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SHORT BALL FOREHAND APPROACH – HOP

  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 “hop� 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.

Doug Hofer, USPTA                             

May 5, 2008                            www.hofertennis.com
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