Return of Serve:
Flexibility, Shot Selection, Split Step
In the first article in this series we looked at the first 3 components in developing a great return. (Click Here). These are consistency combined with accuracy, the position of the racquet head, and watching the ball properly.
Now let's move on to 3 more principles, starting with flexibility. Flexibility is a critical component in my overall teaching philosophy. And, as with all strokes, flexibility and the ability to adjust are important components of the return.
So a few general words about flexibility. Tennis is a very difficult and complex game. It requires a myriad of skills and responses.
My goal is to give my students a complete toolbox by mastering all of the shots and different styles of play. A complete toolbox enables a player to choose what strategy and tactics work best against a particular opponent and to have multiple game plans if your first game plan is not working.