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Doubles play and lines

Discussion in 'Rules / Tournament Regulation / Officiating' started by dubber, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. okieoutie

    okieoutie Regular Member

    Mar 10, 2008
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    For my problem, I watch Lee jae bok's video and found a solution.

    Watch 1:50-2:20. He is in the left court instead of right but the idea makes sense when waiting for a serve on the right side of the court. I have used it against players that serve to the backhand far corner and I had no problem returning it now. The idea is to have your right foot forward. This way, you can easily reach shots to your backhand and forehand. I probably hold the racket a little above the head in front of me.

    #21 okieoutie, Jun 24, 2009
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2009
  2. Gollum

    Gollum Regular Member

    May 23, 2003
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    Thanks, glad it helped. :)

    I used to play all my flick serves down the middle, but when I moved up a grade, I found they were reliably getting smashed down my throat. Playing the flick serve wide solved that problem.

    It was also very noticeable that everyone else was using wide flick serves, and serves down the middle were rare. I can't guarantee this trend is monotonic, but it certainly seems that the pros usually place their flick serves wide.

    I now reserve a straight flick serve for exceptional circumstances, such as when the receiver's partner is blocking his route backwards along the centre line. :D

    That's a very strange solution. ;) While it may help you cope with this particular serve -- a drive serve down your backhand side -- it severely limits your ability to cope with the more standard serves.

    As a right-hander, receiving serve with your right foot forward is a bad idea. With this stance, the only way you can possibly cope with a good flick serve is to be standing back well behind the service line -- giving you time to turn your body.

    With your left foot forward, you can get much closer to the service line -- ideally, your left foot would be almost touching the line -- and still be able to cope with flick serves. Being closer to the service line is desirable, because it gives you a much better attack of the low serve.

    It does take quite some practice to get used to this: you need to learn the footwork to move quickly backwards to attack the flick serve. Nevertheless, having your left foot forwards is the right way to receive serve. Every professional player receives serve with his non-racket foot forwards, every single time.

    If the serve is very flat -- a drive serve -- then you need to cut it out as early as possible. You should hit it without even moving from your forwards position. This will require quick reactions and a well-controlled round-the-head forehand. The result is normally an immediate winning shot.

    If the serve is somewhere in between -- a slightly high drive, or a very flat flick -- then you will likely need to make a single jump backwards to reach it. Again, this is difficult but possible.
    #22 Gollum, Jun 25, 2009
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2009

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