Below are tips that can enable you to raise the level of your POP Tennis game.
- Keep your feet moving/bouncing throughout your warm-up and the match. Quick, facile steps are the ticket.
- When possible and appropriate, hit your strokes with topspin.
- Vary the spots to which you hit your serves, so that you elicit weak/off-balance returns from your opponent; hit your serves to the corners of your opponent’s service box, to make her/her stretch; occasionally, hit your serves into your opponent’s body, so as to jam him/her and reduce the angle of their returns; and hit your serves low, with underspin or sidespin to force your opponent to hit up, so that you can make an offensive next shot.
- Do not stand too close to the net in doubles, when your partner is serving. With today’s ultra-powerful POP Tennis racquets, you need time to see the ball come off your opponent’s racquet when they return serve:
1. So that you can decide whether to hit a forehand or a backhand volley;
2. In order to give yourself enough time to step into the volley to impart maximum power and POP; and
3. So that you are able to hit an impactful overhead, should your opponent lob you.
- Make sure that the best poacher on your team, is playing the side that allows his or her forehand volley to be in the middle of the court.
- Especially, in no-bucket POP Tennis, a very effective strategy is to hit a lob after you return serve and your opponent volleys back to you. This is the case, because after hitting their first volley, your opponent’s forward momentum, in all likelihood, will carry them toward the net, so a lob at that point, may well catch them flatfooted.
- Additionally, a well-timed lob, compels your opponent to recognize that you may lob at any point. As a result, your opponent, in order to guard against being lobbed over, will be forced to play further back from the net than normal. This may well reduce the aggressiveness and effectiveness of your opponent’s volleys.
- Every once-in-a-while, hit your doubles return-of-serve down-the-line. This may well inhibit your opponents from moving into the center of the court, in order to poach.
- Bend as much as possible as you hit your groundstrokes and volleys. When volleying, keep your racquet head up and step into your volleys.
- When playing singles, a good strategy, is to hit a groundstroke wide to your opponent’s strength, and then hit your next shot to your opponent’s weak side of the court. This way, you expose your opponent’s weakness, by forcing them to hit their weaker stroke on the run. Additionally, when your opponent has to hit a running shot with their weaker stroke, this may well present the perfect opportunity for you to run to the net and volley-away their weak return.