Third Shot Drop

Fire Your Coach if They Give These 5 Tips

February 09 2024

If your coach gives you any of the following advice, it’s time to upgrade.

1. beat a banger you need to slow them. down

This tip can be counterintuitive. Sure, you don’t want to play into their strengths, but you can’t try to reset and slow down every one of their speedups.

The reset is a difficult shot and doesn’t punish your opponent. You’re better off hitting a counterattack to capitalize on their aggressive play.

2. Stay out of no man’s land

Playing in no man’s land is unavoidable and sometimes advisable. Backing off the kitchen line can give you more time to recover and make your opponents’ attacks less effective when you pop a ball up.

Get comfortable playing in transition instead of avoiding it completely.

3. Forehand always takes the middle

The middle can be a source of confusion between partners, but you’re better off having both players go for the ball than no one.

On points with a lot of movement or firefights, it’s important to support your partner and help them cover the middle, even if it is with your backhand.

4. Ready Position = paddle out in front, sit on your backhand

One of the biggest ready position mistakes is extending your paddle too far in front of you. If it is too far in front, you won’t be able to get power on your volleys. Keep your elbows close to your body so that when you swing, you can get more strength behind your shot.

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