Is serve&volley a good taktik at pressure points?

Is serve volley a good taktic at pressure points?

  • Yes

    Votes: 7 38.9%
  • No

    Votes: 1 5.6%
  • Only by the pros

    Votes: 1 5.6%
  • Only on faster courts

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • It depends

    Votes: 8 44.4%
  • Usually i would advice

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Usually not

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 1 5.6%

  • Total voters
    18

toth

Hall of Fame
Moruatoglou advices s&v at pressure points as a good taktik, becouse it helps not overthink, if i understand correctly.
I think the main factors are:
1.Pros serves are much more a weapons, their service game wins percentages are above 80 %, rec percentages are about 50%
2.Faster court helps to attak with the serve, on red clay it is much more difficoult.
3.Personal references for example how comfortable are you at the net, how much do you like to play safely etc.

What is your opinion?
Thank you for your answer
Toth
 

LuckyR

Legend
Moruatoglou advices s&v at pressure points as a good taktik, becouse it helps not overthink, if i understand correctly.
I think the main factors are:
1.Pros serves are much more a weapons, their service game wins percentages are above 80 %, rec percentages are about 50%
2.Faster court helps to attak with the serve, on red clay it is much more difficoult.
3.Personal references for example how comfortable are you at the net, how much do you like to play safely etc.

What is your opinion?
Thank you for your answer
Toth
Yes, it forces the returner to "think" he has to make a great return, into a smaller court space. Thus it encourages return errors. However, in the Modern game the average returner is better at returning than the average server is at volleying, especially from first volley position. So if the returner doesn't make an UE, the value of the tactic will drop dramatically, on average.

I don't personally have a Modern game, so it suits me fine.
 

GAS

Hall of Fame
No TicTacs in Hungary :eek:

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vokazu

Hall of Fame
It can be! Serve and volley can add unpredictability and pressure on your opponent during critical moments. However, it depends on your skills, the surface you're playing on, and your opponent's strengths and weaknesses.

Some players take more time before serve as a tactic and to calm the mind. They deliberately do a risky first serve which more likely result in a fault and then take forever before doing a second serve because there is no serving clock for second serve.

Skillful underhand serve can be a good tactic too but use it as a last resort if you have no plan B, C or D.
 

Dragy

Legend
It’s important to understand that you don’t want to bail out of pressure points, but maximize your chances to win it. Hence you better use approach and tactics which is most favorable to you. You don’t use 2 first serves because it lifts a pressure of facing strong 2nd serve return… you don’t go for first-ball winner. You don’t SnV if you are likely to loose SnV points 60+ % of times.

BUT you also don’t deny your winning dropshot attempts, SnV, aggressive 2nd serving if these patterns are usually bringing you high % of win points.
 

Roforot

Hall of Fame
I do the opposite. I nearly s&V all my points, but in key points or if they seem to be getting into a groove, I stay back and usually they give me a short ball, which I'll move to the other corner and possibly approach to the net (yes we usually don't approach crosscourt, but it depends on how far I make them run and if I'm already inside the baseline)
 

PRS

Professional
I say yes. Obviously if you're terrible at serve & volley then you shouldn't do it, but assuming you are capable of a halfway-decent serve & volley then yes, it is a good tactic.

It mixes things up, giving your opponent a different look (if you don't serve & volley often). It puts more pressure on their return because if they float it then you have an easy volley. It also shortens the point and gives your a simpler shot so you're less likely to be affected by nerves.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
Sometimes S&V at the rec level works well because they have not seen it before and it plays with their head. If you are used to playing opponents who are at the baseline, the guy who comes in presents a new look and that can disrupt your game.
 
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