High block returns to the baseline

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  1. always_crosscourt

    always_crosscourt Banned

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    Recently I have been trying out blocking my returns of fast first serves very high and as deep as possible. Is this a good play?

    I try to keep the block return very high, so coming in to volley would be impossible if the opponent is not John Isner, and it also hangs around in the air for ages, so I have lots of time to move into position. If I get it close to the baseline, my opponent basically has to build his point from neutral.

    My question is, is this a good play, or will I just get abused for it when I face better players?
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Good ploy up to non net playing 4.0, but after that, server steps into NML, hits a forehand volley or swinging volley into one of your corners, and you just stand there watching it go by.
    You saw the Aussie. Lots of big serves return like that. Lots went LONG, some dropped IN and got pummelled into a corner for a winner.
    But at 3.5, it can flumox the player not wanting to come to net.
     
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  3. The Bawss

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  4. WildVolley

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    If you can consistently lob deep against a big serve, you have a lot of talent. I find when I hit serves over 100mph that most players can't lob them well. A lot of them are blocked deep, especially if the returner has to move. The natural tendency is to stretch out and open the racket face and if you block it a little too hard it is going to go long.

    Lobbing off the serve return can be a good trick, and is useful in doubles, but it shouldn't be used too much. If you hit it too high a good player will step back and just hit an overhead off the bounce.
     
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  5. mikeler

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    If you are stretched out on the return, this may be your only option to stay in the point.
     
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  6. LeeD

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    It's usually a good ploy if you win the ensuiing point.
     
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