View Full Version : Hitting on Rise/Peak/Drop?

08-23-2007, 04:51 PM
At the recreational level, I've notice that during baseline rallies, players tend to take the ball at the waist level while the ball is going down.
As for the pros, do they take the ball on the rise or at its peak? Also is it at waist level or shoulder?

08-23-2007, 08:33 PM

08-23-2007, 11:36 PM
The pros all do it differently based on what they feel comfortable with. For example Andre Agassi is pretty known for hitting on the rise, while Nada stands pretty far back from the baseline and waits for the ball a bit more.

Whether its on the rise, on the peak, or on the fall, just do whatever it takes to get it in your comfortable contact zone. There's no "right" way to to do it really.

Frank Silbermann
08-24-2007, 03:37 AM
The pros hit on the rise because if they didn't, the ball would be far past the court by the time it started to drop.

Recreational players hit on the drop because our reactions are too slow to see that the ball is going to be short, and even if we did, we're too tired to move in and get a jump on it. (If we played further in, we'd occasionally get shots just past our feet, which we haven't practiced drive-volleying). Also because we have enough difficulty getting clean contact even if we wait for the ball to slow down as it completes its rise.

08-24-2007, 06:46 AM
Its best to hit it at the apex or as its reaching the apex since its easier to get clean contact this way. Hitting it on the rise is the next best. Hitting the ball as its dropping isn't that great.

08-24-2007, 07:09 AM

Ditto, because at the apex, you know what you are expecting for that split second.

Geezer Guy
08-24-2007, 07:20 AM
Well, kinda depends on where the apex is. If it's too high, you're better of hitting it when it passes through your strike zone (either on the way up, or on the way down).

08-24-2007, 09:39 AM
^^^ Yeah, obviously if the apex is out of your comfort zone your better off hitting on the rise. But if it is rising really fast or steeply where clean contact could be tough, you sometimes are forced to hit as the ball drops.