Movement on Offense
Scott Baker | Tennis4you
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When you are looking to be on the offensive end of a point your
footwork can help you. One of the key elements of good offense is
to set up for your shot early. The quicker you can get to your opponent's
shots the easier it will be for you to take control of the point.
Recognizing when your opponent hits a short shot and moving to it
early will help you get to the ball when it is closer to the net
and the ball will still be higher in the air which makes it easier
for you to attack.
One of the key elements of offense is stepping into your shots.
Moving to the ball and stepping into the court with your weight
behind your shot will help you hit harder shots and you will be
taking the ball earlier. A lot of baseliners today will stand far
behind the baseline and let the ball come to them which helps their
opponent to recover after they hit each shot. If you can step inside
the baseline to hit your shot you will be cutting down your opponent's
reaction and recovery time and hopefully setting yourself up for
another offensive shot.
For serve and volley players the quicker you can get to the net
the closer you will be to the net to hit your first volley. The
closer to the net you are the easier it is to hit an offensive volley.
The same holds true for those already at the net. If you see your
opponent has hit a slow moving ball you should move to the ball
as quickly as you can. Not only sideways, but moving forward as
well. Close the net and hit your volley. The closer you are to the
net the better angle you have, the ball will be higher and the percentages
go up that your volley will be in.
Moving to your opponent's shots quickly will help you take control
of the points. Being lazy and not moving to shorter and slower hit
shots by your opponent will help lower your chances of hitting better
shots that can dominate your opponent. Recognize your offensive
opportunities early and take control.