Aggressive Doubles Baseline

You’re returning serve in doubles and the server comes in behind his first serve and hits a deep volley back to you. Then what do you do?

Here is a drill to help you try to be as aggressive as possible.

Skill: To hit aggressive baseline groundstrokes in doubles
• The play is crosscourt only
• The Practice partner starts inside one service box
• The Practicer (you) starts at the diagonal baseline …
• And you start the rally by feeding your partner a volley
• The Partner volleys the ball back as deeply as he can
• You try to hit an aggressive groundstroke
• If you feel like you gained an advantage, you follow your groundstroke in to take the next ball as a volley
• If you do not get the advantage, take a couple of steps back to hit another groundstroke or a lob
• And then play the point out
• What you want to do is avoid getting caught trying to hit a groundstroke from No Man’s Land
• This drill teaches you to be aggressive and come in as soon as you can

One thought on “Aggressive Doubles Baseline

  1. What do you mean by an “aggressive baseline shot”? I picture a very hard shot, probably with topspin. But, maybe an important characteristic is to keep the ball low (trying to force the vollyer to hit up) ; other attributes of an effective return – in addition to keeping the return low – is to try for angle and to keep the return short.. All of these are characteristics of a “touch” shot – though we’re not trying for too much on a deep volley by the opponent.

    Nick – I agree, “aggressive” can either mean: hard, low, or angled. We can practice it this summer! geo

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