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Backhand Serve from the Right Hand Box

Backhand Serve from the Right Hand Box

Published: 22 Nov 2004 - 06:56 by rippa rit

Updated: 31 May 2007 - 08:07

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Variety, when serving, can keep the opponent unsettled.  Players do like to think they know what to expect from their opponent. 

How does variety affect their game?
    • It can interrupt concentration, as they become confused as to what service box to expect the serve (left or righthand box).
    • Hard serves can catch those who do not watch the ball at all times, forcing unexpected errors.
    • High lob serves force the opponent to volley.
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From rippa rit - 05 Feb 2006 - 18:36

Good Viper whatever works.
Sometimes the position the opponent stands to return the serve will determine where to aim the serve too.
All the more important for the opponent to watch the server closely when serving (throwing up the ball toss and striking angle).
Just as important for the server to be ready for an unorthodox return - and I do not mean a hit in the ear either.

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From Viper - 05 Feb 2006 - 08:53

I try to catch them out by hitting a very hard serve at their left shoulder when serving to them on the forehand side, nearly always win the point with this bullet.

On the backhand side for a suprise I also hit a very fast rocket aimed at their head, this can trap them in two minds as they try to hit the ball with either a backhand or a forehand, they often end up using neither but some crude mix of the two !

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From rippa rit - 22 Nov 2004 - 00:34

prabbit, good comment.
Now you have a taste of the concept of variety there is unlimited scope to bring these ideas into your game. I was curious about the lob serve. Remember the basics of the lob serve, eg front wall target, the angle, the height, soft. Hey, you can also vary the lob serve too! Well done.

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From prabbit - 20 Nov 2004 - 00:51

I did this yesterday in a tournament match. I lost the first game 4-9 and was ahead in the second. I had been setting up my opponent with a lot of soft lob-style serves during the game. At game ball I thought of this tip. I hit a hard serve right at him. He was surprised. The ball hit him. Game over. I went on to easily win the match.

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