What shot is most satisfying to you?

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  1. mxmx

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    its a tough question...but generally the more effortless shots that produce power, feels the best.

    I have been struggling with my topspin DB for a while and recently changed technique. So it feels great getting any sort of power and fluidity on that shot.

    There is also this shot when your are forced to do a running backhand (or forward on the run), and you hit a clean slow controlled winner with slice down the line...especially when using disguise or around the net post - totally fooling the net player in doubles. More of a finesse shot.
     
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  2. NLBwell

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    Any shot that makes my opponent have that stunned look on his face like, "did he just do that?"

    Ones I remember -
    Bucharest Backhand overhead facing the back fence taking the ball on the rise after the lob got over my head and just ripping it down the alley past the stunned net man.
    In a doubles match, deep in my ad court about 10-12 feet behind the baseline and about 6 feet outside the doubles sideline, whacking the ball with as much power and spin as I can muster for a short angle crosscourt winner in front of the opposing net man in their ad court. I remember thinking as I was hitting it, "There's no way I should be trying this shot."

    My regular opponents have seen my full-swinging backhand passing shot taking the ball on the rise just a couple inches off the ground at the baseline and my backhand volleys a couple feet to my forehand side enough times that they are used to them.

    I'm not known for playing percentage tennis.
     
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  3. TheCheese

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    Around the netpost winner.
     
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  4. RadicalMPfan

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    1.) Doubles - OHBH passing shot at the net guy.
    2.) Singles - Match point drop shot. Don't recall ever doing it from return of serve.
     
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  5. darrinbaker00

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    For me, the most satisfying shot is the one that wins me the last point of the match. ;)
     
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  6. HRB

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    Forehand return down the line, server doesn't even get done with follow through!
     
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  7. corbind

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    At the net lunging horizontal for for their passing shot, getting to it, absorbing the pace and dropping it nicely for a winner. Watching their body language afterward wondering how the heck their passing shot was not a winner is sweet. :twisted:
     
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  8. MesQueUnClub

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    Hard one handed DTL for a winner. I get about 2-3 of these a match and there is nothing more satisfying than that.
     
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  9. chatt_town

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    aren't they sweet? Can't beat them. :)

     
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  10. chatt_town

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    Have we played each other? lol I've had that done on serveral occasions to me.lol

     
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  11. kelkat

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    My serve, as I watch it corkscrew right into their body like a heat seeking missile. Upon the serve crossing the net, the returner preps his racket one way, and after the ball starts it's spiral of death, he realizes he can't move out of his own way to switch his stroke from a backhand to a forehand. Much fun to watch from my vantage point.
     
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  12. sportlerin

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    Yes. Yes!!

    Particularly sweet in doubles, watching it tail away out of the reach of both the would-be poacher and the lunging server.
     
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  13. cknobman

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    Inside out forehand winner.
     
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  14. sphinx780

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    For some odd and possibly perverse reason, I love the volley lob for a winner in a net exchange.

    Every time I do this the opponent gives me a WTF look before slumping their shoulders and saying nice shot under their breath. They seem to think I should hit the ball to them. Silly opponents.
     
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  15. Fusker

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    Ace on the opening point of the match.

    Better yet, starting a match with four aces. Pulled that off twice last year. In one case, I think it broke the will of a better player and put him in a deep hole before he realized that it was a fluke and he had the better all-around game.
     
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  16. Relinquis

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    The most satisfying? has to be a touch shot.

    For me it's the side-spin drop shot* that spins off the court. I love seeing my opponent explode from behind the baseline sprinting aggressively to catch it only to stop at the service line when he realises that the ball is spinning away off to the side of the court.



    * I try this shot 1-2 times a set, but i'm not always able to pull it off.
     
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  17. MonkeyRacquet

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    Most satisfying shot in my life that was definitely a fluke and will probably never be reproduced by me was a near 100% sidespin serve. Landed on the outside line on the service box super slowly, me thinking, "Dang, free ball."

    To my surprise and definitely my opponent's, the ball barely moved forward at all, just jumped to the side outward.

    The ace that I will never see again...
     
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  18. Mike Y

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    The shot that hits the net cord and dribbles over for a winner. Especially on break point or game point.
     
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  19. mikeler

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    Set and match point are even better.
     
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  20. Fusker

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    Don't forget to throw in the phony, I-feel-bad-for-you-but-not-really hand gesture. :)
     
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  21. dizzlmcwizzl

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    I am great at that
     
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  22. Mike Y

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    A couple of days ago I had a friendly match with a friend, and on break point I hit a shot from behind the baseline right at him at the net, and it would have been an easy volley for him and plenty of court to work with as I was not in a good position. But my shot clipped the net cord and went up over his racket for a winner. I then did a Nadal-like fist pump, lol.
     
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  23. prgault

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    Returning a wide shot "around the post" down the line, either side...comes naturally to me, maybe because I am so slow/late...

    P_
     
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  24. S&V Specialist

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    Tweener winner. I've only pulled it off a couple of times in match play though...
     
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  25. matchmaker

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    For me touch shots are most satisfying. I sort of try to specialize in them as I don't play for money and like to surprise my opponents by disguising my shots. I purposely have a difficult swing to read and often change at the last moment. Wrongfooting is nice too. Sometimes I will just play an extreme crosscourt ball, with a very sharp angle that bounces before the serve line, close to the sideline. At other times I will pretend to do that but all of a sudden hit an inside out. It is quite satisfying to hit a medium pace winner, just because your opponent runs the other way. Dropshots and lobs, especially in combination are nice too. But if I can choose one shot I especially like it would have to be a cross-court drop volley almost paralel to the net.
     
