How To Master The Approach Shot

How To Master The Approach Shot

I seem to have a problem at the net on an approaching shot. I cannot seem to place it in the right direction as I would like to.

I am 15 and play almost every day. Plz help!

It’s tough to say why you miss because I can’t see you play.

Some reasons may be:

1. You hit too hard
2. You may rotate your body too much and again focus on power instead on accuracy
3. You may worry too much about the outcome or your opponent passing you and you’re not focused on the approach shot

Let me know if any of these sound true!

I think that the problem may, indeed, be attributed to the third mistake: I worry to much about the outcome of the passing shot that my opponent may play when I play the approaching shot.

Is there, otherwise, a way in which I can play an offensive approaching shot without compromising the placement of the shot while, at the same time, hitting the approaching shot with a lot of power and pop?

Ps. I play left handed and with a huge amount of Topspin. Thanx 4 the help

In that case I suggest 2 approaches:

1. Give yourself realistic expectations. What do you expect right now when you approach the net? Should the ball be good? Should you win the point?

In reality, if you play a good opponent, you’ll win maybe 60 to 70% of the approach shots. Which means you’ll lose ONE THIRD of them. This feels normal to me when I play.

Does it feel normal to you that you are going to lose one third of points when you approach the net?

This can happen because you miss the approach (it happens you know), you don’t play accurately (it happens too) and you are easily passed or you play well and your opponent plays even better. (this happens too)

So this is the first step – not to scold or criticize yourself when you don’t win the point for whatever reason. Tennis is very difficult sport by the way.

This will relax you more and you won’t put so much pressure on yourself to be so perfect when you approach next time. If you win 2 out 3 approaches in the long term (or at least 51%), then you are winning.

2. Since you don’t have great confidence in your approach shot now, I suggest you play it slower and safer and increase the chances of hitting in. Then if you are passed, it’s a good shot of your opponent. But you didn’t make a mistake.

To build your confidence in the shot, play it in such a way, that you hit a lot of shots in, even if they are not at the highest level. Once you trust such a shot, increase the speed a little bit and perhaps aim closer to the sideline and the baseline. Stick to it and accept an occasional point lost. Your opponents can play tennis too you know! 😉

It’s not always your fault if you lose the point. In fact, most of the times it’s your opponent’s skills in tennis that allowed him to win.

Your goal in tennis is NOT to win 90% of points. Then you are not playing your level. If you play your level, then you’ll win 51% to maybe 60% of the points and no more – EVEN if you play everything correctly!

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2 Responses to “How To Master The Approach Shot”
wouter Says:
December 30th, 2008 at 7:53 am
What most people do wrong, is their swing. It always goes from hip to shoulder, but with the approach it has the go from your shoulder to your hip. Be there in time! And just try to hit some aproaches and figure out what technique works best for you


Aussie tennis bettor Says:
January 4th, 2009 at 8:46 am
When i was 15 my problem was certainly more to do with number 1.

Now i laugh at myself when i think back to those days of whacking every ball, and not being happy with it being 100mph.

Thh advice that you give here for number 3 is also great; I particularly liked the last paragraph. yes you want to win every point. Of course you’re going to try hard in every point. But you need realistic expectations, and that is simply that you are not going to win every point. Its great advice!