The act of putting the ball in play. You must serve from behind the baseline into the diagonally opposite court, exactly like in tennis. Unlike tennis, a good hard serve will bounce off the fence and back to your opponents. There’s a strategy there, but like the great province of Ontario, it’s yours to discover.
Arcing the ball over the defenders’ heads and into the backcourt. Get good at this, and there’s no one you can’t beat- until you play someone good.
Playing the ball before it touches down in your court. It’s a useful skill when defending the net, and also a useless skill that will undoubtedly cost you a million points during your paddle career.
Like a tennis forehand, but instead of being a great shot, it usually just sets up your opponent for an attack of their own. The fence hates power.
See above, but fancier in that it’s backhanded.
Don’t do it. 95% of overhead smashes are easily returned. 85% of overhead smashes are easily returned into your face.a
The forehand drive without the drive part. This shot is a killer because it’s easy to place and can make your opponents run around the court. Use liberally.
Like the forehand, but still fancier.
A great way to get some funny bounces off the fence. Just arch it so the ball is descending when it hits the fence and watch people’s hand-eye coordination momentarily abandon them.
The best shot in the game. Apply any of the above shots while aimed at either corner of your opponents’ court, and if the ball hits just right, it should shoot randomly off the fence for a near impossible return. I once played against a guy who hit eight corners during one set. I don’t play with him anymore.