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NET POSITIONING
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Gerri Viant
08-16-2002
One of the most Common mistakes I find at all levels of paddle is in net positioning. Many club players play the net "your half, myhalf", which leaves too much room for their opponents to find holes and lob into spaces that force backhand overheads. Knowing how to correctly play the net in thirds can aid a weaker team to beating a more advanced team.
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  The backhand overhead is one of the toughest shots in paddle because it is hard to control and place the ball back deep into the court. If the opponent lobs deep, it pulls you back. Frequently you have tolunge and leap to reach the backhand overhead. The tendency is to snap your wrist, which sends the ball fast and short in the court. That puts you off balance and out of position for the next shot., which opens an easy shot for your opponents to attack, with you off the net!
         
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  When playing an overhead hit out of the backhand corner, (ad court), the net players shift position. One player covers the alley and the second player covers the middle of the court. By playing the net in a 2:1 ratio you avoid the possibility of having to hit backhand overheads. Your team is balanced so the correct player takes the most effective overheads, and you can place the ball where it can't be attacked - deep in the court with controlled speed and spin. This way you remain a balanced, controlled and ready position, with the highest percentage of court covered as a team.
 

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