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Serving to a deep positioned player?

Published: 28 Jul 2011 - 06:57 by craig80

Updated: 15 Sep 2011 - 07:39

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Hi all, I play someone who always stands central but very close to the back wall when I'm serving.  He started doing it when I tennis served and hasn't changed his position since!  It means that I can't seem to utilise my deep serves as well as I should.  I mix my serves up a lot, hard, lob, sidewall, backhanded serves etc but my opponent will intercept and volley all but the tightest serves.  Does anyone have any suggestions to how I can make him change his routine??

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From rippa rit - 15 Sep 2011 - 07:39

The key thing to try, firstly, would be: short serve;low serve;serve to hit low on the side wall. To do this try aiming just above the "cut line" (to keep the ball short); experiment with aiming the serve to hit the front wall about 1m from the centre court (this controls the angle on the side wall);the serve will need to be relative hard more a side arm swimg than a lob type or tennis type serve.  You got that!!

The idea is to catch the opponent a couple of times unaware, which might make them move out of the back wall.  Tennis players do not like angles as they are naturally used to straight shots and the angle deflecting off the walls can cause misjudgement; not to mention tennis players like to take the ball while it is in the air which can avoid the ball hitting the back or side walls, shots their big swings do not cope with.


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From craig80 - 15 Sep 2011 - 05:59   -   Updated: 15 Sep 2011 - 05:59

Thanks for the replies, I think I will try and perfect the side wall and bounces before the back wall serve.  I can occassionally do a high lob serve which dies on the back wall but I'm a bit inconsistant with it.  I keep trying I guess!

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From SamBWFC - 05 Aug 2011 - 08:04

 There's one thing that stands out to me, don't do a tennis serve! I coach a few tennis players and they just don't get it in their head that it's the incorrect way to serve. All I can think if he's standing in that position is you're overhitting (which is what tennis players usually do) and it's coming off the back wall, making it an easy shot to return on a straight drive.

What you need to do is ensure your serve catches the side wall, quite near the back, but make sure it bounces on the floor before catching the back wall, and trust me he'll stop standing in that position as he'll be digging it out on a boast every time, which is obviously not a good position to be in!

Hope this helps!

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From mike - 28 Jul 2011 - 12:16

 Sounds like he's just very good at returning serve!

You can try dropping it short to land near the side wall, just over the short line. Traditionally not a good serve, but if he's well back it might work? I had some success with this serve against someone who was excellent at volleying, but I wouldn't rely on it for too long.

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