Vibora

  • A vibora is an aggressive overhead shot
  • Contact should be made at eye-level, higher contact will result in
  • Depth, low height, and spin are this shot's strategy, it need not be the fastest shot to be damaging
Vibora is Spanish for “viper”. This is an allusion to the sidespin of this aerial shot as it evokes the way that a viper moves as it unravels from its coiled resting position.
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11 Jan 2022
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The player contacts the ball at three o’clock when it is at their eye-level. The ball should land behind the service line.

It is usually targeted for the back glass, which results in the ball shooting to the side off the back wall and often making the contact with the side wall at the fence where the bounce is, of course, very unpredictable.

When placed deeply, viboras also prevent proper defense by landing where the defender’s feet would naturally stand when defending the shot.

Daniel "Sanyo" Gutiérrez and Alejandro Galán are famous for their expertise of this shot.

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