Even the club player is comfortable poaching (cutting across the middle) after their partner serves and the returner hits their cross court shot. But it is the special player who is comfortable (and effective) making that same move DURING the point. When and how should you do it?
Frequently, doubles players find themselves one-up-one-back on both sides of the net; and the baseline players are having a nice two, three, four shot cross court rally. While the two net players are dancing around and making threatening faces.
It is then that the aggressive net player makes their move and cuts off one of those cross court shots – and typically bangs it down the middle or at the feet of the opposing net player.
Some Tips How To …
One tournament-level player (Silver Ball winner) who does this effectively is good friend Howie Ames. Here are some of his key points …
- Keeping your eyes forward and not watching your partner hitting the ball
- Being on the inside of the service line, not on or behind it
- Moving forward to the ball, not sideways
- Toughest part is watching the ball off of the opponent’s racquet and not them
- Not moving before the opponent hits, but reacting to their hit so your movement is more forward, not shuffling back and forth causing less power on the volley
- Staying with the shot, what they give you, and trying to keep at their feet for a “pop up” for my partner to put away
Are YOU comfortable using the mid-point poach?
My Heart Update
Yesterday morning, I went back to NCH North for them to drain the fluid buildup surrounding my left lung. According to what I have been told, this side had MORE fluid than the right side; and they were right! Last week, they took 600 cc’s (just over half a liter); and this time, they sucked out 1,200 cc’s (well over one liter)!!
It is “overcome obstacle time” … I am hoping that the drainage this morning will dramatically improve my ability to breathe, which will then improve my ability to walk/exercise, which would then improve my appetite … all of which should help me sleep better.
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