On keys points, a small adjustment in your return position can give you the needed advantage to win those important points. It may be enough to pressure the opponent into hitting a bad serve or it may give you the necessary head start to hit a more aggressive and balanced return.
As you play a match you should study the opponent. Find out his/her favorite patterns and shots. Then use this information wisely. For example, on key points make sure to cover your opponent’s favorite serve. Play the odds. Make your opponent uncomfortable.
On key points, return consistently by picking smart targets. Hit towards the middle or crosscourt to give yourself more margin for error.
Aim to the middle of the court and low to return a first serve when the opponent is serving and volleying. On second serves, try to stretch him/her.
The most common sources of mistakes on key points are tension and lack of focus on the ball. Reminding yourself to watch the ball all the way from the bounce to the Racquet and to remain relaxed before key points will usually lead to much more consistent play.
A second serve gives you a little more time to move and adjust. Therefore, it may allow you to run around and return with your best shot.
The goal oft he first serve return is to keep the opponent from attacking you and the easiest way to attack is by hitting a short return.
A first serve comes fast, and it is not always easy for the returner to make contact at the ideal contact point.
When blocking a return, hitting with slice will be safer because the ball will stay low, making it harder fort he opponent to hit the ball hard.
A weak down the line return will leave you vulnerable to an aggressive crosscourt shot from the opponent.
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