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[tennisbiz] Getting to the Net

From: Alan Chandronnait <>
Date: Sat 5 Apr 2003 09:28:39 -0500

<x-charset iso-8859-1>A number of responses concerning serve and volleying and using the
transitional game in getting to the net refer to the issue of extreme grips
on the baseline as being a major part of the problem.

I disagree. If a player is using a workable continental on their volleys,
overhead and serve it is not difficult for a player to hit their
transitional shot with the extreme groundstroke grip and then just adjust to
the continental as they are moving forward.

I have coached hundreds of players on the transitional game. Some have the
eastern, most have the semi-western, and some have the western grips. Not
one player ever had problems making the transitional shot and getting their
workable continental grip in time for the next shot.

Larry made some good points but I do disagree about the impact the pros have
on junior players choosig their style from them. Pete Sampras, arguably the
best power serve and volleyer of all time, has been around for fifteen
years and I do not see a giant crop of power serve and volleyers coming
along. As I stated in my first e-mail about this subject, I really think
coaching has been the greatest culprit.

I applaud you, Larry, for getting your students to serve and volley in
doubles! You are doing them a great service! My students also believe in
serve and volleying in doubles. When they take vacations to Florida, etc.
they always come back saying the pro at the club thought it was wonderful
that they knew how to serve and volley so effectively. Then the pro
invariably says to them, "I wish I could get my students to serve and

Alan Chandronnait

Received on Mon Apr 07 2003 - 07:35:48 CDT

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