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Tennis Approach Shot – Not where, but when… | Tennis Champions | TennisChampions.com

Tennis Approach Shot – Not where, but when…

Posted on January 30, 2013 
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Brent Abel of WebTennis.net discusses and demonstrates the approach shot. It’s not where you want to end up, it’s when do you split step to react to your opponent’s shot. Get signed up for Brent’s FREE video tip vault over at: www.WebTennis.com

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38 Responses to “Tennis Approach Shot – Not where, but when…”

  1. surfjabroni on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    I am with Brent on this one. It’s about the numbers. John Mac admitted that he got passed more than anyone but? he was world number 1 with a serve/volley game. Think about this, if you went for a baseline winner and hit it out, does that mean you never hit a baseline winner again? Same formula.

  2. webtennis on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    Keep working on handling those low volleys and you’ll find? that there are opportunities there for you, such as drop volleys.

    Again, the point of getting to net is not to always have to cut off angles, but to force your opponents into hitting passing shot winners, over and over again.

    They simply cannot…

    And in the end, serve & volley, chip & charge, and playing approach shots is just a helluva lot more fun than mindless ball bashing from the baseline.

  3. webtennis on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    You’ll have to? learn how to deal with lots of shots, but in the end, the pressure you put on your opponent to have to continually hot passing shots wins the day. This isn’t about you having to always hit winners, it’s much more about your court position that forces your opponent into passing shot situations.

    Part of this strategy is that, yes, you do get passed from time to time. But this is a numbers game, so you have to be able to look at the big picture.

  4. webtennis on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    All I can tell you is my experience as a serve & volleyer, chip & charger behind the 2nd serve return of serve, and always looking for approach shot opportunities. Since you and? I aren’t on the pro tour, sometimes it’s misleading to try and copy everything they do.

    In my tennis tournament experiences (I won the USA national 60s hardcourt singles in 2009), the reality is this, trying to be up at net when the point is over means that from time to time you’ll have to deal with low shots.

  5. MxDuo on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    Yes, lets be realistic Brent. Since you’re ignoring the issue, I’m going to ask you a few questions.
    1) How can I hit a better volley? It’s really hard to? volley when balls are landing down by my feet
    2) Isn’t the point of getting to the net to cut off angles from my opponent? If I start hitting volleys so far away, I’ll get passed easily
    3) How come tennis players practice volleys with their coaches from inside the service line? Could is be that that’s where they’re meant to be hit?

  6. webtennis on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    Let’s be realistic here. You don’t have to be the greatest volleyer in the world to put constant pressure on your opponent to have to hit a ton of winners.

    On the pro tour, sure, that’s different, but for the rest of us, if you can consistently get your approach in play and force tough passing shots, you’re going to win most? of the points. – Brent

  7. MxDuo on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    Your volley better be a darn good one if your hitting it form outside the service? line. It’s probably going to be even harder to hit it properly and more aggressively like it should be if your so far away. If you don’t, there’s no point in using an approach shot. Generally speaking also, where your standing to hit your volley is where most ground strokes will land…. so your going to hit half volley’s down by your feet. Hope this help Brent.

  8. webtennis on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    Wrong… If you learn how to volley correctly, you can play approach volleys from inside the baseline when? you’ve got your opponent pulled wide. – Brent

  9. webtennis on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    When did I say you should hit your approach shot outside of your baseline? I didn’t. Maybe you’ve got your lines confused. And if you wait for an opponent to hit their shot inside your service line, you’ll be waiting? all day.

    Brent

  10. webtennis on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    Yep…?

  11. webtennis on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    Come on guys, you’re not getting the big picture here. When you play an approach shot, yes, from time to time you do get passed, but the reality is if you keep coming up to net you’re forcing your opponent o have to pass you over and over again and that’s a ton? of pressure.

    Just because you get passed once or twice doesn’t mean the strategy is failing. It fails when you panic and stop coming up to net. Brent

  12. lukebonstingl on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    everybody is able to “master“ the fundamentals, – but not everybody has the same talent, thats the difference!- there are? things, that no tennistrainer on earth can show you

  13. LoyalBakkStabber on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    Well maybe his tips are? directed for beginners?????

  14. webtennis on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    If? you watch the best tennis players of all time, they have mastered the basics, the fundamentals…

    There’s no magic here. The rest of us simply haven’t mastered the fundamentals.

    Spend more time with the basics, get them perfect, and maybe we’ll see you out there on the tour.

  15. lukebonstingl on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    brend- dont get me wrong, basics are important- but if you want to become a good? player, you need to develop your own style, a unique style of play, your tips are not bad, but they are for beginners, who dont know anything about tennis

  16. Pdr00000000 on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    you? dont have to be insulting

  17. vertitover on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    step on to the basics as a? good foundation then move forward to mastering above the basics, this one helps out for beginners, but one of my coach taught me NOT to stop when hitting volley, why?

    1 to avoid being blank then the ball quickly returns back
    2 to be ready when the ball quickly returns back from the opponent
    3. to avoid your next ‘probable’ strategy point being ‘read’ by your opponent’s eyes.

    HTH

  18. icyl coldn on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    u? dont need to compare idiot. just saying anyone can be outside the box. im just saying Sampras for example. stupid

  19. kusta345 on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    okay 1st of all u cant compare any body 2 pete. sampras is sampras. im guessing ur not a pro and before u get all fancy u should stick 2 the basics after that u could get fancy but before that keep it simple and? be consistent

  20. icyl coldn on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    thats why you dont get to be number 1 coz u always stick to basic. get out of? the box. and do something amazing like Pete.

  21. yoimcrazy on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    You have to remember that Pete? Sampras was former number 1. Are WE former number 1, no. So, we shall stick to the basics.

  22. rockerduff1231 on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    thats pete sampras he can do whatever he wants?

  23. icyl coldn on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    how come sampras runs sometimes and hit volley. if you know? where the ball is going its ok to run and hit your volley. but if you hit ur aproach wide. then u split step and prepare. right? thanks for the tip here though.

  24. carlojeddah on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    Brent,,, thanks for your tips.. it really helps.. keep it up…?

  25. randommfilms on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm

    thanks brent! your? videos are really great! keep it up!

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