When The Passing Shot Is Crucial

Coach Tom here with Coach Elias today. We're talking about passing shots to your opponent. He gets aggressive. He comes to the net. How are you going to pass them? What do you think of Elias when you're thinking about passing shots? All right. So for the passing sought I think the key thing is to keep the ball nice and low, keep it low.

Even if your opponent gets it, it's to their feet. And then you are able to hit the next ball nice and aggressive, take it totally and then take time away from your opponent. Yeah, good point because if you can keep that passing shot low, even if they get their racket on it. Yeah, if they're down here they're going to be hitting up.

When they're hitting up, they're going to give you a ball. Hopefully that it's up where Elias said you can step, in be aggressive and take control. Okay on these slow motion sequences. I want you to watch how Elias keeps the passing shot slow see there. He had a dipping passing shot forced the error now, he's trying on all these passing shots to keep it low.

But if he gets the ball up a little bit like he did there. He's always looking for the next ball to step in and dip it down low.

All right on those passing shots. I like to keep the ball nice and Low by putting some extra spin on the ball. So after the ball goes across the net it drops down more that gives my opponent a low Vale so they have to bump it up and I can move in on the next one take it early and press it into the corner.

Okay on this point here. I'm going to hit the best approach shot. I hit all day and watch the passing shot Elias hits here. Okay, I'm not approaching here on this next ball. I'm hitting my Approach shot right here, and the ball lands very close to the baseline, but he bumps it back cross court low great passing shot.

Well, we hope  you enjoyed that video, please subscribe to the channel. Give us a thumbs up and share it with your friend. So just a couple of things Elias, number one. You want to change that window when you're hitting a passing shot. You cannot when you're in a baseline rally. You may be aiming what 4 to 8 feet over the net when you're hitting a passing shot.

Now you want you know a foot or two or three max? Yeah, nice. You want to keep it low over the net and that if you keep it low that forces your opponent, right? Exactly. Yeah, so then you have the opportunity if they're hitting up. Come in. Yeah. Yeah, you want to be ready you want to come in and you want to take that next shot early.

So you take time away from your opponent who just came out of this position and pumped it up. You take the next one early and press it nicely into the corner. Yeah. All right guys, get out there and practice and make it a good one. All the best.


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