Hitting The Blooper

You are playing someone and they (intentionally or unintentionally) give you a really shortball ball with no pace, that bounces almost straight up in the air. And you blow the shot. Why?

As a follow-up to an earlier posting, “Hurry up and wait,” I have missed this “sitter” too many times to count. I think it is the angle of my racquet face vs. the trajectory of the ball that makes the difference. I usually like to put topspin on most shots; but end up “framing” the ball on that little sitter.

Picture the ball having reached its peak on the vertical bounce and starting to come down almost straight to the ground. And here I am trying to hit “up” on a ball that is coming down. It is a very small margin for error.

Better I think to do two things: Try to hit the ball at the peak of its bounce; so it is virtually sitting on a Tee (like in old Tee Ball Baseball). And try to hit it a little flatter (without over hitting it). If I can do that, the Sitter becomes a Putaway.

2 thoughts on “Hitting The Blooper

  1. Bah, topspin is always the answer. Over hit with a ton of over spin while moving forward towards the net.

  2. George, I have trouble with this shot too, especially on the forehand. I either overhit and the ball sails past the baseline or I get tentative and hit it into the net. Over the years I have come to recall some advice my high school tennis coach gave back in the ancient days when we all played with wooden racquets and nobody had open stances. That is, swing through the ball on the same plane (off the ground) that is the apex of the ball’s bounce, make sure your racquet face is as perpendicular to the ground as possible throughout the entire swing, and always follow through with the end of the swing elevated a bit above the point of contact with the ball. If you don’t make a conscious effort to swing through the ball on a level plane and you don’t try to elevate the swing above the contact point at the end of the stroke, you risk hitting the ball down and into the net. If you do this religiously (which I confess I still sometimes mess up) on balls like these you will almost always hit the ball relatively flat and deep into the opponent’s court, but not past the baseline, setting up a weak response that you can then put away. While I agree with Jeremy that topspin is a good answer for most situations, I don’t think it is the best answer here because of the problems discussed in your original post. – Marty

    Marty – If i can solve that shot, i would be very happy. tks geo

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