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01-25-2009, 05:36 AM #18
Last edited by okieoutie; 01-25-2009 at 05:38 AM.
01-25-2009, 02:51 PM #19
preparing for a long serve down the centreline
a) hug the centreline so as not to present a backhand target in the first place
b) keep my left foot forward and my right foot behind, with my racket at head level.
c) as my coach says, "lean forward, but think back." This means that a reciever needs to be prepared to leap back very quickly in order to smash the long serve, but still be able to attack the short serve
d) My left foot would be about 0.5 metres from the short service line.
Hope this helps. The main thing is to anticipate the long serve, and be fast enough to jump back for the smash. If all else fails, hit an around-the-head forehand rather than a weak backhand. Good Luck.
06-24-2009, 07:11 PM #20
06-24-2009, 10:41 PM #21
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.
Last edited by okieoutie; 06-24-2009 at 10:46 PM.
06-25-2009, 06:38 AM #22
I used to think so too. But after studying Gollum's excellent web site, I decided to give it a go. It really does work--thanks Gollum!
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.
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.
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