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Hit it through your legs

Hit it through your legs

The between the legs shot is played when you have been lobbed and are chasing the ball back from the net.

As you reach the ball, rather than trying to flick it around the side of your body, you stay facing away from the net and hit the ball back between your legs.

When it was first seen in professional tennis, it was viewed as being a shot that was used to show off.

But now it is a common and effective way of getting the ball back in play.

STEP ONE


You need to choose the right ball to play this shot off otherwise you can end up looking an idiot!

The ball needs to be quite central in the court so that you can get into line with it as you are chasing it back.

You also need to let the ball drop quite low when you reach it - if the ball is too high there are better options and attempting the through the legs could all end in tears!

STEP TWO


The secret to this shot is in the grip.

As you chase the ball back switch to a strong backhand grip.

If you have chosen the right shot you should be catching up with the ball just as it about to bounce for the second time.

Bring your racquet head up almost as if you were about to slam it down on the court.

STEP THREE


Position your feet so that they are fairly wide apart with one foot either side of the ball.

Swing the racquet down looking to strike the back of your ball and send it through your legs.

Flick your wrist a little on contact, otherwise the ball will just roll back along the ground.

The other trick that will help is to lift your left leg (for a right hander) off the court a little.

STEP FOUR


At this point you will either be looking like the coolest player around or in a heap at the back of the court.

Assuming that it's the former then don't hang around waiting for the applause - your opponent will be at the net and will be about to play a drop volley.

So get moving back up the court and hopefully finish the job off with a little flick down the line past the net player.





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