How to hit those floater midcourt winner

tennisp13

Rookie
Hi guys, need some comment and advise.

I having trouble hitting those short ball floater midcourt ball for winner because I have a tendency to wack at the ball and it end up going long!!!.. If I try to play it save and spin it back softly then my opponent was above to return it.. It really frustrate that after you hit a good serve and get a weak return, i could not hit that midcourt winner.

Any help on those, and how do I practice it since when I rally i don't get many of those :)

Thanks,
T13 (Phillip)
 

Camilio Pascual

Hall of Fame
If powering a winner doesn't work, then concentrate on placement. If you are close to the net, you should have much more angles to hit to, away from your opponent. If you still must hit with power, I suggest you hit with maximum power right at or in front of your opponent's feet. It will give you a target and I bet you send less balls long. The powerful shot could likely force a weak reply or forced error.
 

tennisp13

Rookie
Thanks Camilio, i will try to do that...

Yes Marius , i look at the other threat, that for volley, for me this mean run up and drive that forehand or backhand to the ball that land around the middle of the court, it not a volley because if i would volley, it only a haft court volley, this is for hitting the ball landing short for winner here.
 

fastdunn

Legend
I was told, by this board's experts, it's going long because 1) you're running toward
the net 2) you're closer to your opponents baseline. So the solution is easy. Shorten
up your back-swing and use compact forward swing. Then you practice by having your
partner feed some floaters. It's not a problem for me any more. I always hit it deep
and angled with reasonable power. I occasionally throw in this Federer top-spin
drop shot.. ha ha ha...
 

fastdunn

Legend
HookEmJeff said:
Don't think I've seen too many topspin drop shots in my life.

Jeff
don't know if it's the name they called. you know this shot federer hits
with topspin and make the ball roll and sorta die away(?) the court.
some people(like McAnroe) say federer invented. you make it look like you're going to
blast your forehand for this floater but just put super top-spin and side spin.
and just roll over the net. it's a surprise tactic, basically.....
 

alan-n

Professional
HookEmJeff said:
Don't think I've seen too many topspin drop shots in my life.

Jeff
This is my favorite shot when playing doubles. Basically a medium topsping shot with medium pace. Ball clears the net by a handful of inces, lands inside the service box line and bouces 1 ft high, and lands again a few ft behind the service box line. Shot only works on fast hard courts of course.
 
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