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Bradford Tennis Tips - Stroke


How to Hit an Approach Shot in Tennis

The approach shot is an aggressive shot usually done on a ball that is coming over the net weakly and dropping shallow in the court. Strategically, it is best when hit down the line, but down the center might be a good second option. These are ideal for a serve and volley or net player; you should feel like you're being invited to the net.


  • STEP 1: Take the racquet back shorter than a normal groundstroke.
  • STEP 2: Move in continuously. Keep approaching the net as you are hitting the ball.
  • STEP 3: Hit the ball on the run, and flat and low over the net.
  • STEP 4: Finish the shot by split stepping (hopping into a ready position when your opponent is about the strike the ball) inside the service line.
  • STEP 5: Split step correctly by positioning your weight on the inside balls of your feet, ready to push off right or left with a burst of speed, like a hockey skate.
  • STEP 6: Assume a net volley ready position and mentally be ready to put the ball away.

Tips & Warnings

  • A common mistake is to hit the ball weakly or cross court. You will get passed inevitably.
  • The approach shot is not for everyone. You must have that aggressive instinct to go to the net.