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Apr 14 Tip of the Day - Deep Serving Strategy

By Larry Hodges | Oct. 07, 2013, 9 a.m. (ET)

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Deep Serving Strategy

Larry Hodges

There is a particularly good pattern for serving long to most players. Try these two combos:

  • Serve long to the wide backhand, and following with an aggressive shot right back at the wide backhand;
  • Serve long to the middle (opponent’s playing elbow), and follow with an aggressive shot right back at the middle.

In both cases the opponent will often be caught moving back into position after the first return, and will be going the wrong way when you make an aggressive shot right back to the same spot.

When serving to the wide backhand, it helps if you can serve a sidespin serve that breaks into the opponent’s wide backhand.

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