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dlam 03-30-2013 09:46 PM

Do you prefer to return from the ad or deuce side?
 
Which side do you prefer to return from (deuce or ad side)and why?
What changes do you make when returning serves from the nonpreferred side ?

S&V Specialist 03-30-2013 10:04 PM

Ad side (unless my opponent has the stupid lefty slice). It's where the most important points are.

goran_ace 03-30-2013 11:25 PM

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Originally Posted by S&V Specialist (Post 7315592)
Ad side (unless my opponent has the stupid lefty slice). It's where the most important points are.

I'm not a big believer in putting the stronger returner on the ad side. I find this leads to the stronger returner having to save a lot of ad in points and generally playing from behind in the game. I like to put the stronger returner on the deuce side to so he's receiving in the neutral situations (e.g. 0-0 or 30-all) to get ahead in the game, create more break opportunities, and put more pressure on the server. Unless you're playing a clutch big server this can also result in seeing more serves that the weaker returner can get into play or even attack.

dizzlmcwizzl 03-31-2013 03:59 AM

I have two regular partners. For one I play the deuce and the other the ad.

I always go with this philosophy .... if my partner has a strong preference I will play the other side. But if I had to chose I usually go AD side ... especially if it is a lefty.

I love returning leftys.

kelkat 03-31-2013 04:37 AM

My return is probably one of my strongest aspects my game (doubles). I like the ad side b/c my backhand is much for efficient on this side. I am really able to turn my shoulder and lean into it, where as on the deuce side it's more difficult. However, on the deuce side I can really pull the op out wide with my topspin forehand. But generally, Im an ad girl. Plus are volleys down the middle are forehands:)

OHBH 03-31-2013 04:42 AM

In singles I prefer the deuce side because it is much easier to direct the return down the line and come crashing into the net. In doubles I play the ad side because I have the forehand in the middle and I can cover all the lobs.

chatt_town 03-31-2013 10:33 AM

fI return well from both sides but several thoughts go into which side I play on any given match. Who I'm playing with and how well they return. I return massive kick serves better from the deuce side....I generally lob it back into play but it is much easier from the deuce side if it kicks away from you. :)


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Originally Posted by dlam (Post 7315572)
Which side do you prefer to return from (deuce or ad side)and why?
What changes do you make when returning serves from the nonpreferred side ?


NLBwell 03-31-2013 11:09 AM

In singles it doesn't matter to me. In doubles I prefer the ad side since I'm much better going cross-court from that side. I like to go up the line from the deuce side in singles.

OrangePower 03-31-2013 11:13 AM

Assuming we're talking dubs here, I have a slight preference for the ad court, because my inside out FH return is better than my inside out BH return (I'm RH).

In singles I return better from the duece court because my forehand is generally stronger, and I don't have to go for the BH return inside out (can just hit it DTL).

EDIT: Just saw NLBwell's post - must have been posting at the same time, but I think we're saying exactly the same thing!

AtomicForehand 03-31-2013 12:04 PM

I prefer the ad court, because most of the important points happen there, and I tend to be more clutch than most people. I like the responsibility of having to "save" the game or having to win it for the team. Seems to me most people panic when in the same position. I like the pressure.

LeeD 03-31-2013 12:33 PM

Makes no difference, except to my partner, who might have his own preferences.
Either side, you still have to go sharp CC most returns, DTL once in 4 if poaching is a tactic, cover mid to high center balls you can reach, so who cares what side you play?
Now if you can't hit CC on one side, you may have a preference.

Relinquis 03-31-2013 12:50 PM

all the same to me

InspectorRacquet 03-31-2013 01:07 PM

I return on the ad-side because as a right hander, if I were to swing a bit late on a big serve, I would still direct the ball away from the net person in doubles.

LeeD 03-31-2013 06:16 PM

would a big server tend to target your forehand side only..
what if they target your backhand side...

vandre 03-31-2013 06:47 PM

assuming its doubles, i prefer ad just because i'd rather hit an inside out forehand back at the server than hit an inside backhand back and the server from the deuce court. i will return up the alley too every once in a while if i see the netman start to inch cc.

SpitFire 04-01-2013 11:44 AM

I prefer the duece side because it's easier to rip a cross-court forehand.

Also, my silent little protest for playing no-ad scoring, is I always and forever play the duece side. I state that to my opponent before the match begins. I've done for a couple years now.

dcdoorknob 04-01-2013 12:29 PM

Similar to a couple others, in doubles, I feel like I'm better on ad, b/c I can hit an inside-out FH better/more consistenly than an inside-out BH. Also my crosscourt BH might be my best shot.

In singles I don't have a strong preference, especially since you've got to do both anyways, I've never spent much time even thinking about it.

Angle Queen 04-01-2013 04:06 PM

I'll be contrary. I'm a RH...and prefer to hit returns from the deuce...but would rather play the ad side. Somehow, along the way, I've developed a rather decent inside-out BH (probably out of necessity? and/or just am catching the ball a bit late as I get older/lazier!) and don't have the equivalent on the ad side. Also, I've a similarly decent sharp CC FH. Both reasonably reliable returns.

Love, however, to return and come on in...for a nice FH volley pressure or outright winner on the ad side. I've certainly not developed a nice DTL BH from the ad side :( . I'll get there as a I play it more. :)

Overdrive 04-01-2013 05:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Angle Queen (Post 7319563)
I'll be contrary. I'm a RH...and prefer to hit returns from the deuce...but would rather play the ad side. Somehow, along the way, I've developed a rather decent inside-out BH (probably out of necessity? and/or just am catching the ball a bit late as I get older/lazier!) and don't have the equivalent on the ad side. Also, I've a similarly decent sharp CC FH. Both reasonably reliable returns.

Love, however, to return and come on in...for a nice FH volley pressure or outright winner on the ad side. I've certainly not developed a nice DTL BH from the ad side :( . I'll get there as a I play it more. :)

It's no surprise. Look at your location.... :)

atatu 04-02-2013 06:39 AM

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Originally Posted by goran_ace (Post 7315664)
I'm not a big believer in putting the stronger returner on the ad side. I find this leads to the stronger returner having to save a lot of ad in points and generally playing from behind in the game. I like to put the stronger returner on the deuce side to so he's receiving in the neutral situations (e.g. 0-0 or 30-all) to get ahead in the game, create more break opportunities, and put more pressure on the server. Unless you're playing a clutch big server this can also result in seeing more serves that the weaker returner can get into play or even attack.

Agree with this, I feel the deuce side is the much harder side to play and the stronger player should be on that side. I always played the ad side until recently and now I realize I was slacking on the ad side. The backhand return on the deuce side is the toughest shot to hit well.


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