Playing doubles with a weaker partner

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  1. tennis tom

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    The whole point of taking over the net is to gain the advantage of hitting angled winners. If you're both playing on the baseline you have no way of returning an angled winner to the short T. Hitting from the baseline gives your opponents lots of time to react to your shot.

    At the USO Paes and Stepanek were able to win by playing smart doubles, constantly taking over the net in tandem, cutting off the angles to their opponents.

    The woman on the other hand, mostly played club doubles, one-up/one-back, cancelling each other out. The pro players with good volleys learned to volley through playing a lot of doubles coming to net.
     
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  2. cll30

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    I try to simplify the game for my him. I tell him not to worry about the level or skills of our opponents or how hard they try to hit the ball. I want him to just hit his normal shots. I also tell him that if he can reach a ball at net to just hit it. I don't much care where it goes I just want him to hit it. I want him to know he does not have to try and do anything beyond his normal skill set. I will take care of the rest.
     
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  3. Cindysphinx

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    I am not talking about pro doubles.

    At the rec level, many players have favorite targets. Without those targets, they are lost. They volley at the opposing net player and win points that way. Make them do something different.

    Many people hit volleys that sit up. Think whack-a-mole volleys. If you are at the baseline and are quick, their volley is easily handled as a lob or ground stroke.

    Angles like Stepanek? Not gonna happen.
     
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  4. SwankPeRFection

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    Solve both his foot work problems and his no man's land issues by doing the following. Set up to cones or jugs or ball cans, whatever in the middle of the area between the singles sideline and the service T at the baseline. Put them about a foot or so behind the baseline. Have someone feed him ball that he hits from the middle of the court at the service T. After he hits, he's to run sideways (work on scissor footwork, etc.) and figure 8 around the two cones and back into position to hit the next ball from the center of the court. Have him hit the balls back to the center if possible for now until his footwork improves and then work with him to hit the balls back to the middle, then left side, and then right side of the court on each feed and then you can add in alternating from forehand to backhand. If this doesn't improve his ability to move his damn feet to get into position, nothing will. Be aware that this exercise won't help develop his footwork overnight. It will take some time of doing this before it becomes second nature to him. Once his foot work is good in the back of the court, move to the middle of the court utilizing the service line as the measuring point like you did with the baseline, except he's not going to volley everything back rather than groundstroke. Good luck.
     
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