Originally Posted by dman72
Of course, but I think it is a mistake to teach swinging down at the ball, as most mid court balls are probably being struck at waist height or lower, in which case swinging flat or down is a disaster. I think to be safe, swinging down at the ball should be relegated shoulder height balls only. It's a bad habit to get in to and I see it time and time again in myself and people I play....people trying to hit put aways by swinging flat or down at the ball are missing as many or more then they are making.
If you watch court level videos of pros, you will see them using topspin strokes clearing the net by quite a bit on short balls exclusively unless the ball is near their shoulders.
No huge disagreement but mid court balls should be hit at as high contact point as possible. Low ones due to bad habit or laziness of course shouldn't be hit flat.
And trust me I've seen my share of tournies, the pros net clearance on short ball is quite low and often they just graze over the net.