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Power, power, power, but is it controlled power? 


Once you get the feeling of a successful shot you can repeat it. However to get the feeling you must develop practice habits where you hit thousands of balls. Then you will be able to repeat it under pressure when you’re in competition. 


The game has changed. Players now must be able to drive the ball, angle the ball, hit deep with heavy spin, slice and keep the ball low, and hit drop shots. 


Be sure your ready position is an athletic stance, being well balanced with a low center of gravity, 


At times give the server some other looks and other things to think about by changing the location of where you stand to hit the return.


Never let your opponent get away with a push second serve, 


 Adjust your racquet head to the height of the bounce, 


Try to determine if your opponent gives away their serve placement by the location of their toss. 


Agassi and Del Potro on the other hand went for big returns from the get go. They felt that by the time the server served a few games they would be on to the serve and force the issue. Both strategies can be effective if they fit your game and personality. 


Hingis and Evert played the odds with their return of serve by going crosscourt and having the safety of going over the low part of the net and into the largest portion of the court. 


For your serve, vary your it’s placement. Yes, getting your serve in the box is the most important thing but if you can keep your opponent from getting into a rhythm and make them guess on the return of serve this will cause many return problems for your opponent. 


Practice your return of serve like you practice any other parts of your game. Practice the return standing inside the baseline. This will force you to shorten your backswing and prepare quicker. Go to the backboard and start hitting from 20-30 feet from the backboard. Start moving forward while still hitting. Making contact with the ball closer and closer to the backboard will force you to both shorten your backswing and force you to return from a semi open stance just closing the shoulders. Utilise the power of the opponent’s serve and direct your return. You will learn to quicken your reactions as you get closer and closer to the backboard. 


Improve your serve. Yes, there are many ways to improve your serve including using your legs more, more turn with your upper body, adjusting your grip, adding more placement, and the list goes on. My simple tip is to make contact with the ball at the peak of the toss. You may experience difficulty in the beginning, but the result of the full extension of your body, arm, and racquet will help align your body and make you hit up on the ball. 


Play the percentages for improved net play. Do not put your efforts into playing low percentage shots. Be sure you have an athletic and balanced ready position, like a catcher in baseball, so you can lunge out for any passing shot. Defend the percentage shots and give away the low percentage passing shots and lobs. 


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