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Nov 06 Tip of the Day - How to Vary Your Receive Against Short Backspin Serves

By Larry Hodges | Nov. 06, 2013, 9 a.m. (ET)

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Antonina Szymanska (POL) at the 2013 Polish Open Championships


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How to Vary Your Receive Against Short Backspin Serves

Larry Hodges

Most players return short backhand serves with a simple push, without much thought to it. This makes the player predictable and vulnerable to third-ball attacks. The key is to vary the return. Let’s take a look at just how many effective returns you can actually do against a short backspin serve and ask yourself how many of them you actually do! (Below are the most common effective returns but there are others. Use your imagination!)

  • Topspin flip to wide forehand
  • Topspin flip to wide backhand
  • Topspin flip to middle
  • Flat flip to wide forehand
  • Flat flip to wide backhand
  • Flat flip to middle
  • Quick push to wide forehand
  • Quick push to wide backhand
  • Heavy underspin push to wide forehand
  • Heavy underspin push to wide backhand
  • Short push to wide forehand
  • Short push to wide backhand
  • Short push to middle
  • Sidespin push to wide forehand (breaking away from opponent)
  • Sidespin push to wide backhand (breaking away from opponent)
  • Any of the above where you fake one shot or direction, and do another

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