Stopping the Return

Tennis Gator Serve and Return

The job of the player is to try to allign the strings to the incoming ball placing the racquet head on the path of the ball.

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Improving Focus on the Return

Tennis Gator Serve and Return

Watching the ball to contact is essential when returning serve and the most critical period is from the bounce to contact.

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Return Collection – In the Air

Tennis Gator Serve and Return

Although it is widely accepted that the return of serve is one of the most important shots in the game, practicing it enough is difficult since it requires someone to serve a high volume of balls. Here is an alternative, that although not perfect, targets many of the skills needed to return Exercise 2 Close Feeds Taking time away from …

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Bounce Feeds Return

Tennis Gator Serve and Return

A return is nothing more than a groundstroke with a short backswing. In order to force the player to shorten the backswing it is important to take away time. By standing close to the player and feeding fast bouncing shots, the coach forces the payer to shorten the backswing and work on blocking the ball in front of the body.

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In the Air Returns Collection

Tennis Gator Serve and Return

Exercise 1 Against the Fence A good way to teach players to use short swings and meet the ball in front of the body is by having them stand against the back fence and rushing them with fast feeds that do not bounce. The players against the back fence cannot take large backswing so they are forced to keep the …

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Minimum Movement Return

Tennis Gator Serve and Return

A common problem on the return is moving too much and therefore loosing precision. In this drill the player works on staying totally still to return using as little body movement as possible. The idea is to work on stability. The player should try to keep the eyes at contact for a second or two before looking up to see …

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Getting Behind the Ball and Tracking the Return

Tennis Gator Serve and Return

Two common mistakes when returning are: not tracking the ball to contact and reaching for the ball. This drill attacks both problems by forcing the player to work on catching the ball in front of the body with both hands. In order to catch the ball successfully, the player has to track the ball all the way to his/her hands …

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