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SHORT BALL FOREHAND ATTACK – JUMP

   Most points in recreational tennis end in an error. But at most
levels of tennis even a short ball could be considered an opponent
error. In this 3 part series I am going to cover 3 different ways to
handle short balls.
   The first tip will deal with how to handle the high short ball. Slow
balls that lands short and bounce high in the service box should be
hit for a forehand winner. Once you recognize that the ball will be
short, you should run up next to the ball and plant your right foot (for
right-handers) and twist your upper body sideways. Make sure your
plant foot is pointed forward so you can jump towards the net. Then
jump forward onto your left leg while you uncoil your upper body into
a powerful forehand swing. Your plant leg or back leg will kick up
behind you to stabilize your balance.
   Things you need to recognize to full off this jump forehand swing
are a short, high, slow ball that allows you to get up almost next to the
ball. Next you need to be able to come to a stop on your right leg in
order to jump. Recognize that this shot is going to include a forward
jump during the swing so prepare early and set up fast.

Doug Hofer, USPTA                     
                      
April 28, 2008                               www.hofertennis.com
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