are many keys to becoming a successful platform tennis player.
One of the fundamentals that will enable you to becoming a
better player is learning when to be offensive.
during a match when it is crucial to be offensive:
of Serve: When returning serve it is a MUST to drive. The
one exception to this rule is when you are playing a match
in inclement weather. The return of serve is essentially your
only "free" shot in paddle against your opponents.
IT IS CRITICAL NOT TO HIT THE BALL IN THE NET OFF THE RETURN
OF SERVE. It is important to make the opposing team have to
hit the first volley. I feel the first volley is the most
difficult shot in platform tennis. It takes many years of
practice to feel comfortable with making the first volley.
That is why it is crucial never to return the serve into the
net off the return.
importance of hitting the return of serve over the net is
The opposing team has to hit and make the first volley in
order to continue the point.
2. At all levels from beginners to the finals of the Nationals,
there are an inordinate amount of out balls that are played
by the opposing team at the
next time when you are not playing your league match or you
are able to watch the top players playing in a match, watch
and you'll be amazed at how many out balls are being played
at all levels of play.
is important to develop an effective drive on balls that are
volleyed short into your court. On balls that are volleyed
short by the opposing team, it is important to maintain a
short compact swing and not over hit the drive.
analogy that is very helpful is the following:
Balls volleyed short in the green portion
of the court think GO. Balls volleyed in the green
that you will be hitting while in the red
portion of the court, think STOP. In this scenario
it is necessary to hit a lob and regroup and wait for your
next opportunity to drive.
is also important to be offensive when the opposing team is
over hitting their overheads. In today's game, the screens
and ball are livelier than they have ever been so there will
be many opportunities to be offensive off the screens. The
same thought process applies to these types of shots as well.
the ball bounces off the screens into the green portion of
DRIVE THE BALL.
If the ball bounces off the screens and stays in the red behind
LOB THE BALL.
you are driving the ball behind the baseline while in the
red, you most likely will be off balance and are susceptible
to being dropshotted on by your opponents.