Make the Opponent Play When Defending Against an Overhead

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Whenever you are able to push the opponent back with a good lob, make sure you keep the ball in play after the opponent hits the overhead. Do not be tempted to go for a big shot off the opponent’s weak overhead. Changing the momentum like that will often lead to mistakes. Hit the ball in and start building the …

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The Best Way to Hit a Passing Shot is not to Hit One

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Trying to pass the opponent at the net is not easy. It requires speed and precision. Most of the points won against a player that attacks the net are not won by shots that pass the opponent but by forcing shots that get the net player out of balance. Trying to pass the opponent will usually lead to over hitting …

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Catch the Ball Early To Hit a Better Passing Shot

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To hit an effective passing shot, you need to take time away from the opponent by hitting the ball close to where it bounces. Waiting for the ball and hitting the passing shot far behind the baseline will give the opponent much more time to react. Catch the ball early – rush the opponent!

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Hit the Passing Shot and move Diagonally into the Court

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Catching he ball early to hit a passing shot will take way time from the opponent. Make sure that you move into the court after you hit the first passing shot to take advantage of any weak volleys.

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Do not Let the Opponent Get too Close to the Net – Use the Lob

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If you allow the opponent to play close to the net it will be very hard to pass/him or her. Getting close to the net is a very effective way to cut angles, but it does leave you vulnerable to the lob. Take advantage of the situation and mix up lobs whenever you see the opponent crowding the net.

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Hit a High Defensive Lob if the Opponent Forces you with His/Her Approach Shot

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When stretched and out of balance, the odds of hitting an effective passing shot are slim. In these situations a nice high defensive lob will keep you in the point and will improve your chances of winning more points in the long run.

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Focus on Staying Relaxed and Watching the Ball at Contact to Hit Better Passing Shots

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When the opponent attacks the net it is very easy to feel pressured and react accordingly. Tensing up and lifting the head too early to see where you hit the ball are the two most common sources of mistakes when hitting a passing shot. Stay relaxed and focus on the ball!

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When the Opponent attacks the Net and you are out of Balance Consider a Soft Shot to the Opponent’s Feet

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It is very easy to miss the passing shot when the opponent forces you with his/her approach shot. In those cases a high defensive lob will keep you in the point. Another option to consider is a low, soft, slice shot to the opponent’s feet. When executed correctly it can turn your position from defense to offense.

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Use Crosscourt Passing Shots on Key Points

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It will always be much harder to defend against a firm crosscourt volley than against a down the line volley. Therefore,on key points keep the passing shots cross court to give you a better chance to win the point.

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