Return Drills

If you are not able to return serve consistently, it will be very difficult for you to break serve. Practicing your forehand and backhand is not enough to improve your return since it requires very specific skills.

Here you will find many ideas to develop this important shot. Remember, every point starts with a serve and a return. You need to spend some quality time working on this important shot.

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Warming up with Serve and Return

Warming up with Serve and Return

The most important thing is that the players return the serve, irrespectively of whether it lands in or not. The next step involves the players executing the following simple and highly effective task. Each player has to hit two shots. T...

Stopping the Return

Stopping the Return

The player stands way inside the baseline and the coach serves from the service line on the other side of the net. The job of the player is to try to allign the strings to the incoming ball placing the racquet head on the path of the bal...

Off the Bounce Returns

Off the Bounce Returns

A good way to practice the shorter backswing on the return is by having the player stand very close to the service line and return from there. From that position the player will not have time to take a large backswing and will get comfor...

Minimum Movement Return

Minimum Movement Return

A common problem on the return is moving too much and therefore loosing precision. In this drill the player works on staying totally still to return using as little body movement as possible. The idea is to work on stability. ...

improving Focus on the Return

Improving Focus on the Return

Watching the ball to contact is essential when returning serve and the most critical period is from the bounce to contact. In this exercise the player is forced to watch the ball all the wat to contact by calling “bounce” exactly as...

Bounce Feeds Return

Bounce Feeds Return

A return is nothing more than a groundstroke with a short backswing. In order to force the player to shorten the backswing it is important to take away time. By standing close to the player and feeding fast bouncing shots, the coach forc...

Return Collection - In the Air

Return Collection – In the Air

Although it is widely accepted that the return of serve is one of the most important shots in the game, practicing it enough is difficult since it requires someone to serve a high volume of balls. To get access to the videos a...

Return: Spanish Return Pattern

Return: Spanish Return Pattern

Many top players from Spain and South America choose to use this type of return – therefore we call it the “The Spanish Point Initiation”. A similar point initiation can also be used as a server. The server serves wide and moves to...