Best way to hit a ball that has no pace

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by andymac1, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. andymac1

    andymac1 Rookie

    Mar 12, 2007
    I recently played a kid in a tournament that hit very slow balls which had some topspin on it. I was able to hit the ball back with large amounts of topspin but it was still difficult for me to hit them with more pace. Any ideas on how I should go about generating pace on the ball when I'm hitting a ball that has little pace in the first place (assume the ball isn't an approach shot)?
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2007
  2. WildVolley

    WildVolley Legend

    Jun 22, 2007
    There's not a lot more to it than using aggressive footwork to get into place quickly. Use a controlled backswing, move your weight forward into the shot or pivot aggressively, keep your head still, and control the racquet face. Being able to place the ball with reasonable pace is more important than obliterating it if you are trying to win a match. Especially if you don't give away which corner you're hitting to until the stroke is already in motion.

    You have to be able to generate racquet head speed by yourself to do this well. On the forehand, I really go for that feel of pulling the racquet into the ball.

    The main thing is not to be wild. Jumping into the shot and trying to slam it down usually won't work for you unless you've really practiced that put away. Even then it is high risk.

    By necessity I've gotten good at developing my own pace because I've played a lot of people that are pushers and coached beginners. I enjoy playing pushers now because it gives me the opportunity to hit a lot of winners.
  3. Kobble

    Kobble Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    The first thing I would do is search for the easy way out. Is he only able to generate these balls that give you trouble on one wing, or in a specific wheelhouse. If so, stay away from that area. Don't allow him to produce it to begin with, and don't allow him/her to do it again after they have done so. If they have no weakness, then follow what the guy above said.

    As an example, if I don't practice, I am better at putting away lower balls. I can handle high balls on either wing, but I can't crush them precisely enough to make it a smart strategy. So, I wait for a short ball, or an error.
  4. DraGoNoFfiR3

    DraGoNoFfiR3 Guest

    good footwork basically.

    usually slow paced balls mess up your footwork because they destroy your rhythm. just practice controlling your movement.
  5. dave333

    dave333 Hall of Fame

    Aug 24, 2006
    You need to drive through the ball more. Can't spin the ball too much, or it gets dumped into the net.
  6. Trinity TC

    Trinity TC Semi-Pro

    Jul 28, 2006
    Try to hit the ball before it reaches the peak of its bounce. It's amazing how much energy your opponent's shot loses once it starts on the descent after the bounce.
  7. Tennis_Monk

    Tennis_Monk Hall of Fame

    Dec 1, 2005
    Are you having difficulty generating pace? what is your game style? Do you rely on Opponents power to generate pace?
  8. koopa_troopa

    koopa_troopa Rookie

    Aug 15, 2007
    I agree, hitting as it rises is probably the best way to get both power and topspin on an already slow ball.
  9. Rickson

    Rickson G.O.A.T.

    Jun 16, 2004
    I love no pace balls sent my way! Agassi was a gifted shotmaker who could generate a lot of pace with a very compact takeback. Most of us are not like Agassi so wind up that takeback and pound that ball!
  10. fuzz nation

    fuzz nation G.O.A.T.

    Oct 20, 2006
    If you're comfortable with taking a ball earlier when it's on the rise, you can get more control of the ball than when it peaks and "sputters out". You get very little bite and control on a ball that's barely moving.

    Pushers test your patience because their slow balls can be tough to add much power to. Be especially aware of your throttle with these shots and make the effort to generate spin that will keep your shots down on the court. Win points with placement and avoid being suckered into donating points by overcooking routine shots.
  11. Redflea

    Redflea Hall of Fame

    Aug 30, 2004
    This helps me the most, along w/taking the ball on the rise, or at worst at it's peak. I envision hitting the ball as if it is several inches in front of where it actually is. That helps me to drive through it effectively.

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