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Here is a simple, 2 part strategy to win points in singles.

  1. Hit the ball deep to your opponent’s backhand corner.
  2. Approach the net and put away the resulting short ball.

So how do you start this process? It’s best to hit a cross court shot into the backhand corner. If you have a fairly strong backhand, just go for a deeper, more angled shot during a cross court rally. If your forehand is much better, try to run around a shot that is near the middle of the court and hit an inside-out forehand into their backhand corner.

As you practice this simple 1-2 attack, notice how the weakness of the return varies, depending on the depth and height of your shot. Many players have a lot of trouble hitting a high backhand, so try to put as much topspin on the ball as possible. Or, if topspin is difficult for you, hit a high, deep shot that bounces out of their strike zone.

Keeping your upper arm close to your body is important for a low volley. It keeps the shot compact and stable. A  good way to practice this is to put a tennis ball under your arm pit and hit a few low volleys. If the ball falls out, your arm is moving too far away from your body.

This exercise also emphasizes another aspect of good volley form. It forces you to generate power by stepping diagonally forward instead of swinging. Spend a few minutes fine tuning your volley form with this exercise and watch your volley consistency soar. Spend too much time with this exercise and watch your arm pit “sore”.