Dealing with the dink serve and low serves

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  1. zaph

    zaph Rookie

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    By dink serve, I mean very short serves. If that is all a player has, I just stand up the court and smack them. It is players with big serves who throw this one in. I just can't read it, and I daren't go up the court, because the big serve would take my head off.

    The other one I hate is the low serve, the one that is flat, bit of pace, but doesn't really reach me. The only way I can deal with this is to run at it, and take the return on the run. Can generate power that way, but it does leave me running head long into the net, with suspect net skills.

    Is there anyway to take this ball without a kamikaze charge?
     
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  2. LeeD

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    When moving forwards to the short low ball, use a volley grip and slice it deep into a backhand corner as your approach shot.
    After 3 or so, your opponent will start to cheat back to cover his backhand side, so you throw in a short drop shot.
     
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  3. zaph

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    I could do that on the backhand side, but not the forehand. I have an extreme western grip, oddly I can hit a forehand slice, but it floats, giving the net player a target and an easier ball for the server.
     
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    Use you low volley grip, which is what you're doing when moving forwards just to reach a low short ball. Volley it deep to a corner, then other options appear when the baseliner starts to adjust.
     
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