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Chip and Charge


The "chip and charge" is a strategy in tennis where a player hits a short, low shot (chip) and quickly moves forward towards the net (charges) to put pressure on their opponent. This tactic is often used when returning a serve or hitting a short ball. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to execute a chip and charge in tennis:

  1. Anticipation: As you prepare to receive the opponent's shot, read the ball's trajectory and anticipate whether it will be a short ball that you can attack.
  2. Early Preparation: Start your backswing early to give yourself enough time to execute the chip shot. The key is to keep the backswing short and controlled, as you're aiming for a low and short ball.
  3. Chip Shot: Make contact with the ball using a compact and controlled swing. Aim to hit the ball with backspin, keeping it low and close to the net. The goal is to keep the ball out of your opponent's comfortable hitting zone.
  4. Footwork: As you make contact with the ball, immediately start moving forward towards the net. Take quick, short steps to close the distance between you and the net rapidly.
  5. Maintain a Low Stance: Stay low as you approach the net, maintaining a ready and balanced position. This helps you react quickly to any shots your opponent may hit in response to your chip.
  6. Racket Ready: Keep your racket prepared at the net, ready to volley any shots that come your way. This could be a low volley or an overhead smash if the opponent hits a weak return.
  7. Cover the Net: Position yourself at the net with your racket ready to intercept any shots. Try to cut off angles and limit your opponent's options.
  8. Close Out the Point: If your opponent hits a weak return or fails to handle your chip effectively, take advantage of the opportunity to close out the point with a well-placed volley or overhead shot.

Remember to practice the chip and charge strategy regularly to develop your timing, footwork, and net skills. It's an aggressive tactic that can catch your opponent off guard and put you in a dominant position during the point. 

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