View Full Version : moving forward on returns

09-27-2005, 08:38 AM
I have a horrible habit of leaning back on my returns. I know this is a problem, because occasionally when I can force myself to move forward, stay low, etc...I hit good returns. What can I do to remedy this problem?


09-27-2005, 08:58 AM
here's what i do:

1) stand about two feet behind the baseline as my opponent is preparing to serve
2) as he begins to toss the ball, i take a decent step forward
3) split-step just before contact

because of that forward step into the split-step, it gives me some momentum in that direction. thus, it helps me move into the ball and makes it harder to lean back, even if i try to.

09-27-2005, 09:09 AM
get into the habit of standing with the knee flexed, with the weight on the toes, leaning even more than usually towards the front, before the returns.

doing this, the split-step will make you advance into the ball automatically.

09-27-2005, 12:34 PM
I'm similar to skeurton... I set up at least two steps behind where I would normally think to stand and then when my opponent makes his ball toss I take a few steps and then split step to make sure that I have my weight going forward. I try to move when they toss the ball that way they're focussed on the ball and not me so I think it shoudl be less distracting.