Nittaku’s Samson Dubina Explains How to Beat Jet Lag Regardless if you are traveling across the world or even across the United States to the US Open, changing timezone can cause jet lag for anyone. Could it affect your performance? Absolutely! There are 5 quick tips that I would like to share… 1. Get plenty of rest […]
Nittaku’s Samson Dubina Asks – Serve or Receive? If you win the toss, which do you choose? Serve or Receive? This article starts off seemingly insignificant but concludes with the main point. You must read the full article to understand the thought process… If you are like most players, you play better when you are winning. […]
Most players serve with a purpose. They are trying to get you to return their serve in a specific way so they can attack it. So . . . don’t.
The time when a player is most likely to miss easy shots is at the very start of the match. That’s when a player may not yet be fully warmed up or used to his opponent’s shots yet. So it’s often best to let the other guy serve first, let him mess up on his serve & attack at the start, and then get your chance to serve, when you are more into the match.
Many players understand the need to serve short (in addition to long serves), since short serves stop the opponent from looping. More advanced players learn the control to serve “half-long,” so the second bounce, given the chance, would be right about the end-line. However, many players who serve short do not think about the placement. There are five: short to the extreme forehand, middle forehand, middle, middle backhand, and extreme backhand. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of each. (Some of these are written as if both players were righties. It would be a long article if I covered all possibilities.)
How high should you toss the ball when you serve? At all levels there’s a huge range, from tosses that challenge the six-inch rule to ones that go up to the rafters. And yet most top players toss the ball up to perhaps head-high. What are the advantages of these different tosses, and how high should you toss?
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