When working with young children, I like to use this phrase "Sue-Bee-Doo" when teaching ground strokes, it sounds like Scooby-Doo.
"Sue" = S - U
"Bee" = B
"Doo" = D - U
- "S" stands for set. Set the racket up on your ground strokes. Think about the way you pump your hands up when you run.
- "U" stands for up
- "B" stands for back
- "D" stands for down
- "U" the second "U" stands for up also.
In general, you want your kids to be able to generate pace on a slow ball. By setting the racket up you can generate more power.
This stroke is called a loop. It is a great way to teach a young player. I find it awkward to run to a ball with my racket back. I find it easier to "set" the racket up as I run. When I get near the ball I add the loop, which is to take the racket slightly up, slightly back, slightly down and slightly up through the hit. This makes a nice loop. This will work on both the forehand and backhand ground strokes.
So, remember "Sue-Bee-Doo!"
Good luck on the courts!