Here are a few common problems that occur with approach shots.
Approaching Too Soon
Many players attempt to hit an approach off a ball that was hit too well by their opponent. Approaching too soon often occurs because a player is overly eager.
For example, consider a point where your opponent hits a clean groundstroke that lands relatively deep in the court. If you try to move forward and hit an approach shot, then you may not be able to transition to the net quickly enough. The result can open up a variety of angles for your opponent to pass you easily.
Closing Too Far
Overly eager players may execute a great approach shot but subsequently close the net too far, which makes them an easy target for their opponent to lob them. It’s a delicate balance. You don’t want to move forward too far because of the lob, but if you don’t close enough, you’re going to open yourself up to a passing shot.
Not Doing Enough with the Approach
When you move in for an approach shot, it’s important to strike the ball with confidence – and ideally, keep the ball deep in the court. That’s one of the reasons why you don’t want to approach too soon. Instead, wait for an ideal ball that allows you to move forward with an aggressive shot that forces your opponent to play defense and sets up your volley.