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How to practice the kill shot

How to practice the kill shot

Published: 03 May 2005 - 21:31 by rippa rit

Updated: 31 Jan 2009 - 20:28

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Kill shots sounds a strong term to use.  This shot sure looks impressive, especially when hit with authority and lands in the side wall nick, and the ball then runs along the floor.  Well, the ball is dead, so that is why they call it a "kill shot" I guess. 

See video of Backhand Kill.

 Usually these shots are executed from mid-court on a high bouncing (defensive) ball, OR from a high overhead shot. Until this shot is mastered; say, hitting the nick 8 out of 10, I would leave it for the pros.

How to practise hitting these winners?

    • Stand in the centre of the court, lob the ball to land in the middle around the T, either to be volleyed or to bounce.
    • If the ball bounces high, take the ball at its highest point in front of the body (not at the side of the body like the majority of other shots), aiming on the front wall about 1m from the side wall to angle into the side wall nick. It is a flat hard hit.
    • Adjust the target and striking point to get an accurate angle into the nick.
    • Once successful with the high bouncing ball, try repeating this as a volley. Note: It is a flat hard shot (no open face racket), and if it misses the nick it will sit up and be a gift for the opponent.

Personally, I would prefer to practicee a deceptive cutting angled shot into the "nick" area, as it will hit the floor with backspin and sit down making the return more difficult; and, if you get the nick, that's a bonus.

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From mike - 03 Jul 2007 - 20:46

This is one of my favourite shots ... perfected or not.

If not overused I think it can even be useful if it misses the nick. The speed with which the ball changes direction can make it hard for an opponent to get an early start on running/swinging.
Guess it depends on the quality of the opponent, but I love it when this one comes off.

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From rippa rit - 05 May 2005 - 22:31

Yeah Slavi, maybe that too, but also there was a search for such a topic so that also sprung me into gear.

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From drop-shot - 05 May 2005 - 00:55

Hey there, I see that my Tournament story made you write very interesting tip here.

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