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Offline pHEnomIC

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How to always be in position to return a serve
« on: February 12, 2009, 04:57:11 PM »
I frequently play against people that can serve aggressively on both sides.   I am able to pick up clues somewhat over setup, ball toss, racket movement to help me out a bit, also if i notice that a person only serves in one spot, i cheat over.   

I have trouble with people who have a good serve always being in position to get the serve, on some of the far wide or fast narrow shots I dont get to them.   I consider myself fast as well. 

Any advice?   

I am getting decent at hitting serves back, once i am in positions, but once in a while, one will fly by me out of my reach.  I try to start on the baseline near the corner of the singles when playing competitive serves and stay low.  I notice that just turning my body sideways and doing a follow through with little to no backswing works fairly well as an aggressive return.   For really fast serves, sometimes i just use a volley motion to get em back.

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Re: How to always be in position to return a serve
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2009, 06:27:19 PM »
Well it sounds like you are already doing everything you should be doing. If you have an opponent who can hit all the corners in the box and hit them well, you should stand at the intersection of the singles sideline and the baseline. This way, you are halfway between the server's two most dangerous serves, which are the down the line and the one out wide. It sounds like you are doing this, or am I scooter skimming?
« Last Edit: February 12, 2009, 06:30:44 PM by Pacer »
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Re: How to always be in position to return a serve
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2009, 06:40:30 PM »
I just remembered another drill that I used to do called facing the canon. My coach would stand 3 feet inside the baseline to serve hard serves that would vary in placement. My first two returns would be aimed at a specific target and every third return I could hit anywhere in the court I wanted. That particular drill really improved my returns.  At the end of the day, improving your returns will require a lot practice, and drills are very helpful.

Edit: I wondering though, are you going forward when the server tosses the ball? Going forward would actually help you cut off the angle of the ball. For fast serves going forward is a must otherwise it's past you. Also remember that some serves are just too good, you won't be able to get them back no matter what you do. So if serves are getting past you only once and a while, well that's pretty good.
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Re: How to always be in position to return a serve
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2009, 09:22:20 AM »
I just remembered another drill that I used to do called facing the canon. My coach would stand 3 feet inside the baseline to serve hard serves that would vary in placement. My first two returns would be aimed at a specific target and every third return I could hit anywhere in the court I wanted. That particular drill really improved my returns.  At the end of the day, improving your returns will require a lot practice, and drills are very helpful.

Edit: I wondering though, are you going forward when the server tosses the ball? Going forward would actually help you cut off the angle of the ball. For fast serves going forward is a must otherwise it's past you. Also remember that some serves are just too good, you won't be able to get them back no matter what you do. So if serves are getting past you only once and a while, well that's pretty good.

That is the best advice you can ever get.  Now if I could just apply it to my game.
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