Running through the ball

#1
I’m not incorporating a lot of deformation considerations in my calcs, but me as a 240#’er running through the ball just bunting transfers a lot of kinetic energy to the ball. I have a problem with staying too far back on weak servers and running through contact and sending the ball long. Being 240 means stopping on a dime isn’t so easy.

But nevertheless, how would you handle that dead ball but lower than net sitters if you have to get to it at a run- not my example I know the answer will be don’t be so far out of pace to begin with, but indulge the spirit of the question.


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#2
how would you handle that dead ball but lower than net sitters if you have to get to it at a run
As another large guy, most of the time this will be a slice shot for me. I'll slice it deep and just follow it into the net. If you can learn to keep the slice low, usually they will have a very difficult time being offensive on the next shot which you can then put away with a volley. Occasionally I'll hit a topspin shot instead, but this requires a lot of racquet head speed and perfect timing, as you can't hit through the ball very much, but must swing fast to get the ball up over the net then back down quickly.
 
#3
Work on drop shotting/volleying after moving forwards flat out. You can work on this against the wall. This will make your deep slice more effective in this situation as your opponent will constantly have to hedge their bets when you move forward to hit such a ball. They have to respect that you could go either side, short or deep.
 
#4
If the ballis low, then you need to get down low, yourself. Strive to get into position with as much racket preparation as possible and drive through the ball- low to high. The topspin will give you some control to keep the ball from sailing. Be prepared for a lob return or passing attempt.
 

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#5
If the ballis low, then you need to get down low, yourself. Strive to get into position with as much racket preparation as possible and drive through the ball- low to high. The topspin will give you some control to keep the ball from sailing. Be prepared for a lob return or passing attempt.
Right. Handling low approach shots or lower balls, you have to actually use your legs, bend them and gather your power from the ground.

Using your legs then you will take pressure off your arms and then your arms has freedom to make more delicate shots such as one getting a low, dead ball. Difference between messing up the low short ball long or into the net is how you you strike the ball, how hard, how much brush you put on it, etc.
 
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