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Why Attack on the Serve?

Published: 19 May 2005 - 17:42 by rippa rit

Updated: 30 Nov 2008 - 13:15

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To attack, when the Server, is just another simple tactical approach to a match. It was a popular game plan before PARS (Point-A-Rally Scoring) was introduced. There was a theory for this approach. Some of the reasons behind this approach when using the International Scoring method:-

    •  Hand In (The Server), becomes Hand Out (The Receiver), and the score remains the same, if the point is lost.
    •  It is a way to assess which kind of play (hard and fast or steady) causes a weakness in the oppontnt's game, etc.
    •  It is a safe way of trying out before changing the tempo of the match.
    • It is easier to change the pace,eg attack when hand in, and be careful when hand out, and it is possible not to lose ea point.
    • If you are inexperienced, one point at a time, rather than change the pace during a rally, eg one hard drive, one lob, one volley during a rally.

NOTE: In PARS there is no second chance - once a point is lost there is no chance of getting that score back If attacking on every serve wins points, keep it up, of course.

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From rippa rit - 11 Nov 2006 - 06:57   -   Updated: 30 Nov 2008 - 13:15

Does everybody keep working on their return of serve?
Are you all prepared to just get the ball into play? OR what?
Do you think much about what happens after the serve has been returned?
Sometimes I wonder if players just push the "fast forward" button when they play - it sure seems like it - sometimes matches look like just another training run!

Improving your return of serve will make a lot of difference to your game.

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From rippa rit - 10 Nov 2006 - 07:53

If you cannot attack on the serve be sure to draw your opponent from the T (centre court).

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