(Video) A simplified approach to returning serves

(Video) A simplified approach to returning serves

Returning serves can be really tough.

One of the big reasons is ‘uncertainty’. You don’t know what the server is going to do. What spin is going to be on the serve – backspin, sidespin, topspin, no spin? Where the ball is going to be served to – long, short, half-long, wide?

Lots of uncertainty.

And then you have all the options of returning serves. Should you push? Should you flick? Should you block? Should you chop? Should you topspin? Should you be aggressive? Should you play safe?

Again, lots of options. And lots of uncertainty.

In this coaching video I share an approach to returning serves – a simplified way – which reduces decision making and uncertainty. This approach will hopefully help you return more of those tricky serves you struggle with.

Video length: 07:59


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  1. One of the big reasons is ‘uncertainty’. You don’t know what the server is going to do. What spin is going to be on the serve – backspin, sidespin, topspin, no spin? Where the ball is going to be served to – long, short, half-long, wide? Nice One

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