Published on 01/22/2018 by Brady

When you’re opponent is hitting hard shots with lots of pace, it can often feel overwhelming and intimidating. In today’s lesson, Brady discusses just one of the many ways to handle harder balls at the baseline.

16 comments

  • Jojo Malapitan 2 weeks ago

    Hi Brady. I always watched you giving good tennis tips and learning a lot about the many pros and cons about the game. I cannot developed the confidence of hitting my forehand coz the fear is always there and it will not go away. Is there a way I can be out of this fear and be more confident? Thanks Brady.

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  • simun 3 weeks ago

    its work fo me… Thanks again Brady..

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  • Danny 4 weeks ago

    This also works very well when facing a serve with pace. Suddenly server gets ball back very quickly, sometimes losing point.

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 weeks ago

      Yes I like all of these adjustments on well struck first serves as well.

  • Mark Marcario 4 weeks ago

    I play doubles against a very good player who hits a very hard underspin forehand shot and if you don’t hit it squarely its hard to make a good return the ball tends to spin off you racquet-any pointers ?

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 weeks ago

      A common problem Mark. You can counter this type of ball with extreme topspin of your own. Make sure your racket speed is high and you have a high follow through. This will counter his spin with plenty of spin and pace of your own.

  • John BelleIsle 4 weeks ago

    Excellent as usual–thanks

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 weeks ago

      Appreciate that John!

  • Arvind Kamthan 4 weeks ago

    Excellent. Brady make every shot look easy.
    Thank you Brady.

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 weeks ago

      Thanks Arvind!

  • Eric Mann 4 weeks ago

    Handling pace is one of the most important things to learn as a player. The USTA Player Development talks about “absorbing pace” of the opponent’s shot. It is an important concept to teach junior players to use their opponent’s pace to send the ball back rather than trying to hit harder than their opponent. Footwork and balance are important to keep the pace of the opponent’s shot from knocking you off balance. You are correct that keeping the contact point constant regardless of the pace is the goal.

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 weeks ago

      Absorbing is the best and most common method for handling most types power. Today’s and tomorrow’s methods are all about going this route.

  • Lance Lessler 4 weeks ago

    I have found another way to handle harder balls to my forehand at the baseline, and wonder what you think of it. As the ball approaches, I take my racket back in the start of a loop, but find that I am running out of time to contact the ball. I simply don’t have enough time to get the racket behind me and lowered to come forward and apply topspin. To save the day, I turn my return into a forehand slice. Is this something you would encourage in your students or would you get them to stop doing it?

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 weeks ago

      I get what you’re trying to do but, no, I would not coach this. Both shots require different grips, so you would either need a last minute grip change or you would have to hit a slice not in continental. This is sometimes seen at the pro level when the returner gets jammed off a big first serve, but this is never by design.

  • Bob 4 weeks ago

    Good instruction. Thanks

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    • Brady
      Brady 3 weeks ago

      Much appreciate Bob!

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