Low Forehand Balls

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  1. BIGJ98

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    I have a trouble hitting low balls inside the service line. I always hit them into the net. Does anyone have any tips to help me out?
     
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  2. KayFactor

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    Bring your racket down low and flick the ball with topspin if it's too low for you.

    Or you can simply punt (adding slice on it) it up and deep into the one of the corners
     
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  3. NLBwell

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    Make sure you have a short backswing with your body low to the ground and get under the ball as much as necessary.
     
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  5. TheCheese

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    You need a lot of racket speed to get the ball up and down. What works for most people is hitting a slice shot.
     
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  6. SFrazeur

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    Players often do not drop the racquet head enough to pickup very low balls with topspin.

    See the last row of images:
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    For balls at the service box you will need to drop the racquet head even more.

    (Image courtesy of revolutionarytennis.com)
     
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  7. Attila_the_gorilla

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    Try to contact the ball further in front of you, especially if you use a semi western grip. That will square up the racket face more and also give more power to the shot, as well as the natural top spin to bring the ball back down.
     
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  8. martini1

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    Your ball is too flat, and it is probably below the net to begin with.

    Get under the ball more. Don't swing like you are going for a winner neither.
     
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  9. Lukhas

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    Use closed stance on approach shots.
     
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  10. Gyswandir

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    How low?

    I also had a problem with these and after looking at Nadal I experimented with a more vertical follow though. It worked. While not as much pace as the shot that Fed makes (I don't know how he does it), it is fast enough and if you can make a pretty short angle that is very hard for your opponent.
    For even lower balls, I use more of a side spin shot with an over the shoulder follow through. These are harder to make, but with practice and proper stance (recommend neutral to closed) can also be made

    Of course, there is always the bunt or slice.
     
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  11. MisterP

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    I agree with everyone else. Closed stance. Bend knees. Swing low to high more. Make sure you drop the racquet face and finish high. Fast swing.

    Or try a dropper.
     
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  12. TennisLovaLova

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    DAT FOREHAND

     
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  13. fuzz nation

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    Learn to slice that ball so that your opponent is good and neutralized - that means slide it nice and deep wherever you want. A good slice will skid and stay down low under the other guy's strike zone, which gives you time to step in on the net. After that, you get to harvest a point by volleying into daylight.
     
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  14. Ballinbob

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    I second the slice notion. I have a very hard time hitting good topspin shots off those low short balls that are below the net.

    For these balls I make sure to move quickly to the ball, stay low and balanced, and hit a deep slice. Nothing fancy, but I focus on getting it deep so I can reset the point.

    This has worked for me pretty well. You can also approach down the line with these slices if you'd like
     
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  15. Hollywood401k

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    Like other people have said you can swing extremely vertical to generate the topspin. One video that came to mind is this one, starting at 1:13

    http://youtu.be/aTCJxKzrwnw?t=1m13s

    Here Roddick's taking the shot from the baseline, a little late, but it's the same response you'd have to a short ball. Haas has the same vertical sort-of-stalled follow through on a lot of his short ball approaches.
     
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  18. anubis

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    I agree with some of the others: short, compact swing, lots of topspin, closed stance. What you're talking about is an "approach shot". Approach shots aren't supposed to be winners, they set up the winner. Try not to go for blazing speeds, just good placement, lots of spin.
     
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  19. BURN-E

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    Probably the most important tip in my opinion has nothing to do with how you hit the ball:

    From the moment you see the ball will be shorter get you feet inside the court. I mean go as fast as possible to the position where you will make the shot..
    Lot's of people will not run as fast as possible but will just reach the position in time and then make the shot. If you are faster in position the shot will be easier to make.


    Then:

    When you hit the ball from the back of the court, imagine the net has double the height as normal. Try to hit your strokes over the imaginary line. Strokes have longer swings. you'll get more depth.

    When you have to make the approach shot, you'll try to hit under the imaginary line. shorter, compact, fast swings like anubis already said.

    hope this helps. If somebody thinks this is wrong please comment... :/
     
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  20. BIGJ98

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    Thank you for all the responses.
     
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