

For more information on lessons, digital training programs, or anything else please send an email to support AT essentialtennis DOT com.


If you can read this you have an impressive scrolling game.



Được gắn thẻ , , , ,

29 bình luận trong “Tennis Doubles Positioning: Shading

  1. Good video but you completely missed John’s lack of vertical shifting. He shifted well side to side (horizontally) but never moved up and back at all (vertically). To say, (at the 2:50–3:30 portion), that “All four players are in perfect position,” is wrong. John has got to shift back 1 or 2 steps when the ball goes past him to his partner. You can’t just stay in close on offense in the ideal volley position (where he started when his partner served) for the ENTIRE point. Everyone says they loved the video. But, it’s only good information laterally. Who am I? I understand geometry and shot selection probabilities well enough to have done well in doubles for 40 years. But, overall, good video and thanks for helping the tennis community. You do fantastic work overall to help us improve our games. I’m sure we’ll meet at some USTA HP or USPTA convention some time. Keep up the good work.

  2. baseline player should stand crosscourt from the ball, rather than 'following the ball'. by doing this they cut the distance in half to cover the middle ball and the wide angle ball too

  3. I believe an opportunity was missed by the server's partner. When there is a strong, low angled ball, forcing the returner to move at a sharp angle to pick up the ball that return is only going crosscourt with any type of consistency. In those instances the net player shouldn't shade, move to the middle and pick off the return. The difference between the second crosscourt that it was weak and high that the returner was easily able to move forward and attack down the line. Good video though for perhaps intermediate club player.

  4. Good shading lesson.
    I’ll add that the server neglected to shade toward his alley after serving wide. Therefore, he played the return into a tough shot. The returner had the opportunity to go to the net behind it. Instead, he stayed back and made the cardinal error of going at the netman in front of him. He and his partner were both out of position to hit that shot.

    Doubles is a complicated business. Way to go.

  5. good video, i would like to say that a wide angle cross court shot is easier the wider you are though, so while net player is guarding the line more against a wide shot, back person should actually be wider (and closer to middle for a shot coming from the opponents middle of the court). Just as in this video, back person does go back middle SOME, but is still relatively wide positioned for the wide angle cross court shot.

  6. I think this point is also a great example of why down the line is risky. The player hitting down the line was stretched outside the court, so he would have a tough time getting back into play for the next shot, it's an all-or-none type shot and he missed to the inside in this example and fortunately the net man missed the volley. However, the point likely ends on the next shot in most cases. If the alley is more open, it's a different spectrum of odds. However, the net man covered the line well in this case, making cross-court the easy decision (or at least a lob to the net man side instead). Good stuff to show the importance of protecting the middle as the 'off side' net man.

  7. That ad player should have shaded more. But, it didn't help that his deuce partner went at the net man when there was the obvious hole between him and his partner. He got lucky.

  8. Ok, this was great. I finally understand what my coach was saying all along. First doubles game of my life will be in a few days and I am less terrified now. Thanks.

  9. The returner's net player was positioned correctly. When the returner was pulled out wide on the final shot he should have hit cross court instead of to the net player. He gave the point away. Had he hit cross court as he should have then his partner would have been positioned perfectly. While he was lucky that the opponent flubbed the volley, the mistake was on the returner, not his partner. To say that the returner's partner was at fault assumes that he knew his partner would hit to the net player.

  10. Great video—the only point I disagree with is the statement that it's very difficult to hit a sharp angle return. Returning a ball on the same angle is relatively easy, especially with the net being lower in the middle. Even so, you do have to cover the middle.

Trả lời

Email của bạn sẽ không được hiển thị công khai.