– Hey guys, Scott and Nate
from PlayYourCourt.com and today we’re gonna
show you how and when to hit the ball on the rise. Alright guys, so today
we’re gonna talk to you about the importance
of hitting on the rise and show you exactly
how and when to do this. This video is for players
with a PlayYourCourt rating of 50 and up. If you’re not in our community then you make Nate really sad, but it’s okay.
– So sad. – If you’re not familiar
with our community, a Play Your Court 50
is about the equivalent of a USTA 3.0, so if
you’re just getting started this video’s not for you, but if you’re starting to
play some competitive matches there’s definitely some situations where we want you to take the ball on the rise and this goes all the way
up to a high level of play. I think actually a really good example, when Nate and I play,
he’s got a heavy ball that actually kicks up and
pushed me back off the baseline, so unless I just wanna get
absolutely destroyed by Nate, I’ve gotta take a lot
of the balls on the rise or he’s just completely
dictating the point, moving the ball over the court, pushing me way off the baseline, so I think that’s a perfect example, but even down to the lower skill levels, this is something we’ve
gotta master right? – Yeah, out there guys,
the key to this game is taking time away, right? And shrinking the court and on the rise is just a perfect tool to do that. We see it at the highest
level, but it certainly something we can do at all levels, right? And we’re gonna talk
to you a little bit now about how we actually
take the ball on the rise, but again, understanding the importance is shrinking the court and taking time away. – Alright, so Nate and I are
back here on the baseline. Nate’s gonna hand fee me some balls and what I want you to think about here is the foot positioning ’cause
the number one mistake I see my students make when
they’re trying to practice hitting on the rise, is that they don’t understand
where their feet need to be relative to the ball and I wanna show you exactly what I mean. When the ball bounces in a normal rally, it bounces well if front of you, it comes towards you,
into your strike zone and you make contact with the ball and I think that’s what we’re accustom to, that’s what we’re comfortable with. When we’re trying to take
a ball that’s coming in with a higher trajectory
and bouncing up quickly, we’ve gotta get basically
right on top of the ball, so instead of letting the ball bounce several feet in front of you and then letting it come to
you and make contact with it, you’ve gotta set your front foot up even with where the ball bounces. So, if Nate’s hitting my a
heavy, deep top spin forehand and the ball would bounce right here, I think what you need
to get comfortable with, and what’s most difficult
about training this shot, is you need to get the
toe of your front foot parallel with this ball even, ’cause this ball bounces up quickly, right into my strike zone. My stroke’s not gonna change a whole lot. If you need to shorten your
stroke to practice this and get better at it, then great, but you’re gonna see as
Nate feeds me these balls, my forehand stroke
doesn’t change too much. What changes is that I’m gonna
crowd where the ball lands, so that I can time the contact
point in my strike zone off of that quick bounce. Lets take a look at me
hitting a few of these live, so you can see exactly what I mean. Alright guys, so what you saw there is me crowding the ball a little
bit more than I normally would and instead of having it
bounce and letting it wait and pop up out of my strike
zone and hitting a higher, more uncomfortable ball,
or letting it push me back, I moved in, caught it in my strike zone by setting up my feet closer to the ball and the best part about
this sport, I think for me you know, as compared to say baseball, is you have control over the strike zone. In baseball, you know, you’re
locked down at the plate and the ball may, or may
not, be in your strike zone. In tennis, if you move your feet, you can always put the
ball in your strike zone and that’s really what hitting
on the rise is all about, and why it makes it so effective, so what I want you to
think about here again, just crowd the ball a little bit more than you’re comfortable with and it’s gonna vary a little bit. I know I said, you know,
a good point of reference is to line that ball up with your toe, it might be six inches, a foot in front. It’s never gonna be behind that foot ’cause then you’re gonna
catch the ball late, but it should be somewhere
around parallel to your toe, to maybe six inches to a foot in front depending on how high,
or hard the ball is hit to make sure that ball’s not
rising out of your strike zone. – Yeah that’s good stuff Scott. I like the baseball
analogy, that’s solid man. – Thank you. – Lets jump in now, we’re
gonna do some live ball. We’re gonna first take
a look at what happens when Scott plays deep in the
core against a heavy ball and he doesn’t take it on the rise. – We can’t really give
you a better example than this either guys,
’cause Nate’s ball again, naturally is heavy with a lot of top spin and it kicks up, so
what you’re gonna see is if I don’t do this, he’s gonna
just bully me off the court. – Yeah, I’m gonna spread the court, I’m gonna have the ability
to really stretch the court and without Scott cutting off the angles, it’s gonna be difficult for him, so we’ll take a look at that
and then we’ll come back and we’ll show you why
on the rise really helps solve that puzzle. – Lets do it. Alright, so you’re gonna see
Nate and I hit some balls. Because I’m backing up
to find my strike zone, you’re gonna see Nate
has a really easy time pushing me around the court. Lets take a look. Alright guys, so what you can see there when I don’t do this correctly, Nate’s able to push me
way behind the baseline. I’m giving him a ton
more time and distance to really just dictate the points, so the obvious correction here is that if I’ve gotta
step up into the court, take some of these balls on the rise, shrink the court and give
myself a fighting chance, so lets take a look at
what this looks like when I do this correctly. You’re definitely gonna see
some more competitive points. Lets take a look now. – Alright Scotty, that’s
a solid adjustment man. – Thank you brother. – So guys, there you can see with Scott taking the ball early,
specifically taking it on the rise, my ability to spread the court with the heavy ball is limited. He’s stepping in and he’s
actually taking my time away, so my strategy has been turned on its head to where the game is going much faster and therefore, it’s just not allowing me to get the ball to the
outside of the court the way I was in the first demonstration. – Yeah guys, I hope you can
see I’m able to cut the angles and put the pressure back on Nate. I know a lot of us when
we first learn tennis are taught to back up and take
the ball in the strike zone. You’ve gotta get comfortable
with hitting on the rise so that you can see if the first example, we go from Nate pushing me around, backing me way off the baseline, opening up huge angles,
to the second example where I’m playing very
close on the baseline and starting to take his ball on the rise and actually turn that
around and do damage to him, so I hope this stuff helps guys. At PlayYourCourt Nate
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30 thoughts on “How And When To Hit The Ball On The Rise”

