This week’s analogy is about one of the most important shots in the game but sometimes the one we train the less: The return of serve.
We are talking here about a skill that looks like a forehand or a backhand but with some variations to adjust to the situation. We know that our opponent has total control on the shot he or she is delivering to us, the serve, which in some cases come out of his racquet at 130 mph, and even though it loses some velocity after landing on the service box, going down to approximately 80 miles per hour, it is still very fast.
The bottom line is there is no time!
We need a quick reaction and anticipate the trajectory of the little yellow fruit. In order to do that, the return of serve movement needs to be compact with a short backswing and explosive, so imagine your racquet moving like the “flippers” of a pinball machine.
Salomon is the Co-Director of Tennis at Christopher Morley Tennis in Roslyn. He is a passionate tennis coach that with his unique and creative way of coaching has been making a great impact in the lives of many of his players around the world for more than 25 years. He is a Sports Science Teacher and a Master in Tennis and High Performance Coaching from Wingate College in Israel. He is author of the book Salomon’s Tennis Wisdom. You can reach him at Zenmaster18@hotmail.com or by visiting www.Salomontennis.com.