You are serving in doubles. You hit a decent serve and charge towards the net, split-stepping about at the service line to hit the incoming return of serve at your waist or below. This is a very important and frequently played shot… but almost nobody practices it!
Where Do You Stand?
Think about it. If you are one of the minority of tennis players who actually DO practice tennis at all, when you are practicing your volleys, where are you standing? Most people practice their volleys standing midway in the service box – or even closer to the net.
And when you warm up before a match and are taking volleys, where do you stand? Again, most everyone is midway or closer to the net. That close-in volley is so much easier to hit and is mostly just a block-back shot. But the service line volley is a totally different stroke.
In fact, at Newk’s camp last year, American doubles specialist Rick Leach told the group that one of their standard practice drills is what they used to call “Emmo’s” (after the Legend, Roy Emerson); where practice partners stood on the opposing service lines and hit waist high volleys back and forth.
So, if the shot is so important, why doesn’t any practice it??
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