What shot is most satisfying to you?

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  1. mmk

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    The other night I had a number of really nice serves, a couple of overhead smashes where I could really wail, and a few great passing shots. Each felt great in the moment, and while smashes are exhilarating, the passes were the most satisfying, probably because I usually manage to screw them up. So, what shots make you really appreciate playing?
     
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  2. Alchemy-Z

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    I like crushing a winner on my return of serve. something about ending the point on the first shot after the serve that really gets to your opponent and causes him to tighten up.
     
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  3. Maui19

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    A hard BH pass against two guys at the net--I remember those vividly for quite some time.
     
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  4. Jeepers

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    The most satisfying shot is when the opponent is at the net and they drop shot you...you run in thinking you won't make it but just get the ball on the tip of your racket and flick it along the net past him. The ball is moving slowly and inches from your opponent but all they can do is watch it soar past them in slow motion : )
     
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  5. dizzlmcwizzl

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    My personal favorite is a backhand drive down the line for a clean winner.

    I don't care where the opponent is as long as their shoulders slump as they realize I have just beaten then with my 9th best shot.
     
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  6. floridatennisdude

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    Shoulder height forehand down the line that I flatten out and it skids through the court.

    It's my favorite shot and when I catch it clean, the opponent knows not to hang a high forehand to me.
     
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  7. floridatennisdude

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    That's pretty funny
     
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  8. mib

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    A good running forehand. Nothing feels better than turning a difficult shot into an outright winner.
     
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  9. dlam

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    Any shot that ends the match in favorite for me to win the match. Even an unforced error in his part after a mediocre shot back into the court
     
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  10. North

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    Return of serve for a winner, especially if the opponent has a great serve. Whenever I hit a return like that, I just casually stroll over to the other side like the winner was exactly what I intended to do.
     
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  11. mikeler

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    Funny stuff. I'd say the backhand down the line is always my favorite one to pull off.
     
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  12. Mauvaise

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    That's my favourite too. Except it's my best shot. :)

    It's one of the best things about being a 3.0 - everyone always hits to your backhand because they've been taught it's the weaker side. For me it's my stronger side, so I get to practice this shot a lot. And then just when I've got them thinking I'm always going to go up the line, I'll send one cross court. Make a pattern, break a pattern.

    My second favourite is the return winner. My serve sucks so bad, that I learned early on to develop a good return. The best compliment I got was after a rec match (mixed doubles, all probably around the 6.0 range) when my male opponent told me he couldn't figure out where to serve to me because I nailed forehand and backhand returns.
     
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  13. IA-SteveB

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    Mine is a crush down the alley past the net guy, especially on a return of serve. Any hint of stepping to poach is a good opportunity. I don't know why, but I like that even more than an overhead.
     
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  14. goran_ace

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    My favorite is finishing the point with a drop volley after approaching off a big forehand from midcourt.
     
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  15. Cindysphinx

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    My favorite is a topspin lob winner.

    Aw, it is just so very sweet. Your opponents have both come to net, believing they are on offense. They have issued a challenge: "Try to blast the ball past us, we dare you!"

    And then I whip a topspin lob over them, turning defense into offense.

    The very best part is how they always run for it. But they are never, ever fast enough to catch up with it if it bounces because of the spin.

    Sometimes there is even a soundtrack when they try to run it down. They crash into the back curtain ("Ka-thunk!" followed by "Are you OK?"). Or they barely get a racket on it and try to throw it over one shoulder and spike it into a light fixture ("Clooooong!").

    Good times.
     
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  16. JackB1

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    I just love slamming a return right back at the net guy who is playing right on top of the net and then watching him back up next time his partner has a 2nd serve :)

    Also hitting a forehand right in between both guys at the net is fun too. Another favorite is when I am pulled way out wide on my f/h side and both guys on the other team are standing there relaxed because they don't think I will get there and then I hit a running f/h slice that barely goes over the middle of the net and dips at their feet. I LOVE this!
     
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  17. westside

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    The One Handed DTL winner and the return winner off a big serve are my top 2, but since they've already been said...

    I love hitting a drop shot or drop volley that you KNOW they wont be getting to in time...so you just stand there watching them run to it...holding your racquet by the throat and watching that ball bounce twice.
     
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  18. Govnor

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    Return of a good serve for a clean winner is unbeatable!! I had one not too long ago during a doubles game on the Ad court. It was sweet, I'm not sure Andy Murray could have gotten to it, I hit it so perfectly.
     
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  19. Bergboy123

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    Same for me! I love that shot, except instead of watching it it's even better to hit a perfect dropshot and turn your back on the point, knowing that they can't possibly get to it.
     
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  20. texacali

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    I'm grateful for anything I get back, but I like the shoulder height forehand return winner.
     
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  21. pc1

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    Being that I've been working hard on improving my second serve, a great second serve ace or service winner.
     
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  22. SELFMADESOUL

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    Down the line winner for sure - stepping in and just letting it rip feels great!
     
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  23. OrangePower

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    Another vote for the BH DTL winner. Sweet.
     
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  24. Mongolmike

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    That is very true. Makes them think about serving to that wing again!

    I enjoy dtl passing shots vs doubles, and crosscourt 1h bhs for winners in singles.
     
