Not sure if my shot was legal but ...

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  1. IA-SteveB

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    I was playing doubles last night with some other 3.5 players. It was a great match but I do have a question about a shot I made. I was standing at the service box line during a rally. A lightly hit ball with a lot of spin came at me and I didn't react soon enough to volley it back. Instead, I had my back to the net running back and sort of did a two handed backhand over my right shoulder after it bounced. The problem was, I more carried the ball over than hit it. It felt like it sat on my strings and I hurled it back like a lacrosse player. :) I wasn't sure if that was legal or not but no one said anything and I wasn't sure myself.
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Lacrosse shot is perfectly legal if you did one continous swing. Ball can hit or lay on the racket as many times whatever, as long as your swing was continuous.
     
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    Legal!

    Even if you had hit the ball twice and it clearly was not your intention to hit it twice it would also be legal.
     
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  4. LeeD

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    Newphall....
    What nice weather for tennis today! 66 degrees, no wind, no pollen, no excuses. I played today at SanPablo, stunk the place up. Riding my bike 14 miles to the courts has an effect, although I don't know what exactly, since my legs WERE warmed up, but my warmup bud decided to moonball every single shot, then hit pretty well in the sets. Always fun to play 3 sets, rotate partners, play 3 tiebreakers.
     
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  5. You are telling newpball this because.....
     
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  6. LeeD

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    He from NorCal.
    I've asked him to hit a few times already.
    I'm a nice guy, and I like to spread positive vibes.
     
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  7. Lack

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    It's legal if you swing your racquet once to hit the ball.
     
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  8. IA-SteveB

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    Thanks. I kind of figured it was ok but just needed to know for my benefit.
     
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  9. newpball

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    Thank you Lee. :)
    And you know the saying what goes along comes along, it's karma!

    May your day be a good one!
    And indeed, a great day for tennis.

    In fact my son has been bugging me for the last hour to go to the court, I know, know, I am sitting with my butt working on this computer program that won't run while really I should be out there.
     
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  10. kanulondon

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    I alsways thought a double or triple hit on the strings was an illegal shot?

    When playing in certain leagues, some of my opponents have struck a shot where the balls hits the racket twice (but with one swing) so you're telling me this was legal all along?
     
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  11. martini1

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    Has to be one continuous shot in one swing path. You cannot attempt to swing at the ball again.
     
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  12. kanulondon

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    Fair enough, I will know for next time. A very useful thread
     
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