You move your opponent off the court with a solid wide shot and there it is in front of you… THE OPEN COURT to hit to. But what happens? You over-hit and either dump it into the net or hit it out. What should you have done instead?
According to TV tennis analyst and big-time coach of champions, Paul Annacone, “In crunch time, you should hit an aggressive shot to a conservative location.” Excellent advice… he is saying, hit it hard; but don’t go for a shot near the lines. If you hit it well and your opponent does get to it, they will probably just float it back and give you another chance at a winning shot.
Hit 6.88 Power
And how hard do you hit the ball in the first place? New Hampshire friend and former teaching pro, B. Manning once advised me that I was over-hitting my favorite topspin forehand shot. He said, “On a scale of 1-10, you are swinging at an 8 or 9.”
We agreed that I still wanted to hit it hard, but not that hard; and at most, it should be at a Power Level of 7. So my mantra has become, “Hit it at 6.88.” That brings enough power to the shot; but not over-powering.
What techniques do you use to make that critical, crunch time, open court shot?
Last week’s Florida tournament was played in Bradenton. For the final results of this event, just click HERE.
This week’s tournament is being played in Payne Park, Sarasota; and I am playing doubles only, teamed with Hank Irvine. Draws are HERE.
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