Hitting down the middle of the court can
be a wise strategy in key situations in singles play. Many
times people who hit approach shots try and rip the ball
into the corners. This can be effective against many
players, but what about the player's who run fast and love
to pass on the run?
Hitting down the middle of the court does
not allow your opponent to hit with any great angles.
Therefore you should have less court to cover to hit your
volley. Try hitting the ball down the middle of the
court to try and jamb your opponent and make them create
the angle. Making your opponent have to hit up and
have to pass you will put extra pressure on them especially
when there is no huge angle to shoot for. If your
volleys are stronger than your approach shot you may rather
go for the winner off of a volley rather than the approach
shot, especially if you were not in a great position to
hit the approach shot and were forced to the net.
The closer you hit your approach shot to the sidelines
of the court the easier it will be for your opponent to
hit a big angle or to just guide the ball down the line.
Simply hitting the ball down the middle of the court cuts
off the options for angled returns from your opponent and
will force your opponent to come up with a great shot to
get it past you.
Good Luck on the