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WATCH: Going Down The Line… The Risk And Reward

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WATCH: Going Down The Line… The Risk And Reward

Hi everyone! This week I’m going to talk about one of those controversial aggressive shots, and it’s something that I don’t generally teach, but you all should at least have it in your toolbelt.

Going down the line or right at the net person is what is known as a “low percentage shot”, meaning you may hit a winner but there’s a good chance you’ll hit an error as well. Set the tone early in the match (when you see the opportunity) and go right at the net person! Not only will this intimate your opponent, it will probably upset them…GOOD!

NOTE: Until you really practice this, make sure you don’t do this on key points like deuce or 4-4! In addition, make sure it’s on a ball you feel you are in total control of…for example, an easy second serve return.

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As always, my goal is to give you the tips and tools you need to be the best tennis players you can be. If you have any questions about rules, strategies, or situations that happened to you on the court, please tell me about it in the comments section below and I’ll address it in a future video! Also, be sure and share my posts with your tennis friends, and connect with me through my social media links in my bio at the top of this post!

I'm a former top 50 world-ranked tennis pro, whose most notable opponents include Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Pam Shriver, Gigi Fernandez and Andrea Jaeger. Currently, I own and run Jane Forman Sports in Miami, Fla., developing community tennis and sports programs for children and adults of all ages and levels of ability.

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