Originally Posted by tennisgotomarket
Thanks, I did try to take it on the rise and got hit in the face...do you think using a shorter/lighter racket helps?
Don't get all cut up about it.
Seriously, I don't think the racket will make much difference. I recommend that you take the ball on the drop for now, until you get more used to the spin. The worst thing that can happen is that you find yourself a few feet behind the baseline, which is better than missing the return. I don't think any kick serve you'll see is going to penetrate the court to where you have to take it on the rise if you don't want to run into the back fence, so staying back and letting the ball spin out before you hit it is your best bet.