Attacking Shots

Attacking shots or offensive shots take the game to the opponent and put them under pressure or win points. Here we explain various options available including drop shots, line shots and cross court techniques.

The player runs around their backhand to take on their mid-court ball and hits an aggressive forehand shot.

This attacking shot is most effective when playing against a baseline player, but to be most effective it must come as a surprise to the opponent otherwise it will not work. It can also be used off an opponents second serve, as they always stay back after hitting it.

This is the most commonly used attacking shot when an opponent is in at the net. Keeping the ball as low as possible is essential as this will stop an opponent hitting an attacking volley back. To keep the ball low hit a topspin shot as this brings the ball down quicker after it clears the net.

This is an excellent shot to return the serve with as it gets the server on the move straight away, and with the cross-court shot greater angles can be created, making it difficult for an opponent to return the ball with any power or placement.

This is an excellent shot to return the serve with as it gets the server on the move straight away, and with the cross-court shot greater angles can be created, making it difficult for an opponent to return the ball with any power or placement.

The down the line shot can be used to break the pattern of cross court shots and catch an opponent off balance, and make the opponent run a considerable distance to reach a shot that is traveling a much shorter distance.

The down the line shot can be used to break the pattern of cross court shots and catch an opponent off balance, and make the opponent run a considerable distance to reach a shot that is traveling a much shorter distance.

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