  1. Thanks for the video. Scott, not once did you crowd the ball like you demonstrated in your rally with Nate . You were around 3 feet away every time. I'm a baseline hugger and I take the ball on rise on nearly every ball. The technique I use basically a shortened stroke like a service return but with more topspin for balls hit with pace. If it;s a rally ball, you can use your normal stroke but in every instance, timing is critical so you really have to watch the ball come off the ground. Most of the time, I don't hit a fast ball back but I get enough pace, like a rally ball, so that my opponent is late to the ball and I'm a great position for the next shot.

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  3. I didn't see any crowding of the ball in the rally. Looked like normal ground strokes, not taking on the rise except for the one ball that landed near the baseline.

  4. A better title for this might be "Hit the ball on the rise whenever you can." There's more risk because the shot is more difficult to control, but the payoffs are obvious.

  5. You guys explain things so clearly and simply…great job. Can you do a video on handling the dreaded no pace balls?

  6. Taking ball early , earlier or half volley , is made a lot more effective if one has a haevy raquet. "Plough Through" ? Could you lads explain and promote the use of the heaviest raquet you cam muster. Its why the pro's look so effortless and why they have one massive forearm !!

  7. Hi, at first I thought that you blokes were monotonous yanks. But, realising that you both know your tennis I have persevered and: you're funny and I love the hidden competition (beard and hair styles comp.)

  8. i think you can train hitting the ball on the rise in different situations too,when you have advantage in the point and you attackin the ball usually the opponent gives you a dead high ball on inside the T side you need to learn how to take the ball on the rise and not wait because the opponent get back or just there are a lot of dead balls that are high without speed and you need to hit the ball with open stance or semi-open i thought at the beginning that this video would be about this.

  9. Amazing! This is SUPER important to know even if you're just starting to play tennis, it's gonna make you hit almost any ball in a comfortable way… thank you!! Greetings from Chile

  10. Chaps, good tips, but; any chance of some metric and baseball terms and analogies are probably very appropriate in America but in the Europe, hmmmm.

  11. This technique of getting the front foot to the bounce of the ball seemed to work great, but this is only for a moonball type shot surely as you demonstrated, and not for a heavy topspin shot. Later on when returning the heavy topspins, you were around 15 ft from the bounce which I would say is hardly taking it early. at 6.25 the ball bounced in the service box and you were positioned behind the baseline?

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