When receiving, many players are either overly aggressive or too passive. It’s important to find the middle range. However, it is even more important to understand that it is consistency, placement and variation that are most important.
Flip kills and loop kills are exciting ways to return serves. But they are also quick ways to lose the point via missing. Always remember that all you have to do is break even on your opponent’s serve, and you’ll probably win on your serve. So you don’t need to hit a winner off the serve. Just return it in such a way that your opponent can’t hit a winner – which normally means catching him at least slightly off-guard. To do this takes good placement, variation, and hiding the direction and shot selection until the last second.