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June 16, 2011

Back into the Approach Shot






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, HI shows a tip from Lynne Rolley on the approach shot. In this video the students learn to "back into" their approach shots.

July 30, 2009

Approach Shot Insight






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii explains the variations of the approach shot. The approach shot is a hybrid stroke, more so than any other shot in tennis. There are a variety of approach shots that you can use like the serve and volley approach, chip and charge approach, half-volley approach, swinging volley approach, deep approach, short angle approach, drop-shot approach and the moon-ball approach (this works great in junior tennis.) Without an approach shot, you'll be rooted on the baseline for life.

Approach shots need to be conditioned and driven from an early age, however, the personality and athletic ability of the player must also be considered. Are you a good leaper and lunger? How is your dynamic balance? Your opponent's strengths and weaknesses should always enter into what type of approach shot you decide to use. For example, how good are they on the dead run? What about just pressing them with a safe approach right down the middle of the court. Do they fold under moderate pressure or only extreme pressure?

You may not need all of the approach shots mentioned above, however, experiment with them and see what works best for your style of play. Remember that you are trying to set up a situation which will enable you to win the point with a volley when you reach the net. So the approach shot will rarely be a winner. Lastly, don't expect to make every volley and never get passed, that's an unrealistic expectation.

July 25, 2009

Topspin Approach







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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii explains the topspin approach. This is a risky shot due to the fact the ball will bounce up high into the strike zone of your opponent that may result in an easy passing shot.

July 20, 2009

Slice Approach







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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii explains the slice approach shot it greater detail. There are 3 different type of slice approach shots explained in this video. First, there is hitting an approach shot on a descending ball. Second, when hitting the ball while it is rising and lastly, when running in on a short ball like a descending drop shot.

Your opponentʻs strengths and weaknesses should always enter in what type of approach shot you decide to use. For example, in the modern game, many players use extreme grips on the forehand side and therefore have a better ability to pass on the acute cross-court angles where as if they have a two-handed backhand they are maybe more likely to favor a flat passing shot up the line. You will need to observe your opponent closely and try to detect patterns in his or her play during the match. Look for specific clues in the way they set up and then you can anticipate where the passing shots are going.

July 15, 2009

Drive Approach






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii explains the approach shot it greater detail. Approach shots are not meant to be winners. They are set up shots for running into the net and hitting the volley. This video explains the "Drive Approach."

October 18, 2007

Slice or Topspin Approach?






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Brent Hunter, USPTA & Lee Couillard, USPTA show two contrasting styles of hitting the approach shot. Lee uses a slice approach and Brent uses a driving topspin approach. Regardless of what type of approach shot you are attempting to hit, the ball must not sit up into the strike zone of the opponent. There are advantages and disadvantages to hitting both of these types of approaches, however, if hit CORRECTLY, they are no disadvantages to hitting either type.

September 26, 2007

Approach, Volley, Overhead Drill







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Rusty Komori, USPTA, Head Boys Varsity Tennis Coach for Punahou School shows an approach, volley, overhead smash drill. Rusty has won the Boys State High School Tennis Championships a record 14 years in a row.

May 2, 2007

Holding







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John Nelson, University of Hawaii Men's Tennis Coach explains a why you should look like you're hitting down the line on every shot, especially the approach shot. Also known as "Holding"

August 12, 2006

Too deep, too hard

Lee Couillard, USPTA, Wilson TEAM Member examines a long point between Vic and Ancid. At the end of the point Vic hits his approach shot too deep and too hard which allows Ancid to use his pace and pass him at the net.

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July 16, 2006

Carioca Step

Lee Couillard, USPTA Wilson TEAM Member works on the approach shot with a 6th grade student at Punahou School.


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May 3, 2006

Approach low

Eliot Teltscher was named Director of High Performance in January 2003. He is responsible for the Men’s and Women’s Tennis departments collectively and oversees all tennis and training components of the program, including the launch of the USTA High Performance Training Center at AEG’s Home Depot National Training Center in Carson, CA. Here is his tip on the approach shot.


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