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How can you use visual clues to neutralize first serve ball?


The return to the first serve ball can be one of the hardest shots because you must follow the ball’s path while it is approaching fast and react almost immediately. Even though the server controls the shot, there are some visual clues you could use to transform your return for your benefit.

Four main service phases

The main serve phases are four: preparation, ball raising, contact and final part. The pictures I suggest you will give you an idea of how your opponent should be in every phase. Note that shoulder-over-shoulder rotation before the contact, gives to your opponent the ultimate control on the ball ‘s placement, whereas the last two serve phases suggest where the ball will be hit and addressed.


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