Get Low Before You Go On The Return Of Serve In Tennis

The serve and return of serve are the two most important shots in tennis. If you can't make either, you won't win many points or matches.









Look at the photo above. In 2013 Novak Djokovic ranked #1 in points won on returning 1st serves and #2 in points won on returning 2nd serves. He obviously has tremendous hands and vision. But what other things is he doing to assist with his return of serve? I highlight these secrets below.

1) He has superior balance and gets low to the ground.

Notice how you could almost balance a water bottle on his back. He is an ideal position, stalking the ball like a cheetahpreparing to attack his pray. Being low to the ground is crucial for a cheetah to attack. One, he is able to stay out of sight of his pray, surprising it at just the right moment. Having a lower center of gravity will also help when initiating it's first burst of speed, similar to a sprinter coming out of the blocks.

2) His quads are engaged and ready for action. Notice his knee bend, his quad and calve muscles are activated, ready to receive the serve. The majority of the power on his return come from his legs. The power is generated from the ground up (the kinetic chain). Novak is preparing to launch to the ball



One of the best launchers in the game is David Ferrer. In 2013 he ranked #1 in points won returning 2nd serves, #3 in points won returning 1st serves, #3 in return games won.




3) His hands are extremely low to the ground. Why is this? It's pretty simple. When a serve is coming in at 120+ miles per hour, it can come in pretty low. Hence the low h

and. Most players swing paths are from low to high or low to level. To insure that they get under the ball, they begin with their hands low.

One final thought. I use examples of the pros because they play in the most efficient way possible. I realize that many of you along with your children are not at the professional level. But we can learn a lot from the pros. Take just one thing from this article and implement it into your game. See what happens. You may be surprised!



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