Hello, Gregg le Sueur for Online Tennis
Instruction. Previously we talked about a tip on
how to generate more power and your volleys. About today’s tip, to help you
become a better doubles player, we’re going to show you how to poach
effectively and how to tail it based on your own height and your own reach. So let’s take a look at how you can
position yourself and how you need to move in order to become more dominating force up
the net. So in order for you to be a dominating
force up at the net, you’ll be very successful in poaching.
So one thing you want to do is you always want to move diagonally forward.
So to help you do that you can use to reference points. when approaching you
can use the center net strap and when covering down the line you can use the
the net post to the outside. The closer you get to the net, you’ll have
any easier target, but the closer the ball is to the center of the court. These lines here represent the path of
the ball. So let’s take this far line over here.
You’ll notice the further back I go, The racket is not out of the
path of the ball. So only a close up to the net, so I can intercept that ball and cut the
angle off. Also by moving a diagonal it’s going to
help me give that valid forward momentum. Very often with club players I see the
hills are back and they move naturally over here and they end up having to use
the arm to get the ball back end up missing. Same thing when poaching if they go out
this way, you cannot cover enough ground. You cannot be effective enough up at the
net. So what you want to do is general you gotta follow the ball first. But let’s
say the starting position, this is a body serve, this is in the rally, so if the serve is that wide, you make a
shift over slightly because you going to cover down the line more. But let’s say the
starting position – you want to have a little for momentum when you split step –
forward for and you’re going to fall forward and when you splitting you’re
going to decide where the ball is going to be cross court. Or if it’s gonna
go down the line so you’re looking to read that so when you fall you catch
yourself in the direction where the balls going. You want step towards that nets strap
just like we talked about previous video and then from here you
can now step through with the other leg and really propel yourself forward using
that sensor net trap as a reference point. It’s going to help you move closer
to the net. Same thing over here when the ball is
hit down the line, you’re going forward you gotta split and when you are in the air,
you’re going to read if it’s going to go down the line, step towards the net post
and then step through and cover the ball down the line. You can see how much
distance you can cover and again you get that valid forward momentum, you get closer
to the net where you have the easiest volley. Now understand we’ll not don’t have the athletic ability of top
touring pros, so we can’t do everything exactly,
but we can’t copy certain things. You can move diagonally forward but you have
to adjust how far you can move. These are you moving lanes, these lines how far
you’re moving lanes are based on your age, your height, your reaching, your
speed. For instance, I may have a longer reach so I’ve been in the
ready position to step out step through. I can cover a lot more but say I was a
little bit shorter maybe don’t move as fast I’m going to be able to cover this
area over here, but the important thing is I’m gonna be a more successful
because i’m moving diagonally forward and I’ll be ready to take anything up the
middle. So what you need to do is, is adapt that
your own ability. So what you should to start with, you can do
a drill: You can step out and step towards the
net post, see how far down the line you can cover and place the ball down
and then you want to adjust your starting position accordingly. You may
have to go just a little bit to the left of the center still to cover down the line. It’s going
to take you a little bit further away from the center net strap. You place the
ball down here, then you step out and step through, place the ball down. So now you’ve kind of established your
moving lanes and now you can practice. So you can go and maybe it’s a good idea to move
the ball here. Don’t trip on it. You gonna split
step, step out, step through towards and that strap to poach, come back down the
line, split step, step out, step through towards the net post to to cover down
the line and you want to keep doing those shadow swing movements over and over
until the movements become familiar and you go try the next time you play. So key
takeaways here: You want to use the net strap and the two net post as reference
points to help you move diagonally forward and cut the angle off. Also you want to take consideration for
your own height, your speed and your reach and adjust your starting position
accordingly. If you have trouble poaching and you struggle something specific when
it comes to to covering the net in doubles, post your questions below and we’ll get
back to you!

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15 thoughts on “Tennis Tip: How To Poach In Doubles – Net Domination Video #2”

  1. When are you actually splitting? Before they make contact? Or once the serve lands in the service box and you know the direction of the serve?

  2. Hi Collins. The timing of the split can vary, but generally when you are running a planned poach or a fake poach, it will happen earlier, usually around when the serve lands, allowing you to move before they hit the ball. On the poach you can move right before impact when opponent's eye's go down to make contact – when this happens they have committed to the shot.

  3. When the opponent prepares to take the shot on his forehand then the alley is one of the targeted areas. Whereas if the opponent is taking the shot on his backhand then the alley shot becomes a difficult shot to hit. So I think reading the clues from the opponent is important to be prepared to cover the alley versus the cross court shot. What do you think?

  4. For poaching – Is it good only to cover those cross court shots that move from your side post to the net center? and leave those balls if it goes beyond the center line to the other side post for your opponent? I am afraid of poaching the latter and hitting it on the net or beyond the baseline.

  5. A couple very good tips! I have a "good" volley, but I want to have a great volley. Your tips should move me I the right direction.

  6. diagonally forward, good tip – well explained with regard to cutting off the ball – impossible really without moving toward the net

  7. Thanks. I have age, height and speed against me. My opponents return my partner's serve directly at me or down the alley. I need to do the split and move earlier. Your advice should help me remember to step and move.

  8. Why didn't this include live balls to demonstrate your concept? If you choose the term "dominate" then that should be evident in the video. This is best suited for beginners and should be offered as such.

  9. I wouldn't call this poaching instruction. A poach is going to cover a ball that is intended for your cross court partner and intercepting the ball. This instruction, to me, shows a net player staying home an reaching for volleys.

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