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The net attack is that the heavy artillery of tennis. it's alleged to crush all defense. in and of itself it must be considered a point-winning stroke in any respect times, regardless of whether the shot is volley or smash.

THE VOLLEY AND OVERHEAD SMASH Once at the online hit from the purpose at the primary opportunity given to urge the racquet squarely on the ball.

All the laws of footwork explained for the drive are theoretically identical in volleying. In practice, you seldom have time to vary your feet to a collection position, so you obviate trouble by throwing the load on the foot nearest to the ball and pushing it within the shot.

Volleys are of two classes: 

(1) the low volley, made of below the waist;

and (2) the high volley, from the waist to the top. In contradistinction to the hitting plane classification are the 2 styles referred to as (1) the deep volley hand

 (2) the stop volley.

All low volleys are blocked. High volleys could also be either blocked or hit. Volleys should never be stroked. there's no follow-through on a coffee volley and extremely little on a high one. You will hear many utter "chop" volleys.

A chop stroke is one where the racquet travels from above the road of flight of the ball, down and thru it, and also the angle made behind the racquet is larger than 45 degrees, and plenty of approaches 90 degrees. Therefore I say that no volleys should be chopped, for the tendency is to pop the foul-up within the air off any chop. Slice volleys if you would like to, or hit them flat, for both these shots are made at an awfully small angle to the flight-line of the ball, the racquet face traveling almost along its plane. In all volleys, high or low, the wrist should be locked and stiff. It must always be below the racquet head, thus bracing the racquet against the impact of the ball.

Allow the force of the incoming shot, plus your weight, to return the ball and don't strive to "wrist" it over.

The tilted racquet face will give any required angle to the return by glancing the ball off the strings, so no wrist turn is required. Low volleys can never be hit hard, and as a result of the peak of the online should usually be sharply angled, to permit distance for the increase. Any ball met at a better plane than the highest of the web could also be hit hard.

The stroke should be crisp, snappy, and decisive, but it should stop because it meets the ball. The follow-through should be very small. Most low volleys should be soft and short. Most high volleys require speed and length.

The "stop" volley is nothing quite a trial blocked short. there's no force used. The racquet simply meets the oncoming ball and stops it. The ball rebounds and falls off its weight. there's little bounce to such an effort, which is also reduced by allowing the racquet to slip just below the ball at the instant of impact, thus imparting backspin to the ball.

Volleying may be a science-based on the old geometric axiom that a line is that the shortest distance between two points.

I mean that a volleyer should cover the straight return since it's the shortest shot with which to pass him, and he must volley straight to his opening and not waste time trying freakish curving volleys that give the base-liner time to recover. it's Johnston's great straight volley that creates him such a dangerous net man. he's always "punching" his volley straight and hard to the opening in his opponent's court.

A net player must have ground strokes to achieve the online position. don't think that a service and volley will suffice against first-class tennis. Strive to kill your volleys directly, but should your shot not win, follow the ball's cross and again cover the straight shot. Always force the person striving to pass you to play the toughest possible shot.

The attack along with your volleys. Never defend the ball when online. the sole defensive volley is one at your feet as you are available in. it's a mid-court shot.

Volleys should win with placement quite speed, although speed could also be used on a high volley. Closely associated with the volley, yet in no way a volley stroke is that the overhead smash. it's the massive Bertha of tennis. it's the long-range terror that ought to always score. the principles of footwork, position, and direction that govern the volley will suffice for the overhead. 

The swing alone is different. The swing should be closely allied to the slice service, the racquet and arm swinging freely from the shoulder, the wrist flexible and therefore the racquet imparting a small twist to the ball to carry it in court. The overhead is principally a degree winner through speed since its bounce is so high that a slow placement often allows time for recovery.

Do not leap within the air unnecessarily to hit overhead balls. Keep a minimum of one foot, and when possible both feet, on the bottom in smashing, because it aids in regulating the burden, and offers better balance. Hit flat and decisively to the purpose if desired.

Most missed overhead shots are thanks to the attention leaving the ball; but the second class of errors is because of a scarcity of confidence that offers a cramped, half-hearted swing.

Follow through your overhead shot to the limit of your swing. The overhead is a double shot because in singles the probabilities of passing the online man are greater than lobbing over his head, while in doubles two men cover the web so easily that the simplest thanks to open the court is to lob one man back. In smashing, the longest distance is that the safest shot since it allows a greater margin of error.

Therefore smash 'cross court when pressed, but pull your short lobs on either side as determined by the person you're playing. Never drop a lob you'll be able to hit overhead because it forces you back and provides the attacking position to your opponent. Never smash with a reverse twist, always hit with a straight racquet face and direct to the opening.

Closely connected to the overhead since it's the standard defense to any hard smash, is the lob. A lob could be a high toss of the ball landing between the service-line and therefore the baseline. a superb lob should be within 6 feet of the baseline. Lobs are essentially defensive.

The ideas in lobbing are: 

(1) to offer yourself time to recover position when pulled out of court by your opponent's shot;

(2) to fight back the web man and cut up his attack;

(3) to tire your opponent;

(4) occasionally to, win cleanly by placement. this can be usually a lob volley from a detailed net rally and maybe a slightly different stroke.

There is (1) the chop lob, a heavily under-cut spin that hangs within the air. This is that the best defensive lob because it goes high and offers much time to recover position.

 (2) The stroke lob or flat lob hit with a small topspin. this can be the point-winning lob since it gives no time to, the player to sport it because it is lower and faster than the chop. In making this lob, start your swing sort of a drive, but allow the racquet to slow up and also the face to tilt upward even as you meet the ball. This, the shot should seldom go above 10 feet within the air since it tends to travel out with the float of the ball. The chop lob, which may be a decision under the cut, should rise from 20 to 30 feet, or more, high, and must go far. it's better to lob out and run your opponent back, thus tiring him than to lob short and provides him confidence by a simple kill. the worth of a lob is especially one in all upsetting your opponent, and its effects are very apparent if you unexpectedly negotiate one at the crucial period of a match.


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