Choose a target and play it forward with spin or power.
Every incoming ball is different so anticipating its trajectory and where to place it means having a choice of shots available.
Depending on how the incoming ball is spinning will need the correct shot. One of the 4 basic shots being the forehand drive can be played when there is no spin or top spin but against backspin it is likely to go into the net.
Placement and disguise add intrigue to each stroke.
Soon the player learns these skills with control leading to tactics and strategies
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