Most young players pay attention to their return strategy, but you've got to develop reliable return skills as well, to keep the ball in play.
Every time you miss a return, you give a free point to your opponent.
It's important to make them work for every point on their serve! Where do you stand? There is no single best place to be when a serve comes your way, because you can't know what kind of ball your opponent will serve.
Start by standing a little behind the baseline.
You'll be in the right place to return a hard serve.
If you need to rush up for a short serve, it's much easier to run forward than backward.
Hint:Stand in the ready position with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent.
You can usually move into the net a little to receive a second serve.
Return strategy You should have a plan based on what you think your opponent is likely to do.
For example, if they like coming to the net, hit the return low-below their waist or at their feet.
If they stay at the baseline, return the shot higher and deeper.
Also aim to hit to your opponent's weaker side.
So if the backhand is their weaker shot, hit to that side.
Go after the return A slow serve gives you time to "load up" and take a full swing at the ball.
Move into the ball, hit it early, and whip it across the net-make your opponent scared to ever hit a soft serve to you again! Feel the power If the serve is fast, there won't be time for a large take-back.
Shorten your backswing and use the pace of the ball rather than trying to make your own.