Most people who read about tennis training aids don’t buy them. That includes me.
However, I do believe that the concepts behind a number of these training aids are worth a look.
Each of the training aids listed below focuses on improving specific aspects of your game. At the very least, you will get an idea as to what the right technique is. On the bright side, most of these training aids are in the market for less than $50 and may be worth checking out.
The Sweet Spotter
Concept: Improving precision, timing, and posture
This one is not for beginners.
Imagine two players playing tennis with baseball bats!
The Sweet Spotter is a base-ball-like bat that mimics the length and weight of a tennis racquet. To keep the ball in play, players have to hit the ball with precision and timing, ensuring correct posture and form. This may be a good investment for younger players who are serious about improving their game. As part of the design, a clean stroke with the Sweet Spotter generates a distinct sound as a form of auditory encouragement.
If you can consistently hit groundstrokes and serves with the Sweet Spotter, you probably don’t need it.
Sweet Spotter is listed online at $199.
Start Rite Grip Trainer
Concept: Perfecting the continental grip.
Simply put, this is a gadget that helps you perfect the continental grip which is used by most players for serves, volleys, and overhead shots.
If you are unsure of what a continental grip is, check out this site that explains grips in detail. Essentially, the Grip Trainer acts as a physical deterrent that limits the movement of your hand on the racquet handle forcing you to stay with the continental grip.
If you are a diehard proponent of the western grip, this gadget may not be for you.
Oncourt Offcourt lists the Grip Trainer at $39.00.
Concept: Developing shot accuracy
As the name suggests, Tyger Pop-Up Aim Targets help you practice aiming your shots to develop better accuracy on the court. The pop-up targets can be attached to the net at a position that you want to practice hitting to. Hitting balls through a target that is 26” high and 19” wide is guaranteed to improve your accuracy in hitting passing shots, serves and other ground strokes. The portable nature of this training aid perhaps makes it one of the more usable training aids.
A set of two is listed online at $39.00
Here’s a video of this training aid in use.
Concept: Developing shot accuracy
If you find the Tyger Pop-Ups too restrictive, you can still achieve the same objectives with the more forgiving Target Trainer. You are likely to hit more balls within the target area with the Target Trainer which stands three feet above the net and has the width of a tennis alley – 4.5 feet. Unlike the Pop-Up aim targets, you can also practice hitting deep topspin shots that can be targeted to stay above the Target Trainer.
The best price listed online for the Target Trainer is $39.00
Concept: Tennis Racquet Resistance Training
Swing Max is a tool targeted at tennis racquet resistance training and building muscle memory associated with tennis strokes. It can be attached to your racquet to add an additional 7.5 ounces of resistance to your swings. This is another gadget that you can use off the court for practice swings or on the court during practice hits.
Tennis Power Trainer lists this currently at $27.95.
Clearly, training aids are only props that help you build on your game and conditioning. Regular practice, proper coaching, and the occasional training aid may be the right mix to improve your game.