taking it early, chip and charge on all returns of serve.
does anyone do this and what are some good tips. I'd like to try it for singles and doubles. Ideally I'd like to take it about 4-5 feet inside the baseline so I can hit my first volley a step inside the service line.
I go over the return on both sides and rush the net but a slice would give me more consistency and the slower ball would let me advance closer to the net. When I've tried slicing it both sides it floats way to much and lacks firmness especially if the serve has a big bounce. It's much easier if I take it behind the baseline but the problem is two fold
1) it's so easy to poach that ball (where as an on the rise slice isn't as poachable)
2) my first volley will be behind the service line.
I'm trying to learn a half volley slice return approach.
Generally, when you slice the return, it's from a tactical viewpoint something akin to Federer. You slice it because it comes down very fast on the other side to give yourself time to recover and reset the point. That's mostly how he got rid of Roddick. Unless you have godly hands, you're not going to chip and charge on returns. I'd favor a well struck return with better angles (long DTL, cross-court/inside-out with sharp angles) that put your opponent in difficulty, forces him to try a slice to recover or a lob, then finish at net rather than "pure" chip 'n charge. As for the return, ask this guy some advices, cuz' I'm not a coach. :)
First, firm up you slice approach return of serve so it bites and skids, not floats and sits.
Then, depends who you're playing against. A peer would mix spins into your body until you defend, then hit wide. A lesser player will fall apart and start to press on his serves, double fault, or push them in and make a mistake.
Better target is to stand just behind your service line, step in one and a half steps to slice a low skidding approach, then get yourself a couple feet from your own service line, split there, and see what mother nature gives you.
Since you're better than 4.0, you can't make it any farther towards your service line unless you are a sprinter.
Live with the resultant low or half volley, use it as another approach shot.
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