Passing Shot Secret


In this video, Master Professional Jorge Capestany talks about the important aspects of a great passing shot in tennis.

Project Details

  • Date January 3, 2018
  • Tags Tennis Strategy

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  1. Marilla
    September 9, 2020 at 2:16 pm · Reply

    At first I was confused by the drill because the camera was focusing on the receiver. It was only after viewing it twice that I realized you were talking about Marti’s shot. I think it would be improved if you made it clear that the “over/under” designation was about the shot Marti was making that was going over or under. The key was when you said to Marti “this is feedback to you.” OH I said to myself. Then it all made sense. Thanks again for a good strategy to help me do better when I try to hit a passing shot.

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 15, 2020 at 8:18 pm · Reply

      You’re welcome!

  2. Ray
    September 9, 2020 at 2:11 pm · Reply

    Good advice Jorge. I did notice that Carly had a harder time returning a couple of low returns. I was looking for passing shots to either side, not necessarily in the center of the court. Wouldn’t it be a more effective passing shot to hit low and wide to the backhand side? I sometimes get good results this way. What are your thoughts?

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 15, 2020 at 8:18 pm · Reply

      I like that too.

  3. Bjorn
    September 9, 2020 at 1:57 pm · Reply

    A very good drill good for the tutch allso

    • Jorge Capestany
      September 15, 2020 at 8:19 pm · Reply


  4. Diana
    October 24, 2019 at 4:08 pm · Reply

    Great drill for the return passing shot. How about when you are at the net after having come in and you hit the shot right back to the person. What strategy should the net person use on their return? Drop shot, hit at the feet?

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 30, 2019 at 1:59 pm · Reply

      I really like the strategy where the net player can use a drop volley. To often we volley to the deep court which is exactly where the person typically is

  5. Ernesto Rachi
    October 17, 2019 at 2:04 am · Reply

    Thanks so much!!
    You really help with my job !!

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm · Reply

      You’re welcome

  6. Dave Smith
    February 6, 2019 at 8:36 pm · Reply

    Another Excellent drill Jorge, back to basics- keep passing shot low, one of Andy Murrays favourite principles of baseline tennis. Will try this drill soon .Many thanks Dave Smith Belfast

    • Jorge Capestany
      February 8, 2019 at 8:32 pm · Reply

      Thanks Dave.

  7. Joel Schwartz
    January 12, 2019 at 9:57 pm · Reply

    The over under drill makes you see a desired shot.
    Hit it past them, or make them pop it up.

    Happy New year to you and your family.

    Joel Schwartz

  8. Dottie Wiencek
    January 12, 2019 at 1:33 am · Reply

    To be honest I am confused. If the opponent as at the service isn’t it better to lob or over her head.

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 14, 2019 at 3:50 pm · Reply

      Yes Dottie, lobbing is a nice option as well

  9. David
    January 11, 2019 at 8:48 pm · Reply

    Great! I’ll get right on it!

  10. Don Hayden
    January 3, 2018 at 9:50 pm · Reply

    Good drill. In singles, on a “low” ball would you recommend the baseline begin to move forward?

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 4, 2018 at 2:05 am · Reply

      yes, they should be looking for a short volley response

  11. Tim Cleland
    January 3, 2018 at 8:52 pm · Reply

    Thanks Jorge! Another simple and clear drill that should be helpful when players are feeling pressured, not only in singles as a passing shot but also in doubles as a way to stay in control the point. Looking forward to seeing you at the Indiana Tennis Coaches Convention in February in Indianapolis!

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 4, 2018 at 2:05 am · Reply

      Thanks Tim… see you soon in Indy!

  12. Bruce
    January 3, 2018 at 6:48 pm · Reply

    Thanks Coach. I’m stealing this one for Jr drills tomorrow. Going to have 3rd player track #’s thru 10 shots then rotate.

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 4, 2018 at 2:06 am · Reply

      Nice… have fun with it.

  13. Philip
    January 3, 2018 at 6:24 pm · Reply

    What comes after deciding Over or Under
    What should the volleyer be doing next ?….depth, placement….

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 4, 2018 at 2:07 am · Reply

      The volleyer should focus on hitting volleys deep enough that the baseline player can not step in to his shot. That’s my measure of a good volley.

  14. Jeff Greenwald
    January 3, 2018 at 6:01 pm · Reply

    I love these thought-provoking video concepts. They make for good drills. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Allen White
    January 3, 2018 at 5:58 pm · Reply

    Another great tip, Jorge! It’s only 32° here now and maybe 34° in about an hour, but a friend and I are going out to the courts at 2pm anyway. We’ve all been cooped up inside here in central NC for about five days now due to the temperature in the teens and twenties. Maybe some snow on the way late this afternoon. Next chance to play tennis outdoors won’t be til next Monday or Tuesday. Gotta take advantage of this above freezing weather for an hour. Can’t wait to do this drill. It will certainly help my players, too, come next month. Thank you!

    • Jorge Capestany
      January 3, 2018 at 6:04 pm · Reply

      You’re welcome!

  16. Joel Schwartzl
    January 3, 2018 at 5:31 pm · Reply

    Happy New Year,
    Great, great, lesson!
    Jorge, I have an excellant lesson for you to teach.
    Need your mailing address to send you a article about my idea.

    Joel Schwartz

  17. David Guevara
    January 3, 2018 at 5:21 pm · Reply

    Good drill to practice nice to work on passing Lo shots very good drill I will try it myself and with my student. Coach Guevara. Rancho Cucamonga California

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