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  25. Fuji

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    I just like aces, they are by far my favourite. :razz:

    -Fuji
     
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  26. OHBH

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    Inside out backhand return winner from the deuce court. They never expect that kind of return off a one hander.
     
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  27. tennismonkey

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    around the net post winner.

    bonus style points if it's done on a tweener.
     
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  28. schmke

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    Stretch backhand volleys. Yes, "no one" serve and volleys anymore, but I do and there is nothing better than a well executed serve, volley to open court, and volley winner on the pass while stretched out.

    But since someone else mentioned tweeners, I pulled off a perfect lob tweener for a winner over both opponents at the net once. Haven't done it since, so clinging to the memory of that one time :) What is the most fun about tweeners is how it gets the opponent by surprise and sometimes wins the point for that reason alone.
     
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  29. mmk

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    As one of my opponents said, "I'd be afraid of hitting too many balls".
     
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  30. chatt_town

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    Definately for me the 1hbh down the line is the most satisfying. I think it is the hardest shot to defend in tennis whether on our level or the pros.


     
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  31. SwankPeRFection

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    Any low percentage hero shot. ;)

    One time some friends and I were playing practice doubles and we had match point. I was at the net and one of the better players hit a drive down the line that was supposed to go past me for a winner. I got to it via a stab volley that I knifed shallow (within 2 feet of the net) and cross court which landed and spun backwards into the net. The other net player was maybe a meter away from it in the service box, but couldn't get it because it spun away from him. Game/set/match. I knew from the feeling that I had knifed it pretty well, but didn't realize just how good until I saw the action of the ball once it bounced on the ground. That was pretty nice considering it went from defense to offense in a blink of an eye. Shot of the night! lol


    Another nice one was a single-handed backhand from the deuce side service return that was served at the T and I returned it shallow crosscourt dtl and past the net player in front of me. When I say shallow crosscourt dtl, I mean taking it inside-in on the backhand and hitting it dtl into that small area that you're always told not to return into. lol Like I said, "low percentage hero shots". Guy at the net didn't even move.


    Here's the problem though. I get so addicted to shots like this that it has cost me matches when I try to play them too much. It's like crack... once you're hooked, you're done. lol
     
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  32. beernutz

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    This. I especially enjoy a screaming OHBH DTL return passing shot in doubles which leaves the net guy flat-footed and with a WTF look on his face. Priceless. Unfortunately I can hit that shot about once a season but it's still a favorite.
     
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  33. amorris525

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    Any shot hit from way off the court. I remember a practice doubles match where my teammate gave a sitter to the other team and I sprinted way out wide knowing they were going to angle off an overhead and I managed to get to it and hit a backhand "down the line" winner from the middle of the service line on the adjacent court.
     
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  34. jonnyjack

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    I like to hit forehand slices so for me, it's when the ball slices away away from them or into their body and they hit an awkward shot. People hate my forehand slice and seeing them so annoyed (or cursing at me) is such a satisfying feeling, haha.
     
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  35. westside

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    I hate people like you ;)

    I should probably add as well, when your opponent goes for a smash and you guess the right direction where they hit it...then hit a winner past them.
     
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  36. InspectorRacquet

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    To me, the cross court forehand is the most satisfying. It doesn't necessarily have to be a winner, but I prefer that my opponent scramble to get a racquet on the ball. It has something to do with my best shot being better than the opponent's best (if the opponent is a righty and his best shot is the forehand, which is most people's best.)
     
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  37. jaydog23

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    Looks like I'm the first one to say this, but I always like a perfect backhand slice. Watching the guy try (and fail) to pick the ball up off of the court is usually pretty funny. I've even seen some people resort to just lobbing it back.
     
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  38. VeeSe

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    My favorite is the full sprint, full stretch, backhand slice semi-lob DTL passing shot winner
     
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  39. Ico

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    Winner off a smash.
     
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    A winner off a return of a smash.. :p
     
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  41. tennisbuck

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    has to be a running passing shot of any kind
     
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  42. mikeler

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    I had one of those last week on clay where I had a nice long slide into the shot. My opponent shot me a bird afterwards.
     
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  43. McLovin

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    Drop shot shoestring half volley on a break point...
     
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  44. mikeler

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    Even better when performed on more than one break point.
     
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  45. McLovin

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    Quote says it all.
     
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  46. mikeler

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    Haha. I had another bird thrown my way 2 weeks ago when I hit the exact same ace down the middle on the ad court the two points apart. :twisted:
     
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  47. Angle Queen

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    CC, short in the box or better yet, in the alley (in doubles). Love, love it.

    Of course, an ace (which is very rare in my lowly atmosphere) is always a surprise and delight.
     
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  48. 1st Seed

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    For me,

    You know when you Rifle a forehand winner DTL,
    and your gut is blown in 4 places,Especially when you know you smacked it as hard as you could.Gives me that "Hulk feeling"Thats The Shot":)
     
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  49. mikeler

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    Breaking 3 or 4 strings is a pretty nice feeling.
     
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  50. North

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    Ooh, I did that last weekend on match point. Couldn't help but grin like the cat that swallowed the canary. Felt pretty good.
     
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