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Watch USPTA Master Professional Rick Macci demonstrating one of his all-time favorite drills. He has the player working on hitting slice backhand approach shots down the line and finishing at the net with a forehand volley.


This week’s tip features USPTA Professional Rick Macci with a fun drill that demonstrates slice approaches down the line and volleys along with the proper movement and footwork to hit these shots.

The drill begins with the player hitting a slice backhand approach shot down the line and finishing at the net with a forehand volley. As the player moves in after the approach shot, he tries to position himself close to the net strap to finish the point. The same drill can be done on the forehand side.

Try out this drill with your players during their next practice! Make the drill scalable by adjusting the feeds according to the player’s level!

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