When to Move Forward
In order to be more aggressive and take control of the point, you must move forward in the court to take more approach shots, volleys and overheads. Here are some things to look for that will help you anticipate a short ball and get you to the net faster. You should be prepared to move forward when…
- Your opponent is running and stretching their arm to retrieve a shot. Hitting while running and off the court is difficult, and its likely that they will hit a weak return. You should be ready to move forward and attack when you see this.
- You see your opponent is reaching down below their knees to hit a low volley. This is a very difficult volley for your opponent and it is likely that they will pop it up, or hit it short in your court. This is another great opportunity to move forward and take advantage of a short ball.
- You lob over your opponent’s head. Your opponent will be running to retrieve your lob, and most likely will hit a high, weak ball back. When this happens, you need to be at the net so you can hit an overhead or volley to finish the point. NOTE– In this situation, it is important to not run in too close to the net, or your opponents ball may go over your head. Since you can expect your opponent to lob the ball back, run in until you reach the service line and wait for your shot there. This way, you are less likely to get lobbed and more likely to hit a strong overhead.
Just remember to look closely at your opponent’s racquet and court positioning to anticipate these opportunities to take control of the point. In doing this, you will soon become more aggressive and continue to improve your game!
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