Attacking low fast balls?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by TwistServe, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. TwistServe

    TwistServe Guest

    I have a semi-western (sometimes pretty close to western) forehand grip.. What should I do to low fast balls..

    Today I played a guy that kept doing that and most my hits went to the net.. really hard to lift that ball so I hard to revert to bumping the low ones back.. didnt do well
  2. linli101

    linli101 New User

    Apr 1, 2004
    Bend down your knees, counter-punch the ball back with smooth low-to-high motion, don't try to hit winner. It's hard to attack low fast balls, just try to neutralize them.
  3. kevhen

    kevhen Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I think Eastern grip is better for these. I know I will hit hard low slice to anyone with an extreme Western forehand grip and watch them suffer! Otherwise I make them suffer on the backhand side with alot of bending down to cover those low balls. Personally I gave up hitting SW topspin forehand and am now using a flatter eastern topspin drive, hitting it low and fairly hard. It is easier for picking up low balls which I struggle with being 6'4. Good luck in dealing with those low balls.
  4. ncchetty

    ncchetty New User

    Apr 14, 2004
    I usually try a topspin on such fast low balls.
  5. AndyC

    AndyC Semi-Pro

    Mar 31, 2004
    I wouldn't recommend using an eastern grip if u've normally got a semi-western => western grip. it can really b*gger up stroke production as I found out a little while back. I find with the low shots it helps to step forwards into the shot and try and whip the ball up with a combination of side and top spin.. like when u're doing a running forehand pass down the line.

    work on anticipating the low short ball. one of the drills my coach regularly works on with me is moving forwards on short balls. the key is to step into the court and move up as soon as u can see the ball is going to be short.
  6. Kobble

    Kobble Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    If they are hitting their shots like laser beams off one particular side I try to just get the ball back deep to the weaker side consistently. Sometimes I use an eastern grip to get the job done, but if they situp enough I will use my semi-western for those. My mains thoughts on these balls is as follows.
    1. Get the ball back.
    2. hit to the wing that doesn't produce this shot. If the person does have a weaker wing.
    3. Go for palcement and move them around until you get a shorter ball to finish the point.
  7. Frank Silbermann

    Frank Silbermann Professional

    Feb 24, 2004
    Low fast balls

    Why don't you try using your volley grip to return low fast balls?
  8. Max G.

    Max G. Legend

    Feb 18, 2004
    Well, that depends on what you want to do. If you use a volley grip, you have to either slice or block it back. If you can slice well, direct the ball to where you want it to go with underspin - that can be a very agressive play off of a low ball. But if you mean just block it back - that's going to be a setup for them.

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