Ripping a forehand on a low ball

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  1. Rickson

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    The usual problems here, tend to net, topspin is a loopy shot, flat from that low angle has slow pace. How could I rip the forehand on a low bouncing ball?
     
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  2. kevhen

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    hit it low over the net, but the percentages are going to be low but sometimes it's worth it to try. Then you can remind yourself why it's not a good choice to rip a low shot and not do it so much in the future.
     
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  3. Rickson

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    So in other words, don't even bother ripping a low ball?
     
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    You can try it but it's like hitting a backhand overhead, not an easy shot to master.
     
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  5. Bungalo Bill

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    Rickson,

    Your still trying to rip a low ball? I thought we went through this before.

    Ripping a low ball is a low percentage shot. It looks great but it doesnt fit in a game plan unless you're forced to do it. I would practice a high percentage shot and learn how to place it on a dime. This way you can set yourself up for a putaway.

    Think this way, as you get closer to the net, think placement not force. Think angles not power. That is why you move to the net to have more options to angle the ball away.

    If you still want to have it, I would suggest bending the back knee so you can rotate the racquet under the ball with your forearm, then swipe or windshield wipe up the back of the ball without smothering the ball. Also, dont have a big backswing and a very small forward swing. Just rotate the forearm and try to meet the ball with the racquet face at least above the hand as it is wiping the ball. It is difficult.
     
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  6. Rickson

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    Placement and angles, sounds like good advice.
     
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  7. Bungalo Bill

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    I am working on you Rickson. Your going to make a great coach and player. :)
     
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  8. Rickson

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    I'll settle for just the player part, but, I hope so, Bill, I hope so.
     
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  9. TennsDog

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    As said above, it is generally not a good idea to try to rip a low ball low over the net. It does not work well for most players. However, assuming you do want to use it (or try to), then remember to use a lot of wrist and not to go through the ball much at all. If you are going for a winner on a low ball, chances are it is short in a court where a lot of power is not needed anyway. Also, use sidespin. It is not as hard as it may sound as it comes rather naturally from the motion needed to hit a lot of spin on a low ball. Wait until the ball is about even with your body, maybe a little in front, while keeping the wrist c,ocked and racket head up. As it gets right where you want it, drop your racket head and snap your wrist and whip the racket head right up behind the ball. The motion will give it lift, and the spin will give it penetration. One thing to remember, as well, is not to do much of a follow through.
     
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  10. TwistServe

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    I know some people that can hit pretty heavy balls off low flat balls or slices. Windsheild wiper motion is the key I think.
     
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