Is the underhanded serve and underhanded strategy? Fellow Floridian and Newk camper, Willy Hoffmann was playing a K-Swiss League match, when his opponent started to regularly throw in the underhanded serve.
Willy reports, “It really threw my game off and I had trouble winning those points.” He asked my opinion and thought it would be a good blog topic.
I advised two things:
1) Look for the “tell”: if you watch the server, you can usually pick up the clue as to when he is going to serve you underhanded; so you can be ready to charge.
2) Treat it like a drop shot: just as you would during the point, rush in as quickly as you can to get your feet set, then hit the ball under control to a good spot (probably back down the line – or if you really get there early, aggressively cross court.)
Any other thoughts?