trouble with playing doubles

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by player69, Jul 16, 2004.

  1. player69

    player69 New User

    Jun 7, 2004
    Hi guys,
    I need some advice on playing doubles and stying focused. When I am rallying and playing a singles match I can hit fine, but when I play doubles, it seems as if I fall apart. Everything that I do is wrong. My body motion is off. My eyes seem to wander a lot at my opponent at net. I can't seem to stay focused.

    What can I do to stop this and help my doubles game?

  2. dozu

    dozu Banned

    Feb 19, 2004
    stay in the flow of a point... when your partner hits a ball, imagine that ball just came off your racket, that way you are in the flow, just like you are playing singles.
  3. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

    Feb 19, 2004
    Singles players usually have problems playing doubles because in singles handling the opponents ball is your sole responsibility. So you have to be engaged knowing or anticipating where your opponent will hit it.

    In doubles, you are not always hitting the ball. So this usually places the singles player in sleep mode during certain doubles rallys.

    My guess is you dont truly understand doubles. Because if you did, you would wouldnt have time to get bored or drift.

    The key aspect in doubles is who has the middle ball. If the ball is diagnol of you, you have the middle if a ball is hit up that way. Your partner mirrors the opponent in front of him (and diagnol of you) to prevent him to go down the line and force his opponent to keep the ball between both of you.

    When you engage yourself in doubles that way, you will have no time to drift if the ball isnt hit to you. You constantly have to be thinking fast to position yourself for the next ball even if it is not hit to you. YOur positioning will force an error hopefully or a weak shot so your team can take advantage of the point.

    If you ever played two man beach volleyball, doubles works a lot like that.
  4. whozon3rd

    whozon3rd New User

    Feb 19, 2004
    Get a handle on doubles strategy and tactics. Once you understand your role and your partner's role it's a fascinating game. To get you started try to think of doubles as a serve and volley game with 2 people. Your main goals are to hit shots that neutralize your opponents, set your team up with winning opportunities, and don't think in terms of winning the points by yourself. You'll need your partner to be effective. Good luck and enjoy the process.
  5. kevhen

    kevhen Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Focus on the ball when it is coming your way and not at the guy at net. Don't worry about your opponent poaching. Just keep the ball pretty low to the net and he won't be able to do anything with it, even if you end up hitting it right to him. Otherwise you should be watching the guy closest to net when the ball isn't coming toward you, since that is the most dangerous player and you should even turn your body towards his so you are ready if he does volley a ball at you. Try to stay alert and even leaning forward on your toes at all times so that you are ready in an instant. Have fun and enjoy your doubles, it's a great game with teamwork and comradery.

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