8 Tips For Around The Post
Around the post, often called “ATP” is a shot that always gets the crowd on their feet. Here are a few pointers:
1. You may be so habituated to getting the ball over the net that you’ll miss opportunities for ATP. It helps if you’ve practiced the shot so many times that when you see an ATP option, you’ll take advantage.
2. Remember that there is no need for height. When you’re outside of the posts, there is no need to get the ball up in the air. It can literally skim inches over the ground.
3. The around the post shot must be a put-away, because you’ll be far out of position from where it is difficult to return to an ongoing rally.
4. Don’t do what I always seem to do, which is to try the shot when I’m not sufficiently outside the sideline. I always manage to hit the post instead of going around it! If you are a right-hander, then of course this is much easier when you are on the right side of the court.
5. In doubles, partner ought to maintain the usual 2 – 3 meter (6 – 9 feet) spacing, so that if you don’t put the ball away, the partner can more easily cover what might be returned.
6. If your momentum has carried you forward, and you are out of the kitchen, you can overrun the plane of the net after the shot.
7. You can run through the kitchen since when you hit the ball you’ll be outside of the kitchen.
8. Of course the best place to land the ball is just ahead of the baseline and near the sideline, well behind where your opponents are likely to be standing.