Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by BORISK, Oct 7, 2012.
How to hit SHORT cross court FH & BH?
Just to decrease power?
Increase topspin, keep 2' above the net, and most sharp CC's will land service line deep, and bounce well into the doubles alley by the time the ball get's to the baseline. Don't need to swing faster, but try to prep early.
Rather than hit through the ball (or through 3 balls) like you'd do when hitting deep and penetrating shots, brush up on the ball more. This is one shot where I intentionally use the windshield wiper motion and try to wrap my arm around the body for the finish.
I would not use full racquet head speed but focus more on the topspin and the adequate clearance over the net.
1. if you want to hit them with a little pace, hit good topspin and aim a bit lower and wider. DO NOT DECELERATE YOUR SWING SPEED. Sorry to yell with caps but some people try to roll it short and wide by slowing down their swing but you cannot do this with a topspin stroke. If anything use more topspin than normal. Watch Djoko do this - he hits a touch more top when he goes shorter and wider but he swings just as fast.
2. If you want to hit them soft and wide, try a bit of underspin. I can do this much better on the BH side because it is more natural for me to slice on that side. Hit it soft but not floating, a little lower and wider than normal. Try to make it bounce about 2-3 feet past the service line. Watch Federer for this shot - he is the master. Best to have a ball above your waist to work with as you can hit thru it and don't have to worry about lifting it up over the net.
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