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  26. Rui

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    I'm very satisfied when an opponent drills a ball at me at the net expecting a forced error or a sitter in return, but I neutralize his advantage instead.
     
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  27. aurelius

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    When your opponent smashes a fantastic shot cross-court that you reach for on the run;

    Then they smash it into the other corner expecting a winner while you're still in the corner, you run it down and stretch to just slice it back with your backhand;

    They approach the net and hit a sure winner volley which you somehow manage to pop up deep as it's going past you; t

    They run back to the baseline to cover it and take a big swing going for broke and it hits the tape on their side with a thwack falling into their court for your point (<--- this is the most satisfying shot);

    they turn purple, scream, and swear (maybe even throw/smash their racket) knowing that they hit three winners yet still couldn't win the point as they realize they are screwed for the rest of the match as you both know you've mentally broken them.
     
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  28. leroy_sunset

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    Baseline smash. No one seems to think I am going to hit it. I always do.

    I was watching the Tennis Channel one day a few years back and they ran a "1 Minute Clinic" segment about the smash. The pro said "your opponent won't think you can pull off the baseline overhead. Prove them wrong." That's my mantra - prove them wrong.
     
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  29. wanda

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    My favourites are the clutch shots when I'm breakpoint down. An ace down the middle, or a drop volley or running pass.
     
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  30. Soulie

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    1.Your opponent hits a great approach into your backhand corner, proceeds to rush the net expecting a cross court reply, and gets ready for the easy put-away.

    2.You decide to risk it and hit the unexpected but beautiful one-hander down the line.

    3.They stand there bemused...dumbfounded and can only turn their head and watch as the ball glides gracefully past them.

    Feels good.
     
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  31. dlam

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    It use to be the overhead smash badminton style
    Now it's two fisted forehand from the left wing from inside the deuce sidelines with a bit of in to out spin
    I also like the running forehand approaching a ball that bounces wide away from the ad sidelines and stroking it back into play with lots of topspin
     
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  32. jonnyjack

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    What??? I'm trying to imagine what you said but can't, haha.
     
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  33. pkshooter

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    On the rise inside out forehand, winning the point doesn't matter. I love the feel of a well struck ball.
     
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  34. dabudabuda

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    Although my 2HB DTL is my best shot my favorite is a knifed slice passing shot for a winner.

    Very close second is a running forehand up the line off a slice. Most of the time off an approach.
    I get excited when I get the opportunity to hit this particular running FH because this is the cleanest and most consistent FH I tend to hit as my timing is almost always on. I get the fastest racket head speed with my FH off this shot but I have no where near the same consistency with pace and spin on my groundies and returns:-?
     
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  35. TheCheese

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    Running forehand winner.
     
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  36. Venetian

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    I'm gonna go with a forehand volley. They always feel so crisp.

    Underhand serve comes in a close second though.
     
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  37. Oz_Rocket

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    A hard, flat serve in the ad court that just grabs the corner and skids low past a right hander on their backhand side for an ace. I used to be able to produce them regularly in my 20s at close to 200kmh but these days if I get one anywhere between 180-190kmh I'm happy :)
     
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  38. dlam

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    Yea it's not the typical 1h or 2hb backhand from the left wing. My body shifts laterally rather than turning
     
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  39. Sakkijarvi

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    Aces when in trouble. Played like s&*t in USTA match this weekend, a few timely aces saved my bacon to get the W.
     
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  40. Drew_a_blank

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    One of the most satisfying shots is a flat serve into the body, where the returner gets so jammed they end up with their butt on the ground. Dang that put a smile on my and my partner's face!
     
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  41. aznhippos

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    Loving a forehand winner high at the net...or a backhand down the line winner from the left side of the court
     
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  42. spinorama

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    Inside out forehand when you get them running the wrong way
     
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  43. Rogael Naderer

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    1HBH flick CC passing shot, when you are deep in the BH corner and they approach hard!

    I do this maybe once or twice a month, the situation and timing of the whole thing has to be in place to pull it off.

    Like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQCSOE14Rfc

    Because you have no forward momentum you have to roll the ball and loop it high to create depth, satisfying to say the least.
     
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  44. JRstriker12

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    1. DTL backhand for a winner (I play with a one hander)
    2. Ace
    3. Inside-out forehand for a winner
     
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  45. ronray43

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    offensive topspin lob
     
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  46. lendl1986

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    1. Around the net post
    2. Ace
    3. Drop volley
     
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  47. 10smonkey

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    uh that would be the "Money Shot" :)
     
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  48. J_R_B

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    LOL. When I was in high school, I ALWAYS loaded up and ripped a backhand in the first game. I usually had no idea where it was going to go (although occassionally in...), but just hitting a BH that hard was enough to keep most opponents from immediately honing in on it as a weakness.

    My favorites are first serve return winners and angled dipper passing shots because these are shots that cause opponents to lose points when they are being aggressive and usually makes them get more tentative.
     
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  49. heninfan99

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    Inside out topspin forehand that drops in on the line at the last possible moment.
     
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  50. Rogael Naderer

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    My no. 2 and 3:)
     

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