Use Planned Crossing to Boost you Confidence as a Poacher

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As the partner of the server it is sometimes difficult to build up the nerve to poach. Many players are so worried of a return down the alley that they never really poach, making the returner’s job much easier.

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Move in the Direction of your Partner’s Serve

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When at the net and your partner serving be active. Move forwards in the direction of the serve as soon as you hear your partner’s racquet striking the ball. This will help you move faster to intercept the return and also cover the angles better.

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Be Aggressive at the Net when your Partner is Serving. Own the Middle

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Your job when your partner is serving is to intimidate the returner. You need to try to cover a large area at the net. A good mentality at the net is to make sure you intercept all the shots through the middle of the court. “Own the Middle”

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Always Consider and Vary three Options when your Partner is Serving: Poach, Stay or Fake

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When you are at the net and your partner is serving you need to work on getting into your opponent’s head and the best way to do this is to keep him/her guessing.

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Take Advantage of Teams Returning with Both Players at the Baseline

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When you face two players at the baseline when serving, take advantage of the situation and make sure you get the first serve in. A situation like that really benefits the server.

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Shoot for 70% of First Serves

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An opponent returning second serves will always be more aggressive. Making a high percentage of first serves will keep the opponent’s on the defensive.

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Attacking the net on the Second Shot

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If you are having a hard time serving and volleying every time you can keep the same the same aggressive mentality but adjust slightly by approaching the net on the second shot instead.

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