I hate high balls!!!!

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  1. morten

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    my comfort hitting sone is low,but i hate topspin balls especially on clay.Especially forehand,backhand i can slice even if it is quite high. advice?
     
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  2. JohnThomas1

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    Either take your forehand earlier or later. If you get caught high on it a marvelous piece of coaching i once recieved was to keep the backswing very high too. You can start high and have a slight loop but i was starting high then coming too far down in my loop or starting too low. I improved right away.
     
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  3. BSousa

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    You can always switch to western grip. It's the only way I can reliable hit shoulder+ high balls. Or you can also give a little jump, but this requires more precise timing.

    Or just take the ball later :)
     
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  4. Camilio Pascual

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    Depends on what level you are at, but topspinning drives on clay at most levels are not the fearsome things we see on TeeVee. Try hitting on the rise, remember it was predicted Agassi would win RG first because of his aptitude for doing this. Get a hitting partner or ball machine to practice this and try for a couple of months if it doesn't work at first, then try it in matches. I used to do this very well, but have lost the timing, eyesight, and co-ordination to do it any more. My back up is to retreat way behind the baseline and hit lobs as it comes down, assuming it doesn't crash into the fence first, but few I play can do that. When I don't have room for the lob's backswing, I hit up on the ball with a swing I have trouble describing. The racket travels in a path similar to the "frying pan" swing people use to hit balls going over their heads as they are running towards the baseline or back fence only I'm already back and facing forward. And I've used the frying pan swing when it's going over my head, too. Hope this makes sense.
     
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  5. andreh

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    Play only on fast indoor carpets or hardcourts. There...problem solved.
     
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  6. joe sch

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    The first thing you need to correct is your attitude, make it positive, ie "I love high balls" . The reason you should love high balls is because it much easier to hit winners off of high balls or aggresively attack them as you approach the net. If they are not high enough for you to hit with an overhead stroke then you must either develop a good slice, enables you to attack and move forward, or hit the ball of the rise, which takes more timing but will give you more power and give your opponent less time to play your return.
     
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  7. dozu

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    I don't know what the deal is with so-called high balls on clay. In my experience, the balls bounce higher on the hard courts than on clay. Also the clay slows down the ball so much it's quite easy to just step back and take the ball on the descend. while on hard or indoor, sometimes you can hit the back fence if that ball is really high and jumpy.

    A shot not often taught is the forehand dink, the motion is very much like how the beginners serve with a forehand grip. It's not gonna be any offensive shot, but it brings the ball down effectively, and if you keep the elbow tucked close to the body, it's a very steady shot.

    well, a side note..... I think there are more high balls to deal with on clay because that's a strategy there.. but if you drop the same ball from the same height, it's gonna bounce higher on the cement than on the dirt. Unless you are facing some clay specialist, here in the US most people grow up on cement and just transplant there game to the clay and the ball trajectory is not that different. That is my point... do not overestimate the high balls on clay.
     
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  8. papa

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    I play on both surfaces - clay and indoor hard courts. The ball bounces much higher on clay. On hard courts, especially the roll flooring types, the ball skids when it hits - its not a matter of how high a ball will bounce when just dropped from a certain height.

    I find that I have to modify my grip and take the racquet back earlier on hard courts - clay is more forgiving.
     
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  9. morten

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    excellent tip JohnThomas.. also level is pretty high,i cannot wait for the ball to drop,there is a fence behind the court...
     
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  10. Skinny Dip

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    My best shot on either side against the high deep ball is a slice. It's high percentage, and since the ball stays low after the bounce they're less likely to follow with another high one. Or if they do it's not usually as well executed.
     
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  11. JohnThomas1

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    Why thankyou morten, it gave me INSTANT results :)
     
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  12. THE ANIMAL

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    Rise onto your toes stretch as tall as you can make yourself bring your shoulders up make your swing back shoulder high or above then swing through and down really belt it hard. You can also do a mini jump but its better to go up on your toes more control. Otherwise hit it on the up early as all of others have said. Good practice for hitting on the up early is to get someone who can serve well to serve you balls with kick and step in and start tacking them early and on the rise. If you can master that then you’re laughing.
     
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  13. stanleyshyeoh

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    Forget the need to put topspin on those high balls. Just put sidespin on it man.
     
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