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.