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Thread: The 3rd Shot - Help Needed
03-10-2010, 10:40 PM #18
apparently have no ideas of their on-court positions. The closer distance
could probably help them to combat the half-court push also. Assuming
their serves are good enough from now on, a flat fast drive from opponents
might not be playable, so the further forward position might actually be
03-10-2010, 11:26 PM #19
Incidentally, the boy decides to take up the conventional Mixed Doubles serving position, except he's even deeper, as he probably can't cover the deep court return if he stands closer to net. The point is, with this serving position, all surprise elements would probably be lost given the distance. I'm thinking of advising him to serve at the front instead.
I'd like to check on the idea of placing a return to the tramlines. In response to a lift, a smash down the tramline could lead to deep trouble. This maybe unique to forehand side only. Their opponents are capable of driving crosscourt on their forehand side. On their back-hand side, with the relatively flat smashes (because of their body height), it might be harder for them to have enough strength to drive cross-court.
Which brings us to another point - how the front player should prepare and cut-off the flat cross-court. I find a lot of juniors are standing too close to the net (literally behind the service line).
If a smash is to be played, I was about to tell them to target the inside of the player ahead, or to center line. This is to remove the cross-court drive reply that typically causes them problems, as well as other benefits. Do use the straight smashes, but use it sparingly, and use it to surprise, much like the cross-court smashes.
One weakness is perhaps in their drives - there's virtually none, even though they can drive when they practice. Just can't use them somehow in games.
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