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Old 06-30-2010, 05:27 AM   #1
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So I must admit I'm not that great at tennis but I'm still trying to improve...that being said, I'm pretty good against flat hitters because the ball is right in my strike zone. Also, when someone hits a lob or moonball kind of thing, I can return it fine and smash it sometimes too. However, it always feels weird when I'm trying to be offensive and the ball is like 3 feet over me...like the follow through just feels weird.

I know you usually are supposed to either hit it early or move back and let it bounce, but in terms of hitting it when it is above your strike zone, is it best to do a kind of buggy whip over your same shoulder?

Any advice would be great...thanks guys
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Old 06-30-2010, 08:12 PM   #2
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Move in and take it on the rise. It is difficult and requires good timing, but the rewards are plentiful.
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Move in and take it on the rise. It is difficult and requires good timing, but the rewards are plentiful.
Agreed, and shorten your backswing to almost nothing when you do this. That can really help you time it well and not mishit the ball.
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Ok so I'm guessing that if some of the shots I have to hit are above my shoulders or so, then I need to move my feet better so that I can hit it lower?
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The key is to move quickly and hit the ball before it bounces up around your shoulder.
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Or you could just move back and return the ball with a lot of margin for error and most importantly deep in your opponent's side.

It is 2 fold, depends on the situation. A ball may bounce high but may not have much pace or it may be faster and more aggressively topspun.
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Keep your balance lower. To keep your good balance, you need to move quickly.
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Pretty much any decent level player can do it.
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Pretty much any decent level player can do it.
Which is why all pros take the ball of the rise, right?

Fact is NO, not every player can hit on the rise consistently. Players who have a talent for timing and have short backswings are the kind of player that CAN take the ball of the rise. Obviously taking the ball on the rise and being able to do something with the ball is a strength to have, so if any "decent" player were able to do this, then why don't more pros do this? Instead, you have Nadal and friends standing many feet behind the baseline. Federer/Davydenko/Nalbandian are pretty much the only great players at the moment who take the ball early and actually do something with the ball.

Look, you just have to take a look at yourself and ask if you feel comfortable with taking balls on the rise. If you don't feel comfortable, maybe you're just better off playing a bit further from the baseline, and nothing is wrong with that.
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