If The Serve is Very Loopy

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  1. Annika

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    I could not believe it. This gal's serve was very loopy and high. And both my partner and myself always misshit it. Then every once in a while we were aced. :shock: It was embarassing to say the least that we couldn't handle this kind of serve. Even when we tried to put it away, it flew out!

    After we lost :oops: 6-0 in the second set, she explained that she had a shoulder problem and that's why she served those loopy serves. I was glad she explained it somewhat but was disgusted with myself for not being able to do anything with it. I think I might lower my rating....:)
     
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  2. PatrickB

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    On the backhand, I've gotten in the habit of slicing those back at the server's feet while I come to the net.
     
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  3. DownTheLine

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    There is a junior that lives in my area that has the same thing. Except all his shots are that way. We were playing doubles against him once and my partner and I thought it went 20 feet over the net.(Serve)
     
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  4. Cindysphinx

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    Yeah, I know 3.5 women who serve that way. The tighter they get, the more important the point, the higher the arc on their serve.

    If you want to know how to drive them wild, here's what you can do.

    Take your hopper to the park. Stand in no-man's land. Throw a ball straight up into the air. Crush the ball as deep into the corner as you can. Throw up another ball. Hit a drop shot with this one. Rinse and repeat.

    You do this enough hours and you will be able to punish those sorts of serves (especially if you follow your shot to the net).
     
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  5. coyfish

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    You were probably just waiting for it too much or trying to hit it too hard. On easy shots its easy to swing too hard / take your eye off the ball resulting in shanks / mishits / etc.

    Take it early or let it bounce.
     
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  6. Tennisman912

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    I suggest stepping in and taking the shot early. Move those feet and don't over hit the seemingly easy ball.

    Good luck

    TM
     
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  7. Topaz

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    I tend to overhit those (as in 'hit the snot out of it and cringe as it hits the back fence/curtain), so I started slicing them back, and it works like a charm!
     
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  8. HitItHarder

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    King of the loopy mishit

    I had the same experience playing Mixed this summer. During the guy's service game, I am fine. I am smacking returns left and right. Crushing forehands and backhands. He has no answer.

    Then the lady goes to serve and it is a big loopy serve, 20 feet high and in the middle of the box. I hit the back fence with a forehand. Then I slice one five feet out. Then I hit an overhead into the net. I can't hit the ball into the court. I am pretty much ready to smash my racquet into a million pieces, but I realize no one sponsors me and I have to pay for these dang things, so I resolve to kick the dog when I get home instead. Ok ... not really ... but that was the state I was in.

    It got so bad that the guy starts doing the same thing because I am still crushing his flat serves. Where is that "reality sandwich" thread? I apparently need to make another post.

    The next day I went out to the courts and made my wife hit me those loopy slow serves for a good two hours. I just wasn't use to returning those kind of serves because I don't see them a lot. It taught me a valuable lesson to practice hitting all kinds of shots, because being able to hit the ball hard doesn't mean you win the match.

    Now, if it is a high enough bounce, stand inside the baseline and hit an overhead. If it is lower, slice it back at their feet.
     
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  9. Topaz

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    There are many of us here that would do well to tattoo that on our foreheads!!! :)
     
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  10. Annika

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    Thanks for the replies. I know I'll be facing this serve again in this group. And yes I tended to overhit the dang ball and it went 5 ft out. Then I tried hitting it gently. Hah! No such luck! I hit it too softly and it didn't even go over the net. Why can't they serve like I serve? Would you believe I even missed it...OMG! :shock:
     
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  11. Nellie

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    I think it really helps to clear your mind - don't think of it as a soft serve (that you need to kill). Instead, keep focus on the ball and move up deliberately to hit your strong shot, like you would on a weak groundstroke. I find that if you start thinking with ego (oh, I have to punish that weak serve), you start getting into trouble. Yes you should punish a weak serve - but only within your ability. If you are missing, that means you need to be less aggressive and go for more angle than pace.
     
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  12. RichieD3

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    If your not comfortable coming in and taking the serve early which is prob best, try backing up a bit and letting it drop and hit your regular return.
     
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