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THE TRANSITION GAME. WHAT IT TAKES TO KEEP UP!

THESE DAYS YOU HAVE NO CHOICE IN THE BIG LEAGUE OF THE WTA OR THE ATP TOUR. IF YOU ARE A BASELINER YOUR OPPONENT WILL NOTICE AND EXPLOIT YOUR INABILITY TO REACT TO THEIR SHORT, WIDE AND LOW BALLS.  MAYBE HE OR SHE REALIZES THAT YOU ARE NOT QUICK, YOU'RE SLUGGISH WITH NO DESIRE TO MOVE IN! WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO SIT BACK AND TAKE A LICKIN?

IT'S TIME TO GET INTO THE GAME.  TURN THAT DEFENSE INTO OFFENSE QUICKLY!  THE TOP PLAYERS KNOW THAT IF THEY DO NOT TRANSITION THEIR GAME THEY WILL NOT STAY WHERE THEY ARE TO LONG.  AS THE PIRANHA'S OUTSIDE THE TOP 10 ARE HUNGRY TO MOVE UP AND TAKE A FEW NAMES WITH THEM.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS WHERE?

AT THE NET WITH - ANGLED VOLLEYS, DROP VOLLEYS, SWING VOLLEYS, PRACTICE HUNDREDS OF OVERHEAD SMASHES. DO COMBO DRILLS, POINTS INCLUDING OH & VOLLEYS, 1 ON 1 VOLLEYS, 2 ON ONE VOLLEYS, REFLEX VOLLEYS!

HOW ABOUT WHAT TYPE OF APPROACH SHOT TO USE AND WHEN?

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IF YOU START TO FAR AWAY FROM THE NET YOU WILL GET PASSED, AND IF YOU DON'T HIT THE BALL DEEP THE SAME WILL HAPPEN! BEING PREPARED IS IMPORTANT.  YOU GOTTA HAVE THE WEAPONS!!

*BIG SHORT SNAPPY FOREHAND AND BACKHAND! THE CLOSER YOU ARE TO THE NET THE SHORT YOUR SWING!
*POWER - BUT DO NOT OVER HIT!
*ANTICIPATING SKILLS !!!  WHEN TO GO TO THE NET!  WHEN NOT TO GO TO THE NET! YOU ARE NOT ON A KAMIKAZE MISSION! 
*SLICE IS NICE BUT THESE DAYS THIS SHOT HAS TO BE LOW LOW LOW &
DEEP DEEP DEEP! YOU CANNOT LEAVE A BALL LIKE A  SITTING DUCK.

WHAT ABOUT QUICKNESS AND SPEED?

IF YOU ARE 1/4 SECOND OFF THE MARK THE POINT IS OVER, SO TIMING IS EVERYTHING.  THIS IS WHY I INCORPORATE IN MY LESSONS WITH MY STUDENTS
HURDLES, THE LADDER, JUMP ROPE, THE PARACHUTE, RESISTANT BANDS FOR THE
ANKLES, BUNGY RESISTANCE FOR THE CALF AND THIGHS AND SPRINTS FOR THOSE WHO REALLY WANT RESULTS ALL WITH IN 5 MINUTES.

SO JUST SUSTAINING A BASELINE RALLY IS GREAT IF YOU ARE DAVID FERRER OR RAFAEL NADAL. THAT CAN BE TIRING!  IF YOU DEVELOP THESE SKILLS THEN YOU CAN TRANSITION INTO AN ALL COURT PLAYER IN THE LIKES OF NOVAK DJOKOVIC, ROGER FEDERER, MARIA SHARAPOVA, VICTORIA AZARENKA.  SEE YA AT THE TOP!





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