Tips on returning serves.

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  1. panache5

    panache5 Rookie

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    I cant even seem to get my racket on flat serves that 4.5 players give out (flat serves at is) when it hit the corners. Kick serves are killing me, It's hard to time it right and it seems more difficult to just slice it back. Any tips?
     
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  2. panache5

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    I dont know why I put flat serves twice.
     
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  3. salsainglesa

    salsainglesa Semi-Pro

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    returning a hard flat serve is almost as volleying, no back swing just turn of the shoulders and be firm but atthe same time avoid excesive stifness.

    stand a foot behind our normal position.

    and listen to the ball being stroke so you react quick
     
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  4. goran_ace

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    Take a step or two back from where you typically make contact. Split step when the server's racket hits the ball, move forward towards the ball - so move diagonally. If you are moving laterally you are always going to behind. Don't try to do to much with your racket. Let your feet do the work.
     
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  5. LeeD

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    Look, your opponent's are trying to ace you.
    Since they're better than you, all you can do is try your best and react to their shots.
    Try practicing and playing more tennis, it's the only thing you can do to help you return their serves.
     
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  6. panache5

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    Sorry im not more specific but what Im really have trouble is, first serves that are flat that hits the corners (which is like 25% chance they get it in).

    I can block it back, but in doubles that usually leads to a overheard of a very good offensive shot from them. Same with standing 2-feet back, it gives them a second or two to reaction and poach in doubles.

    I was really thinking how pros return balls so well, short backswing and tells that let them get in position better? Is there anything else I should focus on really.
     
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  7. Chenx15

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    First, i would like to apologize that all my post will almost be the same.

    Foot work. when the opponent tosses the ball bend your knees. at the point of contact check step.

    sometimes there are serves that are so unreturnable don't feel bad.

    am i starting to get annoying? i think i should stop posting.
     
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  8. panache5

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    not really any insight is good insight to improve my game. I never really thought about bending the knees tho, since I never do that.
     
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  9. Chenx15

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    just to be clear don't bend to low. it's really just to give you proper timing and you tend observe the ball more when you associate it with something. check tennis (4) you about split step it will explain a lot. i just can't over emphasize how proper foot work can completely improve your game dramatically
     
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  10. panache5

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    You mean like split step as if I was approaching the net and split stepping right before they make contact with the ball? I already try doing that, but I'll work the bending knees in and see how it goes.
     
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  11. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

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    Hold racket in hitting hand.
    Use the racket head to hit the ball.
    See ball.
    Hit ball.
    Practice.
     
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  12. Chenx15

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    no prob men. if you observe nadal, instead of bending he shuffles.
     
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  13. KenC

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    You should start to analyze your opponent's serve. After a little practice you start to realize what to expect and even where to expect it from how they wind up and how they hit the ball.

    Maybe they are good at hitting the angles but not down the T? In this case stay closer to the sideline.

    Last thing you could do is find a 5.0 who practices his serve and then you practice the return. Then when you play a 4.0 everything will seem to happen in slow motion.
     
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