How do you return serve?

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How do you return serve?

  1. Take a full Cut?

    62.2%
  2. Poke it back?

    17.6%
  3. Try and redirect?

    47.3%
  4. Lob it!

    4.1%
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  1. TomT

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    There's only a few players that I play that have serves that I can't attack. Regarding those, I'm basically blocking it back but do try to get some direction on my return. Most times, the best I can do is just get it back deep, which is usually enough to at least keep me in contention for the point.

    With this sort of play I'm usually able to just not let the opponent into the point. But I'm just a (newly bumped up) 3.25. So, I still make lots of totally unnecessary unforced errors. :)

    Yes, but of course, ATTACK weak serves. I'll try to remember to compile, and post here, a video of how I, a very low level player, do this ... successfully.

    I think the principle applies to ALL levels of play. Yes, of course, you ATTACK weak serves.
     
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    Block a hard serve, crank a medium speed 2nd serve
     
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    The lob is great for lower level doubles. Lob it DTL over the net guy. Even if the server and get to the ball, the net guy is usually not quick enough to get out of the way. So you can either hit a hard CC to catch him or, the server will give a bad cc or short lob for you to finish it.

    Keep in mind I am talking about a ts lob return, not some lame moonball return unless it is a 100mph serve.
     
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    Thanks Fuji. Nice thread. I'll try to find and post some examples where I attack weak serves with backhand strokes. ATTACK means to me to either be hitting deep and well paced returns more or less down the middle third of the court, or hitting really well placed, but not necessarily fast paced, returns either down the line or crosscourt. If your returns are both well placed and fast paced, then so much the better. Low level players such as myself are generally not able to do this. So, for us, it's generally either more or less down the middle with good pace and depth or close to the lines with less pace and depth. Higher level players are of course progressively more able to hit well placed and well paced returns.

    Bottom line, imo, remains ... one key to winning tennis is to attack any serve that you're able to attack. For that matter attack any stroke that you're able to attack.

    Relentless pushing can produce good results at low levels. But at ever higher levels it's necessary to consistently successfully attack weak shots.
     
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    Yes, pounding the feet, even if it is not a fast ball, is a pretty good return. Low level servers got a bad habit of ball watching on serves too. But be careful because when somebody knows how to hit on the rise and just redirect the ball to the other corner the point will end quickly.
     
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