This is a follow-up tennis tip on HOW to make yourself more aggressive at the net and put away more volleys.
Several years ago, Tennis Magazine ran a piece by the Woodies, the great Australian doubles team on how to be more aggressive in doubles. One of their tips on return of serve was:
• Start your return of serve stance a couple of feet back from where you normally do,
• But NOT flat-footed with your feet spread shoulder width apart; rather, on your toes and with your left foot forward (for righties),
• Then as your opponent was in his service motion, bring the other foot forward, as if you were doing the split step coming in to the net
• And to time this so your body weight was going forward as you struck your return of serve.
I have been doing that for years; and it has really helped my return of serve. Well last night playing doubles, it dawned on me to try it while I was at the net and my partner was serving and returning serve.
Same process: start a step back from normal and make that little split-step going forward. It really helped make me more aggressive, get my body weight going forward, and hit crisper winning volleys.
Try it on both the return and the volley.