Grip Returns – Improving your Tracking Ability

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In order to hit a solid return it is very important to learn to track the ball into the contact point. In this drill, the player tries to stop the serve with the grip, forcing the player to practice his/her tracking skills. When using this drill it is important to make sure the player is not trying to swing at …

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Return Collection – In the Air

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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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Set the Racquet Head Behind your Contact Point as Soon as Possible

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To return effectively you need to avoid swinging in a steep angle. Instead a solid return swing will usually be fairly flat. Here is a good way to achieve this.

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Stay Still for a Better Return

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In order to return effectively you need to be able to perfectly time a ball coming at great speed towards you, and the only way to do it consistently is by eliminating any superfluous movement. Stay still for better returns!

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Track the Ball from the Bounce to the Racquet for Better Returns.

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A very common source of mistakes in tennis is failing to track the ball from the bounce to the racquet, and the speed of the serve makes it even more prevalent on the return. Next time you are on the court keep that in mind every time you return. Watch the ball to contact!

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Eliminate any Tension when Returning

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Tension is one of the main causes of unforced errors in tennis and the return is one of the strokes where players tense up the most. Improve your return by first recognizing tension and the eliminating it.

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Use a Very Compact Swing for an Effective Return

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The key to returning effectively is to make contact with the ball in front of the body. Due to the serve speed, taking a normal swing at the ball will usually lead to a late contact point. A much better alternative is to shorten your backswing significantly.

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Get Behind the Ball to Return Better

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Anytime you have a chance, move behind the ball to return. Avoid reaching if it is not absolutely necessary. Reaching will easily get you off balance and will decrease your chances of hitting a powerful return.

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Synchronize your Feet with the Serve to Improve your Return

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As a returner you are under tremendous time constrains. If you do not move as soon as the ball leaves the opponent’s racquet you will most likely not reach a well placed serve. Therefore having an automatic, efficient split step routine can make a big difference. Here are some things you should focus on.

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