Return Technique

The first step towards winning a point in tennis is to get the point started. Even though the return of serve looks like a regular groundstroke, there is quite a bit more to it. Learning to block fast serves, chip and charge, and returning spin serves are skill sets that must be targeted and developed.

Review the advice in the return technique section to take your return of serve to a whole new level.

We recommend you start with our series of return lessons below. It includes 11 lessons from footwork all the way through the swing. Alternatively, you can use the filters below to find a specific return technique video.

 

Start Here: 11 Expert Return Technique Lessons
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Eliminate any Tension when Returning

Eliminate any Tension when Returning

Tension is one of the main causes of unforced errors in tennis and the return is one of the strokes where players tense up the most. Improve your return by first recognizing tension and the eliminating it. To get access to t...

Stay Still for a Better Return

Stay Still for a Better Return

In order to return effectively you need to be able to perfectly time a ball coming at great speed towards you, and the only way to do it consistently is by eliminating any superfluous movement. Stay still for better returns! ...

Get Behind the Ball to Return Better

Get Behind the Ball to Return Better

Anytime you have a chance, move behind the ball to return. Avoid reaching if it is not absolutely necessary. Reaching will easily get you off balance and will decrease your chances of hitting a powerful return. To get access...

Attacking Forehand Return Side View

This is a good example of a return with a full swing, one used to attack a weak serve. The side view shows cleary how the player exploits a weak serve by starting an early move to set up her forehand and attack it with an aggressive swin...

One Handed Blocked Backhand Return Body Front

One of the most effective serves is the body-serve, which forces the player to move sideways away from the ball to return. This return requires an extremely short backswing and follow through since the player is not really able to swing ...

Two handed backhand Return back

Returning a very fast serve requires a very compact swing. The player barely has time to turn the torso and set the racquet head behind the incoming ball. In addition, the swing will usually aquire more of a linear form when compared wit...

Return Two Handed BH Front

The slice serve will make the ball rotate sideways and curve. In order to accomplish this, the player has to hit the side of the ball and attack the ball with an angled racquet head. From this back view, it is very easy to see how the pl...

Return Two handed BH blocked Front

The faster the serve, the less time to recae and return it. Therefore, the player has to shorten the swing both on the backswing and on the forwards swing to be able to return effectively. Here is a good example of this. To ge...

Return FH Back

In women and junior tennis the return can be one of the weakest shots in the point. A good returner will take advantage of this and start the point attacking using an aggressive swing Let's take a look at an example. To get ac...

Return FH Front

Here you will have a chance to take a closer look at a return of a week serve. The player has time to step into the court and take a large backswing to generase pace. To get access to the videos and premium media, just login h...

Return FH Side

This is a good example of a return of a weak serve. The side view will show us clearly how the player takes advantage of the slow ball to step into the court and attack it with an aggressive swing. To get access to the videos ...