approach shot

  1. Tennis. a hard, forcing shot usually made deep into the opponent's court, allowing the player to move in toward the net for an offensive volley.

Origin of approach shot

First recorded in 1875–80

Words Nearby approach shot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use approach shot in a sentence

  • He overshoots the green with his approach shot, drops his third shot into the bunker and can't get up and down.

  • The climax was reached at the next hole, when, with several strokes in hand, he topped his approach shot into a bunker.

    Happy Days | Alan Alexander Milne
  • Waddles composed himself with a visible effort and really achieved a very fine approach shot.

    Fore! | Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • The next hole was forty yards longer, and was played either in two short drives or one long drive and an approach shot.

    The Half-Back | Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He had reversed his play of the last hole, and was now relying on his approach shot for position.

    The Half-Back | Ralph Henry Barbour
  • We play what we shall consider a perfect approach shot to our Plaza de Toros hole.

    The Happy Golfer | Henry Leach

British Dictionary definitions for approach shot

approach shot

  1. Also called: approach golf a shot made to or towards the green after a tee shot

  2. tennis a deep drive, usually hit with slice to keep the ball low, designed to enable the player to make an approach to the net

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