Handling short balls takes quick reaction and quick feet. Training your mind to react in only one of three ways on short balls will eliminate much uncertainty. Last weeks I covered the forehand jump swing. When you react early and get set up early you can jump into the forehand. If you react late or you are just a bit slower getting to the ball you should do a forehand hop swing. This second forehand attack tactic is basically an approach shot for a short low ball. When you get up to the ball, the ball has dropped significantly and you should step into the shot with your left leg (for right handers). Make sure there is a slight upper body turn to create more power. Let your forward swing pull you off the ground while your momentum moves you forward. This motion will create a â€œhopâ€� swing in which you land on the same left leg (for right handers) that you step to hit with. Your back leg will again kick up behind you. The purpose of this shot is to attack by coming into the net and to keep your body momentum going forward towards the net. I find the best placement for this type of shot is to hit down the line. This also keeps you in the best position to cover the angles at the net.