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SHORT BALL FOREHAND APPROACH – RUN

  Last week we covered the low, short ball approach shot with a â
€œhop swingâ€�. The week before we learned about the high, short
ball attack shot with a “jump swing�. This week I will cover the
third and last short ball forehand which I call a “run through�.
   This last short forehand is a really low ball that causes you to run
and hit the ball on the dead run. Without stopping try running after
the ball like a sprinter by pumping the arms. Prepare to hit the ball
right before you reach the ball by twisting the upper body. Keep your
lower body moving forward with the legs still running without any
twisting. Make sure you run to the ball at a speed which allows you to
move through the swing without hesitation.
   Running through the shot with your legs moving one direction while
your upper body turns and swings with a forehand topspin will do
several things.
First, your forward momentum will carry you closer to the net on the
approach. Second, your balance will much greater without starting
and stopping while running. This in turn will keep your head still so
both eyes get a good look at the ball. Thirdly, your momentum will
also create additional pace and power as your body moves through
the stroke.

Doug Hofer, USPTA                    
                          
May 12, 2008                        www.hofertennis.com
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