- ETI 007 The top of the bounce
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Top of the Bounce – Playing from above the net.
Watch the professional players who are adept at moving inside the baseline to finish the point. They will invariably make contact when the ball is well above the net, if not the absolute apex of the bounce.
And at this height (which is nearly always above the level of the net) the net is less an obstacle. In fact, in many instances it appears the stroke and follow through are almost level if not slightly down, that is they are driving the ball over the net but down and into the court.
And to my mind, the problem occurs when beginning to learn tennis. Grooving a low to high stroke often requires allowing the ball to drop low and into the heart of this particular swing. And further, this low to high thing works great when well behind the baseline, where the ball has had a chance to descend into the hitting zone.
But once this basic stroke is mastered, then you are off to bigger and better things, like moving forward and making something happen – and in this instance always at the top of the bounce.