The moonball may be regarded as a strategy for defensive, timid juniors, but it can actually attack your opponent’s weakness (usually his or her backhand). By pushing your opponent back into their weaker corner, you can step in—sometimes even all the way to the net—and take the next shot out of the air as a volley or swinging volley.

Coach Harold Solomon’s tips for the moonball are to hit high over the net with a lot of spin and plenty of depth.

“When you see that you’ve hurt your opponent and they are back on their heels, you immediately look for the opportunity shot and go for the put away," Solomon says.