How to Take the Ball on the Rise


This video demonstrates how to play the tennis ball on the rise.

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  1. Jack Barker
    March 7, 2020 at 11:39 am · Reply

    Thanks, good tips on both opportunities

  2. Mike Hitchcock
    March 6, 2020 at 1:55 am · Reply

    This is a great video for my players. So many of them want to back up to the fence almost on every shot. I hope to incorporate this into our practices.

    • Jorge Capestany
      March 10, 2020 at 12:03 am · Reply

      Thanks Mike.

  3. Michael
    January 4, 2017 at 1:21 am · Reply

    Man…. I love your stuff. I’ve got 43 years teaching. I’m 66.
    I like the way your family intrinsically uses the LOOP backswing.
    The size of your loop will always depend on the speed and height of the incoming ball.
    Capital C or small c, especially when taking the ball on the rise.
    In my experience balls taken in your contact zone 4 need to be taken with at the least a semi-western grip, smaller c upward loop backswing and hit UP with some topspin.
    Thank you….

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 5, 2017 at 2:11 am · Reply

      Thanks Michael

  4. Dee Henry
    July 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm · Reply

    I love the way you teach! Short, to the point, good visuals!

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 24, 2016 at 1:25 pm · Reply

      Thanks Dee

  5. Davy Smith
    July 21, 2016 at 7:24 pm · Reply

    Great instruction and explanations , hopefully now I can handle these on the rise shots better.many thanks Dave Smith

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 24, 2016 at 1:25 pm · Reply

      Good Luck Davy

  6. Peter
    July 21, 2016 at 2:05 pm · Reply

    Great topic!! Thank you!

  7. Claudia Dill
    July 21, 2016 at 2:06 am · Reply

    Very good explanations, Jorge. This is particularly important for my students to learn as they play in wheelchairs and lobs/moonballs are often totally out of reach unless they time it so well that they take the ball out of the air. Thank you!

  8. larry Albritton
    July 21, 2016 at 12:32 am · Reply

    good info to make our return more aggressive. need to give info about the grip and emphasize the short back swing associated with the stroke.

  9. Kirk
    July 20, 2016 at 11:48 pm · Reply

    Good stuff Jorge.
    For players with old school forehand grips (eastern or continental) taking the higher zone 3 ball with a slice might be easier. Same set up but get the racket head above the ball with a slightly open racket face and shave down on the ball. Don’t try this in zone 1 of course.

  10. Gill Davies
    July 20, 2016 at 2:46 pm · Reply

    Thank you, you gave is very clear instructions on how to set up and play this shot- really liked the way you showed us how to take the ball at different levels. Will work on learning to attack the ball at the higher level 3.

  11. Christine Frank
    July 20, 2016 at 2:45 pm · Reply

    Thanks for explaining when it is s good option to take the ball on the rise.

  12. Ravi Shankar
    July 20, 2016 at 2:04 pm · Reply

    Another great video, George! Another option I find for deep moon balls is to treat it like a serve and take it in strike zone 4. I’m sure I’m not alone in this as a rec player but I often find myself in this situation. I construct the point well, and get the weak mid court shot from the opponent that I’m looking for. It bounces up into strike zone 3….and, I just don’t know what to do with it. The pros seem to put this shot away like clockwork, but I find it very difficult to keep the ball down and often hit it long. Do you have any tips for this? Many thanks for the great lessons!

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 20, 2016 at 5:56 pm · Reply

      I call that shot the Stinger and it is a trick y shot for sure.. I believe you have to attack it, reach it at the peak of the bounce (above net level) and use LOTS of topspin to deal with the fact that you have a shorter court to hit into.

  13. Harlon
    July 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm · Reply

    I can definitely equate this to someone who plays tennis in a wheelchair. As you can imagine balls that bounce high can be trouble for the chair player, but being able to take it on the rise will help neutralize the high bounce, especially if we take it in Zone 3. The Zone 1 contact point will help us when we are caught in the court and a ball is coming close to us. THANKS for the instruction!

  14. Gillian Dionne
    July 20, 2016 at 1:05 pm · Reply

    Great instruction on how to take the ball on the rise and why! 🙂

  15. Sue Black
    July 20, 2016 at 12:19 pm · Reply

    excellent video and thanks !

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