As you probably know, following the super-aggressive poaching strategies that the top pros use in doubles is hard to pull off if you don’t have their height, speed, and insane level of conditioning.

But the good news is that anyone can become a successful poacher in doubles at the Club level if you do these 2 things:

#1: You need to move in the right direction at the right time. Virtually everyone makes a critical error here which can be easily fixed.

#2: You need to adjust your starting position to your own height and reach. And you need to know exactly how far to move when you poach!

Let OTI doubles expert Gregg Le Sueur show you how to do these two things so that you too can become successful at poaching in this new video!


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  1. I wouldn't call this poaching instruction. A poach is going to cover a ball that is intended for your cross court partner and intercepting the ball. This instruction, to me, shows a net player staying home an reaching for volleys.

  2. Why didn't this include live balls to demonstrate your concept? If you choose the term "dominate" then that should be evident in the video. This is best suited for beginners and should be offered as such.

  3. Thanks. I have age, height and speed against me. My opponents return my partner's serve directly at me or down the alley. I need to do the split and move earlier. Your advice should help me remember to step and move.

  4. diagonally forward, good tip – well explained with regard to cutting off the ball – impossible really without moving toward the net

  5. A couple very good tips! I have a "good" volley, but I want to have a great volley. Your tips should move me I the right direction.

  6. For poaching – Is it good only to cover those cross court shots that move from your side post to the net center? and leave those balls if it goes beyond the center line to the other side post for your opponent? I am afraid of poaching the latter and hitting it on the net or beyond the baseline.

  7. When the opponent prepares to take the shot on his forehand then the alley is one of the targeted areas. Whereas if the opponent is taking the shot on his backhand then the alley shot becomes a difficult shot to hit. So I think reading the clues from the opponent is important to be prepared to cover the alley versus the cross court shot. What do you think?

  8. Hi Collins. The timing of the split can vary, but generally when you are running a planned poach or a fake poach, it will happen earlier, usually around when the serve lands, allowing you to move before they hit the ball. On the poach you can move right before impact when opponent's eye's go down to make contact – when this happens they have committed to the shot.

  9. When are you actually splitting? Before they make contact? Or once the serve lands in the service box and you know the direction of the serve?


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