Tennis Practice Walls / Backboards

Tennis walls, also known as backboards or practice walls, are a common sight in many tennis facilities. These walls are used by players of all levels to develop their skills and improve their game. While there are certainly benefits to using a tennis wall for practice, there are also some drawbacks to consider.

TargetBound is designed to address many of the shortcomings of traditional tennis walls and backboards.

Rebound Boards Tennis Serve Plus One
Rebound Board Tennis Serve Plus One

Pros of Tennis Walls for Practice and Game Development:

Traditional Tennis Wall TargetBound Wall
Relatively consistent ball trajectory and speed: One of the biggest advantages of using a tennis wall is the consistent ball trajectory and speed. This allows you to focus on your swing and technique, as well as work on specific shots, such as volleys and groundstrokes.TargetBound support this. 
Time efficient: Another advantage of using a tennis wall is that it allows you to practice on your own schedule. Unlike practicing with a partner, you don’t have to worry about coordinating schedules or finding someone to hit with. This makes it easier to fit in practice sessions whenever you have free time.TargetBound support this. In addition, whereas a wall takes up a specific area of the court and may not be available, TargetBound can be moved to a free court. 
Warm up: Tennis walls are built in and there is no setup needed. They can be used at a moment’s notice without setup. Ideal for warming up before playing. TargetBound can live court-side next to the net so easily popped on court in an instant. 
Improved hand-eye coordination: Using a tennis wall can also improve your hand-eye coordination, as you need to react quickly to the ball and adjust your position to hit it properly. This can translate to better performance on the court during matches.TargetBound support this.
Good Footwork Practise. As the ball tends comes back at you quickly it forces quick footwork. Multiple TargetBounds can be adjusted to give different angles increasing the variety of return ball.
Improves muscle memory. The repetition is good for building muscle memory. TargetBound support this.
Builds confidence: Practicing with a tennis wall can also help build confidence in your abilities. As you improve your skills and become more comfortable hitting against the wall, you may feel more confident in your game overall.TargetBound support this.

Cons of Tennis Walls for Practice and Game Development:

Limited shot variety: One of the drawbacks of using a tennis wall is that it only offers a limited range of shots. While you can work on your groundstrokes, volleys, and overheads, you won’t be able to practice serving or returning serve, which are critical parts of the game. Neither will you be able to focus on overheads easily. TargetBound is designed to work on serve and serve plus one. The targets are placed in the service box in your target point and the angle will give you a desired return ball to work on.  TargetBound can be adjusted to deliver an overhead from a ground stroke, so that you can practise those overhead shots as much as you want. We recommend using a 2-3 TargetBound wall for this drill.  
Players sometimes complain that the ball comes back too fast. Giving them too no little time to form a proper swing.  TargetBound tennis walls are adjustable to vary the angle of return so you can get more loops slower returns if required.  
Lack of variability in ball movement: Additionally, using a tennis wall can become repetitive over time. Since the ball always comes back in the same way, you may not be challenged to adjust your technique or strategy as you would in a match against an opponent. TargetBound has some variability in the return. In addition they can be placed at various angles around the court to give a lot of variability and force movement to setup for the return ball. 
Ball tends to come back too low: This can make it harder to work on good technique. By adjusting the position and angle of TargetBound the ball return height can vary. 
Traditional tennis walls can cost thousands. TargetBound can start with a few hundred pounds and built up as needed.