Change from clay ping-pong to indoor tennis

Switching from clay ping-pong to indoor tennis is a big change for many players - no matter what their level - so you can quickly find your rhythm.

Compared to the tennis game on sand, the rallies in the hall are faster, shorter and often characterized by a good serve. The transition from outdoor ping-pong to indoor tennis must therefore begin with simple training methods in technical training, which should eventually lead to a quick rhythm for the new flooring.

Basically, Halle is not the same as Halle. Almost every floor is different. In one hall is a fast, hard carpet, in another hall a swinging floor and again in another is granules. Nevertheless, almost all hall coverings have things in common: The ball jumps flatter, faster and the player has much less reaction time than on sand. Also, the game strategy changes with the change in the hall: The serve is a deciding factor over victory and defeat. The rallies are shorter, it is much more difficult to return, because the ball alone is extremely fast due to the flooring.

The first training sessions: rhythm and the right timing

When changing from clay ping-pong (Aggressive clay ping-pong: Technique training for tennis on sand) to indoor tennis, it is important that you take your time. You can not continue to play at the same level as you have played on sand. There are players who can handle sand better than in the hall and vice versa. That too is to be accepted from the outset. Start the first balls in the hall in the T-field to get a first feel for the new underground. After the first few strokes, you can orient yourself in the direction of the baseline. Start with a 50% impact speed. It's important to start slowly so that you can gradually adjust to the right timing. In the beginning you will always hit the ball too late, but that will be set up relatively quickly. After first strike, play only forehand cross for 10 minutes. Again, the motto is "less is more". Once you and your training partner have gained confidence and become increasingly comfortable on the ground, you can increase the impact speed. Play the same procedure with the backhand after the 10 minutes. After the two cross passages, you will again play 10 minutes forehand and backhand longlines. After these first training sessions you should already have found the beat rhythm a bit. Continue your training with a so-called "suspenders". Here one of the two players plays only Cross, the other only Longline. This exercise provides a complete package. They play forehand and backhand alternately and out of full play. Again, pay attention to a reasonable impact speed. The longer both training partners play without mistakes, the more effective the exercise.

Spend a lot of time on the serve

Even though there might not seem to be any major overhaul problems at first serve, many tennis players will struggle with it in the early stages. From now on you look after the ball throw the serve no longer in the sky, but on the hall roof or even once in a lamp that hangs directly above you. These views are very unfamiliar and every player needs a little time to get used to it. So take some time for the serve and do not consider it unnecessary. In the hall, the impact is far more dangerous than on sand. By making the ball jump faster and flatter, it is more difficult to return. Change your serving habits right at the beginning of the hall season. The exit zones to the right and left of the course are usually limited to one to two meters, making it all the more difficult to return a slice surcharge to the outside. Take advantage of these conditions from the beginning so that you can apply them in a match.

Slowly change your footwork - minimize the risk of injury

Pay attention to your footwork during the first training sessions in the hall. On sand you could slip and did not necessarily have to leak every ball. In the hall, this looks very different on carpet. If you intuitively tend to slide towards the ball, you will hurt yourself. Torn ligaments or worse can not be ruled out. Concentrate in the first training sessions to always run out of balls. You should also avoid abrupt stopping before or after certain strokes. Again, the risk of injury is extremely high. Here, the conversion depends on the individual player type of tennis. Especially experienced players can switch the lever relatively quickly in the hall.


Switching from clay ping-pong to indoor tennis can take a few weeks. You need to use targeted exercises to get a feel for the rhythm and the timing. Every hall floor is different, but everyone is faster than sand. Here's the motto: If you can play on one, you can play at all. Pay attention to your footwork in the hall with the first units. You can not slip on the hard floor of the hall, but all balls have to run well. Give your head time to automate these movements!

Markus Czerner

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