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A candle in tennis is called a high ball sent over the net. Usually this method is used in defensive actions against a tennis player coming out close to the net or in order to pull time and have time to return to the starting position.

The candle is similar in technique to the usual blows on the right or on the left, the differences are only in some nuances that affect the trajectories. Serious problems for the opponent are a twisted candle, which is extremely effective when the vis-a-vis decides to go out to the grid. With a correctly executed hit, the ball flies quickly and abruptly bounces off the court, making it difficult to receive.

With high-quality performance of the element, accuracy comes to the fore. The slightest flaws immediately take advantage of the opponent, having carried out a counterattack. A candle is considered one of the most difficult in tennis, which is often used by classy and skilled tennis players.

Types of “candles”
An attacking candle is most often used when taking a short and low ball, when the opponent pushes forward, trying to shorten the distance. It is applied by the string surface of the racket just below. In this case, the ball, flying over an opponent, will land exactly at the back line and will allow you to win a point. When using a candle, the accuracy of the strike and maximum contact with the strings of the racket are very important.

Technically impeccably executed element can cause a lot of problems. Even if your opponent succeeds in catching the ball, the advantage will remain on your side, taking advantage of which, you will certainly win a point.

If during the game from the bounce it is necessary to give the upper rotation in almost every hit, then it is quite difficult to use a twisted candle. Although the twisted ball receives a high, fast and outgoing rebound, and is extremely unpretentious in parrying, this kind of punches requires a solid experience of the tennis player and impeccable technique.

For reliability, an attacking candle is best performed with a rigidly set hand, while not forgetting about the wiring. In addition, if the opponent is right-handed, then in this case it is better to play him to the left. An adversary with the main playing hand on his right will have to hit over his left shoulder, which is much more complicated than a regular smash.

Performing a candle is justified in a protracted and debilitating match. Even a jumping and excellent smash player can be exhausted by this technique.

For a tennis player who is drowsy or tired, a protective candle will help to get balls leaving for the court. This method will enable the player to return to the game and prepare to repel another attack.

It is most convenient when the protective candle is under the back line. Then the tennis player performing it will have a small amount of time to occupy a comfortable position if the opponent performs a mix. Of course, this does not guarantee the game won, but still gives a chance to cling to it.

Training process
The exercise with a sparring partner or trainer is of great benefit when complex balls are sent to the player in the corners or deep under the back line, and under different hands, forcing to defend.

It should be remembered that a poorly executed candle will not cause any problems, and in order to achieve certain successes in its performance, one must train for a long time and hard.

We must constantly remember the weather conditions when using candles. With a headwind, reflecting it is much easier, but with a luminous enemy in the eyes of the sun it is simply silly not to take advantage of the situation and not to throw a candle.

Tennis players use a short kick in two cases. In the first, in order to quickly win a point, so that the opponent did not have time to run to the net. If the opponent still gets the ball, then you can carry out an attack right through, which will allow you to take a point. The second option is when the opposing opponent plays poorly since the summer. It is necessary to try to lure him forward, and then make a circling blow or launch a candle behind his back. Often shortened to change the rhythm when playing from the back line, to surprise your counterpart.

With a well-executed shortened strike, the ball lands too low and close to the separating grid, and with a correctly set strong reverse rotation, it bounces back, creating great trouble even for a classy tennis player.

The main rule for applying a shortened strike is surprise. Preparation should be carefully masked so that the opposing opponent could not predict this move and respond with an accurate attack.

The main requirement for correct shortening is to bounce as short as possible at low altitude. In order to learn how to perform this technique well, you need to put the technique of execution for a long period of time.

Types of Shortened Blow
There are two options for performing an element. At the first, the racket is smoothly brought forward, substituting under the flying ball, while holding it vertically, and when it is turned, turn it almost horizontally with the top edge back.

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