Returning low slice deep serve?

HBK4life

Rookie
I play a few older 4.5 guys that due to injuries have developed a low deep slice serve. I hate these things. Give me a high kicker any day. Last night I tried standing in, standing back, blocking and attacking. Nothing seemed to work all that well. Finally in the second set I said “screw it” and went for winners and decided to win in a TB if needed. Which I did but I don’t need to rely on that. So any advice? These serves are not hard either so over hitting is easy.
 

ubercat

Semi-Pro
Funny these old guys wanted to give me and my coach hit last weekend. I'm in my 50s I mean really old guys.

This guy had this weird slice serve that he hit more on the side than on the top actually I think he did it with an open racquet face.

We both netted the darned thing the first game.

Adjusted by:

1. Standing on the baseline and moving diagonally in

2. Staying low in split-step and then going lower again to return.

3. Getting the body behind the shot more. When I tried reaching for them with a straight arm it seemed to produce it uncontrolled shot

After that we took them out easy. One thing I did learn from those guys they had next level short angled slices. Not much shot power just all done with pointing the racket face where they wanted the ball to go. Good to learn for desperate defence or slow passing shots.
 

Dragy

Hall of Fame
I play a few older 4.5 guys that due to injuries have developed a low deep slice serve. I hate these things. Give me a high kicker any day. Last night I tried standing in, standing back, blocking and attacking. Nothing seemed to work all that well. Finally in the second set I said “screw it” and went for winners and decided to win in a TB if needed. Which I did but I don’t need to rely on that. So any advice? These serves are not hard either so over hitting is easy.
Go deep DTM with a mid-pace loopy ball, or same CC to the corner. Go through the ball from below the ball with a solid 70% swing. Play from that further on. Should be neutral start at least, and sometimes elicit short replies just by depth.
 
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