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.
Golf. approach(def 16).
Origin of approach shot
First recorded in 1875–80
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Also called: approach golf a shot made to or towards the green after a tee shot
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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