7 Shades of Green – #5 Serve and Volley

The Serve and Volley is a classic in the realm of aggressive tactics, is put into action by the more experienced player. This tennis doubles strategy, in its purest form: after you serve (and preferably a first serve), you advance to the net, usually to hit a volley, but there are times when, you’ll have to contend with a half-volley, overhead or a lob over your partner’s head that you’ll have to retrieve.

You’re at the net in two shots!

This forceful tactic works best with experienced doubles teams; players who’ve played together for a while. The serve is an important element; but rather than trying to impress the world with your scud missile, it is infinitely way more important to direct your serves at your opponents’ weaknesses, place it where it doesn’t open the court – example, serve down the middle and chances are that the return comes down the middle. If you serve wide, the return can come back wide, down the line, down the middle, or also as a lob.

Difficulty:  For 2.5-3.5; spend more time mastering the other approach tactics(1-4) before focusing on The Serve and Volley.

For the 3.5-5.0; start developing the Serve and Volley and gather the wisdom when to use it.


By | 2015-04-26T12:43:41+00:00 March 22nd, 2015|Categories: 7 Shades Series, Doubles|0 Comments

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Jose Benjumea is a certified PTR Tennis Professional who has been teaching the game since 1974, mostly in Virginia Beach. Jose graduated from Old Dominion University, where he played on the tennis team.

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