Complete Video Gallery

The Previdi System videos were created to help guide you through a easy to follow learning process for Doubles Tennis.  The videos on this page are directed towards the players, coaches, and doubles teams. This is a complete list of our Previdi Videos.  To break the videos down into separate categories, please choose from one of the submenu options under the Videos link.  We are consistently updating our pages with new videos, so we invite you to check back often!

 

The Crosscourt Mini Tennis Drill

Type:  Drill
Level:  2.5 - 5.0
Participation:  2-4 players

Topic:   Crosscourt Mini Tennis is the first drill and the foundation drill of The Previdi System.  Most of our other drills build directly on this drill. 

EFFECT ON GAME:  In order to be accurate and consistent, we need to be efficient and have a consistent contact point. The sooner we can hit the ball, especially on the return of serve, the lower we can keep it and the more angle we can hit, thus setting us up with the SAL Return. By mastering this drill you will be in a position to hit balls earlier, lower and with more angle and put your opponents consistently in "Jail". 

Hunter And Helper

Type:  Terminology
Level:  2.5 - 5.0
Participation:  None

TOPIC: In The Previdi System, the terms Hunter and Helper define the positioning and shot selection of the two doubles partners.

EFFECT ON GAME: Once you and your partner have mastered Hunter and Helper positioning and shot selection, you will eliminate randomness, bad decisions and poor decisions. You will always be on the same page and can play with any teammate seamlessly.

The Hourglass Tennis Drill

Type:  Drill
Level:  2.5 - 5.0
Participation:  None

Topic:  The Hourglass Drill is drill #2 in The Previdi System and builds on Crosscourt Mini Tennis to help the player learn how to use and increase the angle of the opponents ball. This drill is especially helpful when working on the SAL Return. 

EFFECT ON GAME:  Mastering The Hourglass Drill will make it easier to open up the court on an outside (wide) ball. Most players haven't ever used this area of the court and the players we teach are often amazed at how many winning shots they can hit using these angles. A related drill is the touch angle volley drill which will be very helpful when hitting a low midcourt volley.

The First Rule Of Doubles Tennis

Type:  Tip
Level:  2.5 - 5.0
Participation:  None

TOPIC: The First Rule of Doubles is:  Keep the ball low so that your opponents are always hitting up and if you can't keep it low, lob.

EFFECT ON THE GAME:  My college coach taught me that rule many years ago and it still holds up today. 

SAL - Short Angled Low

Type:  Terminology
Level:  2.5 - 5.0
Participation:  None

TOPIC: In order to put your opponents in "Jail", you need to hit a SAL ( Short, Angled , Low) ball. 

EFFECT ON GAME: If you perfect the SAL Return, you will be limiting your opponents options and controlling play. You will also open the court up for other, complementary shots, such as the Offensive Lob Return.

Do You Know SAL?

Type:  Tip
Level:  2.5 - 5.0
Participation:  None

Topic:  The most effective return of serve in The Previdi System is the SAL return. Short, angled and low. It is equally effective against servers who stay back and those who serve and volley. It minimizes the opponents ability to lob, hit aggressive passing shots and forces the volleyer to hit up with a large opening between the opposing partners. The area the SAL return is hit to is called Jail. This the saying you will often hear us and our players say, "Put 'em in jail!"

EFFECT ON GAME:  Once you've mastered the SAL return you will be putting the server under a lot of pressure and keeping their partner out of the action. We complement this return with the Offensive lob return which goes over the net players head and must be retrieved by the server as well. All the returns in The Previdi System are complementary and set up the others to form a cohesive game plan.

Put 'em In Jail

Type:  Terminology
Level:  2.5 - 5.0
Participation:  None

TOPIC: In The Previdi System, "Jail" is the area in front of the server near the service line and the singles sideline. Hitting here with a SAL (Short, Angled, Low) Return, will give your opponents few options and will set up you and your partner to control play at the net.

EFFECT ON GAME: The beauty of "Jail" is that hitting returns (or other shots ) there is equally effective against opponents who stay back as well as those who come in. It is effective at all levels of play.

