poaching in doubles

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by lendl lives, Sep 9, 2004.

  1. lendl lives

    lendl lives Semi-Pro

    Feb 23, 2004
    ok, i've seen and read its better to poach coming in at an angle if your at the net in doubles, rather than just moving horizontally across. my question is can't you cover more ground if you get close to the net and move horizontally than coming in from further back at an angle to poach? (especially if you opponent doest lob?)
  2. aahala

    aahala New User

    Apr 30, 2004
    The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.(The less distance you must run means the more balls you can get to)

    Where ever you are and whatever angle the shot comes, the shortest distance to get to the path of the ball is a right angle.

    A right angle is NOT usually the ideal point -- if you can you want the angle to the greater than 90 degrees, because that means you are moving toward the net, hitting the ball earlier in its path etc. This is particularly true playing net and poaching.

    By running parrallel to the net, your run and the path of the incoming ball is less than 90 degrees, not more.
  3. papa

    papa Hall of Fame

    Jul 13, 2004
    Yes, come in at an angle and hit down the middle or the angle the ball toward the alley in front of you - never hit behind yourself. If the ball is hit either behind you or fairly low, let it go to your partner - he's in a better position for those shots.
  4. Burt Turkoglu

    Burt Turkoglu Rookie

    Mar 10, 2004
    ....if the opposing receiver never lobs off the return, then why not get close to net as possible.....you will cut down the returner's angle of return, give your opponents less time to react, open up more angle for yourself, and will have to cover le distance to intercept a crosscourt return.........if the receiver mixes in his lobs from both wings, then you must respect the lob and not set up too close.....so when you poach, you must move in at an angle to intercept the return....

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