Hello every one, I’m Vu Ngoc Thanh CEO of VNTA Academy and today, on VNTA’s court, I’d like to discuss about one problem concerning how to handle effectively “left-sided high balls down the line” and of course, this is a rather hot issue that a lot of players want me to share the solution due to the fact that most of them think that high balls on the left “always make them lose the point” Therefore, today I really want to give you 3 different ways to counter this type of ball First is to handle using the backhand Second is using the forehand (follow through) Third is swinging the forehand over the head (Nadal’s) So these are 3 keys that I usually use As well as all of the pro players And about when to use each of those 3 ways I want to give you the answer so that you won’t be bothered thinking about how to master those 3 moves Before cutting to the chase I want you to keep in mind the ultimate rule that during the backswing, your racket should always stay at your head level to always be able to handle the highballs effectively regardless of using forehand or backhand, this ultimate rule stays from pros to amateur all have to obey this rule So this is the proper backswing of the backhand: high above the neck and also the same for the forehand This is a very important stage of preparation that I want to stress on So anyway, let’s discuss about today’s 3 keys 1st: key about the arms 2nd: key about the body 3rd: key about the legs Along with it is 3 methods to handle the highball 1st method is to use the backhand 2nd method is to move fast and use the forehand follow through with the semi-open stance and the 3rd method is also to use the forehand but with an overhead swing like Nadal Those are the 3 ways to approach if you want to cope with the highball that I’d love to share Now, about the footwork, the 3 methods still share one common thing which is to move in a 45 degree angle to the back of the court Now first of all I will analyze about the arm So guys, here’s what it is initially you start with the forehand grip then you switch to the backhand grip now you’re ready for the 1st method (using backhand) it all starts with split-stepping, then you rotate what?
The body, right? and simultaneously you set up the arm high arm perpendicular to the body this is what it looks like in this angle now you bring your right arm to the back straight and parallel to the body (turn to another angle of view) that’s how you should set up your body Your head should keep track of the ball’s landing point because from the opponent’s contact moment the ball would go straight up high so your eyes should follow the trajectory of the ball when the ball crosses the net, you have to already move to the back of the court and at its landing moment, you have already got in position and be waiting for the ball So you see, early preparation is extremely important to all of those who handle that type of ball So that’s the footwork and backswing after split-step Now what about the body?
Your body should rotate 45 degrees always rememer “45 degrees” OK? but the head still stay to keep track of the ball Just like this Also remeber to lower the center of your body by the way just a quick reminder about the legs:
never forget to split-step As I notice, some of you might make this following mistake Left leg stays – right leg steps like this So an important thing is to get the stance right and here’s how you move Hop horizontally when the ball comes with a slow pace and without topspin but if it comes fast with topspin, then we run leg-crossed like this so that’s all for the footwork and you should notice that in a complete set of movement, there are 3 stages 1st stage is to move to the contact point 2nd stage is hitting the ball
and 3rd is recover to the center point and these 3 stages help us deal with every situation effectively So anyway I’ve just dealt with the 1st stage now I will talk about the 2nd stage (hitting the ball) transit the body pressure from right leg to left leg for the backhand until the point where you can stand still on one foot only then you drop the tip of the racket let the body rotate and the legs goes along the rotation drawing an almost complete circle with your right leg and hit the ball then you’re good to recover If you get this right, the rotation’s gonna feel very natural and easy See? But with those who forgot this key movement: tipping your left toe and rotate on in then it’s really hard to defend since you will instictively use the closed stance to hit the ball and there’s a high chance the ball would be spanked into the fence with this stance Now about the recover, try your best to do it as quickly as possible to the center of the basline to be ready for another defense So that’s all about the “Backhand Method” Now about using the forehand try to move backwards in that same 45 degree path like this The difference between using back and forehand in this situation is the chest.
When using the backhand, your chest will face towards the center of the court but when using the forehand, your chest will be in the opposite direction So after you do the backswing, rotate your body and hit the ball An important key is to use the semi-open stance and hit the ball just like a normal groundstroke So this I one method if you use the forehand but if the ball is still rather high at the contact point because you move too slow, then you can compensate your mispositioning by swinging the racket overhead So there you go, I’ve given you 3 important keys Now I will demonstrate to you the 3 methods 1st method: Backhand 2nd method: forehand
Remember to move fast to the left side of the ball and the 3rd method is still an inside out forehand like the 2nd one but remember to swing the racket overhead As you can see, there’s always a solution to every problem right? To conclude, in this video I’ve given you 3 keys:
Arms-body-legs footworks and how to recover Along with that is 3 methods to handle highball on the backhand side 1st is to use the backhand 2nd is to use the forehand with normal follow through and 3rd is forehand with the Nadal’s overhead swing to compensate for the mispositioning So that’s all: 3 parts of body preparation plus 3 methods to completely master the backhanded high ball That’s it for today’s video Remember to like, comment and subscribe to VNTA channel to support us so that we can thrive and give you more videos about tips to improve your gameplay See you next time!

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