The Touch Volley Progression Drill

Type:  Drill
Level:  2.5 - 5.0
Participation:  2-4 players

Topic: Touch is an elusive skill for many, if not most, adult players. Here we show you a progression of drills that will help you to improve or perfect your touch. You can do these with your doubles partner or in a clinic or team practice.   

EFFECT ON GAME:  If you make these drills part of your practice regimen you will improve your ability to hit the ball to areas of the court you couldn't access by hitting hard. You'll be able to play HOURGLASS TENNIS instead of HALLWAY TENNIS!

Returning Serve On Game Point

Type:  Tip
Level:  2.5 - 5.0
Participation:  None

A player who returns well on critical points is a partner everyone wants to play with. Once you perfect your returns and develop the proper mindset, you will be able to help your team and get rid of nerves or anxiety you might have in these situations.

Master The First Two Shots In Doubles Tennis And Win Every Match

Type:  Tip
Level:  2.5 - 5.0
Participation:  None

Topic:  The average doubles point lasts fewer than four shots. if you and your partner want to win every match you play , get great at the first two shots of a point.

Effect On Game:  In The Previdi System, everything we work on is based on mastering the first two shots of every point. Serve and the second shot or return and the second shot. Shot selection, positioning, consistency and accuracy!If you and your partner can be accurate and consistent at these two shots you will dominate your matches and you will still be battling when the point lasts longer than four shots.

Deep To Deep - Short To Short

Type:  Terminology
Level:  2.5 - 5.0
Participation:  None

TOPIC: In The Previdi System, it's important to understand where you are supposed to hit the ball when you're the Hunter or the Helper. Deep to Deep and Short to Short will help you remember where to hit based on your role at that time.

EFFECT ON GAME: Hitting the appropriate shots will help you to set yourself and your partner up as well as letting your partner know what their next move should be before you've even hit your shot. No hesitation and no bad choices will give you a better chance to win your matches.

S.A.L. Return Vs. The Server Staying Back

Type:  Terminology
Level:  2.5 - 5.0
Participation:  None

EFFECT ON GAME: When you play against servers that stay back, you can use the SAL return anytime you like. It will keep the server in a constant state of duress and take them completely out of their comfort zone. There's nothing that can be done to counter a well executed SAL Return if the server stays back. 

The Return Of Serve Efficiency Drill

Type:  Drill
Level:  2.5 - 5.0
Participation:  2-4 players

Topic: Efficiency and the ability to take the ball early are critical to be a good doubles player, especially on return of serve. 

EFFECT ON GAME: Once you've done this drill on a regular basis, you will be able to take the ball earlier and closer to the net. This allows you to get the ball back more quickly, neutralizing the net player and giving you an opportunity to hit lower and with more angle without hitting in the net. The result will be added consistency and extreme pressure on the server.

Get To Know The Hunter And Helper In Doubles Tennis

Type:  Tip
Level:  2.5 - 5.0
Participation:  None

Topic:  In The Previdi System, the doubles partners have different roles and different names. The Hunter is directly in front of the ball when it's on the opponents side and The Helper is always crosscourt from the ball. The Hunter is always closer to the net and The Helper is always farther from the net so we're in a staggered formation.

EFFECT ON GAME:  Once a doubles team has mastered the roles, positioning and shot selection for Hunter and Helper, their teamwork will be seamless. There are no overlapping responsibilities so confusion is eliminated. We will effectively neutralize the most damaging shots the opponents can hit. Crosscourt lobs can't get over our heads, we have opportunity and responsibility on middle balls instead of confusion and we take away crosscourt angles. Stay tunes for more about Hunter and Helper in future videos!

One on One Half Court Points

Type:  Drill
Level:  2.5 - 5.0
Participation:  2 - 4 Players

TOPIC: Practicing Serve and volley vs. return and volley 1 on 1 crosscourt can be very helpful in developing patterns of shots.

EFFECT ON GAME: In The Previdi System we want every situation to become instinctive. If you practice one on one crosscourt points you can master the first two shots and learn to read situations better.