THE RED HABANERO GROUNDSTROKE: This is the tactic cited the most by the recreational/club player when I ask them how they approach the net.
The Red Habanero approach is really quite simple – you’ve hit this red hot groundstroke, and decided to transition from the baseline to the net because the sting of your shot has put your opponent on the defense. For this approach to work consistently, you must have several things in your favor:
- exceptional volleys
- sharp anticipation
- an opponent with mediocre ground strokes.
That’s your green light to advance to the net. This is not a tactic for those who are learning the transition game; for one, most of you will arrive around the service line area, only to have the ball land at your feet, or you”ll be in a part of the court where the volleys are not as effective. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the lob.
The Red Habanero transition is more for the player who can fight fire with fire.
Other factors to consider: age, level, opponents, court surface, physical limitations, stamina
Level of difficulty: 2.5 – 4.0; roll the dice; mixed results
4.5 -5.0; used wisely, it can be a good complement to an overall approach strategy.