I've found the light: S & V

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by sanitarium, Jun 15, 2004.

  1. sanitarium

    sanitarium Rookie

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    Well, for my situation anyway. Basically in my area the average player is basically a 3.0 pusher, give or take a couple players.

    But see the courts are asphalt, which give low bounce and slow play, so after I hit a forehand to the corner they not only get extra time to get to it but it seems I have to wait about 10 seconds for the ball to come back which frustrates me.

    So anyway I started coming in off my serve, i'm about a 4.5 player btw, and found that the pace is quicker, more-so what i'm used to playing outside of here and I enjoy it more. Now I know enough about tennis to answer these questions on my own, but i'd like to hear your responses:

    What do you do off your second serve? I think I can still come in after a kick second serve or even a wide slice. (I'm a lefty)

    In returning do you still always try to get to the net every point, go to the net regardless or just play baseline for that game. This is aside from a weak second serve which you can come in off.

    Some DRILLS to make me a better volleyer, I havent serve and volleyed regularly ever, my net game would be my weaker part. Some drills exercises to help me?

    Thanks alot guys. I'm about 6"1, and pretty quick off my feet if that helps.
     
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  2. Max G.

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    Coming in off second serves or off return of serves - it depends on the player. Some players have weak enough serves that you can come in off of them; some don't.

    Off second serves, it not only depends on how good your serve and their return is, but also how predictable it is.

    After about half a set, I can serve and volley regularly against people that have good, powerful returns - but always place them in the same spot. Spin a weak second serve in, and then cheat to the side where the ball is going to be.

    But it really depends off of the opponent - against some you can, against some you can't.
     
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  3. sanitarium

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    ok, so you're saying if I can consistently place them to the spot (my serves) which I can do, to force them to make the same backhand/forehand return I can adjust to where it's gonna go most of the time and anticipate.

    Nice idea, thanks a lot man. One may be DTL and another may be Crosscourt but youre right returns do usually go in the same direction
     
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  4. lanky

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    Im a lefty s@v I always s@v especially to left side since the slice is my best serve usually to right handed backhand-but especially on second serve dont be timid since you open up the angles if they have time to set.Use this advantage that tall lefties have all the time you can.
    Drills for net play -I dont find practicing 1v1 very useful since it is easy to get grooved to hitting ball back from where it came much more helpful 2v1 you at net 2 at baseline also alternate volley then smash then volley etc OK v 1 better with 2 opponents -and if you can keep that up for very long youre a real man!
     
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