One of the reason why some double teams climb in the rankings is their ability to recognize different situations on the court and quickly change their positions to play more offensively or more defensively. Lets take a look at one specific exchange between two of the top ranked teams in the world: Bryan/Bryan and Nestor/Zimonjic. This is a common situation that can happen at any level – two players at the net face two players on the baseline during the point.
The I formation allows the net player to stand much closer to the centre of the court before the start of the point. It also gives him the option to move to either side of the court to start the point. This puts pressure on the returner who has to guess what the net player will do.
The rule in doubles is to hit high volleys at the player closest to you and low volleys at the player farthest from you.
- Page 2 of 2