Originally Posted by GrandSlam45
In this discussion, there hasn't been a lot of emphasis on return of serve, which is huge. 4.5 players usually have big serves, difficult kickers, and can serve lots of aces. To be a strong 4.5, you have to return well... not just block the shot back, but return with pace and put the other player on the defensive.
Otherwise you'll have a very difficult time breaking serves, and therefore, winning matches.
How does someone practice return of serves? Most people I know have crap serves. Asking them to serve a bucket at me is a waste as they will fault most of them or just dink 'em in. I guess I can pay a coach to serve at me, but are they willing to do that for an hour??