Post Serve Rituals?

InSydeOut

Rookie
After serving I have issues hitting ground strokes. I think it is a mental thing.
Warming up my FH and BH there is no issue, I hit through the ball with various direction and height.
I start playing points with my partner and the strokes are on and off, and a little more off than on..
I cannot time the ball, manage distance, etc. Funny enough my BH is more consistent than my FH.

I understand things change when playing points but when returning serve I hit okay, its only after serving I feel out of place / touch.

Anyone else have this issue? Does anybody have a fix to get themselves in the ground stroke mode?
 

HuusHould

Hall of Fame
I have this issue after the serve and after the return. I have compromised movement (esp off the mark) and I think getting caught in no mans land is a part of the problem. I need to hit high quality second serves and returns and even then I'm vulnerable early in the rally.
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
I used to play with a guy who could crush groundstrokes all day long in practice, but loved to admire his own serve instead of getting back into position.
 

Pctopcool

Rookie
I have exactly the same problem. One drill seems to work for me (still work in progress) is during serve practice, after each serve, return behind the baseline and split step. You can even drop feed and hit a ground stroke right after the split step. This drill helped me to switch from serving mode to baseline mode. Hope that helps.
 

InSydeOut

Rookie
I have exactly the same problem. One drill seems to work for me (still work in progress) is during serve practice, after each serve, return behind the baseline and split step. You can even drop feed and hit a ground stroke right after the split step. This drill helped me to switch from serving mode to baseline mode. Hope that helps.
I like the sound of that drill. I like it alot.
Might be that scrambling back behind the baseline is delaying the split step which means I delayed in reading the return ball. I guess I have to scramble back more efficiently. My partner returns serves with interest so I tend to have double the trouble. It is almost like the serve does not end until you successfully timed the split step.
 

AlexSV

Semi-Pro
Also bear in mind, the warm up is down the middle in your comfort zone. I've heard someone mention moving inside the baseline during the warm up to force yourself to hit some uncomfortable shots, or run around some backhands to start moving more. Try to make the transition from warm up to points less stark.
 
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