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When should we be moving into the net!

We have all noticed, over recent years, that the tendency is to stay at the back of the court and slug it out with our opponent, in fact, I
believe many players do not practice moving to the net and therefore are unsure of themselves, if they are drawn in by their opponent.

However, we are beggining to witness more players now getting into the net and I am sure we will see more players doing so.

I am certain we all agree that the place to be in a game of doubles, is at the net and whilst this is very predominant in pro tennis, we still
see many club players in a one up, one back formation. This is primarily due to their not knowing when to go to the net. In this scenario,
it is often worse to approach the net at the wrong time than to stay at the back of the court.

In general, the following point apply to both singles and doubles, although I must add that it is far easier and safer to go in on doubles than
singles. In singles it is necessary to be able to splitstep at the correct time, to be athletic and to be able to react quickly to be balanced
throughout and also to be an adequate if not good volleyer.

The following are some of the ways to get to the net and these should be practiced before attempting them in an important match:

1/.  From a good approach shot off a short ball (a short ball varied for club players and pros).

2/.  Off a swing or conventional volley on a floating ball.

3/.  You can come into the net off a good aggressive shot that has put your opponent on the defensive.

4/.  You can have the opportunity to rush the net off the return of serve, when you have struck a particularly good shot.

5/.  The obvious move to the net is from a good serve and you go in to volley.

6/.  You can move to the net from a good deep lob; but beware, if your opponent is in difficulty, they will probably put back an equally good lob.

7/.  From a very heavy topspin approach that has driven your opponent back.

8/.  And finally, as a way to surprise your opponent when they are least expecting you to rush the net.

Do not be too concerned about the passing shot (unless you go in on the wrong ball), your opponent may pass you occasionally, but if you are
pressurising them, this is not a great option on their part.

When moving into the net, do not overcook it and get in too close to the net, this will certainly expose you to the lob, and in any case, you want
to have room to move forward for the volley put away.

If you want to practice when playing, then the obvious choice is in doubles when it is essential to move in.



                      

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