How to Set Up the Erne Shot
In this video I demonstrate setting up the Erne shot.
For a right-hander, place a dink well to your left, close to your opponent’s right sideline. Quite often the opponent will direct this straight back to you along the sideline on your left. That’s your opportunity. The opponent has to make the shot high enough to clear the net. If you have moved to right beside the net, you can slam it back in a way that can’t be defended. Like most shots, you’re aiming at your opponent’s feet. With this shot, aiming for the feet is particularly important, because you don’t want to hit an unprepared player in the face.
It’s important not to jump at the opportunity too quickly, otherwise you’ll broadcast what you’re planning or just intimidate your opponent with your closeness in the kitchen, causing the opponent to send a diagonal to your partner or into the space you’ve leaving behind.
Your Erne should be a put-away, because you won’t be back in position in time to defend your half of the court. However, it usually is a put-away, which can absolutely surprise beginning and intermediate players.
Keep in mind that both feet have to have landed outside the kitchen before you can legally hit this shot. You are also not allowed to cross the plane of the net with your paddle. As if things weren’t already difficult enough, you are also not allowed to touch the net with any part of your body, your clothing or your paddle.