I have fairly decent groundstrokes and can force weak balls pretty frequently. My problem is, when the weak balls comes, I can't take advantage of it. I see good players get a short ball and rocket it for a winner, when I try that it goes out a lot of the time. Because of this, when I get the short ball I take an almost gentle topspin swing that allows them to recover. I try to use depth, but it seems like the shot is coming at a pace that is slow enough for my better opponents to handle the depth. How do I get those poweful clean winners off the short ball like good players do? EDIT Alright guys, I took the advice that a lot of you gave me, and I've been hitting short balls like approach shots. I usually hit them DTL and follow them to the net. I've been having some success. What I'm wondering now, is how do I move to the next level and start to hit winners off of these shots? I really want to know what mechanics to use to hit a powerful shot that stays in the court off of a short ball. Is the swing the same with less take back? Is it a more downward swing?