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    Default Serving to an aggressive player.

    Do you guys have any advice about serving to a very attacking player who will jump at the net when you serve short and can recover to smash at you when you serve high & long?

    I was playing against a guy like this and I didn't know what to do.

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    Do you serve forehand or backhand?

    If forehand, you might want to change to backhand.
    If backhand then practice more so your serves are lower over the net.

    Does he always return serve with a backhand, or always with a forehand?
    If so, then try to serve somewhere that is awkward for his grip.

    Vary your short serves.
    I don't mean huges variations like 1 to the centre 1 wide to the tramlines.
    I mean 1 to the centre, 1 10cm wider, 1 to the centre, 1 20 cm wide.


    How close to the service line does this player stand when waiting to receive serve?

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    He stands very close. One step and tap!


    A partner who cannot serve short consistently is a loser.
    Last edited by Flick; 07-31-2003 at 07:05 AM.

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    Am I scaring you too much?? I'll stand further back then for you so you can serve it in.

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    Practice a good drive flick serve if your opponent has slow reflexes, or a good high flick serve if your opponent is shorter. Otherwise, the best serve is still a short serve that is tight to the net. If your opponent has a bad sense of judgment, feel free to serve a few short sometimes because then your opponent will go for it regardless.

    When you watch international level games, it's pretty much impossible for them to ace their opponent, and everyone stands right on the line. Don't be intimidated either!

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    hmmm..
    If your opponent can see the advice your getting it is going to make it a bit trickier.

    You know those huge platform shoes from the 70's?
    Wear them on court so that your waist is higher than the net. Then you can serve an ace like in tennis

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    Take one step back and drive hard at their face.

    Usually works especially against someone who is tall

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    for this situation, you have to really haev a good serve whether it's serving short or long. your short serve has to be just over the net..low enough so it's tough for him to attack it down. With a good short serve, the best your opponent will be able to do is push it down the lines, middle, or even force him to lift it..however it won't be an angle attack.

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    A lot of the receiver's attack off a serve comes from timing. If you alter the speed at which you serve, you can throw off his timing. For example, sometimes serve quickly after getting reading.. sometimes take your time and make him sweat it out. You can also change the speed of your deliver (as long as you keep your forward momentum).

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    I agree with everyone else on this thread... also, if you serve forehand... consider drive serving from a wide angle (ie. near the tramlines). Important thing is to mix it up so that your opponent won't get used to your serves... attack the four corners if possible. If consistency is what you strive for, good backhand serves that touches the tapes is what you need to achieve.

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    Originally posted by Dill
    Take one step back and drive hard at their face.

    Usually works especially against someone who is tall
    Most perceptive, dear Watson. But it's also quite effectly against shorter players, but the trick is to serve it quick and by surprise.

    But what I like best is the flick serve - change the speed at the final second and lift it up. Nothing beats seeing the opponent rush and then retreat quickly to see the shuttle had flew past.

    The other one I like most is to 'slice' the shuttle sideways so that it falls on the tramline. What I learn from this is that the opponents will suddenly find the shuttle going sideways, which can be... surprising?

    But experienced players are unlikely to fall for that trick because it relies on the initial position of your opponents. I do it often against 'beginner-type' players, gets them almost all the time. The key, again, is the last-second change in direction. The other factor is how 'tricky' you are. Experienced players will have better positioning, and will keep their eyes on the shuttle rather than on the racquet and body.

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    One related question here... does anyone know what's the legal time limit for service? I heard from someone that you can't delay serves for more than 7 sec. after indication of service (ie. placing birdie before racquet for backhand service). Or was it 3 sec? There really should be a limit to how long one can delay service after indicating to readiness. What's your take on this, Kwun?

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    hey cappy..do u know who alan thom is? apparently, i heard from him once that the time limit is 5 seconds..

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    Hey Yonexfanatic,

    Really? Thanks! Now my opponents have no excuse to delay the inevitable smack down to the head

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    Hey Flick,

    You could go for physicality... go for body with taller players and go for length with shorter players. Just don't hit the birdie within their swing range. With regards to serving to agressive players... master the short service and the flick service and observe where they like to play their return shots.

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    Originally posted by cappy75
    Hey Yonexfanatic,

    Really? Thanks! Now my opponents have no excuse to delay the inevitable smack down to the head
    haha..yeah, that's what he heard from him...might want to double check though in case i misheard

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