Take it on the rise or take it at the highest point?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Golden Retriever, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. Golden Retriever

    Golden Retriever Hall of Fame

    Apr 3, 2004
    When you try to put away a short ball, is it a good idea to take it on the rise or take it when it bounces to its highest?
  2. ChocolatePie

    ChocolatePie Semi-Pro

    Jul 8, 2007
    A short ball...like you're going to be running in when putting it away? If that's the case I do it when it's at the highest point, but if it's at the baseline I'll do it off the rise.
  3. Hobomagic

    Hobomagic New User

    Aug 14, 2007
    If your trying to put it away you should probably take it higher and swing a little more flat.
  4. TennisFrkJC92

    TennisFrkJC92 Rookie

    Jun 19, 2007
    Taking it on the rise is always better but you get more errors that way. If you're at the baseline and not going to hit a winner, you should hit it at its highest point just to be safe. If you're going for a winner, then take it on the rise or in the air.
  5. TennisFrkJC92

    TennisFrkJC92 Rookie

    Jun 19, 2007
    Oh my bad didn't read the short ball part.

    Always take it on the rise. If you let it stay in the air for too long, you will be forced back and your opponent will have plenty of time to react.
  6. wihamilton

    wihamilton Hall of Fame

    Jul 18, 2007
    Washington, DC
    this is for a short ball, so you'd want to let the ball get up in the strike zone so you can hit flatter / harder / "down" on the ball. technically you can still hit the ball as it is rising, but you don't want to hit it when it's still low, if that makes sense. hitting the ball when it's still "low" forces you to put more topspin on the ball to pull it in, limiting your ability to be aggressive.
  7. Bagumbawalla

    Bagumbawalla Hall of Fame

    Jun 24, 2006
    I agree, in almost every case it would be good to hit the short ball at its peak. However, if for some reason the short ball is also a high bouncer- then hit it on the rise while it is still in your comfort zone.
  8. well, u could take it @ its height to create a sharper angle
  9. kingkong

    kingkong Banned

    Aug 16, 2007
    hit the ball at the height that suits you best
  10. Off The Wall

    Off The Wall Semi-Pro

    Jun 11, 2007
    Go With Wihamilton

    Wihamilton is correct. Nobody should want to hit a low ball close to the net. You must lift it back over.
  11. TennsDog

    TennsDog Hall of Fame

    Feb 26, 2004
    I suck at hitting any balls that are higher than about my belly button or maybe a little higher. So I much rather hit balls on the rise than at the highest point, especially when that point is usually around shoulder height. That way, you can get extra power and take away time without having to swing as hard.
  12. jck01

    jck01 Semi-Pro

    Mar 12, 2004
    I agree. If you're timing is off then I wouldn't hit it on the rise but if you're timing isn't bad, you should hit on the rise. It's harder for your opponent to react to your shot.
  13. Santoro071

    Santoro071 New User

    Apr 3, 2007
    New Jersey
    If I wanted to put it away, I'd hit it at its highest point to get a better angle. I could also hit it on the rise to one of the corners to set up an easy volley as my next shot and put it away then.
  14. Frank Silbermann

    Frank Silbermann Professional

    Feb 24, 2004
    If the ball has speed to penetrate, but lands short, you should take it on the rise. By the time it reaches the top of its bounce it will have gone deep and you'll have lost your opportunity to attack.

    On the other hand, if the ball is a pusher's poop shot, or maybe a mis-hit -- a shot that goes high and short, with little forward momentum, then it would be stupid to take it on the rise. You'd gain little in court position, you'd be crossing the path of the ball (which is difficult), and your shot will have to flirt with the tape. It would be far better to let the ball bounce up high and (still) short, and then spike it.
  15. TENNIS_99

    TENNIS_99 Semi-Pro

    Jun 8, 2005
    don't think too much about what's the best way to deal with short balls. just need to push forward,hurt your opponent. most of the time it's translated that you take the balls on the rise, but really you want to give as little time as possible for your opponent to react and set up and put away the next one coming to you.
  16. babolatpdtp

    babolatpdtp New User

    Jul 7, 2007
    If you can, always hit on the rise. It takes away the time from the opponent and you can still get good pace off it.
  17. Narcissist

    Narcissist Semi-Pro

    Jul 25, 2006
    The lower you let the ball drop, the more you lose your advantage since you have to lift it back over. Hit it at the highest point (assuming this is a reasonable height!).
  18. Adjani Jacildo

    Adjani Jacildo New User

    Jun 22, 2007
    Of course it all depends on a lot of things. How high is the ball gonna end up bouncing? How short is it? How much spin? What is your intention - a clean winner or an approach shot? How good are you?

    I feel that the closer you are to the net, the wiser it would be to take the ball at a height higher than the net.

    If it's really short and you intend to slice and approach, a slice on the rise isn't bad, you'll get to steal a little extra pace.

    It's so crazy, there are so many ways to do it. :)
  19. LuckyR

    LuckyR Legend

    Jun 2, 2006
    The Great NW
    As usual: it depends. Only you know what your chance of successfully putting a particular ball away is. Your skill level will determine the right answer. The trend is: on the rise leads to a more sharply hit return that is a bit lower (necessitating hitting a bit up on the ball to get it over the net). Translation: lower percentage shot.

    Hitting at the peak is the opposite.
  20. mucat

    mucat Hall of Fame

    Aug 9, 2004
    king size donut bed
    If it is a short ball, like other said, you will want to hit it on the rise and at the highest point within your strike zone.

    You want to hit it on the rise to cut down your opponent's time to react;
    You want to hit it in your strike zone to produce a high quality shot and minimize error;
    You want to hit it at the highest point (if possible) in your strike zone because you want more net clearance to minimize error and you want to hit down on the shot to produce more pace.

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