Is This How Higher-Level Folks Play The Net?

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by Cindysphinx, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. corbind

    corbind Professional

    Oct 18, 2010
    Chicago, IL
    I'd gladly partner with you in doubles any day as I do the same. Yet I don't tell my partner to serve down the middle. I let them do what they want but I pray they serve most serves down the middle so I can feast on balls hit back down the middle to me. If my partners serves from 40 yards out west he's effectively just taken me out of the upcoming exchanges as I'm forced to cover the larger hole DTL.

    When I see the net person standing within 2' of the service line I'm stoked. I think that's a horrible place to stand because I will aim most of my volleys for and hit near their feet fairly easily. Standing near the service line is telling the opponent net person, "If you get a volley feel free to hit anywhere you like, we'll just concede the point."
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2012
  2. EP1998

    EP1998 Semi-Pro

    Dec 18, 2008
    Yeah most players do warm up totally on top of the net! I prefer to warm up my volleys from the service line as it forces me to try to have my racquet out in front and move through the shot. My friend is an amazing at volleys, she has won many gold balls and she can volley from anywhere on the court. I wish I could volley half as well as she does! She said she improved her volleys a lot when she coached beginners because they would hit balls out, and she would always take them out of the air and hit back to keep the rally going. She said it helped her with what she needed to do to volley from all parts of the court. Volleying is a lot harder than people think and I think its why a lot of people dont serve and volley these days. You really have to practice it a ton.
  3. tennis tom

    tennis tom Hall of Fame

    Jun 15, 2007
    Trust me, no player who knows what they are doing warms-up starting at the net. Club players do it supposedly to warm-up their feet but it's really to catch up on the latest gossip without shouting. I just played in a pro-am with Stubbsy and the "am" on the other side was on top of the net for the warm-up, spraying the ball everywhere. Stubbsy asked him if he didn't want to move back and he made like he didn't hear it and stayed at the net spraying, so we stopped the warm-up and said we're ready let's play.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2012
  4. Mike Y

    Mike Y Rookie

    Feb 1, 2011
    Bay Area
    Yep, I hate it when my partner serves it from the doubles alley. Just opens up way more angles on the return. I actually tell partners to serve from the middle, and serve down the middle most of the time. I think I can be a little bossy on the court. Also, I used to live near Chicago.
  5. Maui19

    Maui19 Hall of Fame

    Sep 18, 2010
    We recently started using signals along with a healthy dose of I and Aussie formation. Often we call placement of serve. Mostly we do this to pinch the return angles and to create uncertainty on the part of the returner. It is amazing how much more poorly opponents generally return.

    FWIW, I tend to stand about 4 feet inside the service line. I move forward toward the hitter so I end up taking any volley much closer. I feel this makes it harder to lob me, and gives me more range at the net.
  6. amorris525

    amorris525 Rookie

    Jul 14, 2011
    Was just going to say this. If you really want to win points when your team is serving, use signals or discuss where to serve before each point.
  7. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    I don't see all that formation and talk does anything at all.
    My group, experienced 4.0's, usually have a target before the server toss's up the ball, and usually one in 4 go automatically DTL.
    The percentage of DTL returns depends on the netman's movements based on the previous points. Him glued in position, no balls DTL. He cheating and threatening, just crush a few into his hip pocket.
    A good team, your partner knows this, and is ready to defend the center when you hit DTL.

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